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  1. I was browsing online to find some comparisons of their styles. I can back up what you say here about Keeler and Irish step dancing. I read that this is her background, as contrasted with Powell's background in...ballet (!). Keeler is mentioned as performing in a "buck-and-wing" style. In looking this up, I've learned that what we think of as All-American tap dancing is actually an extremely complex amalgam of African, African American and European American styles that have influenced each other for centuries. That's more than I wanted to know, BUT I did wonder if there was some non-European
  2. So glad to have you say this, Movie Wrangler. I felt the same way, though most of the posts I read from classmates seemed to take the position that Keeler was a "hoofer" and they much preferred Powell. I really found Keeler's style more appealing and even sensuous. She is more open and muscular in her style, while Powell is sharp, contained and controlled. I don't have a vocabulary to discuss dance, but I guess I know what I like! If Powell's background was in ballet, which we hear in today's Daily Dose, I wonder what Keeler's background was. Her style seems more natural and has a flo
  3. Charade has already been mentioned in this list but I wanted to go into a bit more detail about this film as homage to Hitch's work, and specifically to North by Northwest. I may have been more alert to this connection because I just watched North by Northwest and Notorious last week. 1, The presence of Cary Grant, though here he is 25 years older than Hepburn. That topic is not shied away from in the film though. 2. A scene in which a series of cabs is hijacked and the people trying to take them are pushed away by Grant. 3. Grant is fighting (he's quite the action hero in this o
  4. I'm most interested in characteristic #4: Slapstick is make believe. I posted earlier about whether slapstick is a "body genre" (as defined by Linda Williams). In the genres she discusses, horror, melodrama and porn, it seems like horror is the one that most attaches to this quality of slapstick--while theatrical viewing (or even viewing at home) may immerse the viewer in the horror experience and cause the viewer's body to have physical reactions (grimace, sweat, turning away), we always expect to be delivered back to reality, as in "it's only a movie" and "it's still daylight outside in
  5. I know almost nothing about slapstick comedy and I'm eager to know more. I associate slapstick with actions experienced by or performed by physical bodies. In "L'Arroseur Arrose," the comedy is not just in the action but is in the fact that the audience members can "feel" the comedy. What makes it so funny to see someone sprayed in the face with water? Well, we enjoy the suspense when we see what is happening with the hose and we enjoy the surprise (both that of the joyous sprayer and the surprised sprayed?) of the characters, but I think that we also react (physically--our faces m
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