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Everything posted by Janeko

  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. This scene shows so many aspects of film noir. The scene starts with children playing in the bright light outside, and then moves to the dimly lit room of a run down rooming house. There's the contrast between innocent kids playing in their neighborhood, an everyday occurrence and, not so far away Uncle Charlie, a serial killer, stretched out on the bed. He's well dressed, a contrast to the condition of the room. He appears depressed, almost resigned. The scene is so similar to the one showing The Swede in The Killers. When the landlady comes in, she's a middle aged woman, like Uncle Charlie's
  10. The opening scene is at a much slower pace than the earlier films we've seen, no crowds in a public place. Instead, there's an eerie, otherworldly feel to the scene as we slowly move along the overgrown path and eventually see the ruins of the house. It's sad and creepy at the same time. At one time it was a showplace with manicured gardens and well kept grounds. Now, it's in a state of decline and disrepair. It echoes the events that took place in the lives of everyone who lived there, the tragedy and heartache...I've not seen this film in a very long time, but it feels like the house, dark a
  11. I sometimes have a problem where the entire video suddenly freezes and I have a really hard time getting it started again.This happens both with the daily doses and the video lectures. I've tried shutting it down and reopening it, but that doesn't always work. Yesterday I had to watch daily dose of The 39 Steps by watching the movie on YouTube. Today I had no problem at all. If anyone has a solution, I'd love to hear it. This is the 3rd online class I've taken with TCM/Canvas and I've never had a problem like this in the past.
  12. The opening scene of the film is bright and cheerful, and the music underscores the lighthearted atmosphere. Sometimes it adds to the comedic tone, such as when the cuckoo clock with the soldier instead of a cuckoo starts playing its kind of boisterous tune, causing the clerk to hold his head as he is trying to talk on the phone. The folk melody also lets the audience know that the scene is not taking place in Great Britain. Caldicott and Charters come across as a parody of upper class travelers who view the British way as the best way, and look down on the cultures and customs of other co
  13. The Pleasure Garden, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and The Steps all open with scenes of people in public places, out for an entertaining, fun time. There are similarities in the use of camera angles, like the shot of the screaming woman in The Lodger and the man buying the ticket to the show in The 39 Steps, as well as the combination of long distance shots and closeups. For example, there's the closeup of the woman screaming in horror combined with the activities the theater dressing room in The Lodger. In The Man Who Knew Too Much there's the sweeping views of the ski run combined with the clo
  14. I think the characters will be more important than the plot. Four of the main characters are introduced immediately in the opening scene, and Abbott recognizes Louis and immediately attempts to hide the fact with laughter. Louis seems to know that something's amiss but it's like he can't quite put his finger on what it is. There's an indication of possible marital issues between Bob and Jill because of the way Betty prattles on about how her mother simply adores Louis and her father keeps replying "yes dear" and nothing else. So we learn important things about the plot through the interactions
  15. The sound swirls around Alice; she is separate from it. This emphasizes how emotionally isolated she is from everyone around her, especially her parents. They're oblivious to the inner turmoil she's experiencing. To me, the silence of the phone booth becomes a physical representation of the emotional isolation she's experiencing. When she asks her father if he has Frank's phone number he says no but that she an find it in the phone book. I was wondering if Frank's phone number just happened to be on the same page as that of the police but it's her tremendous feeling of guilt that causes he
  16. The POV camera action draws us into the scene. Rather than being voyeurs, outside looking in, we are united with the actors. The icy expression on the face of the headmaster as Roddy and Tim walk towards him let all of us know that something really bad is going to happen. Hitchcock's use of POV intensifies all of the emotions; the scheming, malicious expression on the waitress's face as she looks at both guys and then singles out her victim is magnified by the closeup. Her motive is clear. She picks out the one who's father is "rolling in dough." Tim's display of cowardice is almost painful to
  17. The husband and wife are apart physically at the party. She's in the room where the party is taking place while he's in another room talking business. But there's an emotional distance, too. They can only see each other reflected in the mirrors. She's married but is having no problem flirting with the guy she's sitting next to. When the guy says that the next time they go out, he'll have to take her to see the dancers' show, she looks excited at the idea, likes the "good life," but then catches sight of her husband's reflection in the mirror and her smile fades. It's like she's thinking, "yeah
  18. In the first daily dose, the for the most part, the audience members are leering at the girls on stage, partaking of a guilty pleasure. In the second daily dose, the crowds around the murder victim are drawn to the scene, staring at the victim much in the way people "rubberneck" when passing an accident on the highway. It satisfies a darker, guilty need. In the first dose, humor is light but in the second dose, when the man makes fun of the woman and her description of the killer, it's a dark humor. Sometimes people will use humor to distance themselves from the horror of the situation. Bu
  19. The use of dry humor (the dozing woman sitting next to the leering men, the guy smoking his cigar by the "smoking prohibited" sign,etc. ) and the sense of voyeurism he creates (like that in Rear Window) are Hitchcock touches. And there's even a blonde! even a blonde actress! Hitchcock is able to tell the story despite the lack of dialogue through his use of camera angles, closeups, etc.
  20. I was unable to see Sidewalk Stories but am going to rectify that!
  21. 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
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