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  1. Having heard Streisand sing it both ways, it would have totally changed the scene if she had belted it out. When she sings People here it is intimate, her and Nicky are interacting as soon to be lovers. It is a great song in a great scene, where their surroundings, actually are rather dingy, but you forget that, you really only see the two of them, and a somewhat anxious Fanny. Side note, I can still recall a promo for the film, about the making of Funny Girl, where they do the "Don't Rain on my Parade" partly, and you see the boom camera following her and the tape recording there
  2. This is a fantastic example of mise-en-scene Doolittle is gloating in his win, still not understanding Eliza's concerns or needs. The shadowing on her face, where the real her, and language at time, comes through. Especially though the background, the chests and furniture blonde and dark, the tools of his trade and win, and the tools that tortured Eliza, the phonographs, the flame for "Hereford, Hampshire...", the piano. All are there, supporting them and reminding us of her anguish.
  3. In these films you can see deeper into the characters of Professor Hill or of Toddy are deeper than those of before the Second World War. They are stars buy not the stars of the past, with the studio system gone, they can do all kinds of roles. By the '60's John Wayne was just John Wayne, you went to his films knowing exactly what you were going to get. The studio could lock stars in as they tried to do with Bogart, they never saw him as a romantic lead, Cassablanca changed that, as The Actor's Studio and others changed what it meant to be an actor.
  4. Rosalind Russell comes out like the star she was then. Experienced, and able to upstage everyone else, not just because of her part, but who she was. She is much better than Ethel Merman who mostly used her loud voice for everything.
  5. What makes Jerry remain likable is how we have seen him in the cafe earlier singing and dancing with the old woman and the owner's wife, and his interactions with Oscar Levant and Gigi's fiancee. Then walking with his paintings to hang them to American in Paris by Gershwin and seeing his interactions along the way with his fellow artist, the older artist arguing with the police officer and how he walks by "Churchill", and then calls to "Marie". We see the happy Jerry who loves his life in Paris, and who loves Paris. He's just a big friendly kid. We may know about his being a hard task mast
  6. Gene and Donald are buddies and Gene is definitely the Alpha while Donald is beta, but Donald also often is the goofy one who starts things. Compared to the professor they both show masculinity, while the professor is very wimpish and very quickly falls victim to Donald's making fun of the professor's job and leading Gene in pushing the professor around and then loading him up with lamp shades, cushions and other things around the room, and finally the vowel A.
  7. Calamity Jane seems like a transitional film for the 1950's. We have Doris Day starting out rough and tumble, moving all over the "moving" stage, in ways that in a western is seen as dangerous and occurs when the stage is being attacked, usually. Here is a woman that can move around just as well or better than John Wayne, she is an individual like the Ringo Kid, but rather than being separate from society as he was as a "supposed" outlaw, she is welcomed and brings the news and describes all the goods to the townsfolk, then describes all the sights for the passengers. Day's sunny
  8. Right off in costumes you see a difference, Fred is in a striped suit, good for a businessman, but the others are much more casual. Fabray in simple skirt and blouse, Levant in a light sports coat and dark pants and Buchanan in even more casual wear even with a cravat. They are the ones in unison working to get the individualistic Fred to understand and to change and join them in getting on the Bandwagon. This is different from post-war On The Town, where Kelly knowing that the others in the movie couldn't do the ballet, replaces them with real dancers and only he and Vera Ellen d
  9. Petunia is Joe’s woman, no matter what. Even when doing laundry, she is thinking about Joe, especially now that he is living, even in a wheel chair, where she might have more control over him? “When the cabin is bare, Joe kisses her and it is like Christmas everywhere”. Her love for Joe is absolute, in everything she does. This is an uplifting song, you can see that it is like the families torn apart by war, and when your loved one gets a chance to come home, even if just on leave. My father left school and entered the Army in 1938 or ‘39 with parents signature. My grandmother had
  10. Every shot is pre planned, they are working to the pre-recording and lip syncing and moving to it. It is easy to see how each scene is set so that the foley stage will be able to easily produce the sounds they want, and to leave out anything that they don't want, like the wind machine, for the scenes at the top of the cheaper seats.
  11. I recall that around every Christmas the Wizard of Oz would be put on, and that we kids would sit around on the floor watching it, eating homemade turkey soup. That was a big part of growing up and made the Wizard of Oz an important film for me, and it still brings back so many memories. That is of course my first recollection of Judy Garland as Dorothy. I can recall thinking later, why not Shirley Temple who fit Frank Baum’s idea of Dorothy better, but she could not have done what Judy did with that role. Next would have been Judy in the Andy Hardy films, remember watching so man
  12. Here is the syllabus: I may be able to get you some other things...It is available to me through review. Can't attach it so will try to copy. Course Overview: In this nine-week course, we’ll go back in film history to investigate the "The Case of Film Noir"—the means, motives, and opportunities that led Hollywood studios to make these hardboiled crime dramas, arguably their greatest contribution to American culture. This course will run concurrently with the Turner Classic Movies "Summer of Darkness” programming event, airing 24 hours of films noir every Friday in June and July 20
  13. This was a film to promote American Nationalism, goes far beyond values. The staircase to the Presidents office was iconic in all patriotic and historic films of the White House, especially with that long line of presidents paintings on the way up, especially Grant, Jefferson and Washington at the top of the stairs. On the way up the butler (African-American) remembers seeing him 37 years before when “Mr. Teddy Roosevelt” got him the tickets, and seeing Cohan up their with all the “flag waving”. Then on entering the Presidents office and all the nautical elements the paintings of s
  14. Rest in Peace Jerry Maren just learned he died May 24, the last Munchkin (dressed in green from the lollipop guild). He had a long career.
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