Dale Tremont

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  1. I don't know anything about costumes either, but boy, do I love to see them! ? I'm glad you brought the subject up because women's gowns were truly important in musicals. Especially in the movies Fred and Ginger did, as Ginger wanted her clothes to flow and become part of the dance (which they actually did, as many of her gowns are iconic). I actually don't think those dance numbers would have been the same if it weren't for Ginger's beautiful gowns, because they did a great job emphasizing the emotions and the gracefulness of those two. And regarding the Continental dress (if that's the one you mean, maybe?), I always thought it was wonderful, and that the colors were silver and purple for some reason, so it's close enough to your prediction! I don't know what the actual colours were though, but I bet someone else does. I hope! ?
  2. There’s always this “battle of the sexes” element in most of the Astaire-Rogers musicals. In this clip, however, I don’t think any of them are trying to prove they’re better than the other. I think this scene represents the realisation of how they weren’t so different after all, and that they could actually get along and have respect for each other, regardless of their genders or their first impressions. I believe this dance reflects how both man and woman can be equals, and it does it in such a subtle but marvellous way. Not only the clothes or the handshake at the end show us this, but also, for example, when Fred makes Ginger spin, and Ginger makes him spin too! In two occasions! I think that’s wonderful. Ginger’s character isn’t leading the dance, but she’s not going to let a man dominate her. And Fred’s character might be leading the dance, but still wants Ginger’s character to know that he isn’t afraid of her daring personality, he actually likes it. If you’ve seen other Astaire and Rogers films, you’ll realise that Ginger’s characters are always the ones who make the first “real” move to transform their obvious attraction into something concrete (such as a kiss or a marriage proposal). Sure, Fred tries to win her heart first, but nothing (again, “concrete”) really happens until Ginger decides to do something about it. And I like that about their characters, I think it defies the established gender roles and that’s quite an interesting message. I think it distinguishes itself from other Depression-era musicals because of some of the things already mentioned above, and the integration of both the song and dance into the film. How the songs and dances can convey such powerful emotions and key moments in the plot is truly splendid. The change in roles between men and women in these screwball comedy musicals might have to do with how even though the Flapper and the “naughty” Pre-Code dames were already gone, women still wanted to experience the freedom they knew they deserved. They could now vote and work and the actresses were the ones who really attracted the audiences. They were starting to realise this and wanted to show the world that they had the same rights as men, and these characters allowed them to do that.
  3. The “Lubitsch Touch” seems to be in how a dramatic situation in real life can actually be handled with wit on film, and in the sexual innuendo, for example, in the zipping of the dress. That moment shows why the woman is there: because her lover can do what his husband can’t. This scene alone tells us a lot about Maurice Chevalier’s character. He’s a man with much experience on women, as we can see from the garter and his ability to zip up a dress. He’s also unashamed of what he does because we can tell from the guns in the drawer that this isn’t the first time that he finds himself in that situation. He’s conscious of his activities and how “immoral” they are, and he faces his destiny when the husband points him with the gun. We can also see this when he hides the garter from the ambassador. However, from what we already know, it seems unlikely that he’ll change his lifestyle anytime soon. The sound is very important in this scene, too, with little dialogue. I find particularly interesting the moment we hear the two lovers argue in French. I don’t speak the language, so I can’t understand exactly what they’re saying, but the way they say it and the gestures tell us exactly what we want to know. The clip, as well as other Depression-era musicals, shows themes such as infidelity and death in a humorous and much entertaining kind of way.
  4. I watched “Rose Marie” today and it was my first Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy movie. I loved the interaction between them! The chemistry was great. Nelson Eddy’s serenate in the first clip was one of my favorite scenes, and I particularly liked the moment where they start singing other names instead of “Rose Marie”. I thought they were funny and adorable. This was my first Nelson Eddy movie ever, but I’ve seen Jeanette before. I love her because of her movies with Maurice Chevalier, where she is beautiful and with a great personality as always! She’s becoming one of my favorites for sure. And the male/female relationships in this era are very interesting, at least from my point of view. The relationship is always more “correct” than in Pre-Codes, with the characters always keeping their distance. But at the same time, it’s playful and very suggestive in a more discrete kind of way, so it’s very entertaining to watch! ?
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    Cagney in Footlight Parade

    We sure love it! It's a joy to watch ?
  6. I do believe the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life, like many other musicals. Especially the “cordial enemies”, which are very often seen in musicals (or 1930s movies in general, at least from what I’ve seen!). The “unrealistic” side of the genre is one of the reasons why many people don’t want to watch musicals, but what's wrong with that? Romance, comedy, music, and stunning visual metaphors are often used to depict a “brighter perspective” on life which we love, but I also think the musical genre criticizes society in its own way, without making it seem too obvious. It makes fun of “real life” and gets away with it, with catchy tunes and beautiful dances included. If that isn’t entertainment! ?

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