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  1. I love today's Daily dose since I am a sports fan and also a sports film fan. So excited to see the blending of two of the genres ---sports film and musical --- and more excited to see that the film goes so marvelously well considering the time when it was produced. While I am amazed at the techniques shown in the clip, I am more intrigued by the gender issue reflected and played between the two leading characters. We know the film is a WWII film and during the war women stayed behind and took on men's jobs. I was wondering if the masculine way of portraying the characters is Garrett's own acting choice or the director's, or the editor's intentions to highlight them and implicitly made it into a feminist-like film before feminism became mainstream like in later decades. The field of sports, like the baseball stadium, is masculine and often considered as men's space, but in the clip, I see this reversed power play where Garrett dominates both the actual male body and physical male space --- a deed I find very nontraditional and inspirational in the sense of gender.
  2. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? I think a longer clip would better help me to grasp the tone of the film in terms of bright or dark. However, with these two particular scenes, I can still sense what the film attempts to achieve --- light, comical, romantic musical film that appeals to the mass audience. What entertain me most are how the writer(s) using the puns eg. 5 pounds (as money and as weight) and Jr (as name/title and as age). I surely can see the production team tries their best to make their audience laugh with those linguistic devices. 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? I would expect to see more themes of love triangles and business competitions, and the portrayals of show business eg. Hollywood. 3. Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been filmed or scripted differently if it had been pre-code? Give specific examples. Well, I can imagine the film might have been a bit more violent and sexier as I am thinking of how most films make appeals nowadays . It might have included street fighting scenes, more realistic business dealing (may involve gangsters and the police), and actresses in underwear or half naked.
  3. 1. Well, to me, it is all about "the pleasure of gaze" and the visual sensation stimulated by shape, color contrast, and speed. Hitchcock's first film does echo his later films, such as Vertigo and Rear Window, in terms of the way of seeing-- spying and peeking. 2. Certainly, but with hindsight. I think from the beginning the director himself was not so aware of what he could achieve, or envisioned himself as one of the greatest filmmaker of the 20th century. That being said, I do think he got the essence of cinema at this early stage of his career. The relation between the watcher (the camera) and the watched (the object), the relation between the spectacle and the spectator, and the staged nature of acting/performance are fundamental issues about cinema as a form of art (though during that time whether cinema is an ART was debated). 3. I'm pretty ok with no synchronous sounds, but I find those inserted subtitles distracting and dictating. They cut the flow of the acting and plot, and they "teach" audience how to interpret the scenes.
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