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  1. How might Streisand’s performance of the song “People” have felt different in the film, had she been more theatrical and expressive, perhaps even belting her song more? If she had sung it a different way, I don't believe it would have come across as emotional as this version. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene: how do the two characters relate to each other as the lyrics are sung? You can tell that he cares deeply for her, as he just sits and watches her as she's singing. He was intrigued by her.
  2. 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? Representations of past were of men who were alpha or dominating over their female counterparts. Men of more present are more emotional, not afraid to show who they really are. They seem to notice that they are more of an equal to women than above them. What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? He's very versatile. His style of singing is quite different than others we have seen thus far, it's almost as if he's just talking through the song. He seems to be been trained so well that he could play any role extravagantly, even that of a gay man. Have you seen any Robert Preston films that are not musicals? If so, what do you notice about his characters and his approach to acting, now that you are more aware of his dedication to working his craft outside of his stage or film work? I currently have not seen any of his films that I'm aware of. But will definitely be checking some out.
  3. Jerry really isn't unlikeable. I think he's quite the opposite. But as a struggling artist, I can see how it could come across as such. He was actually really friendly to the other people on his walk to the spot where he hung his paintings. He wasn't so nice to the "third-year" girl because she was criticizing his work, because who likes to be criticized? He was nice and interactive with the other gal who came to check out his paintings. He appeared to be very stunned and surprised when she wanted to buy two of the pieces.
  4. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? Donald was definitely having a lot more fun with the professor and dancing than Gene. Gene was more serious, trying to learn and while they danced. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. He was very serious about teaching Donald and Gene properly. Though, you could tell that in a short period, he was having fun with the tongue-twisters. How do the representations of masculinity in all three men compare and contrast with each other? Donald was the fun one, making faces behind the professor and just showed more enthusiasm throughout the dance. Gene, though serious, was the alpha of the pair. The professor was stern and nearly emotionless (at first anyway). They all blended pretty well together. I was waiting patiently for a Daily Dose clip from Singin' in the Rain and it finally happened!
  5. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? She's not a traditional female character. She's more masculine than feminine by wearing pants and men's hats. She was seen more as one of the guys than one of the girls. She wasn't one to be dominated by a man, she was her own person with her own thoughts and opinions. How do you think Doris Day grows as an actress in her various roles in the 1950s, before and after this musical? Doris was able to show how versatile she was. She played a tomboy very well, but then was able to turn around and play a highly sophisticated feminine lady. Does Doris Day’s bright and sunny persona add or detract from the role of Calamity Jane in your opinion? Please defend your answer. It kind of does both. When she sang about her newfound love for Bill, you could see and hear the happiness that flowed through her. But she was also serious on the ride back into town with all of the goods for the townspeople.
  6. As you watch the interaction between the four characters in this scene, what do you notice about the way they include each other or relate to one another? How is it different from early musicals we have discussed? With the way that the each interact with each other, you'd think they have known each other for years. They looked so comfortable with one another. It's different in the sense that group numbers weren't so known in musicals of earlier years, they were more solo or just couple numbers. What do you notice about the costuming of the characters that indicate cohesiveness of the ensemble, as opposed to setting anyone apart? Be specific. All of their clothing seemed to be in blue or gray tones, so none stood out more than another. The only thing, though, that did pop out, was the red flower or bow on her belt. What do you notice about the staging and interplay between the characters that helps define the relationships between the characters in the song? They all blended together nicely, complimenting the dancing of the other.
  7. What do you notice about the way the scene is directed as Petunia goes to Joe’s bedside and as we cut to her outside hanging laundry? What does this tell us about her relationship, and the connection to the song? She's very thankful that Joe has survived and hopes that he loves her as much as she loves him. How would the song change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meaning change? How? I don't think it would change anything. She loves Joe, would do anything for him and to protect him. So she would show the same love and affection toward her child. What other thoughts do you have about this film, the issues of black Americans during WWII, and this film’s importance in this era? Black Americans were facing the same turmoil of sending family off to war, just like everyone else. It's important because it shows that they love their family exactly the same way and would go above and beyond for them. Things were tougher for black American families though since they weren't seen as equals to white Americans. They didn't get to earn as much money, they didn't always get the same luxuries.
  8. As it were for many others here, the first film of Judy Garland's that I can remember seeing, is The Wizard of Oz. It's probably the number one film that people think of when you mention her name. It's a movie that I've always loved. She's so humble, yet somewhat naive as Dorothy. It makes her feel so relatable to the young children who see the movie for the first time. But with seeing the clips in today's Daily Dose, I've come to realize that she was definitely a very versatile actor. She shared the screen with her costars excellently and seems to have had impeccable comedic timing. I'm definitely going to viewing plenty more of her films in the upcoming weeks of the course.
  9. 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. Going up the stairs, you saw portraits of past Presidents, you saw flags throughout the room. The talk of parades and shows gave the true patriotic American feeling. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost American morale? Quote specific lines of dialogue in your response. There was a sense of optimism as both men spoke, especially about parades. Cohan mentioned that he or his father never missed a show or a parade. Since this is the opening of a biographical musical, how differently do you feel this film would be if it opened with the Fourth of July Parade scene in Providence, Rhode Island vs. the opening with FDR in the Oval Office? Defend your answer. I don't think it would have gone over quite as well if it had started with the parade scene instead of the Oval Office. The scene in the Oval Office gave some of the backstory to why or how the Cohan family never missed a parade.
  10. 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 feel a sense of battle of the sexes with this clip. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball comedy musicals that distinguish themselves from earlier musicals in the 1930s? With the Great Depression in full-swing and upcoming WWII, women were becoming more self-sufficient and having to find work to contribute to the household. They were no longer just seen as arm pieces or wives to their male counterparts. They were up the upswing of becoming equals.
  11. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? He seemed as though he were a bit of a narcissist. He knew what he was doing was wrong, especially by showing the garter of a different woman to the one that he was currently with. He knew who was at the door and how to get out of the situation unscathed. Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. The sound of the gun shot and the rattling door, they both gave a dramatic feel to the scene. If there were no sound, you'd have to rely on the actions of the persons to be able to tell what was really going on in the scene. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression-era musicals? The high society to be portrayed as more down-trodden, as to appear more relatable to those escaping the realities of the Depression.
  12. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. Sgt. Bruce's interest in Marie is very much more obvious than Marie's for Sgt. Bruce. During the serenade in the boat, she looked as though she tried to pretend that she wasn't interested. But the further the song went on, it became more apparent to her of her feelings toward him. In the saloon, they both nearly stopped what they were doing as they caught their first glimpse at the other. I thought Marie felt heartbroken and/or as a failure for not performing to the norms of the saloon, so Sgt. Bruce went after her to see what he could do to cheer her up. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. As of yet, I don't believe I've seen either actor in a film or tv show. But I am very much looking forward to doing so throughout Mad About Musicals!. What do these clips tell you about the male/female relationships as they are depicted in the films during this era? What norms might you expect are supported under the Hollywood Film Code? These relationships seemed to be the norm in the movies from the era. Man meets woman, falls for her, but she loves someone else. He tries all he can to win her over. There's nothing wrong with these types of relationships, but once in awhile, they get old seeing them depicted so often. Let it be a role reversal, where she chases him. A small breath of fresh air.
  13. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? I do think that the clip gives a brighter perspective. It was the Great Depression, a time where you never thought of people as happy. The film took you to another side of the era, one to where people were happy and still showed it even during the toughest of times. It's a breath of fresh air, I suppose you could say. I can only imagine the tiny bit of relief or escape that the musicals, or even films in general, gave to people during this time in history. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? There was a sense of jealousy between Billings and Ziegfield. Neither knew who Anna would choose to work with, or to even love. It felt like a playful jealousy at first, but as her performance went on, you could very well tell that the two men were so very interested and wanted to become the apple of her eye. Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been filmed or scripted differently if it had been pre-code? Give specific examples. There may have been more scantily clad costumes or brasher words could have been said between characters. I think it's always fascinating to wonder the what-ifs of a film, especially ones from the beginning of Hollywood. What were they thinking? Why did they do it that way? What could have gone different?
  14. Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino are two that jump out at me as directing collaborations. Stephen King, as many others have said, would be a wonderful choice for writing. Wardrobe.. this is a little hard to decide, as I'm not really familiar with lots of designers of the stars or designers in general. Music.. Hans Zimmer. As far as acting goes, the options are endless.. as Hitch had a variety of stars and unknowns throughout his career. I would love to see Jamie Lee Curtis in a Hitchcock film role.
  15. I can absolutely agree with this! It was a film that definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, something that hasn't happened for ages. I'm not usually an M. Night Shyamlan, but this was one of the best films that I had seen in a long time.
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