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  1. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? What stood out to me was Ginger Rogers wearing a hat instead of Fred Astaire so that posed a visible sign of a battle of the sexes like she is saying “I’m the leader and I’m confident”. The other visible sign is Ginger wearing a riding outfit. Why didn’t they choose a pantsuit? Again Ginger is saying “I’m riding my own horse and I ride out my destiny and make my own path”. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this wee
  2. With Powell the dancing is part of the music for example she is creative with her steps with the music. Powell weaves a thread between the dancing and the music and she echos it with the drums, the horns, the hand clapping and the cymbals. She is gives careful thought to interweave both arts. She ties it up with a beautiful bow when those cannons go off and she salutes. With Ruby she demonstrates a dance trooper. I've got this break and I'm going to learn these steps! She is an average person learning to dance not a trained dancer like Powell. Ruby also uses her hand motions to describ
  3. This is a clever scene and while unpacking it this clip says a lot in just a few minutes. It's clever because of the use of French which is considered a sophisticated language so as a viewer I don't know what's going on but the few words in English helps me understand the situation. Again we see the rich people living the good life because they don't have to work so they get to play! It's interesting if the wife played this scene per suggestion of Chevalier? Maybe they talked about what would happen if the husband was to follow them or catch them in the act. The use of sound especially th
  4. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. There is the male who pursues and is not ashamed to say a different girls name to his song and the female who barely notices and yet flirts with him in a teasing way in clip #1. In clip #2 she tries to make some money and is unable to get the attention of the people in the bar and though she gives her best try she knows it is futile. Then “he” comes in and she is so embarrassed and wanting to disappear and hide. If you have seen either or both of these actors in ot
  5. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? This clip is realistic for those who live the good rich life or work for those who live the rich life. Who doesn't seek to be a bellman at a fancy expensive hotel even today? Who doesn't enjoy going to the theater in your ball gown and jewels? Or sit in the VIP section today? It may be over the top but that's the movies for you it's not a documentary film on the Depression. 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals?
  6. My all time favorite is Singing in the Rain! Here are my other favorites I love to watch: Night and Day, Three Little Words, Till the Clouds Roll By, Calamity Jane, Love Me or Leave Me, Blue Skies, The Jolson Story, The Great Ziegfeld, Romance On the High Seas, The Harvey Girls, White Christmas, Good News, A Star is Born, The Dolly Sisters, For Me and My Gal, Show Boat, Strike Up the Band, Easter Parade, On the Town, Babes in Arms, In the Good Old Summertime, On Moonlight Bay, Summer Stock...WOW! There are so many!
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