eirinn

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  1. Shirley Temple, I would say, is the most beloved and famous child actor of all time. However, I think that Dakota Fanning is the *greatest* child actor of all time. Even though she's really only made a few movies I find her absolutely gripping. I think of her not as a kid in movies but as a legitimate actress who has tons and tons of ability. I just love her and I hope that she continues to do fine work.
  2. this is a fairly recent film, but I thought The Four Feathers was marvelous and didnt' receive the credit it deserved.
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    Your Favorite Astaire or Kelly?

    I've been a dancer for 12 years and I've always admired Gene Kelly. I see him as a better all-around dancer. Whereas Astaire was almost strictly a tap dancer, Kelly not only tapped but also incorporated tons of ballet and even jazz into his numbers. I also love the fact that Kelly choreographed all the dancing in his films. As a dancer I know that coming up with the steps to dance is much more difficult than simply learning the steps from someone else. It is very hard to tap into your creative juices and do something original without looking simple and child-like. I think another thing that draws me to Kelly's films is the fact that they were so bright and colorful and, for the most part, carefree. I think Summer Stock, his film with Judy Garland, is a great example of this. The movie was so lighthearted and fun and it included what is perhaps Kelly's best number (with the exception of the ballet in An American In Paris, which is incomparable). His dance with the newspaper and the squeaky floor board was so creative, so fresh, and such a joy to watch. And then, of course, there's his Singin' In the Rain dance which is the essence of classic. I do give Astaire the credit he deserves. He was a magnificent dancer whose every movement was incredibly fine-tuned. However, when it all comes down to it, I just have to have Kelly.
  4. Bringing Up Baby It's A Wonderful Life To Kill A Mockingbird The Sound Of Music Mr. Smith Goes To Washington Funny Girl An American In Paris Arsenic and Old Lace Singin' In The Rain Giant
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    Favorite Movie to watch when your depressed

    Sleepless In Seattle or While You Were Sleeping
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    Favorite James Stewart roles

    OH, It's A Wonderful Life, for sure. His portrayal of George Bailey was beautiful. He captured the feelings that everyday people experience so perfectly. I cry everytime I watch that movie. I also loved him in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, The Shop Around the Corner, and The Philidelphia Story. He was just a great actor and his films are timeless.
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    Your Favorite Movies Set in Paris

    An American In Paris and Funny Face.
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    Any Gregory Peck fans?

    I think his portrayal of Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the greatest film performances ever. He captured the essence of Atticus perfectly.
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    my favorite musical

    An American In Paris and Singin' In the Rain deserve endless credit. I will always consider Hello, Dolly! the funniest musical. The music of Guys and Dolls is so highly enjoyable and I loved Marlon Brando in it, although he had never done a musical before. My Fair Lady, because of Rex Harrison as Prof. Henry Higgins, is one of my favorites. I love the Music Man, and it very well may be my favorite musical but I can never choose just one. I also love most of the Rodgers and Hammerstein films.
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    Favorite Music in a Musical

    I love the use of only Gershwin music in An American In Paris, it made the movie feel so cohesive and elegant, as all Gershwin music is. I also love the music in Summer Stock, the Judy Garland/Gene Kelly musical.
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    Rodgers & Hammerstein

    Oh, I love Rodgers and Hammerstein!!! I can never decide which of their musicals is my favorite.. I alternate between The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The King and I. South Pacific and State Fair are also wonderful. Yul Brynner was fantastic in The King and I, and I loved Gordan McRae in Oklahoma! and Carousel. All these musicals are timeless, always a joy to watch.
  12. Oh, that one may very well be my favorite Abbot and Costello film. However, all their movies were great. I also love The Naughty Nineties.
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    Fave Cary Grant movie

    Gosh, Cary Grant was so entertaining!! Personally, I love him in Arsenic and Old Lace, an absolute classic. But my favorite would have to be Bringing Up Baby because it is just so goofy and Grant and Hepburn make a hilarious duo.
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    Worst Movie Musical Ever Made!

    Wow! I can't believe how many of you dislike Hello, Dolly! It is one of my personal favorites because I thought Barbra Streisand's was hilarious as Dolly. The sets and costumes are lavish and colorful, which makes it fun to watch. And the characters all have these ridiculous ideas that are just funny. I watch the DVD religiously with my roommate... we love Hello, Dolly!

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