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  1. My first recollection of Judy Garland was probably in the Wizard of Oz. I don't know if I had any first impressions of her, other than that she fit well in the role of Dorothy. I did not think I would view her any differently after those clips, but I was wrong. The clip for "For Me and My Gal", in particular, showed me that she did well on her own but she could also hold her own with a partner. I also noticed that she did not outshine Gene Kelly, and he did not outshine her. I don't know if it's late enough into her career, but The Pirate comes to mind. One scene, in particular, that I automatically thought, and is one of my favorites, is when she is put under the trance from Kelly's character and she starts singing "Mack the Black" to the crowd. For me, this is one of her more engaging numbers to watch because of the whole idea of her not knowing what she is doing and what she is performing is the complete opposite of her character.
  2. FDR mentions to Cohan that he likes the Irish Americans because of their love for everything of their country. This one piece of dialogue tells me how the American people were during this time of war: very supportive of America and willing to do anything for it. If this movie opened with the Providence parade, I feel like that initial establishment of the situation's seriousness would be completely missing. For me, the scene with Cohan and FDR is better for that reason because there is no vitality in the scene. It is completely serious and the photography of the scene helps establish that mood ascetically as well.
  3. I think that the battle of the sexes theme came in the way Ginger met Fred's challenge and held her own against him. When I was watching this clip, I could not help but think of the "anything you can do I can do better" scene from Annie Get Your Gun because this scene with Fred and Ginger was like the dance version of that number. I don't know about the whole movie, but this scene is different than the other depression-era scenes because it does not involve being on stage and performing for an audience. It is more of an intimate scene between the two characters and, for me, it is easier to appreciate the beauty because of the simplicity. This is one of the reasons why I love Fred and Ginger movies. The fact that you have moments that are not full of grandiosity and you are able to observe them from a 3rd person perspective is what makes them enjoyable.
  4. There are several instances of the Lubitsch touch, including the garter and the girl lifting her dress to expose the garters on her legs. The character of Alfred seems to be a two-sided one. At the beginning, you think that he is a playboy, who likes to go around with women and would be one to break a marriage up, based on his mannerisms with the girl and his reaction to her husband. But when that guy from Sylvania comes in at the end, I than got the impression that the playboy facade was present to cover up his true identity. There is one particular sound that, for me, transforms the scene to that of a silent film, especially with no dialogue for that chunk of the scene. When the husband of the girl picks up the gun and starts going toward Alfred, that particular suspenseful tune makes the scene more tense.
  5. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? I do agree that this clip shows a brighter perspective of life. Everything this clip exhibited was the complete opposite of what was realistically happening at the time. Another way that it shows a brighter view, besides the monetary differences depicted, was the insertion of light humor and clichés, like Anna thinking Ziegfeld was a “little boy” because of the jr. at the end of his name and the “ooo, lala” when she sees the flowers 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? The main theme that I have seen would be that of riches; people at the theatre, tuxedos, big gowns, expensive items. I see how musicals during this time would use this as a gimmick to get people to come, along with the light-hearted humor. Musicals, or any movie with these themes, were probably one of the few escapes that people during the depression had. 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. One thing I noticed at the end of the clip was that Anna’s assistant appeared to be undoing the back of her dress. If this was a pre – code film, this scene might extend to seeing Anna undress to her slip, for example. I have never seen this movie before, hence my thoughts about this question are sparse. The aforementioned was the only thing I picked up from the clip.
  6. The two musicals I find myself watching more than once would be the Band Wagon and Singing in the Rain. I like that both of these musicals contain dance sequences that give the appearance of being in a different scenario than the movie itself (''Girl Chase" in Band Wagon and "Broadway Melody" in Singing in the Rain). For me, this is what is most engaging and the reason why I keep coming back to these particular two.
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