Kathy Sturgis

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  1. After learning the difference that the director wanted for the film, I could see the shyness of the Fannie Barbara Streisand portrayed as she figetted with her hands and shyly looked his way when she expressed the idea of "luckiest" in a wishful tone quality. She did not think she was beautiful enough, talented enough, or brave enough to even wish for a love with this handsome man but whoever won his love would be one of the luckiest people. Hmm. She always amazes me with her deep emotional understanding of the character she is creating. She is one of my favorites!!
  2. 1. I think Doris Day's character in Calamity Jane might have paralleled the return of the woman to the home after taking the men's jobs while they were at war. You can see the toughness and attempts to fit in being laughed off by the guys. Then when she realizes she is in love she softens and cleans up to allow the man to reusurp his role of leadership. It is never easy to move back after being someone else's position. 2. I have seen several other films where she plays more sassy sexy roles so I believed she matured in becoming comfortable in the strong woman position she held as well as being practical and savvy working with men. 3. I perceive her sunny disposition to be helpful in all her roles. Her smile invited you in to get to know her personality and her full range of emotions in each character.
  3. 1. I love the switch in emotion from fear that she might lose Joe to thankfulness and delight that he will live. Her sparkle returns but only to the point of relief that he is alive. But when the scene fades and opens to the backyard clothes line lots of things are being told. Her dress show the scene is a different time. She is delighted to be doing his laundry and taking care of her man. When she walks over to Joe sitting in the wheelchair we are reassured that her happy life is moving forward as he recovers so he joy just beams on the whole yard. Then with one quick release of a clothes pin and the collecting of a sheet the scene changes from joy to threat. That was very clever! 2. I think the song would change dramatically if it was being sung about a child. I think there would be just as much passion, but I believe there would be more sadness at the injury with concern that the child was headed down a bad moral path. There would be Mother's pride as she did the laundry, but much more Mama Bear protection going on when she saw the two gambler's at the gate. You have to accept what you get when you really begin to know your husband and hope for the best. But with a son that you spent time teaching certain ethically behavior there is more sadness and concern when they are suffering for their mistakes and the inward desire to bop them on the back of the head and demand that they wake up and change their ways right now! 3. I love the bigger than life reality of black American films. They are real, sometimes raw, but always full of enjoying or bemoaning what ever circumstance they are in. In spite of all odds they are hopeful. Cabin really displays the importance of religion in their every day routine and how strong the faith of the women folk was. Determination and reality meet and hard work always pays off. This film really revealed the talent of so many black people. They were very gifted. I am so glad they were able to share their abilities. We have not seen enough of their abilities nor do we give them credit for their hard work in a time when they were considered not as classy. THIS is a classy Musical production. It matches the enthusiasm of of every other film in the 40's in my humble opinion.
  4. The first film I watched Judy Garland perform in was The Wizard of Oz when I was in my late twenties because I was afraid of tornados as a youngster and was not about to watch and become terrified. Lol. I knew her power performance voice and ability to identify with emotion she was sharing long before I saw her act. So I was somewhat disappointed with the little girl from Kansas who seemed to be afraid of everything and everybody saying with forrowed brow, "Oh dear! Whatever will we do?" But when I have watched her films this week I have seen quite a progression from the young child to the soulful sister in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS and EASTER PARADE. She grew into the powerful performer who I had first identified. A woman full of power, passion, and the natural display and understanding of every word she sang. What a firecracker!!! It is sad that she struggled with drugs and died so early.
  5. 1.At first I was quite confused by Cohen's apparent inattentiveness to the president's attendant, but in my second view I realized he was showing his pride in the beauty and history displayed in the room and on the walls. He was in awe of what he was sing and wanted to remember it all. 2. Such lines as, " You Irish Americans" should the pride of these people who had become citizens in a new country. The Preaident's observation, "... carry your love of Country like a flag--right out in the open," and "What a great country it is!" Gave all citizens a goal to reach for every day. It said love your country and show it like these people do. Of course all the flags waving in the parade scene proved they shared the Irishman's pride. 3. Beginning the scene in the White House set the tone of the courage, American pride, and desire to instill that pride in others that the young grateful Irish immigrants wanted all Americans to share. If they would have started with He parade it would have seemed more like an autobiography Family film.
  6. This is definitely a battle of the sexes dance! She can match him step for step in technice and can be very playful. Even though the subject maybe the same as Broadway Melody's dancer trying to gain equality, this film is post code so there was no insinuation about the woman being a sex symbol nor were they able to be so free with clothing that would suggest free woman who could be used. This woman would be address as an equal or there would no consideration of love or relationship. The shake at the end initiated by the man led to equality.
  7. The hope that all the characters in this film is the hope for that Big Break. In each of the conversations you could hear the eagerness in their voice. One more audition, one more notice by a the right director or studio owner could be the ticket to a life of fame and fortune. And even after losing the first round to her sister, the feisty dancer teamed up with a former scoffer and told her they would be back in New York in 6months! Spunk and optimism.
  8. Kathy Sturgis

    Keeler vs Powell

    Keeler performance was much less of a production than Powell's. Her tap was simple, involved more swayinng to the lyrics and portraying the woman of the age who were I ticking the men rather than the very talented dancers of the thirties. Remember the lyric that both types were getting electrifying reviews. Plus the movie itself was seemed to portray the gangster style of New York. Powell, on the other hand, was vibrant, very talented, wholesome. She was tapping those feet to echo every melody and flow of that nationalistic production. She flamboyantly encouraged the audience to leave their troubles behind and be wooed by the bigness of the stage, the energy and good coverage of the stage, and think of the goodness inspire of how they lived outside of the theater doors. Escapism at its best.
  9. What a masterful job of portraying a person's character! The use of props and his facial expressions all added up.
  10. 1. The two characters were very prim and proper in the canoe. That was very different from the dress and interactions in the precise movie, Broadway Melody. (Love at a distance.) The bar scene was very interesting. Everyone was involved in their own conversations. They were definitely not interested in Rose Marie. 2. My Mom and my husband always talk about these actors. I am new to these older movies. Someone told us we were MacDonald and Eddy at our reception because we sang to each other during our wedding ceremony. 3. The characters seemed to be polarized as good girl/bad girl, chaste/shady. The character portrayals were very dynamic.

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