• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

1 Follower

About capraesque

  • Rank
  • Birthday

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. I grew up with the movies featured today and have had them nearly memorized for years. I loved what Prof. Ament had to say about Judy playing the piano in For Me and My Gal--and I didn't know she wasn't a trained dancer! Wow! That makes "Ballin' A Jack" even more impressive! This title number has just the right energy, it's one of those perfect pieces of musical moviedom. It has never gotten old or seemed anything other than electric! Easter Parade has also been a personal favorite for a long time. I'm from Michigan, and Irving Berlin's "I Want To Go Back To Michigan" is practically my anthem. I periodically lead student trips to India, and on the last trip as we walked through the gate and onto the 13 hour plane ride home I started singing it out loud. I got several compliments--I think more on the sentiment than my singing!! I Want To Go Back To Michigan
  2. I thought so too! It's establishing a film language like prose narratives: first person elements that help us see from the character's point of view and establish sympathy.
  3. So what strikes me about these clips and this discussion is the idea that the American movie musical is so different than any other art form. The American stage musical was different than Gilbert and Sullivan. The American movies spoke vernacular. So Nelson and Eddy, very much like Ginger and Fred, have to cover both the "classy" upscale cultural values embodied in (for Nelson and Eddy--and Deanna Durbin) operetta and operatic style singing. And yet, they have to appeal to the common man because these are movies, and movies are the art form of the working class. They're not opera. Anyone can go. So like many things, Hollywood holds two truths at the same time: movies are classy, and movies are for everyone of every class. Operatic singing is good! But it's also outdated and not as fun. I think the clip from Every Sunday embodies that. However, my absolute favorite example of it is Ginger and Fred, especially in the performance of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" from Roberta (1935). Ginger Rogers and Irene Dunne were small-town Americana that made it big in Hollywood. And Fred Astaire was Broadway when Broadway defined itself. They're playing at being classy, European (read: tied to opera, ballet, and other "high class" arts), but they're also swinging. They're for everybody. The common American in the Depression gets a little class and a little trip to Europe when they watch this film. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" from Roberta

New Members:

Register Here

Learn more about the new message boards:


Having problems?

Contact Us