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About Rosepearl

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    Shroud of Turin, Film Noir, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, Biblical studies including Hebrew and Greek, genealogy, crafts, classical music, music of the 20th c.: swing, British Invasion, rock'n'roll, Brit Pop, Motown, rock, punk, real country; I love to write, and particularly enjoy the actual process of moving a pen across paper
  1. From the beginning, the set is full of meaning. There are walls, fences, railings, staircases, hallways, doors, stairwells, and drab colors, all indicating the heights, depths, and barriers in the lives and stormy relationship of Fanny and Nicky. The railings must remind Nicky of prison bars, and as the scene starts, Fanny walks away from the wall where they’ve been standing. She goes to a post and spins around to face Nicky, who says he likes to feel free. It’s almost a split screen effect, with him in front of an open hallway, and Fanny right in front of stained glass doors. He has a wa
  2. What I remember about ‘Gaslight’ was the use of light and shadows to drive mad the elegant lady portrayed by Ingrid Bergman. A great use of light by Cukor in “My Fair Lady’ is when a shadow crosses Eliza’s face as she wishes she were dead. Jewels figure prominently in both films – in ‘Gaslight’ as the treasure sought by Bergman’s duplicitous husband, and, in ‘My Fair Lady’, as the sign of status Eliza wears in the role of a refined lady. Both women are involved in a relationship with a gentleman, and both are living under false realities, being used by these men in their lives. Both men are
  3. First, I must say something about “A Hard Day’s Night”. I was 13 when the Beatles came out, and they dominated my teen years, and are still a big part of my world. I remember coming home from school one day to be escorted to my bedroom by mom and my brother. There on my Hi-Fi was “Meet the Beatles”. I was so excited I cried. My girlfriends and I talked more about the Beatles than about the boys we knew, and we’d argue about which Beatle was ours. George was always my favorite. I had a Beatles sweatshirt, a guitar pin with George’s picture in it, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, a
  4. As you discussed the changes made to bring audiences back to the movies, I remembered something that happened to me in 1968, when dad took my mom, my brother, and me to the HemisFair ’68 in San Antonio, TX. We went to a movie with 3 different theaters in it to watch a new widescreen presentation. As there were only 3 seats available together, my parents sat with my baby brother, and I was seated a few rows back next to the curtained wall. As a stranger was next to me, I leaned in to the curtain so that my arm was touching it. The lights went down and the show began, and I can’t remember t
  5. 1. My dream was to travel the world, and I was fortunate enough to do so. As a child, I would check out books about foreign countries from the school library, and sit for hours pouring over all the pictures. Those books and artwork depicting grand cities and exotic places were the vision I had of the rest of the world. So when the first foreign city I visited was Paris, my mind was full of all the images that Minnelli captured in this film. The word “Paris” evokes romance, excitement, beauty, and culture, and each person sees those images in their own imagination. Imagination is personal
  6. 1. The professor thinks the two men are truly interested in these mouthful of words, and reels off more. This is his life’s work and it’s important to him. Gene has managed to keep a somewhat serious look on his face, while the professor continues to read. The prof doesn’t realize, until he comes face to face with Donald’s mocking expression, that he is the butt of a joke. As Donald and Gene start repeating the tongue twister, they move their heads and hands in unison with the rhythm of the words. They are in tune with each other. Thus begins the dance. 2. As the straight man, the
  7. Doris Day has been a part of my life since childhood. We always went to see her movies, and watched her TV show as well. There were two songs she sang which were often sung around the house by my Mom and me – “Que Sera, Sera” and “Secret Love’, both of which won Oscars for Best Original Song. If I fell down, skinned my knee, or had a bad day, Mom would sing “Que Sera, Sera” to me while she held me close to her. I’d hear her in the kitchen singing it while she prepared our meals. I would sing “Secret Love” while dreaming about Steve McQueen. My brother has always had a huge crush on Doris,
  8. In the opening scene, the others rush to help Jeffrey up from the floor, and as he gets to his feet, he starts pitching his big idea for Tony’s comeback. The Martons are very interested, and they and Jeffrey walk Tony, the once “king” of song and dance men, to the throne where they will continue the pitch. The song is perfect for this routine as it works very much like a conversation. Each of the actors is listening to the others’ ideas, and responds with their lyric in a very natural and animated way. You can see their excitement grow as Tony actually begins to show interest in the prospe
  9. The scene is directed to show that Petunia has two loves – the Lord and Joe. As soon as Joe cries out, Petunia runs to his bedside and says a prayer of thanks. Her faith is so strong that she knows that Lily should get the reverend, not the doctor. Joe’s love gives her life purpose, and she’s happy even in the hardest of times as long as she knows he loves her. Ethel Waters looks beatific when she sings to Joe, and her radiant smile lights up her whole face. I felt part of the laundry scene, remembering all the times we hung our freshly washed clothes on the line during my ch
  10. Dennis exits the Players’ Locker Room, tossing the baseball up and catching it, and Shirley, as the “opposing team”, is waiting for the game to begin. As she chases Dennis out into the bleachers, she sings the phrase “play ball with me”. He looks at the ball and tosses it to her, and the game begins. But he starts running away as he realizes the nature of the game they’re playing. But Shirley has the upper hand and traps him against the wall in the stairwell, having sung the line about his future being inescapable. She continues the baseball theme by telling him not to wait for the
  11. 1. “The Wizard of Oz” was the first film I saw with Judy Garland. I watched it every year when it was an annual TV event. It was a very special and much anticipated day. I always wanted ruby slippers like Dorothy’s, and wondered how she felt in them. I remember how much my family loved “Over the Rainbow”, and I was amazed at the voice that came out of that young girl, and the emotion she was able to evoke still gives me chills. (If you get a chance, listen to Gene Vincent’s wonderful rendition of that song.) I thought Judy was so pretty when they fixed her up at the Oz Beauty Parlor. He
  12. 1. The American flag was everywhere – on Cagney’s lapel, in the parade and in the hands of the people watching it, and in the Oval Office of the White House. The valet, who made a point of being at the White House on his day off, mentioned that his previous employer, Teddy Roosevelt, got him a seat in the balcony to watch Mr. Cohan sing the song he wrote: “You’re a Grand Old Flag”, and the song was just as good as it ever was. I noticed that the police headed the parade of troops and the viewers were proudly waving their flags for the whole procession. How things have changed. I remember t
  13. 1. In the clip, Ginger is dressed for horse riding and appears more masculine in appearance. When the thunder first claps, she jumps and grabs Fred, but steps away and tries to be stoic. The next thunderbolt will jar her, but she hopes he hasn’t noticed this as a weakness in her. The third clap brings no reaction from her. When they dance, it becomes a competition. When she puts her hands in her pockets imitating Fred, she looks to be comfortable and strong. And she can do every step that Fred executes, so it a dance of equals. In the film, Ginger is a very strong, dominant, and
  14. 1. By far, my favorite part of the clip was Alfred’s nonchalant tossing of the gun into the drawer full of pistols. Does he supply these to his conquests, or suggest the ploy? Are the husbands so dense that this common ruse, probably shared among the wives, goes under the radar? When the husband ‘shoots’ Alfred and watches him pat his chest to locate the wound, I love the cut to the wife staring at her husband, whom she can’t believe is such a dullard. The husband seems nonplussed when his wife has to have Alfred, who is more familiar with her than is he, zip up her dress. He seems more c
  15. 1. As you stated, Jeannette MacDonald was a much better actress than Eddy was an actor, but the dress of a Canadian Mountie would be somewhat inhibiting. In the 1st clip, there were many emotions moving across MacDonald’s face as Eddy sang, and she was quite expressive with her hands. It was obvious she wasn’t thinking of him, but heard the voice of her Italian tenor. Only when she became aware that Eddy was flirting with her, that “Rose Marie” changed from just a song to a moonlight serenade. Her whole demeanor towards him melted, and she was able to convey this with her expressions and f
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