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Hey everyone! I did Mad About Musicals this June and I also did the Hitchcock course last year. What topic should next year's class be on? I have a few ideas, but I want to hear what you guys have to say.
Brittany Ashley posted a topic in MAD ABOUT MUSICALS: THE HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICALSUpon reviewing lecture notes from yesterdays 1920s lesson, I have a couple of questions about the so-called race films. A ) If films made and marketed to the black audience were called race films, what about other minority groups like Asians and Latinos? Were there films created with these groups in mind (like Hallelujah for African Americans) and if there were, what were they called? It seems like anything related to black people was labelled "race" but what about other non-white groups? I doubt -what we would call in 2018- non black people of color (NBPOC) were considered part of the "white market" since technically they were not white. Also, why was the word "race" just applied to black people instead of other non white groups? B ) who first coined the term "race films" white creators or black? Was it a marketing term on the part of white studio heads/directors (like King Vidor) or black directors? I watched the Oscar Micheaux film Swing (1938) yesterday and that was referred to as a race film. Micheaux was black.
DisneyHope posted a topic in MAD ABOUT MUSICALS: THE HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICALSNow that the first week is over and we are going into the next, I noticed that there are some musicals that are being referred to more than others that were not part of the recommended viewing and now I have so wished that I had DVRed them (I.E. Gold Diggers of 1933) Since I live with others I was trying to be nice to not take up all of the DVR space and time. So my question is, What musicals outside of the viewing recommendations should I DVR? Or can we get an updated version of what films we will be talking about or referring back to more often? Thanks for any help that may be offered.
Wilson posted a topic in MAD ABOUT MUSICALS: THE HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICALSIn Video Lecture #4, Vanessa Theme Ament and Gary Rydstrom discuss the fact that Jimmy Stewart's voice was dubbed, but the studio chose to use his natural voice anyway. However, Eleanor Powell's voice IS dubbed. Then Rydstrom states that her voice must be really bad if they chose to dub it. Not so fast, mister. One of the things I've noticed is that, no matter how weak the male voice is, it is not dubbed. E.g., Louis Jourdan in Gigi, Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady, James Steward in Born to Dance. The woman actor, however, with a decent but not great voice is often dubbed. Leslie Caron in Gigi, Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, and Eleanor Powell in Born to Dance are examples. (Well, actually, I've never heard Powell sing, but Caron and Hepburn have both sung in other musicals.) Any thoughts on this?