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Janeko

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  1. I want to thank Dr. Ament, Dr. Edwards, Dr. Gehring, Mr. Rydstrom, and all of the behind the scenes people, for Mad About Musicals. I'm not exactly known for my technological expertise, so I can't imagine how complicated it must be to put together something like this! The video lectures, daily doses and podcasts made for a great learning experience. It was a such a gift to hear all of you sharing your knowledge and personal experiences so freely, and I really appreciate all of it! Like so many of my classmates, I'm sad to see the class end. And I'm already looking forward the next one
  2. I would love to take a course on the history of Sci Fi films. I'm also hoping for a course on the history of horror films. There are a lot of great (and, truthfully, some not so great) films in TCM's library in both categories. It would be a lot of fun to explore the development of these genres.
  3. A course on the history of horror films would be awesome. They could start with silent films like Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and The Phantom of the Opera, and go on from there. That would be awesome!y Maybe they'll consider it if enough people are interested.
  4. I got through Seven Brides but was very disappointed in it. I thought the dance scene at the barn raising was spectacular but the rest of the movie went downhill after that.
  5. When I read your post, I couldn't help thinking of the post WWII drama The Best Years of Our Lives. Al has an upper middle class lifestyle, family has been able to continue living in quite an apartment while he was at war and he returns to the bank he worked for with the nice surprise that he has been promoted. But Fred has no real job skills and can't find a better paying job, winds up going back to his old job as a soda jerk. His younger coworker is now his boss! And Homer and his family and fiance are struggling to adjust to his having come home with a major disability. Three very dif
  6. I also find it difficult to analyze films at times. I think that some people are just more analytical than others. I find that reading the posts of my classmates is a big help. And I also find it helpful to watch the movie more than once. But I really just focus on enjoying the class and the films. I learn so much from the video lectures and daily doses and written notes. By the end of the course, I'll know a lot more about musicals than I did at the beginning. The class is a starting point of sorts, and I can continue to learn by picking up a book or two on the subject.
  7. I haven't seen one of their movies in ages and truly had forgotten just what beautiful voices they had!
  8. To me, the opening sequence images and the tone of the music let me know that we'll be watching a film about a relationship between two people that becomes mysterious, dark and disturbing as it deepens. The changing, swirling patterns reflect the many twists and turns that will be occurring in the story. I love the transition from black and white to color as the sequence plays out. Relationships aren't black and white, and the use of color reflects the range of emotions that the characters (and we) will be experiencing. Bass' images and Bernard Herrmann's music are perfect together. I've n
  9. I was unable to see Sidewalk Stories but am going to rectify that!
  10. I can only base my response on the two clips we saw from this film because I've not seen Anchorman in its entirety. ZAZ defintely was a big influence in this film. Ferrell's manner and attitude are so like Nielsen's--serious and tough. The whole fight scene is nonsensical! Everyone is dressed in business suits and yet are able to pull out these big weapons from under their jackets!! Ferrell's coworker has a hand grenade and has no idea where it came from. These guys are all going to rumble but set up the ground rule that there's to be no touching of faces and hair!!! The fight start
  11. Woody Allen has never been a favorite of mine. It has nothing to do with his personal life. There's just something about him as a person that I've never liked. I tried to watch Bananas with an open mind. But the film is 45 years old and the world has changed so greatly in terms of the violence we're all dealing with these days. The blatant violence portrayed in this film--televising an assassination like it's a sporting event, the merciless firing squad scene, etc., just didn't seem funny to me. I guess I've seen too much news coverage of shopping malls and restaurants and movie theaters b
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