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  1. I think Gypsy looks backward to classic Hollywood musicals in the use of children, signaling hope and good humor. Baby June was clearly a savvy performer. She was ready to put it on the line whenever her mother said, Dum de de um pum pum. Louise was the person not very talented, but doing her best. I also thought the film clip was good for a ll ages. It looks forward to cultural more's changing because we know that Louise will become Gypsy Rose Lee. Rosalind Russell owns the screen from her first call out to Louise. She appears quite tall, and she was slender, and dressed in fur. She tol
  2. Does the rest of the movie have to be stylized because the ending is? No. I think that would bring it into the realm of art films that no one understands. The very fact that the rest of the movie is reality grounded helps when it goes into the ballet, which is 18 minutes long. It could seem very long, indeed, if it was just more of the same we've seen in the previous 90 minutes. But, the story is a little like a fairy tale. Poor man helped by a rich woman he doesn't love but feels obligated to leaves her for a poor orphan. Orphan, wicked witch (selfish woman), poor woodcutter (poor painter). T
  3. Number 1 is a hard question to answer because i'm not sure what you mean by pre-dance movements. The clip has them dancing quite quickly, right after they realize they can rhyme the Moses tongue twister to a peppy rhythm. I did notice that their arm movements and facial expressions were exaggerated. In that way they mirrored the unsubtle dancing that followed. I keep hearing that Gene Kelly moved like a dancer even when he wasn't dancing. I can believe this. Donald O'Connor, I don't know as well. In the clip of him dancing with statues, he's always dancing, or leaping up stairs. In Singin' in
  4. I think Calamity Jane falls way to one end of the spectrum. Even with Annie Oakley in the mix, she's way over on the boyish side. Annie Oakley recognizes that she ought to be more feminine. Calamity Jane doesn't realize that. She is comfortable being the way she is and the parts of the movie where she wears a dress are obviously uncomfortable for her and she's surprised at the way men respond to her dressed that way. And it isn't just the matter of her clothes. Calamity Jane meets the world without guile or apology. She is quite manly in that and definitely matches Bill Hickock in words and at
  5. In a way, this clip reminded me of a vaudeville, going from song to dance to acrobatics. Everyone participated, even poor Oscar Levant who can't sing. Each one hands off to the next one without highlighting any one person. It is different from other musicals because of the collaborative aspect, although, going back to the idea of vaudeville, when we saw the 4 Cohans, there wasn't a star or leader on the stage. So maybe, in terms of 1940s musicals with a star, it is very different but only because it harks back to an earlier time. The men aren't dressed all in suits, but they are all dress
  6. I think the scene at the bedside is all about Ethel Waters. Eddie Anderson is marginalized in the picture. I notice that Ethel Waters was wearing a dental prosthesis to remove her front tooth gap. I think it makes her prettier and less like a supporting player because of this. So, in a sense, the movie is about her love and devotion to her husband and the husband is there to provide the problems for her to react to. When she goes outside to take down the laundry, we find that time has passed and Joe is still ill, but in a wheelchair outside. And he is still very incidental to the scene. She ev
  7. I confess to ignorance, here, because although I noticed the different points of contact between Garrett and Sinatra, and the pounding with the rhythm of the song, and the walking in time, I don't know how the movie got me to do that. I've noticed it in other movies before. I am watching the main character walk through a crowd. How did I get led to watch that particular person? Is it the light? Is it the way the camera moves? I don't know. For me, it is movie magic. I think the movie led up to the singing by the background music as Garrett chases after Sinatra, up the stairs and around th
  8. My first Judy Garland film was the Wizard of Oz. It was on TV and in black and white because that's what we had for a TV. I absolutely believed in Dorothy, but now, so many years later, re-watching Wizard, I expected to feel a sense of corn around Over the Rainbow. It isn't there. I suppose I thought that now, so much older and more jaded, I might see behind the sincerity and find show biz. No. Judy still sings Over the Rainbow as she did when I was young and seeing her for the first time. My next Judy Garland experience was her TV show and, unlike so many of you, I wasn't a fan. I didn't
  9. The location, beginning with the White House and ending with a 4th of July parade are both patriotic places and things. In the White House, there were portraits going up the wall of the staircase and I'm presuming those were patriotic portraits. In the President's office, there was a masted sailing ship on the mantle, but I don't know which ship it might have been. The most obvious, outside the patriotic march being played for the soldiers to march to was the overwhelming presence of flags being waved. Cohan says that the mood of the country was optimistic and expectant an Horatio Alger
  10. I agree that this doesn't really apply as a battle of the sexes, but it does establish Ginger as someone who won't simply let Fred have his own way. She has to agree to participate. In a way, it is the same in The Great Ziegfeld, where Anna Held has to decide she wants to meet Ziegfeld. Simply getting flowers wasn't going to change her mind. In this clip, just because there was a man there to comfort her when in thundered didn't mean that Ginger was going to give in.She had to check him out, as she did in the dance. As for dominance, I think this showed that there wasn't going to be male, or f
  11. In this scene, we have to remember that Dale doesn't know Jerry's name, even. It is afterward that they have the mistaken identity confusion. However, we see that as a prelude to the love to come, Dale warms to Jerry. She won't look at him while he is singing, but she will dance with him, almost as friends in a tap-off. There is one small bit where Dale initiates the dance and Jerry just looks at her with his hand on his chin. He's not willing to follow her dance. She has to follow his, and so we see that it is still a man's prerogative to chase. Dale is determined not to be caught, at first,
  12. There are several differences between Keeler and Powell. The first is that Ruby sings and Eleanor doesn't. In fact, there isn't any singing until the end of the clip, Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue. The second difference, and this is the big one, is that Eleanor Powell is very physical and athletic in her dancing. She uses her whole body and rarely just her feet. With Ruby Keeler, the camera showed just her upper half while she was singing and her lower half when she was kicking out. But Ruby never did high kicks like Eleanor. Also, Ruby wasn't given a huge soundstage to work in. The "shi
  13. The Lubitsch touch revealed Alfred's character by putting him in a situation where he is obliged to try charm to get himself out of it. The garter, which seemed a little stiff and round to me, showed his womanizing with one glance. His comment about jealousy also made it known that he wasn't a faithful lover. When the husband showed up he again had to use charm to try to make the husband like him and therefore, not kill him. But, he did stand there and take the shooting, probably because he knew the gun was filled with blanks. He had a drawerful to prove it. The use of sound with the guns
  14. The first thing I notice is Jeannette McDonald's independence of spirit. She is on her way in the, presumably, Canadian woods, and she isn't about to fall for a Mountie when she is going to her sweetheart. She also has the independence of spirit to accuse Nelson Eddy of being a ladies' man, using whatever name is at hand with the tune he sang to her. The second thing I noticed is Eddy's respect for her. It shone from his eyes as he watched her in the saloon, even though he was at a table with the blonde. I have seen several of the McDonald/Eddy films and find Eddy to be a stuffed shirt. M
  15. I'm not sure I think that the movie makes light of the times. I'm not sure when Ziegfeld began his career, but judging from the clothes, this was before the Depression. The fact that there are 2 proprietors who want to sign Anna Held indicates good times, too. Now, this film was being shown during the Depression and shows good times, so from that point of view, it portrays a mood much lighter than reality. The themes or approaches that might also be portrayed in other Depression era films seem to me to be romance, pretty girls, and a positive view of theater life. Changes that might
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