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  1. What I first noticed from this clip was the coordination of the costumes, as well as a certain drabness in them in terms of colors, such that no one's outfit truly stands out. Most have on something with the color grey and the men all have navy blue. A genuine sense of "uniformity" is created. Even the female actor, Nanette Fabray, is clothed in grey and white: nothing flashy as you would normally see in the highly decorative costume designs of the 40s musicals. You also notice the ensemble working together like a well-oiled, well-ordered, machine. At one point in the dance sequence when
  2. Yep! There are many examples for many ethnic groups that fall in the so-called "minority." Hollywood began, to some degree, an attempt to counter societal racism in the radical 60s both in film and on TV, but more often than not, I believe Hollywood simply reflected the culture of the times, that is the particular era, than standing as an outspoken voice for the oppressed and underdog.
  3. Carmen Miranda's musicals been played quite often over the years on TCM!
  4. RenaJ, Hallelujah is available for rent on Amazon and Youtube movies for a reasonable price. TCM probably also has it for sale. Check TCM's website. They have many of the classics they show for sale.
  5. I'm not a newbie, maybe to this thread but I am taking the TCM Madness in Musicals course and have posted on the boards before!!! Anyway!
  6. I see some mention on this thread of early black director Oscar Micheaux. What I didn't see, and maybe I missed it in perusing the many responses, was that there were a number of independent "Black" films in the 30s and 40s, maybe even the 20s, that were produced and directed by African-Americans, themselves. They were geared towards the black audience and were viewed primarily in black movie houses, that is, movie theaters in predominantly black neighborhoods. Oscar Micheaux and other black filmmakers like him did not have the financial resources or the backing of the white major film stud
  7. It is so hard for a lover of music and musicals like me to narrow my favorite or one that I come back to frequently down to one. However, if I had to name one, okay two, that occupy that position for me, it would be West Side Story and Carousel. I often show West Side Story in my music class and many students (high school) today find it corny, yet by the end many of them are hooked. As for me, as dated as it is, there is an edginess to the subject matter which is enhanced by the unique and genre-changing music of Bernstein and Sondheim at the time. Funny how the subject matter actually is q
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