MassMikMouse

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  1. I had not realized it until recently, but I have absolutely adored musicals since I was very little. When 1776 would come on very late at night, mom and wake us up and let us watch it. Living in the Massachusetts Bay colony, this movie taught my brothers and I about the declaration of independence, and the issues it faced. (And it was quite timely with the bicentennial being in 1976...) And I especially loved that a Man from Massachusetts was portrayed as the chief instigator. William Daniels plays this role perfectly! As a slight aside, I have a good friend who has named his little boy John Adams. Every update about this little one is accompanied with a #sitdownjohn hashtag! And, believe me, John Adams knows who he is named for!
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    1776

    And, by the way, the few scenes in the show “Frankie and Grace” theater have Martin Sheen playing John Adams in the stage version of 1776 are marvelous!
  3. The pure warmth of this song and how Barbra sings it is absolutely beautiful. The lack of edginess in the singing and even the camera angles bring a richness to the scene. And having Omar Sharif just quietly observing from a short distance yet still in the shot shows how awed he was of her. Absolutely beautiful scene...
  4. I remain in on how these characters interact with each other in this clip. Professor Higgins is so befuddled and in his own world, he can’t see beyond what is going to happen to Eliza. His “okay I’m done with you” attitude enhances the idea that Eliza is merely a toy. A prop. And nothing else. I’ve watch this movie so many times, in this scene is just so heartbreaking for me. As for George Cukor as a director, I think he is one of the best. “The Women” happens to be one of my other favorite films... the remake didn’t even come close to the perfection of the original.
  5. Another thought, as I just finished watching Gypsy a few hours ago. The reprise of “Let Me Entertain You”is sort of booting the overbearing mother off of the stage, so-to-speak. As we see Gypsy’s clips as she becomes a more refined burlesque dancer, the song slips away from the vision her mother has for the song’s performance. The last almost nude pose in the curtains sort of cements the change from Mommy’s Girl to “I am my own woman”. Just food for thought...
  6. First of all - SQUEE! Robert Preston! This man has such a huge presence on stage and screen. His acting ability seriously draws out the character he plays.. and I am so drawn into him. I need to see him in other films. And I just found out he was born in Newton,MA - just down the street from me! Slightly off-topic, I don’t know if there are any fans of the show Frankie and Grace. Martin Sheen’s character in the his show is playing Prof Hill in The Music Man, and I swear the bits of the performance we see are spot on. Which now makes me think - were Preston and Sheen part of the same actor’s studio. Hmmm...
  7. In what ways does this scene look backwards to classical musicals and how does it look ahead to new disruptions that we now know will happen in the movie musical? Its the entire vaudeville vibe we are looking back on. The auditions, the variety of acts on the stage (balloons?!)It’s almost silly in a way.... This is the introduction of Mama Rose in the film. Comment on Rosalind Russell’s entrance and performance especially as a traditionally trained stage and film actress. My God - she is the ULTIMATE stage mother taking everything over. Character is larger than life. And she has to introduce the character this way, because she’s like that for the entire film.  Pay attention to the song “Let Me Entertain You” in this scene. Is there anything you notice in Sondheim’s lyrics that are sly, subversive, or edgy? You can also discuss the song’s performance and staging as disruptive (or not). Now I get it. I’ve always connected this song with the later part of the movie. In this clip it seem so innocent… How glorious they did this at the innocent beginning and then the burlesque part.
  8. Kelly and O’Connor always move as if they are dancing... especially Kelly. Even if he was just walking, he carried himself as if he were dancing. The Professor just ends up being a prop. Literally. At first, he thinks he is in charge of the lesson, but that quickly changes. Bewildered is how I would describe him! Its funny how there is a bit of a switch here. Usually, the more refined and educated types would seem more masculine. Instead, the goofy, off-the-wall artists win by making the professor a mere prop in their dance.
  9. I honestly have to say this is not one of my favorite Doris Day movies. The character of Calamity Jane is larger than life, but maybe a bit too large for my taste. Maybe I’m just not a fan of gunslinging girls. Just my humble opinion.
  10. OK, I’m going to go away off topic here and start with how much I love Oscar Levant. His understated with, his musicianship, and what he brought to the movies that he was in I just find incredible. If you haven’t seen this yet, look up the first episode of the show that he had on network TV. Fred Astaire is his first guest, and of course Fred sings on the show. It’s just such a throwback to a simpler time. As for the movie clip we were shown it’s very interesting looking at the choreography. At some point the characters are trying to outdo each other but eventually they come together and work as a group. I had not noticed that before, but I think I’m going to take a closer look at what the choreography is trying to convey. Even little subtle things like that. Very interesting.
  11. I first became acquainted with this movie on a football field. Seriously. Back when I was a junior in college, my college marching band did a field show based on an American in Paris. I found the music absolutely lovely but knew nothing of the movie. Many years later I finally did see the movie and understood what we were acting/marching out during our show. And that is when I fell in love with the movie. Gene Kelly interacting with those children Is simply marvelous. At first I did not understand the ballet, But now I see it as a very intrigal part of the movie. And Leslie Caron. What can I say? She is simply magnificent. Now that I understand a little bit more about Vincent Minnelli and the styles that he worked with, I’m going to take a closer look at his movies and how he used color and custom to tell story.
  12. My first thought when Ethel waters was singing and taking down the laundry was “She looks like me!” She’s just not some thin blonde actress, she’s a real person. seeing this in the movie that makes me connect to her even more.
  13. Like most, my first Judy Garland film was Wizard of Oz. Now that I see her in other films, I have a much greater appreciation for the artist that she was. I personally, one of my favorite clips is of her singing “Get Happy”. I know this was inserted as almost an afterthought, but her musicianship shines through in this piece.
  14. I don’t see this as battle of the sexes at all. I just see this as “the woman” being able to keep up with “the man”. At some point, the woman is even leading the man. Very interesting to see in the dance.

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