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  1. How might Streisand’s performance of the song “People” have felt different in the film, had she been more theatrical and expressive, perhaps even belting her song more? The lyrics to the song is not one to belt out, it is sung by Streisand as an emotional conversation through song to Sharif. The setting is like a theatrical stage but the mood of the song is more somber. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene: how do the two characters relate to each other as the lyrics are sung? It starts with dialogue between them, and moves into song by Streisand while she wa
  2. As you look back to the masculine performances in musicals of past decades, what changes in male representation, and performance would you say are most noticeable? There are more different types of masculinity represented, and more expressive with feelings. You see changes within roles between men and women. What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? He has a distinctive presence. Have you seen any Robert Preston films that are not musicals? If so, what do you notice about his characters and his approach to acting, now tha
  3. Explore any common themes and filmmaking techniques in a very different movie also directed by George Cukor, Gaslight. (If you are not familiar with Gaslight, compare and contrast Cukor's theme in this scene and his techniques with another musical you have seen during this course) Common theme in both is the dominating male character over the woman. His film techniques are very stylistic in architecture, elegant costumes for men and women . You also, see this in the Star is Born, and Les Girls. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene, how the actors portray them, and h
  4. In what ways does this scene look backwards to classical musicals and how does it look ahead to new disruptions that we now know will happen in the movie musical? It has the feel of a theatrical vaudeville stage act. This is the introduction of Mama Rose in the film. Comment on Rosalind Russell’s entrance and performance especially as a traditionally trained stage and film actress. Rosalind Russell gives a strong, powerful performance with the presence of a domineering stage mother. Pay attention to the song “Let Me Entertain You” in this scene. Is there anything you
  5. Does a movie that has as stylized a scene as An American in Paris’ ending ballet need to use a less-than-realistic, stylized approach throughout the film? No, it is a way to show fantasy within that scene. The stylistic approach has that Parisian effect throughout the film. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikeable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlikeable? He didn't seem unlikable to me but I can see why someone could think that. He has the personality of a confident artist, and doesn't waste time with small talk. Trying to find someone who appreciates hi
  6. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? Their dance steps are synchronized, and both are mirroring one another. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. He is very serious while the others are ridiculing him by imitation, and throughout the dance with use of props which are thrown at him towards the end of the scene. How do the representations of masculinity in all three men compare and contrast with each other? They both seem to compete with one another but during d
  7. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? Doris is not the traditional sort of gal in this film character. She does however, follow the great musical arrangements that she sings so beautifully. Doris Day is wholesome but not feminine, and her character is being like the guys naturally without really trying. How do you think Doris Day grows as an actress in her various roles in the 1950s, before and after this musical? Doris Day is naturally talented in singing and dancing. She progresses into more films wi
  8. As you watch the interaction between the four characters in this scene, what do you notice about the way they include each other or relate to one another? How is it different from early musicals we have discussed? They are all coming together as a group to unite in a show - theme for 1950s musicals. Earlier musicals were concerned with economic disparities, and war. In the 50s, the economy was improving after the war, and people were able to live a good life. What do you notice about the costuming of the characters that indicate cohesiveness of the ensemble, as opposed to setting an
  9. What do you notice about the way the scene is directed as Petunia goes to Joe’s bedside and as we cut to her outside hanging laundry? What does this tell us about her relationship, and the connection to the song? You see the love and devotion to her husband. She is happy with a simple life as long as she has his love. She caresses his shirt from the laundry. Even the song has very simple lyrics of love. How would the song change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meaning change? How? She would have sang it reflecting a different kind of love for her c
  10. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. Right from the start of the scene the two are shifting back and forth to create the chase, and music takes flight. Suddenly and abruptly the music stops, and she goes right into the song of his fate. When he throws the ball, she throws it away, and sings that it will happen sooner or later. She uses many hand and body gestures to make her point. A woman going after what she wants. He slides down the banister into her arms. It’s interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How d
  11. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? The very first Judy Garland film I watched was the "Wizard of Oz". As a child, I was fascinated by her, and looking at it now, it is a film that is still magical for both adults and children. Who cannot forget how she looked wearing that gingham dress, ponytails, and "red shiny shoes" clicking her heels to a fairytale place. Her voice was amazing, and had that star quality. How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? We disco
  12. Describe how the scenes in today’s Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. Be specific. Refer to props, set design, settings, etc. in your answer. References made to the celebration of the flag and parades. Entrance to the staircase, historical framed photos on the walls, encased memoirs of ships, the camera only showing the back of the President's back during the vocal interchange of conversation. Antique like props on the President's desk indicative of the decor in the White House. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In
  13. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? They are both in sync with their dancing and finding common ground. Gingers Rogers plays a female role that is strong, no nonsense, and independent. She relates to being as an equal to a man. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? It is captured through the way of dress, more casual, the scenes are more natural. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depi
  14. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? The use of various props (the guns in the drawer) suggests Alfred's sly conquests of women. Taken from the silent film, the focus of the object or objects of a dramatic scene. Witty dialogue interchanged between characters with playful sexual undertones. Alfred's sophisticated European style and flair, and his indiscretions reveal a double standard, and flawed character. His elegant charm and wit captured in a single scene when he f
  15. 1. The interaction in the first scene is about "the courtship". Nelson Eddy being the perfect gentleman trying to impress Jeannette McDonald. Both playful and humoring one another in a suggestive way. The boat and just the two of them makes for a romantic setting. The second scene Nelson Eddy walks in with two ladies by his side, within a crowd while he sees Jeannette singing. One of the ladies is dressed very risque and her movements which Jeannette mimics as to point out her contempt and dislike without saying anything. it could only be for good/bad contrast of how a woman is depicte
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