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  1. 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? The scene would have felt different if Streisand’s performance had her belting it out by putting her character in a loud and pushy character where it could have scared off Arnstein. Brice had to keep in her quiet naive role so we could eventually feel for her success on the stage in contrast with her (Brice’s) personality. The portrayal kept her sensual and passionate about people rather than have the scene be all ab
  2. 1. 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) I love the movie Gaslight. The Cukor direction in that movie was superb. He seemed to give Bergman freedom to put herself in a constant state of confusion, but to portray it subtly; little by little where we don’t really see her reaching her limit of possibly going insane until, we, as the audience, and
  3. 1. 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? The most noticeable changes in I see are in the strong male actors that were being placed in musicals. I don’t think the typical charismatic actors were being put in the typical musical roles anymore. In addition to Robert Preston’s Musical Man role, I also thought Omar Sharif was not the typical co-star to portray a musical number alongside Barbra Streisand. 2. What other specific qualities do you notice about
  4. 1. This scene looks backwards in the way it has a vaudeville-ish performance when the two girls dance so animated and that they are performing individually like the 1940’s performers did. It seems to look ahead when Russell begins to put demands on the director and lighting crew. She, as a female, is being in charge which is the attitude of female performers to come. 2. I feel Russell’s entrance was very theatrical with lots of drama and quick talking. Her appearance was set up so she would look very important, with the brief case and dog in hand, which allowed her to be a bit int
  5. 1. 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? I like the less-than-realistic approach throughout the film. It provides a nice contrast to allow the viewer to focus on the story while the characters can act out their dreams and fantasy. This approach helps keep the story in perspective. 2. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikeable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlikeable? The only thing that keeps Jerry from being completely unlikeable
  6. 1. The pre-dance movements seem to set us up for a kind of comical scene where O’Connor is not taking the lesson seriously. Kelly’s reading keeps the cadence going and then they both start breaking into a two-part song. 2. A straight man has got to have a lot of self-confidence and be willing to step back and let the others get all the attention. Still this scene would not be nearly as affective without a straight man. The focus is on the wonderful dancing, but the professor is needed to give the dancers a reason to use the props and finish the scene. 3. I think th
  7. 1. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? The film represents a strong reflection of how a female performer can really take hold as a leading actor and how more women were becoming the focal point of the musical themes. Why? Woman were becoming more independent and were eager for stronger character roles and could hold their own against the male performers. The economy was doing well and woman could choose their career rather than have it be assigned to them like what happened during WWII.
  8. 1. 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? For this, I turned the sound down on the video clip. So first, I noticed how close they stand, sing, and dance next to each other and how often they touch each other. Then I noticed how animated they are; their hand movements and facial expressions are so exaggerated. But in the end they are keeping each other positive and smiling. How is it different from early musicals we have discussed? The early musicals were of ind
  9. 1. I noticed that the scene was directed to keep Ethel on a close up shot while she sang with a huge smile on her face. Although the song is poignant because of her love for Joe, her smile is infectious. Cutting into the laundry scene shows another day has passed and we see Joe sitting up in his chair on the way to recovery. 2. I don’t think the song would change even if Ethel was singing to a child. Singing to Joe is like singing to a child. The lyrics talk about angels, Christmas, and love; lyrics that can relate to anyone. 3. I can see in this scene that besides
  10. 1. The key actions highlighted were the running up the stairs, the the knocking on the wall, and the running up the bleachers, in that dress, in addition to Betty lifting and swinging Frank on the bleachers no less! This scene really made Betty look like an aggressive woman and made Frank look like a little boy. 2. This sequence prepares us for the singing as each key action pauses and the music also follows a swell and then calms so the actors can start their singing.
  11. 1. The Wizard of Oz was the first film I watched with Judy Garland. I thought her singing was wonderful and that her crying was so moving. 2. I view Judy as being so professional because she makes the routines look so easy. Her body movements are natural and fluent. She’s dancing with two of the best technical dancers in musical history. You can tell she loves music and all it has to offer with singing and dancing. I’m surprised the scene actually shot Judy’s hands on the piano keys; they didn’t do that very often. It’s like placing Judy in Dancing with the Stars…she, too, ha
  12. 1. This scene promoted American values by the making the long staircase a focus of the scene so it can highlight the huge paintings on the wall of past presidents and by the conversation between the two characters about George’s dance number about the flag. I also noticed the flag pin on George’s lapel. Just the fact that George was visiting the President of the United States showed a huge American value; that the President was accessible to those people who put America first. 2. I thought when George started talking to the president and the president said how George “was his doub
  13. 1. The Lubitsch touch allows the audience to see how dramatic these characters can be without it being a musical scene. Alfred is very amused by the woman being disinterested in her husband and prefers Alfred instead. 2. The sound in this film is very quiet except for the sounds that made a difference in the scene, the dialogue, the prop gun, and a door shutting. There’s no background noise like music, or noise from the outside in the streets, or noises from the characters’ movements. 3. I can see where the glamourous dress of these characters were used and repe
  14. 1. I noticed that Sgt. Bruce has a huge liking for Marie but she does not seem to return his flirtatious persona. 2. I’ve only grown up seeing film clips and remember how they were the classic romantic musical couple of the silver screen. Many early cartoons and television shows would imitate them. 3. These clips tell me that the male/female relationships were very different than they are today and that during that era it was very common to see women dancing as one of the main sources for a man’s entertainment.
  15. Daily Dose #1 1. Yes. I think the brighter perspective is shown here vs. how things were in the nation as people were coming out of the depression. The audience was filled with high society people dressed in expensive clothing in an expensive theatre and probably prior to that, out for dinner and drinks. 2. I see a theme where life was carefree and money was not a concern. 3. If this was pre-code, I think the language and costumes would have been more provocative.
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