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Everything posted by Judiv

  1. The song is being sung with both actors being together- hardly the place to belt out a song about how one of them is feeling! Nicky never gets too close- can't get too involved- but he does continue to follow this song/songstress. As the camera zooms out you see her wringing her hands, turning away, etc.. you see how much feeling there is is, at least on her part.
  2. In both gaslight and My fair Lady, you have a man behaving badly ( although not murderously in MFL). And these men have upset the ladies. He does a good job of following g the women while they tell the men off. But the use of light and shadow also enhances the anguish the women are feeling.
  3. In both movies he plays a chrming con man.......in earlier musicals I think he would have been more of a slippery/slimy character- one who wouldn't have gotten the girl ( or guy in V/V). You somehow wanted him to be victorious in spite of his con man habits. Obviously the times had. Hanged between the two films, and his portrayal of a gay man was daring, but not so overt as to be off putting to anyone. Chrming in both roles.
  4. The film looks backward into the time of Vaudeville and burlesque, and also is reminiscent of earlier musicals that are shows within shows. It's looking forward in that it is about a stripper and the lyrics are somewhat suggestive, something that would not have been present in earlier musicals. Rosalind Russell comes across as a pushy stage mother, and yet she shows by her entrance and pacing across the stage that she is a stage actress in her own right.
  5. The two dancers couldn't help but feel the rhythm of thatrhyming jingle and go from speaking the rhythm to clapping to a full out dance routine. Although the two men dance on sync most of the time they give off 2 very different feels. Gene aKelly is a very ahletic dancer. I always think of Donald O'Connor as midway between aKelly and Fred Astaire- looser than Kelly, but not quite as light as Astaire. Not that he's midway in talent- just in style! The straight man provides comic relief as he maintains his seriousness throughout the scene. I'm sure he is never able to lighten up which makes
  6. Doris Day's interpretation of Jane represents a departure from the 50's woman in being a tomboy and trying to fit into a man's world. But, I think her exaggerated movements and gestures make this representation a little less believable. Someone in her role as scout would need to be a little more focused and less sunny I think. That wouldn't make for a good musical though! I felt that Day had certainly grown as an actress from her days on the ship with Jack Carson. Perhaps she acted a bit to ok Hard in some of the dramatic roles, but I think I prefer that to the eternally sunny disposition
  7. The costuming was all done in subued and neutral tones. No one stands out in the group. Also, except for Levant leaving during a couple of dance steps, the group is all singing and moving together. No one is a lead singer or dancer. They are working together to come up with a show where each person will have a part, but you can't tell from here who would be a star or a leader. Each is contributing.
  8. During the song Petunia goes from singing with pleasure because her man is improving, but takes on a more happy lighthearted tone outside even though she's still got to do the laundry to make ends meet. Some aspects of her tone would probably be the same if singing to a child, but perhaps less of the tone when she's singing next to him. The lives shown here could be of people of any race. They are not shown in the usual roles of domestic servants, or some type of subservience. Progress indeed.
  9. Some clever choreography, with each action corresponding to the musical effect. For this to be effective, the shots have to highlight each of those actions as we're listening to the score. It's fun to watch. Interesting that Frank had a minor part in this number.
  10. My first recollection of Judy Garland is, like so many others, in Wizard of O, which we watched every time it was broadcast. I don't recall her in later films as much as I do on her TV show. I just loved to watch her put herself into a song. In that respect, I guess I'm now focusing more on her acting and noticing that she a great talent in that area as well.
  11. The settings including the White House and the parade all serve to promote a nationalistic mood- the Ival Office, Presidential portraits, flags flying, patriotic March music. Intalking with FDR, Cohan makes clear his love of country coming from his father and FDR backs him up with the comment about Irishmen living to wear their live of country like a flag. I like the opening with the older Cohan as it sets the scene for the telling of the early years, rather than just jumping into the hio coldnturkey.
  12. I think I enjoyed watching this dance scene more than some others b cause you actually get to watch GR dance! She's usually hidden under long flowing gowns. Her movements, in matching FA are less feminine, showing her equal abity. I'm guess he agreed T the end because he offered his hand. Women were becoming ng a bit more outspoken, less likely to sit at home and do the man's bidding and, of course, this will increase as WW II comes on. So many of the earlier musicals were or included lavish stage productions where the women were of the "chorus girl" type, dependent on men, looking for lo
  13. Count Renatd's character is made clear very early as he is caught with a garter that is not the lady's and as he & the woman try to flee as the door rsttles. The staging, which allows the Count to speak to us directly adds to the scene, and done of the props such as the drawer full of guns add humor to what could be a dire predicament. One would expect this humorous look at serious situations in other films of that time, allowing people to escape from dreary times.
  14. Both characters show their feelings (which change as they go on) in socially acceptable ways, even as their feelings grow stronger. There's a happy ending of course. And throughout the morning sic, while lowing expression of their feelings also stays socially appropriate and chaste. This seems to be the formula that occurs in their other movies ad well, with the initial situation and location changing.
  15. even the song was lighthearted, quite suitable for escaping dreary reality. The 5 pound comment as well. Certainly the costumes would've been different pre code and perhaps more suggestions very lyrics. Although these lyrics could be construed as suggestive.
  16. Whenever I think of this movie, my mind goes to the plaza with its shadows and light, both on the buildings, the street and the people. Orson Welle's entrance can be contrasted with Lana Turner's in that the camera starts at the feet, but where it moves slowly over Lana, it jumps suddenly to Orson Welle's face and then that's all that is illuminated. Very effective and memorable.
  17. Although it is definitely a noir film, John Garfield's entrance has a sort of every day quality about it. He's a drifter, but upbeat, looking forward to his future that may be starting here and now. Quite a contrast to Lana's entrance......slow, the camera climbing up her legs, not a word spoken, expecting the man to come at her beck and call..... now the every day quality is gone and the tension between the two begins as soon as they meet.
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