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About Thief12

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  1. Well, I hope I'm not disrupting anything by making a "Thank you" thread, but here it goes! First of all, I'd like to say that this is the fourth course I've taken with TCM/Ball State/Canvas. Started with the Film Noir course back in 2015, and I've been hooked since. For someone like me, who discovered the passion for cinema perhaps a bit too late in life to change careers, this is a unique moment where I can truly watch, learn, and share my love for the medium. This year's "Mad About Musicals" course presented a challenge to me, and I think I've said this several times on Twitter and
  2. First things first, I saw Cabin in the Sky last week and I really, really liked it. Very enjoyable and entertaining film. One of the reasons why it's so enjoyable it's because of Ethel Waters earnest performance. This scene is a testament to that since there's such a loving nature to her performance that you just have to believe that she loves Joe. And that smile? Oh boy, glowing. Loved her performance in this. Didn't really care about Lena Horne.
  3. I really didn't have much knowledge about Judy Garland's career beyond The Wizard of Oz, which was the only film I've seen of her. But I really loved how Dr. Ament put her career in perspective in terms of her impact to musicals and Hollywood as a whole. It really piqued my interest and I have plans to watch several more of her films (hopefully, Meet Me in St. Louis tonight) As for the two scenes, it's really evident what Dr. Ament says about how despite her talents, Garland never tried to upstage her partners. And considering she is partnered here with Astaire and Kelly, both of which ar
  4. 1. The whole scene is designed to evoke a certain respect towards America and the US Presidency. From the elegance and reverence of the butler towards Cohan but also to his job, to the paintings and portraits on the stairwell. The whole Cohan demeanor, and how the President is portrayed as a respectful yet approachable person. The whole conversation with the butler about "singing and dancing about the grand old flag" to the conversation with the President about "always carrying a flag" and how he inherited that from his father. 2. Quotes to boost the morale? "It was a good old song i
  5. 1. I don't think I've seen anything about Lubitsch, but the things that are mentioned in the DD really jump to attention. The closeups of the gun, the garter, and other things. The way the camera and the direction moves to different sides of the room as opposed to the more stagey-like directions we saw in other films makes everything more real. As for the character, one can see that he is playful, sly, and clever. It's the kind of character that draws the attention. I'd really like to see more of him. 2. The distance of the sound as they talk from outside to inside of the room, as well as
  6. 1. Although I haven't seen this film, I think that both scenes are an example of how the tables turn between the characters. In the first scene, Bruce is very confident in his courtship and singing, while Marie either mocks him or doesn't pay much attention. In the second scene, it is Marie the one who's being ignored by the audience and upstaged by the other dancer, and she just can't take it. Bruce's expression is one of genuine preoccupation and pity of her. 2. N/A, cause I haven't seen them at all. 3. Well, first Bruce's courtship attempt is charming, but distant. He sees himself
  7. Arriving extremely late to this, but whatever... 1. I agree with the DD statement. The whole clip shows a whole "universe" devoid of the hardships of the times. Expensive shows, elegant dresses, huge flowers, valets and maids... like Dr. Ament said in the lecture, the film is probably appealing to the needs or wants of the audience, perhaps trying to help them reflect themselves in this "false" world of richness. In addition, although I haven't seen the film, it is said that the rivalry between the producers is more playful than cutthroat, whereas in true life, given the conditions of the
  8. I agree about the lecture delivery and also the conversation videos. One of the things I've enjoyed in these three Canvas courses I've taken with Dr. Edwards is how cleverly he has adjusted the delivery according to the topic. It shows a very deliberate and meticulous approach to the course. For example, "mysterious" conversations from dark rooms for #NoirSummer, "loud", sports-like commentary for #SlapstickFall, and finally, a more serious, biopic/documentary like for #Hitchcock50. As a teacher/professor myself, I can attest to how tough it is not to fall in a routine when offering course
  9. I saw it about a week or two ago and I enjoyed it as well. Very funny and well acted all around.
  10. I was about to mention those books. I read a lot of those when I was in junior high. Pretty solid, if I remember correctly. And BTW, I think those books are yet another example of Hitchcock's genius marketing strategy. Even though I, as a kid, had never seen a Hitchcock film, I knew who he was because of the TV show and this books.
  11. I've been vouching for one on horror films, starting with Nosferatu and Caligari and the sorts, going through the Universal monsters, and all the way through the 80s slashers and so on.
  12. If I were to summarize what I got from this course, I would say that I learned to appreciate and respect Hitchcock, not only for his films and craftsmanship, but for the impact he had in filmmaking and movies in general. If I were to expand, I would do it in three points, most of which have been expressed more ellegantly by Dr. Edwards and Wes Gehring: 1. Hitchcock's ability to balance between being an "artist" and an "entertainer". Like Dr. Edwards and Wes Gehring said repeatedly, it is amazing how well Hitchcock juggled both aspects of his career. Despite the fact that many artis
  13. Love this quote that Dr. Edwards brought from Hitch's Lifetime Achievement Award: "I beg permission to mention by name only four people who have given me the most affection, appreciation, and encouragement, and constant collaboration. The first of the four is a film editor, the second is a scriptwriter, the third is the mother of my daughter Pat, and the fourth is as fine a cook as ever performed miracles in a domestic kitchen. And their names are Alma Reville..." Reading up about Alma's collaboration with Hitchcock makes me wonder, she had already earned her reputation as a scriptwri
  14. I'm not stressed, so there's no need to "lighten up". Just trying to engage in a discussion about the film. Cheers.
  15. I haven't read all the replies here, but I don't think I've read any "wrath-filled" post from Vertigo fans Anyway, I'm a Vertigo fan, it is my favorite Hitchcock, but I don't think it is the best film out there and I don't think it is "perfect". So I might be an exception to your "rather large sampling", or it might just be not ALL Vertigo fans are "obsessed", "wrath-filled", or "zealous"
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