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Everything posted by dweigum

  1. Why are we unable to see any of the Thin Man Series in Canada? And when a theme is selected the substituition does not fit the theme.
  2. 1. This song reflects the character"s consideration of what is important in life. Is she even singing about herself? Maybe having an inner conversation about what she wants or needs. It is subdued and controlled to have sung it any other way would have lost its impact. 2. It is a very quiet setting and the mood and or emotional changes occur in the song. At the beginning we see Nicky's reaction from behind, the slight tilt of his head. From a distance he doesn't take is eyes off her, indicating his interest in her feelings. The emotional high points come in the perfromance of the so
  3. In comparing this scene to those in Gaslight I see the similarities. Charles Boyer is deliberately deceiving his wife into believing what is real isn't and visa versa, she in turn becomes confused, agitated and doubts her own reality. In My Fair Lady, it is not clear that Professor Higgins is as oblivious to Eliza's feeling as it appears but more a consequence of class and upbringing. He dismisses her value compares her to an insect, a cat when she is seeking validation, respect and love; to be seen as more than an experiment. The common theme here is that the women are being exploited ar
  4. It has been interesting to observe the evolution of the maasculine roles in movie musicals. In the early years many of the films' focus seemed to be more towards the female leads or at least on a equal basis with the males. The roles often reflected relationships that didnt depend on a dominant male figure and often in the end, the resolution of the male and female characters' relationship varied i.e. found love and both continued in the busisness, got married and assume more tradional roles. I am thinking of Broadway Melody, The Goldiggers of 1933, Born to Dance for example. Fred Astaire
  5. This scene from Gypsy is reminiscent of some of the back stage musicals we saw during the course. Its a musical about musical performers and their pursuit of stardom, fame in the entertainment business, a common theme in the old hollywood musicals of the 30s, 40s and 50. Mama Rose is grooming her children for the stage which appears to be in the vaudeville era. When Rosalind Russell arrives in the theatre she immediately takes over, the stereotypical stage mother. Rosalind Russell's stage experience is evident in the way she projects to characters both on the stage and in the audie
  6. I like your analysis of this scene in An American in Paris. It brought some persective that I had not considered. The only point I would argue would be the overall likability of Jerry but I suppose that is a reflection of the complexity of human relationships in real life as expressed in film.
  7. 1. Having a more realistic approach blended with other scenes using more imagery and imagination makes the film more accessible to a wider audience and also creates a special effect. The scenes that represent the real world rather than a dream or imagination are important in moving the story foward and maintaining the attention of some audience members who might not "get it". The stylized scenes like the ballet are gorgeous. The other parts of the film telling Jerry and Lise's story are also beautifully filmed but with more realism. The colors, attention to detail all reflect the overall q
  8. Well in this daily dose I'm afraid the professor is no match for these two friends who at first try to humor him but the whole thing is at his expense. It is so gloriously entertaining that you can hardly blame them. Donald O Connor's facial expressions as the professor is attempting to improve Kelly's diction are priceless and of course generates their rejection of the exercise which then becomes this great dance routine. It is interesting and very clever as the rhythm of the spoken word moves seamlessly into the rhythm of the dance. The straight man (professor) becomes a prop as the
  9. Calamity Jane dresses like a man, her speech is unrefined and she performs tasks that would traditionally be assigned to a man. She is attractive and likable but it seems like she is not taken seriously. The same could be said of the role played by Betty Hutton in Annie Get Your Gun. It appears that if a woman assumes interests that would normally be attributed to a man the women become caricatures, no subtlety. The tone does change when she recognizes shes in love and this soft side is exposed in her singing of Secret Love. If Marilyn Monroe was one extreme then Doris Day in this role i
  10. Daily Dose #9 The Band Wagon This number illustrates a group of friends/colleagues none of whom become more of a focus from the other. The fact that they are a foursome highlighted equally, differs somewhat from the musicals previously covered where the focus tended to be soloists or duo Fred and Ginger, Garland and Kelly. Each performer receives the same amount of attention and they are constantly synchronizing their movement to support the other in projecting the purpose of the number to advance the story. As was pointed out in the lecture video by professor Ament and Rystrom it is a
  11. Cabin in the Sky, as was Hallelujah before it, was an important film in that it featured an all african american cast, but fell short of being a trend setter. These movies did not result in much change in the overall status of the african american performer in Hollywood at that time although these films were successful at the box office. Having said that it was an important beginning, but even today we still have issues regarding diversity in the movie industry. Ethel Waters performance of "Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe" is a reflection of her devotion to her husband, her commiten
  12. Take Me Out to the Ball Game In this Daily Dose scene we see Betty Garrett "go in for the kill" in her persuit of Frank Sinatra (well their characters at least). Each scene is choreographed to highlight her determination to win her man and also to reflect the physical attributes of the two characters. I noticed that they were equal in size and height, Sinatra was no match for her. As they moved up and down the bleachers, the forward movement periodically stopped to highlight the physical comedic action between the two principles. No way would these scenes have worked with John Wayne,
  13. The Wizard of Oz was the first movie that exposed me to the talents of Judy Garland. I was a child and enjoyed her performance even then, a female character with whom I could relate, but I suppose at the time I didn't understand it that way. It became a tradition in my family to watch the Wizard of Oz every year when it was broadcast on TV, I think around Easter. My siblings and I were invited to our friends and neighbors house to watch it in color, that dates me doesn't it? My favorite movie song is Somewhere Over the Rainbow and over the years I grew to appreciate the quality and vulnera
  14. The opening of Yanke Doodle Dandy present an almost reverent homage to patriotism in the portrayal of the meeting with FDR. The walk to the office, flags along to way and his conversation with the butler that referenced Cohen's love of country. The soft lighting as they walk to the seat of democracy in a way felt like he was approaching an alter. Cohen says "Im a little nervous" as he shakes the hand of the president. The flash back to the boisterous parade was effective in switching the tone from quieter introspection to the story we are about to be told of the bigger than life story
  15. Another great clip for the Daily Dose! Fred and Ginger at their best showing off their command of dance and an excellent vehicle for the "battle of the sexes". Here we see Fred Astaire quite smitten and Ginger measuring him up. They are equal partners in this dance. Gender neutral costumes to level the playing field as they demonstrate their skill at the dance and also the nuances of their blossoming relationship. The big difference I see in this movie compared to the other depression era movies I've watched thus far is the role of the woman as an equal partner rather than the typic
  16. I found this clip very entertaining "with a subtle blend of sexy humor and sly wit". The scene establishes the main character as an affluent, charming, player with questionable morals but in a light-hearted way. The garter, pistol, relationship with a married woman, in a different movie would have ended in tragedy. Lubitsch literally takes all the elements of what usually ends very badly into an opportunity, presumably, at a chance for true love/happy ending. Prior to sound technology the gunshot would not have been heard only imagined. When the angry husband fires the gun, we hear th
  17. Daily Dose # 2 Their interaction in the first clip conveniently in the canoe provides little opportunity for physical contact. They are facing away from each other, he is paddling. Their attraction to each other is evident in their conversation and dialogue and facial expressions. The classical tone to the music actually belies the natural, casual elements to their growing relationship. In the first clip he appears more interested in the relationship and I agree the chemistry is evident and they both acted so naturally. I wasn't expecting that, having not seen a Nelson and Eddy mov
  18. Daily Dose #1 Mad About Musicals Yes I do think the movie was depicting a much brighter look at life given the political and social issues of the time. As movies often do, life is portrayed to allow the viewer to escape from the realities of their daily lives, one might argue more often so in the movie musicals of this era. Later on of course movie musicals took on much darker themes like West Side Story and Cabaret. I think with the success of a musical such as this one at the time, others would continue the same uplifting, comedic themes with an emphasis on ent
  19. This course has opened m eyes to many things I have neglected related to the movies I enjoy and or admire. I love watching movies old and new but only lately have I explored more closely the elements and or collaborators that make the movies a success or failure. So the basis for my answer or discussion is purely a deeper look at my favorite movie last year, Arrival. I suppose you would characterize it as science fiction but it was so much more. A character study, a suspence thriller that used an innovative approach to the sci fi genre that I think would have intrigued Alfred Hitchcock. T
  20. Jodie Foster's Flight Plan actually had similar plot points to The Lady Vanishes, in this case her daughter vanishes. It even borrowed the scene where MIss Froy uses her finger and condensation on the train window to write her name. The same effect is use in Flight Plan,difference being the action takes place on a plane and not the train.
  21. I am thinking of another movie that may have had some Hitchcock influence. "Dont Look Now" was directed by Nicholas Roeg and involved a couple grieving the death of their child. It starred Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. Some of the scenes occurred in a church and the setting itself was Venice. So you have a mystery/suspence feel, the travelogue aspect, and it was adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier. There were scenes that appeared surreal and I remember there were lots of flashbacks and innovative use of light and sound. Checking out google it was released in 1973. I saw it o
  22. Still of thte Night a Robert Benton film starring Roy Scheider and Meryl Steep in 1982 had a very Hitchcockesque feel to it. Murder, a bit of voyeurism, obsession and some "dream sequences" and in this case the "wrong woman" theme. A psychological thriller somewhat reminiscent of Marnie. I don't think it was well received when released but I remember really liking the film, both stars being in their prime.
  23. Hello: My question is for Mr. Phillipe and Professor Edwards. Alfred Hitchcock has said that german expressionism was a great influence, if not the greatest inflence on his work. Which one of his movies best exemplifies the influence of german expressionism? Thank you!
  24. 1. I actually found the trailer at the end of the Lecture Notes today resembled the opening to the Lodger than did the opening of Frenzy. Frenzy could have been a substitute title for The Lodger. The panic, frantic pace, silent scream, police movement, and all of that happenng under the darkness of night bears no resemblance to the opening of the actual film Frenzy. We are treated to a beautiful aerial view of the Thames as though we are traveling along the river and entering the city through the Tower Bridge. I feel as though Hitchcock was happy to be back in London and wanted to share t
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