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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? Her character does not warrant the song to be anymore theatrical. As they begin their journey together this scene provides an excellent look at the character Fanny. The softness is magical. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene: how do the two characters relate to each other as the lyrics are sung? The characters are drawn together. A commonality and basis for their attraction. How do
  2. 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 themes, the casts are not big like other musicals. In both films it is more centered on intimate relations. Although the themes are worlds apart, the direction of the actors are more developed/involved. Not big productions like broadway etc. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene, h
  3. 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? Not seeing either films, the clips are so different from earlier persona of a masculine performance. everything has changed, the sexual revolution and cultural differences from post war production. These films surely shocked audiences who did not realize the plot and thought oh goodie another musical in small midwestern towns. The expressionism in Preston’s performance is with precision. I see pure confidence in every step
  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? The vaudeville touch this clip shows definitely brings the viewer back in time until the modern day woman, Mama Rose, takes the lead. It feels very slapstick, screwball, variety as we watch the characters define their roles. There’s a little bit of everything in the costume department line up behind the action on stage. Almost circus like. Russell’s role is completely out of place in this scene hence the disruption of what class
  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? My favorite Kelly movie. I could not imagine this film any other way and find this stylized approach leading and preparing the viewer for the wow factor of the ending ballet. Otherwise, it would have been choppy. It’s simply brilliant and smooth throughout. It’s like little morsels until the finale. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikeable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlikeable? The “go on an
  6. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? As they gear up for delightful schoolboy mischief, the scene attracts the viewer by implementing an enactment of Moses Supposes while pulling in the professor as well. It no longer becomes an exercise of alliteration and rhyme. The tables are turned as they begin to bring the professor into a student role. As the scene progresses, Kelly and O’Connor continue to astond the audience on and off the screen into a fabulous tap of perfection. Those two aced this test. Watch the Professor all
  7. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? Day is a show stopper!!!! This is one of my favorite films, stands the test of time. She breaks the barrier and portrays a brilliant character breaking the norm. No seductive, man pleasing, well mannered, needy gal with Calamity. She is a rootin’ tootin’ high flutin’, amazing, nothing’s going to stand in my way, do what I want sasparilly gem. This role was made for her. No one could have done a better act in my opinion. Day is a pioneer for equality of women hands do
  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 remind me of the Four Musketeers, I know that’s a bit corny, but all for one and one for all is the theme of this scene. A pep rally for Astaire to come aboard, then a little song and dance to set the mood of knowing they are going “all in” for the next musical show. The clip gives the audience a knowledge even if it’s been done before they can make it bigger and better, al
  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? The direction of this scene brings the viewer to an intimate union of the love and unbreakable bond that Petunia has religiously. For me, the simplest form of existence is to love and have purpose. Petunia performs this perfectly. Praising God, get the preacher, and everyone...tell them Joe is fine. She doesn’t want/need a doctor to fix anything as her faith in love and purpose i
  10. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. Very comical clip, Sinatra being cornered. In a stadium no less. Each spot has huge exits and he still is not able to find a way around her as the camera closes in on intimacy. It’s brilliant. It’s interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How does this sequence prepare us for the singing? The segue speaks volumes with the action taking place. It does this amazing work of allowing the viewer to actually know with a feeling of hearing the actors in a conversation befo
  11. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? The Wizard of Oz.... as a 70’s kid, this was my all time favorite film. Grew up watching it, and couldn’t wait until the next year to watch it again. My year was not the traditional Jan 1st but Nov, the day of Thanksgiving, turkey all the fixings and an evening of brilliance. This was one time I was in complete control of the television box. I feel very fortunate to have grown up with this forever magnificent classic. I only knew her as Dorthy, had no clue she even had another name. She was my
  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. Equality, unity and the pursuit of happiness. Good ol red white and blue. From the lovely parade to the the Oval Office. The veterans where loved and hero’s. More important than the president himself. It promoted we’re all in this together. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost American morale? Quote specific lines
  13. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? I found this scene to be very playful and a demonstration of whimsical compatability dueling tap relationship. Rogers decides, ok he’s interesting, let’s see if this may go some where. I feel the scene lacks any battle of the sexes. I see her with the upper hand throughout, Astaire already knows this, wants to be noticed. He begins with, come on...dance with me....don’t you think I’m cute? as her back is turned. The thunder brings her to make a decision in or out and the courting begins. I
  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)? My first thought is 007. The scene is set in a lavish penthouse type suite, fiasco, girl, report to the queen. I believe this could be a hint of the original “Bond” experience. Haven’t seen the film, I could be wrong. Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. Lubi
  15. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. They are one of the most adorable couples on screen. Haven’t seen any of their films but excited to get to know the characters and where the adventure leads. At this time from just seeing two clips, he is the hero, knight in shining armor, always to the rescue, perfect Mountie. Geez could he be anymore gorgeous hunk of a gentlemen. He is all for the girl playing and toying while he stakes a claim. She goes for the bad boys, hence the Italian Tenor. There is a und
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