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Everything posted by mamabear

  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 other
  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? Do
  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
  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 en
  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
  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 defin
  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,
  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.
  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
  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
  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 approache
  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.
  16. 1. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Feel free to rewatch the clip from The Lodger (Daily Dose #2) for comparison. Frenzy takes just a couple of minutes longer to discover the dead body than in The Lodger. You can also tell that Hitchcock has highly evolved in film making in the years between the films. But they both do come with the scream of a discovery of a dead body, as well as shots of London. Though, Frenzy gives London a better and cheerier vibe than The Lodger, London of old seems more stuffy and foggy than London of new. 2. What are some of th
  17. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objects. She likes to portray herself as different people. She has multiple social security cards, packed a suitcase full of new clothes and colored her hair to alter who she makes herself appear to be. She's definitely more than what she appears. What's her backstory? Why does she have all these identities? This is a film of Hitch's that I haven't seen, so I look forward to finding out these answers.
  18. In what ways does this opening scene seem more appropriate to a romantic comedy than a “horror of the apocalypse” film? What do we learn about Melanie (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch (Rod Taylor) in this scene? It feels more like a romantic comedy because of the early chemistry between Mitch and Melanie. She pretends to know all about the birds so that she can talk with Mitch. How does Hitchcock use sound design in this opening sequence? For example, how are the sounds of birds used to create a particular mood and atmosphere? The flocks of birds circling around outside the shop seem to f
  19. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigo and North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? The score is not as upbeat or cheery as other films have been, it's quite the opposite. It's scary, it's frightening, it signals to the viewer that the film will become terrifying for someone in the film. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date, and time: “FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH” and “
  20. Even at the level of the dialogue, this film is playing with the idea that two Hollywood stars are flirting with each other (e.g. the line, "I look vaguely familiar.") How does our pre-existing knowledge of these stars function to create meaning in this scene. Hitch used two of the most beautiful and handsome stars of the time in the film. So it appeared rather easy for Eva Marie Saint and Cary Grant to form some type of chemistry working together. Everything seemed to flow as if it just came naturally to them both. There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation from the ove
  21. Describe what you think this film will be about simply from the sounds and images in these opening credits. Even if you have seen the film, try to focus on these sounds and images themselves and “the story” (or if not "the story," the mood and atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. It will be something that mesmerizes and captivates one or more of the characters. But it will also be about something that becomes intense. In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful image in this title sequence? Defend your answer. I think
  22. How would you describe the opening camera shot of this film? What is Hitchcock seeking to establish in this single shot that opens the film? Whose vantage point is being expressed in this shot, given that Jeff has his back to the window? It's a tour through a neighborhood that is much like everyone's. We become a voyeur to our neighbors, we are watching what they do on a (extremely) hot day. What do we learn about Jeff in this scene without any pertinent lines of dialogue (other than what is written on Jeff’s leg cast)? How does Hitchcock gives us Jeff’s backstory simply through visua
  23. In how many ways does Hitchcock play with or visually manifest the metaphor of “criss cross” or “criss-crossing” in this introductory sequence. [For those who haven’t seen the film yet, the idea of “criss cross” is central idea in this film, a theme Hitch sets up from the opening frames of this film] Be specific. I suppose it could be three. First when we see the criss-cross of the railroad tracks, when we see the men making their way across the train from opposite sides to their seats, and then when their feet accidentally bump. Even in this brief scene, how does Hitchcock create a s
  24. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? Like it was mentioned in the lecture, there is the ever evident POV shot. The heavily hungover Alicia wakes up and sees Devlin standing in the shadows of the doorway. There are also the close-ups of both stars as to see their reaction to certain things that were said or done. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograph his two stars in this scene?What are some of the contrasts that Hitchcock trying to set up between these two characters through art direction, costume, and cinematography? The lig
  25. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this opening sequence? Moreover, what do we learn about or know about the couple through the scene's visual design: the props, the set design or dressing, the decor, the camera angles, the lighting, etc? The props of the food and dishes everywhere showed me that they were of a couple who are holed up in a room for awhile for reasons that we have yet to find out. The dressing of the characters shows that they're somewhat sophisticated and well-to-do people although their room looks like a pigsty. Do you agree or disagree with the following statem
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