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  1. 1. A more theatrical performance wouldn't have worked because in this scene, Fanny isn't "performing". She's sharing her feelings with Nicky. 2. Nicky looks on in interest while Fanny avoids contact with him while singing, like she's off in her own little world.
  2. 1. As you look back to the masculine performances in musicals of past decades, what changes in male representation and performance would you say are most noticeable? Male characters tend to be less aggressive and rely more on charisma to achieve their goals. 2. What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? In the clip from "The Music Man", Harold Hill is basically inventing a social problem for the sole reason of selling products. At first, he's interacting with only one person before a crowd starts to form. In a smooth, fast-
  3. 2. 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. Rose is a ruthless stage mother who thinks her daughters are entitled to stardom and won't rest until her dream (not theirs) comes true. She takes control of the theater the moment she enters the scene.
  4. 2. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlikable? He appears friendly for most of the scene. When he's "rude" to the student, it's obvious he comes in contact with these types of people on a regular basis and that frustrates him but overall he looks like a likable guy.
  5. 1. How do the pre-dance movements of O'Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? Right before the actual dance movements, they do a little strut while reciting the rhyme, and it seems like they're really getting into the whole lesson, but on their own terms. When they grab the professor's tie, the musical number officially begins. 2. Watch the professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. The professor obviously doesn't know what to make of the whole situation since diction is his expertise, not singing and dancing. Throughout the whole
  6. 1. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? Jane is definitely a independent, energetic, tomboy who has clearly been living a "masculine" lifestyle for quite awhile. She interacts with the men as an equal to them, even though they don't quite see her like that. Later on in the second scene, she shows that even a tomboy can have a softer, gentler side. 3. Does Doris Day's bright and sunny persona add or detract from the role of Calamity Jane in your opinion? Please defend your answer. I don't think
  7. 1. It looks like the shift from Petunia at Joe's bedside to her taking care of the laundry is showing a passage of time; Joe is slowly but surely recovering and Petunia can concentrate on the household chores while still being able to assist her husband. The scene shows us that while Petunia may not approve of Joe's gambling habit, she still loves him dearly and is not ready for him to leave her just yet. 2. If it were Petunia singing about her child, the lyrics would need to be changed to reflect that. The message would be the same (unconditional love for a loved one), but the song's exe
  8. 1. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. Practically in every shot Shirley is in control is of the situation and Dennis is looking for a way out. 2. It's interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How does this sequence prepare us for the singing. As Shirley starts running after Dennis, the music intensifies, which lets the viewer know that the singing is going to start.
  9. 1. Describe how the scenes in today's Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. Be specific. Refer to props, set design, settings, etc. in your answer. Cohan is visiting the White House to meet the president, which would be considered a great honor for an American citizen. As he walks toward the Oval Office, he passes by portraits of past presidents. When he begins recalling his life and career, we see a 4th of July parade with veterans marching and onlookers waving American flags. 2. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In wh
  10. 1. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? I don't really see a battle of the sexes; I see more of a display of equality between Fred and Ginger. 2. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? I haven't seen the film in full, but based on the clip it looks like it has a more personal feel than the other musicals. 3. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball comedy musicals that
  11. 1. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? The Lubitsch touch is a sort of visual storytelling rather than a lot of verbal exposition; it is left to the audience to draw their own conclusions. The props and dialogue tells us a lot about Alfred: Props: The introduction of the garter tells us that Alfred is a bit of a womanizer. When being "shot" with the gun by the husband, he doesn't even flinch, implying that he's been through these situations before and can tell w
  12. 1. What do you notice about the interaction between the two characters in these two scenes? In the first scene, the two characters barely have any eye contact. It looks like a very awkward situation and Bruce attempts to break the ice by serenading Marie, who was obviously impressed but decided to downplay her feelings. In the second scene, Marie is obviously embarrassed when she sees Bruce in the saloon because she doesn't want him to know that she's working there and doesn't want him to have a low impression of her. Bruce is obviously surprised when he sees Marie but realizes this
  13. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? I definitely agree because everyone featured in the clip looked like they were one of the "1%". 2. What themes and approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? One theme would be the idea of an up-and-coming professional finally getting their big break. As we see in the clip, Anna Held seems to be on the road to superstardom, due to Ziegfeld and Billings, who both seem to be big-time producers, wanting to work with her. 3. Since this is a music
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