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  1. 1) In this scene Streisand's rendition of "People" is soft and reflective of her inner turmoil at that moment. She is shy, insecure and not sure how to handle his need to be"free". The lyrics of the song "lovers needing other lovers" expresses a message to him. At this tender moment, the song needs to be sung in a delicate but dramatic fashion. Her message leaves him pensive and enchanted. 2) The emotional transitional moments are subtle in this scene. Sharif follows her as she starts to sing and move away from him. The camera picks up on his expression of admiration but he doesn't move t
  2. 1) In both movies, Cukor uses period costumes, shadowy lighting (at times) and detailed scenery. In My Fair Lady, he uses Audrey's bold colored dress to frame and enhance her climactic moment. Cukor re-used the theme of the man using a woman for his benefit. He kept the idea of the manipulative man hovering over and controlling the female. In Gaslight though, Bergman stands bravely over him during her emotional scene. I agree that in both movies the women are made to feel out of place. 2) Cukor uses long shots to help viewers focus on the different temperaments of each character as they s
  3. 1)Male representation changed as the decades passed. In the 30's and 40's males were gentlemanly, romantic and often the center of the story. In the 50's there were more prominent musical performers, but in the 60's we see the growth of transcendental (as you put it) female roles. Males couldn't stay behind. How do you compete with an Audrey Hepburn ??In the 60's, male characters were either alpha or beta or a combination of both. They had more depth, emotion, and intelligence. 2) Preston had a unique voice and manner of speaking, evident in both movies. He plays a strategist that knows
  4. 1) In this scene, "Gypsy" moves backward because it starts off as a backstage musical with innocent little girls auditioning for a show. It takes a quick turn forward to a more permissive time to include a sinister promoter pushing for his girl to be selected. Meanwhile innocent looking June and Louise sing and dance in a clingy number when June does a cartwheel and exposes her undies. Later the story goes from untainted girls in vaudeville to young women doing harsh burlesque stripping. 20 Rosalind Russell known for her quick witted banter comes into the scene like a lightning bolt...lo
  5. 1) The stylized approach used throughout the street scenes in this film add a sense of artistic authenticity. Viewers from different parts of the world could feel as if they were walking the streets of Montmarte. Minnelli made it that believable! In this scene there are various types of artists in the busy alleyway streets as well as tourists or visitors walking by. It is my opinion that it was necessary to create the realism in each scene i.e. cafe, hotel, apartments for consistency, establish the love story then explode with the fantasy scenes. 2) Gene is likeable from the beginning of
  6. 1)Their pre-dance movements are slower, quieter and in rhythm to their giddy singing. The actual dance number is an energized iconic tap dance routine. Their dance movements are quick paced and timed perfectly with one another. I agree with chillfillyinak (again), O"Connor's style and Kelly's moves although different meld together in this number. 2) At the beginning he was "the professor in charge" then the dancers took over. The tortured the poor man! The professor becomes a willing prop for the two dancers, they place him wherever the routine call for it. It is harmless fun and adds to
  7. Cyd Charisse was the BEST, most stylish and accomplished dancer in Hollywood. She was classically trained in ballet and incorporated that into all her dancing. She had the most beautifully shapes legs. Oh those thighs. How I watched her movies and tried to dance like her. She may not have been the greatest actress but she held her own. favorite numbers....Dancing In The Dark with Astaire and the final number in Bandwagon with the red dress WOW!!! Silk Stockings..Number in the hotel room all by herself and final number with "Russian" dancers. I love an early dance sequence In "Sombrero" where d
  8. 1) Doris Day is showcasing a totally new type of female in"Calamity Jane". She plays a rough and tough aggressive "gal" who can hang out with the guys at the bar. The last clip shows a more subdued romantic side. During the 1950's in Hollywood there were several images in the continuum. There were the voluptuous types like Marilyn Monroe, early Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and the waif girl like Audrey Hepburn and Leslie Caron. The All American like Grace Kelly or sultry like Ava Gardner and Dorothy Dandridge. Each look lend itself to certain feminine characteristics. 2) Doris Day took
  9. 1) The four characters are part of a cohesive ensemble, they each have an equal part in the musical number. At first they surround sitting Astaire but he quickly joins them in song and dance. Each one sings and includes one another in a jovial manner. In reality, Astaire is the only dancer and Fabray is the true singer. They all take part in the action except for Levant in the dance number.Their rendition of "That's Entertainment" is full of expressive moves and the clever use of props. In past musicals, there was usually a star or two top entertainers in the show. This movie is a show within
  10. 1) This scene depicts the movie's ideology of good wins over evil. Ethel Waters prays for the recovery of her gambling, flirtatious husband because she is devoted, dutiful and forgiving in a religious way. When she realizes that her Joe will survive, the entire scene changes. She becomes elated and even accepts her daily house chores because after all, she has love. Her happiness is Joe and that is a direct connection to the song. 2) Like other viewers, I couldn't understand this question. The song describes a strong love that seems fit for adults and that's its purpose in this scene. Not
  11. 1) As a director it is crucial to pair the song lyrics and purpose, the exact dance movements with the orchestration and rhythm of the number. Not an easy task! This scene starts off with a shuffle of movement for the couple, she blocks his moves and he tries to change direction all of this done in perfect timing with the music. The rest of the choreography is designed to concur with the music in all of its movements. Her vocal cadence matches the drums and pace of the song as do her actions. As an editor it's important to capture the camera's movement with the quick paced movements of the ch
  12. 1) As many have mentioned, The Wizard of Oz was the very first Judy Garland movie I saw. I was six years old and totally mesmerized with Judy's emotional performance, her dynamic rendition of "Over the Rainbow" and her dominance in being the central character for the entire movie. I remember wanting to speak like "Dorothy" and have the where with all to help everyone. That's the impact she had!! 2)I have seen both of these movies and am impressed with the change in Judy's role in movies. She was no longer the girl next door trying to get Andy Hardy's attention. In these clips you see a gr
  13. 1)This movie is framed perfectly. It opens in 1942 with Cohan invited to the White House by President Roosevelt, that is a top honor even in today's measures. As Cohan ascends the stairs, he admires the portraits of former Presidents. He speaks to the valet who tells him that Teddy Roosevelt loved his song "It's A Grand Ol' Flag". Viewers immediately starts to feel a sense of national pride and what it means to be an American. The flashback scene takes us back to July 4, 1878 , the day Cohan was born. We witness a celebratory parade with flags, soldiers and marching bands. Testament to nationa
  15. 1) In this clip, Astaire starts off with a song to relate his intentions to woo her. Next, he challenges her to follow his expert dance steps. They go toe to toe on each step. Ginger"faces the music"as his equal and is pleased to have met his match. It is interesting to note that she is dressed in slacks and appears to be his equal in all physical moves. At the end she is pleased with herself and shakes his hand symbolizing parity at all levels. 2) Top Hat takes place in a luxurious Art Deco setting with the inclusion of important secondary characters that add to the comedic/romantic stor
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