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  1. The Lubitsch touch here moves into a new realm of cinematography, moving away from flat, simplistic shots to an array of CUs, creating tension from a sexual and thriller perspective, as well as drawing the viewers attention to key items in a scene that hold significant importance. As the dialogue isn't completely in English, the audience is left to draw their own conclusions from SFX and strategic staging of props and visuals. From Alfred's facial expressions, we are able to conclude he is somewhat sly and promiscuous - the multiple garters and fake pistols. He's calm and collective - this isn't the first time this encounter has occurred. The sound is used to illustrate tension and provide context clues. The scream at the beginning - we know the female character is upset and uneasy. The locked, jiggling door - we know there is an attempt to keep something a secret. The sound builds tension, and we know something is bound to unfold when the door is opened. The characters are depicted as wealthy - and like the lecture pointed out - we should expect many films to tease or mock the wealthy lifestyle. Themes aren't necessarily romanticizing sexual encounters and fame, but rather making fun of the lifestyle as a whole. Humor will be prevalent, and scenery will be unrealistic, yet not necessarily envied, due to the humor implemented within the narrative.
  2. In the first scene, the flirtatious nature of the man is ignored. At first, the conclusion could be drawn being upfront and aggressive isn't tolerated at this time, but near the end of the clip, multiple other names are used within the song. This changes perception, illustrating aggressive nature is prevalent during this time; however, it's not accepted by the main actress. This idea is directly reflected in the second clip as well. The performance and signing is only noticed when the performance is sexualized. And for a reward, the audience gives applause and throws money at the entertainer. Men also are depicted as more powerful, especially within the saloon. They overpower female roles both visually and vocally.
  3. 1. The clip does have a brighter perspective than what might be reality, from both a visual standpoint and within tonality. Visually, you notice lighting isn't necessarily realistic. There aren't any shadows or nods to natural light. Everything is bright, from set design, to wardrobe to lighting. Second, the inflections in the main actress's voice portrays a very optimistic, romanticized view on life in general. There's no doubt in her voice. No contemplation, but rather, forward thinking married with positivity. 2. Themes would seem to be very upbeat, positive and forward thinking. Entertainment and the cinema was used as a crutch for society to escape reality and take a break from their troubles. As the Great Depression was a very difficult time, it only makes sense to create pieces that show an optimistic perspective on life, filled with jokes, romance and overwhelming feelings of happiness. This idea is directly replicated in the clip within the lecture, with double emotion scene of both crying and laughing. If the scene was portrayed with simplistic crying, the audience would be overwhelmed with a sense of sadness, relating to the hardships of the character's lost love to her sister. Yet, the scene was strategically created to implement laughing, illustrating the situation isn't bad at all. It's humorous, noble and loving. 3. The wardrobe in this clip is very conservative - the main actress is wearing a gown, showing little skin. She sings and dances with an umbrella, protecting her body from absolutely nothing. First and foremost, wardrobe might be a little less conservative. Second, the choreography in the musical number isn't very 'advanced.' The actress moves from side to side of the stage, but doesn't actually do anything besides slightly sway her body. Sure, she flirtatiously reflects her mirror toward the audience, but the portray isn't sexual - it's humorous. We may see more tension in the performance from a sexual standpoint if filmed pre-code. Third, at the end of the clip, the actress retires to her dressing room, yet she doesn't undress. The scene may have been more realistic, using the functionality of the room if filmed pre-code.

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