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  1. 1. The performance would be different if she made it more expressive and theatrical because it wouldn't have the same feeling of emotions and softness of her expressing her inner-most desires. 2. They relate to each other by her singing and he is watching and listening. She is emotional and wishing she could have someone she loved and they loved her back. She has feelings for him, he might have feelings for her. 3. The camera shots supports Streisand's performance by focusing only on her and following her around when she moves.
  2. 1. This scene is compared to 'Singin' In The Rain' where Eliza's red dress contrasts and stands out next to Higgins black suit. This scene is also compared to 'An American in Paris' where there is little colour in the background to show being more realistic. 2. Eliza is upset because she loves him but he doesn't share the same feelings. Cukor shows this by not having her in the shadow and the room not having much light and Eliza showing a lot of emotions. 3. Eliza is not happy that Higgins has changed her into something she is not. She feels like a slave to him. She is not happy but will do what he says and will never leave or disobey him. She loves him but is upset because he doesn't share the same feelings.
  3. 1. Masculine performers of past decades would never have sung or acted about gays. It was an inappropriate and taboo subject. In the past the story lines were simple and similar of man falls in love with girl, man wins girl's heart and usually ending in happy marriage. So the most noticeable changes are ones of sexual representation and performance. 2. He's more melodically talking to the audience or the people around him. He tells his story not by singing but by an early form of rapping. He expresses himself with hand gestures and his facial expressions. He draws the people in, by getting their attention. 3. I have not seen any Robert Preston movies, so cannot comment on this question.
  4. 1. It looks backwards to classical musicals where there are child actors auditioning when in reality this is taking the vaudeville era into brash and less-childlike move into burlesque. 2. Rosalind Russell is very good at acting being a loud mouth and interrupting as she comes in from being late. She doesn't care about any other kids except her own and say they will get the part. She is very fiery and intimidating. 3. The song can be interpreted to be more innocent because children are performing it. So it has a fun and happy feeling to it.
  5. 1. The ballet sequence scene is a fantasy scene so needs a lot of colour because it's not real, where the rest of the movie doesn't need a lot of colour because it shows it's more realistic. 2. Jerry Mulligan is stopped from being completely unlikeable by saying a greeting to his fellow street artists and that he is nice because he's friendly towards them. He is only unlikeable when he is rude to the American student because she wants to talk about his work, but he doesn't care about an American student's opinion. He is also stopped being unlikeable when Milo is interested in his paintings, so he's nice to her because he wants her to buy them and he is taken aback that she does.
  6. 1. Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor's dance movements are synchronized with each other, but Donald O'Connor is the comedy guy, so some of his movements are screwball comedy. 2. He is well-dressed in a suit. He is a hard worker and when Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor is having a joke, he might be shocked that they will be making fun because he takes his job seriously. He might feel out of place, being the only one in a suit and he stands out from Gene and Donald. 3. Gene Kelly is the Alpha male and takes charge. Donald O'Connor is the "friend" male. The Elocution professor contrasts with Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor because he is wearing a suit and Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor are wearing casual wear. Gene and Donald are wearing the same coloured pants and same coloured shirts, but have similar jerseys but different colours. Gene Kelly wears brown and Donald wears green which are contrasting colours.
  7. 1. Calamity Jane's character falls into the continuum where the "tomboy" tries to fit in with the guys. She is a strong "tomboyish" character where in 1950's musicals there were more ladylike characters. 2. Doris Day grows by being more recognised by her acting and singing to be asked and chosen to be in more roles. She gets more confident and grows with her comedic acting. 3. Her bright and sunny persona adds to the role of Calamity Jane because she is a "tomboy" trying to fit in, but underneath is a sweet innocent female.
  8. 1. When one is singing, the others are not only looking at the singer but at each other with a reaction. It's different from the early musicals which only had two main actors singing and dancing with each other. Now we have four people singing and dancing together. 2. The costuming of the characters are very similar to each other. The men's suits are all very similar colours and shades, not one person is standing out from the others. The female character is similar in white and grey shades, matching in with the male's costumes. 3. The staging and interplay between the characters shows us that they are great friends. They are always together in a group setting. The male friendship is shown by the way they often place their hands on each other's shoulders and shake each other's hands. The interplay is one of fun between them. They are synchronized in time together and the dance routine at the end of the clip defines the friendship by the way their actions are exactly the same, a group of four acting as one unit.
  9. 1. I noticed the scene was directed to show the audience that Petunia was so concerned for Joe that she was very distressed. Petunia is then relieved and overly happy that Joe is alive, she has a continual smile on her face. When they cut to her outside scene, she is extremely happy, still with her continuous smile. It tells us that her relationship with Joe is easy going and relaxed. She loves doing the domestic jobs for him. She has pleasure in caring and looking after him. The connection to the song is by the way she is looking out for him, for example wheeling him out of the sun into the shade. The lyrics "happiness is a thing called Joe" sums up Petunia's relationship with Joe. 2. The song wouldn't change if it was a woman singing to her child as the lyrics would suit. The cultural meaning would change, to the song being a very maternal love of a mother to her child. 3. It makes me think that the film was trying to demonstrate that all Americans, even African Americans are good Americans who have pride and are very patriotic for their country. This was very important in this era WWII.
  10. 1. The opening scene is Shirley not letting Dennis pass by with a wide screen shot. The next shot of Shirley chasing Dennis up into the bleachers is a wide angle shot, which pans out wider the further up they run. The next shot is a close-up when they toss the ball to each other. It zooms into a closer-up shot with Shirley walking up to Dennis and dominating him when he backs away to lay back and then they swap positions and it then pans out to a wider shot when she marches him backwards into the wall. The next shot is a close-up when Shirley's hand is on his shoulder, she knocks on the railing and Dennis slips under her arm to escape and it runs out to a wider shot as Dennis marches away with Shirley in pursuit. Shirley's arm grabs him to turn him around with another close-up shot. She places both his arms on her shoulders, then places his her arms around his waist and tries to kiss him. Dennis backs off pushing her away at arms length. Shirley places her hands on his to keep them on her shoulders to prevent him from getting away. She then flicks his arms down and turns so her back is against his chest. He shakes her hand, she pinches his ear and rotates him around her. She cups her hands on his face pulling him upwards to standing height. He pulls her hands off. He makes his escape from her up the bleachers with her in pursuit as the camera pans out to a wide shot, which takes in the flags flying in the wind. A middle shot shows her pulling him down off the wall. They both hop down the bleachers and she pushes him to sit down and she sits down beside him. Dennis stands up quickly as Shirley tries to lay down on his knees and she lands backwards on the bleacher. Next is a close-up shot of Shirley grabbing Dennis' lapels with both hands and playing with his bow-tie, she strokes his face and tries to kiss him. He turns his back and she playfully tickles his face and head, and places her hands around his waist. He removes her hands as he turns around to face her. A wide shot is next as Shirley pushes Dennis to sit down and jumps onto his knee. The wind then blows her dress ruffles. A close-up shot of their heads and shoulders while Dennis is cuddling Shirley from behind as they walk along. He tries to leave but she grabs his arm, holding it under her's and bends his hand back as he winces, she then shakes his hand hard which he then pulls a face from. There is a wide shot as he shakes his sore hand walking away, blowing on it, and shaking it again as Shirley's following him down the bleachers. Shirley pinches his hat off his head, which Dennis tries to retrieve. Shirley places Dennis' hat back on his head and picks him up and places him across her shoulders, twirls him around and puts him down. He runs away to slide down the banister. A wide shot shows him sliding down the banister and into Shirley's arms with a close-up shot. 2. The sequence prepares us for the singing by Shirley following Dennis and it draws your attention by wondering what she is doing. The music builds up so you know someone is going to sing a song, whether it's Betty Garratt or Frank Sinatra.
  11. 1. The first Judy Garland film I watched was The Wizard Of Oz when I was a kid. My first impression of Judy was that she was sweet and lovely and a good singer. 2. Now that I'm older my impression of her has expanded. I view her as a brilliant actress. I also think she is a fantastic singer and dancer. I've been a fan of her's for years and she will always be one of my top favourite actresses. 3. For me and my gal, Meet me in St Louis, The Harvey Girls, Easter Parade and A Star is Born. I can't just pick one movie from her later career, they all stand out to me because she is a brilliant performer. Her singing talent has a way of sounding happy and draws you in to be and feel entertained. Judy back in the 1940's made the people feel good while the war was going on, nowadays you still feel good watching those old movies. I therefore definitely think her films still have the same magic as when she first made them.
  12. 1. The scene opens in the White house hallway foyer. In the foyer as George Cohan walks up the stairs, there are paintings of past presidents on the wall, so the audience is reminded of their political history. The fact that he has a meeting with the president, in the president's office is also a very serious setting. On the walls of the background setting in the office, there are numerous paintings of ships and also a model on the mantelpiece. This will be a big reminder to the audience of all the American warships that have been lost in Pearl Harbour. 2. The butler remembers the first play he saw Cohan in called "George Washington Junior". This reminds the audience of their first American president. He tells Cohan he remembers him singing and dancing about the grand ole flag. This is very patriotic because it's the love for the American flag. He then says "Little Teddy would sing it in the bath tub" This means songs can stick in your head and can subconsciously reinstate that love for your country. The scene of Cohan and the president talking, Cohan tells the president he was always a Yankee Doodle Dandy waving the flag. This is a very good image for the audience to have. When the president tells Cohan that the Irish Americans carry their love of their country like a flag out in the open. It's a great quality. In reality that is a little speech aimed at the audience to be patriotic. Cohan replies he inherited his patriotism from his father. This tells the audience to instil American patriotism to their own children. The mention of the Civil War is very historic and patriotic saying the 47 states love each other. 3. The film's opening wouldn't be the same formal serious patriotic setting. The president's dialogue aimed at the audience as a narration to them about displaying the flag openly and being very patriotic. It would be a more light hearted start to the movie with a man singing and dancing and then screwball comedy and dialogue of him rushing off to the birth of his child, but being back for the next performance he is due to do.
  13. 1. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? I don't see any battle of the sexes in this clip. 2. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? This film is more light hearted and is a comedy romance.
  14. 1. The close-ups of the props makes an intense take on the scene. We see that Alfred has flings with alot of women which he gets in trouble with, but can manage to get out of. There is comic humour with his actions as when the husband shoots him he pats himself down to find where he has been shot. 2. The sound of the gun being shot is dramatic and makes the scene more shocking. The use of dramatic music adds more anticipated suspense. 3. I would anticipate that there will be more comedy drama, but perhaps leaning more to the lighter comic side of life.
  15. 1. In the first scene he admits that he loves her but she is mocking him to cover up the fact that she likes him. In the second scene, they steal look at each other but pretend they didn't look at each other. While she sings he smiles.

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