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Derek

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  1. It's become routine in recent years for the performers in live musical theatre to wear radio mics. This isn't as easy as it sounds, even with the latest technology. In the early days of musical theatre, performers were expected to reach the back row unassisted, hence "The Belt". The microphone, once the kinks were worked out (see Singin' in the Rain),brought with it the ability to whisper a song and still be heard. In this scene from Funny Girl Barbra Streisand is able to show off her full range, singing in almost a whisper in some passages and opening up in others. In terms of bloc
  2. My Fair Lady along with George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and another, quite different story, Gaslight are about seeing and not seeing. They remind us that appearances can be deceiving. In My Fair Lady, Professor Higgins is in the business of identifying people’s place in society from the way they speak. The ruling class is separated from the working class by their speech and by their appearance. Clothing, and My Fair Lady certainly has a lot to say about clothing, is another barrier between the classes. Eliza’s soot-stained face too, becomes a mask which hides her true self. In one of many m
  3. As I write this I have A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum on in the background, a musical with con-games on con-games. The traditional musical hero is a paragon of virtue compared to the heroes of the sixties. Rosalind Russell and Karl Malden con their way through the vaudeville circuit. Unlike the charming gamblers of earlier musicals, Omar Sharif’s Nick gets sent to prison. Guys and Dolls is also built around multiple cons. Then there’s Professor Harold Hill (not his real name). He’s a notorious con-man. Marion is the moral center of The Music Man. I found this quo
  4. Gypsy is on its surface a conventional back-stage musical with the ingénue seeking her big break. The audience knows a few things that subvert this narrative. Baby June isn't going to make it big in vaudeville and, in any event, vaudeville is dying. The act Rose has put together for her favorite daughter is, well, crap. Until the moment Louise becomes Gypsy Rose Lee, the onstage performances are comically bad. It's great to see Rosalind Russell face off with Karl Malden. Neither is a singer or a dancer, but their skill as actors shows in the verbal battles that run throughout the movie.
  5. The scene begins in middle shot, without Donald O'Connor's or Gene Kelly's legs in view. O'Connor is marking off the beat of the text with his head and his hands. As we move into the song, the camera moves out so that we see O'Connor and Kelly dancing with their whole bodies. it's interesting that the studio is sending both Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont to to elocution lessons. Lena obviously needs help, but why is Don here? Before the fifties, American actors were often encouraged to speak with a "mid-Atlantic" accent. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-a-fake-british-accent-t
  6. The point is, there's very little synchronized speech or singing in "The Jazz Singer". You might want to look at this section of the Wikipedia article on the movie: The Jazz Singer - Introduction of Sound
  7. Singin' in the Rain is the musical I've seen most often, it might be the movie I've seen most often.I love movies about the movies.
  8. Some Jacques Demy would be interesting (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg,Les Demoiselles de Rochefort). His work would provide a European perspective while being, in some ways, an homage to the Hollywood musical.
  9. Something I've always found interesting about Young Frankenstein is the way it transitions from the present day to the thirties or earlier. The lecture room scene clearly takes place in the present day, looking at the costumes, decor, and the number of women med. students. Freddy then boards a steam train to journey to Transylvania. The Transylvanian costumes and the one car we see suggest an even earlier time. Young Frankenstein's black and white photography actually makes this less jarring than it might have been
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