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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.
  15. Ginger is equal to Fred in this clip. He may start it out, but she decides to go along and stays with him. This is not a time of war between the sexes and "Battle of the Sexes" need not imply that, some have taken that too literally, especially as a culture change. They take turns leading, they are equal partners in this clip. In the Depression, men were lost, they were supposed to supply and care for the family and they could not. So the woman stepped in and got the money needed by getting a job, trying to keep the family fed and together. The children who could work did, as we
  16. The sound here is much better in this scene than 1927 in The Jazz Singer. While still primitive, the sound is very scratchy, it is still so much better than earlier. You also get good outside noise, in the voices outside the room before you see the people enter, and the crowd on the street running to see what happened after the shot, and again when he opens the balcony window. The “Lubitsch Touch” is very apparent in the sexual innuendo of the garter, then the jealous woman lifting her skirt to show she has both of hers, and even going higher than necessary to show it. Then when th
  17. The scene opens with the two in a canoe, traveling across a lake. They obviously know each other, but Marie seems to not care for Sgt. Bruce. They are getting her across so she can “meet another man”, and Bruce guesses what his occupation might be. Marie seems to get even more upset and anxious about being with him. Marie finally tells him “Italian Tenor”. Bruce then begins to sing, Marie's attitude quickly changes. She smiles, and rubs her fingers together, not looking at him, her eyes looking to left, thinking and smile getting bigger. Finally, she tells him, “You have a lovely voice”.
  18. This clip from The Great Ziegfeld, definitely shows things in life as much brighter than they were. The NRA (National Recovery Act) had already been declared illegal by the Supreme Court and now parts of the AAA (Agricultural Adjustment Act) was thrown out by the Court. All the administration of Roosevelt tries to do, it seems Republicans and the Court are stopping. While GNP (Gross Nation Product), continue to rise, and unemployment goes down, for most things seem to not look so rosy. Germany is out of the Depression in 1936, and while the U.S. is seeming to be heading in that direction it se
  19. I watched all the TCM offerings, and then a few of the ones on Youtube and the attached list in resources. Could only watch until 2 and then finish up the next morning. Basically TCM has done the same basic style of programming for other other two courses and it fits into how they also do "star of the month". The "Slapstick" course was at a bad time so I had to ignore that one, but Noir and Hitchcock worked well for me.
  20. There was another movie on the same topic of the Russian infiltration of the French Government Le Serpent or Night Flight from Moscow. Starred Yul Brynner as the defector with Henry Fonda. A Franco-German production.
  21. I can remember visiting London in 1972. The London we are returning to with Hitchcock is not the one he left. Hitchcock has enjoyed opening with scenes, or having scenes of famous places in his films, here we have one of Europe's great cities. Not only the city of history, Shakespeare or antiquity, but a New London. The cranes on the right building modern skyscrapers, and tall buildings standing over the old London. The minister of parliament is talking about cleaning up the Thames River, you can see the river is low and clogged, it is not low just because of tides. It also looks brown, dirty
  22. Marnie is a woman who uses her sexuality, the introductory shot is of her hips and bottom and how much she swings them (“needs a porch” as the old sexist observation used to go). Hitchcock is different here in that he is the voyeur, watching Marnie as she walks away, as he came out of his hotel room, and giving us a look, before turning away. Marnies purse is bulging, and it is with money as we see shortly, and she is very materialistic with all the new boxes being carried to her room show. She dresses to go with the lower class look she has. Then we see her with two suit cases being fille
  23. What interests me is how quickly people meet and fall in love in Hitchcock movies. It is always fast, but this is like a speed train, if they aren't playing and really don't know each other. A warning for women not to go to rural California with a man you just met. No wonder Suzanne Plushette's character seemed so hostile.
  24. I especially like the use of the Trautonium for the bird sounds, and Herrmann's composition for that. Miklos Rozsa had already done something similar with the Theremin, an earlier electronic sound device, for Hitchcock in Spellbound. It was also used a lot at Universal which was known as the "horror" and science fiction company. Frankenstein and all the sounds of the equipment when the monster was created. Definitely taken to a new level by Herrmann. Theremin: Herrmann The Day the Earth Stood Still soundtrack: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/day-earth-stood-still-1951/id645119942
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