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  1. DeannaDares


    No! I fully expected it to not age well especially with all the memories attached (it was a very important play/movie/score in my upper grade school years). But I felt its spirit and beauty was still intact. I'm not sure if you had to grow up with hippies like that to appreciate the snapshot of a very distinct time, but they were like the Fame kids of their day. Super-talented, hyper-achievers and yeah, precocious and slightly annoying LOL Everybody in my drama circle wanted to be eccentric, creative "theater kids" like that!
  2. ...and now I'm thinking of this brilliant Albert Brooks moment from Broadcast News: Aaron Altman: I know you care about him. I've never seen you like this about anyone, so please don't get me wrong when I tell you that Tom, while being a very nice guy, is the Devil. Jane Craig: This isn't friendship. You're crazy, you know that? Aaron Altman: What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he's around? Jane Craig: God! Aaron Altman: Come on! Nobody is going to be taken in by a guy with a long, red, pointy tail! What's he gonna sound like?[hisses] He will be attractive! He'll be nice and helpful. He'll get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation. He'll never do an evil thing! He'll never deliberately hurt a living thing... he will just bit by little bit lower our standards where they are important. Just a tiny little bit. Just coax along flash over substance. Just a tiny little bit. And he'll talk about all of us really being salesmen. And he'll get all the great women.
  3. Now I can't wait to see this film again, keeping all of these themes in mind. It actually makes me feel hopeful that a) history repeats itself and this too shall pass and b) art remains one vital way to express ourselves in an oppressive political/social/or cultural climate. And Liza Minnelli is just sublime in this, among its many other sublime actors!
  4. Interesting point! My theory--after pondering this, this week — is that the reason why musicals like American in Paris or Singing In the Rain were so successful is that they created an intact fantasy world, a seamless whole, without irony and with every player believing in it thoroughly. The musicals from this era have a darkness and often irony and detachment that I just don't enjoy, even with hokey or nonsensical source material that may have been better presented in that tone. Guess you just couldn't put the genie back in the bottle in the turbulent 60s!
  5. That's exactly what I noticed this time – I used to think this was such a corny song about needing to find your soulmate/ there's only one person for you in the world to complete you etc. etc. But I realize now because of how it was staged that she's really alone in this dream, grounded in her upbringing (the gritty city street) and will probably be alone in this dream with him passively looking on at the very end (which we learned was actually true -- she sings about loving her man to the bitter end with him just observing, never reaching out, darn that charming cad Nicky).
  6. I loved Glee! And I wanted to be Babs and go to Broadway when I was that age too ? but I didn't remember that she was in the Funny Girl revival at that time... Very poignant and sad. However, yes, it all comes through in the work and her interpretation of Streisand standards are mind blowing.
  7. I immediately changed channels to see if it was my TV as well! But the dynamics, volume and sound were fine on the other channels… I stream TCM on Sling TV and before that DirecTV Now, so I'm used to some glitches from time to time and that's what I thought it might be. TCM is one of the glitchiest channels on streaming services in my experience.
  8. Well, fwiw, I noticed this as well when it was broadcast recently. And that was the first time I've ever heard that weird sound, and I've seen the movie more than a few times on TCM...
  9. Every time I see The Music Man, I sing "Shipoopi" to myself for a week. Every.single.time.
  10. After it came up on the TCM schedule yet again I decided to sit down and really try to watch that movie and figure out the plot– I got pretty close, thought I had it, but couldn't describe it to you now LOL Isolated scenes and songs are pretty good though…
  11. If you look at La La Land through the lens of its inspiration, the Umbrellas of Cherbourg, I think it makes more sense. The charm of that movie was how unschooled and naturalistic the singers were. The music is seamless with the action, more like an opera, not tacked on or wedged into scenes. Of course if you hated that movie then you'll probably hate La La Land too ? Surprised at all the hate for Grease! It was the soundtrack to my later high school years. At the time in my house, the 50s revival was in full swing and that was my parents' teenage decade, so it had more meaning for me, maybe. Unfortunately, I think I'll make it through fewer than a third of the musicals for this final week. So many I dislike or even despise For me, so many are stagey, poorly lit, poorly scripted, and cynical. Hoping that our trusty professors can at least help me see some positives in this stage of movie musical evolution. Tommy, Bye-Bye Birdie, (was in the play in h.s. still don't like it), Godspell,(even though I loved the music), 1776, even my beloved Judy Holliday in Bells are Ringing...ugh. I guess certain eras just speak to us while others don't.
  12. DeannaDares

    Sultry, not sunny

    Totally agree! I'm always so shocked at how modern and gutsy she sounds in her films from the 30s. She was fearless and must have paid a price for that but still went her own way.
  13. DeannaDares

    Underrated musical

    Topsy-Turvy and Moulin Rouge have to be two of my favorite modern movie musicals! Very very few people I know have ever seen Topsy-Turvy but the few friends that I implored to watch it really loved it:-)
  14. One of the retro stations on TV showed this movie every other Friday for a while it seemed LOL so I had a lot of time to look at it and think about all of the elements. Sarah Churchill always stood out to me so I looked her up and wondered why I didn't see her in many other musicals from the era. She was such a great foil for Fred Astaire, IMO equally elegant and classy.
  15. I couldn't agree more! I was raised by parents who came of age at this exact time. And I'm sure the mores of the time affected the dynamics of their relationship (my mother was quite independent, strong and ambitious for the late 50s/60s for instance, despite staying at home to be a housewife and raise children, and my father was traditional and socially conservative), and in turn, their childrens' expectations of romantic relationships. I can see this movie as a relic of its time, but it also represented beliefs that affected real women and real lives.

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