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  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’ve come out fake. It’s the subtle take that makes this performance stand out. Especially when you’re dealing with different kinds of performance actors. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene: how do the two characters relate to each other as the lyrics are sung? The characters support for each other and comes out together with their differences as the lyrics progress.
  2. 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 don’t recall watching any other Cukor movie, but you can definitely see traits of Gigi and maybe Gypsy in terms of colors, design and atmosphere. Of course this particular scene is pure drama, but the feeling of musicals alike is there. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene, how the ac
  3. 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? changed in contrived performances and the need to showcase vitality changed from early musical numbers and male characters in musicals. What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? Robert Preston had an amazing speech control. Every word spoken and pronounced crystal clear. That’s a very hard thing to accomplish in multiple performances. Have you seen
  4. In what ways does this scene look backwards to classical musicals and how does it look ahead to new disruptions that we now know will happen in the movie musical? The scene looks totally under produced and out of sync. You can see that it’s well shot and well set, but the intentions were probably to have the look of an amateur feel. This is the introduction of Mama Rose in the film. Comment on Rosalind Russell’s entrance and performance especially as a traditionally trained stage and film actress. She comes in and takes control of the whole scene without braking a sweat. She
  5. 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? No, it doesn’t. It’s a film more or less about art and the stylized aspect of it all needs to be there. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikeable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlikeable? When the use of a likable person is used to play a villain or an unlikeable, it’s hard to dive into the feelings of the scene is approaching. Then again, the way Jerry Mulligan acts somehow contradicts the whole
  6. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? There’s a clear connection between the ore dance and performance dance sequence. All related to making fun of the professor. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. The naivety of the professor is clearly shown maybe up to half the scene where he doesn’t notice where and how Kelly and O’Connor is making fun of him. Then the whole satire of it comes out. How do the representations of masculinity in all three men compare and contrast wit
  7. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? This film character is so ahead of its time. You see here a very independent woman that knows her ways and yet can still be fragile with matters of the heart. Yes, there are similarities with other female characters but her strong will sets her apart indeed. How do you think Doris Day grows as an actress in her various roles in the 1950s, before and after this musical? Doris Day was able to bring top notch performances with all her characters without losing
  8. 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? How is it different from early musicals we have discussed? the scene is probably about persuasion. The fact that the information is divided into 3 parts to try and make up the mind of the fourth character, makes this scene different from what we have been watching up till now. There’s no evident separation or any kind of undertone that makes one stand out more than the other. What do you notice about the costuming of the characters
  9. What do you notice about the way the scene is directed as Petunia goes to Joe’s bedside and as we cut to her outside hanging laundry? What does this tell us about her relationship, and the connection to the song? The scene is directed to showcase the love for her husband, showcasing the happiness she feels to live beside him. The song also makes this connection, which brings the importance of having a companion. How would the song change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meaning change? How? I’m not sure the song and the meaning would have changed if the s
  10. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. The scene was shot in classic cat and mouse chase. One can even compare to the famous Pepé Le Pew cartoon. In terms of editing and directing this was an easygoing scene with simple takes and edits. It’s interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How does this sequence prepare us for the singing? The waiting outside the room, corridor trap sequence that takes us to the ballpark benches sets up the mood for both performance and subject within the singing.
  11. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? My first Judy Garland film was of course The Wizard of Oz. She was captivating and I’m certain that anyone watching this movie goes under a spell. How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? Even though I haven’t seen much of her movies, it’s clear that she was indeed a star and a anything she did was a treat. Almost impossible to deny her of her ability to enthrall us all. What films in her later career come to mind as
  12. Describe how the scenes in today’s Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. Be specific. Refer to props, set design, settings, etc. in your answer. The display of pictures on the walls, the way the butler handled the guest and the oficie itself promoted a great deal of American values. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost American morale? Quote specific lines of dialogue in your response. The dialogue boosts the American morale when the guest roundly re
  13. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? Other aspects apart from who's better or who's best, are battle for control and maybe power over situations. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? This film showcases the female character in a different light giving her more or equal parts and say throughout the movie. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball comedy musicals that d
  14. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? You can noticed that the silent movie style is still very much present which is probably a facet of Lubitsch touch. Props, dialogue and staging helps you understand and see the charlatan side of Alfred. Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. Sound is used in thi
  15. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. The interaction is clealrly subtle If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. Unfortunately I haven't seen anything else with these two actors. What do these clips tell you about the male/female relationships as they are depicted in the films during this era? What norms might you expect are supported under the Hollywood Film Code? the relationship is shown with more clarity
  16. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? Yes, I agree. The clip clearly shows life in a lighter tone, while not running away from real life. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? I can anticipate a possible love triangle as well as the possiblity of who gets the girl in the end. 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-c
  17. 1.How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Feel free to rewatch the clip from The Lodger (Daily Dose #2) for comparison. Even though we get the same feelings, what differs Frenzy from The Lodger is sound. Set up is basically the same with minor detail differences. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. The air shot, public location, close up and profile shot all gives into the Hitchcock touch. And of course the attention to detail without giving away too much information. 3. Using Frenzy
  18. 1. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objects. Marnie is a mysterious woman. Hitchcock reveals her as this woman we don't know anything about. All we get to see from the objects that are shown through interaction is that she's probably a criminal or a spy on the run. 2. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene? The music is definitely used in a more sophisticated, smooth and maybe even more soothing way than t
  19. 1. In what ways does this opening scene seem more appropriate to a romantic comedy than a “horror of the apocalypse” film? What do we learn about Melanie (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch (Rod Taylor) in this scene? By the choice of location and easygoing atmosphere one can easily identify this movie as a romantic comedy. The playful tone of the characters, the dialogue gives in into what Melanie and Mitch are like. It also gives in the background of a possible family man and an class glam woman engaged in what can be described as flirtatious activity. 2. How does Hitchcock use sound design in
  20. 1. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? Both Design and music introduce sharp and straight to the point that the movie delivers. The whole psychotic feeling comes into play where the lettering breaks uneven bringing your attention to what possibly happens inside a mentally unstable person. 2. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, d
  21. 1. Even at the level of the dialogue, this film is playing with the idea that two Hollywood stars are flirting with each other (e.g. the line, "I look vaguely familiar.") How does our pre-existing knowledge of these stars function to create meaning in this scene. Pre-existing knowledge only gives you an uneasy feeling that you personally know these two people that are flirting with each other. Making the scene even more interesting to watch. 2. There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation from the overall pattern of focusing on the faces of the two leads will have increase
  22. 1. Describe what you think this film will be about simply from the sounds and images in these opening credits. Even if you have seen the film, try to focus on these sounds and images themselves and “the story” (or if not "the story," the mood and atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. By only watching the opening credits sequence you think that this film is about mind control and possible hypnosis and possession. 2. In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful image in this title sequence? Defend your answer. The eye im
  23. 1. How would you describe the opening camera shot of this film? What is Hitchcock seeking to establish in this single shot that opens the film? Whose vantage point is being expressed in this shot, given that Jeff has his back to the window? The opening shot gives a wholesome view of the set which gives us the impression that it's been shown from the audience's point of view. 2. What do we learn about Jeff in this scene without any pertinent lines of dialogue (other than what is written on Jeff’s leg cast)? How does Hitchcock gives us Jeff’s backstory simply through visual design?
  24. 1. In how many ways does Hitchcock play with or visually manifest the metaphor of “criss cross” or “criss-crossing” in this introductory sequence. [For those who haven’t seen the film yet, the idea of “criss cross” is central idea in this film, a theme Hitch sets up from the opening frames of this film] Be specific. He uses cabs, luggage, waking and finally the rail and shoes to visually manifest the crisscrossing in the sequence. 2. Even in this brief scene, how does Hitchcock create a sense of contrast between Guy (Farley Granger) and Bruno (Robert Walker)? Consider everything from cam
  25. 1. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie?
 Close up shots and camera angles used in specific ways brings the Hitchcock touch about. 2. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograph his two stars in this scene?What are some of the contrasts that Hitchcock trying to set up between these two characters through art direction, costume, and cinematography?
light and soft against hard and edgy in terms of light, frame photograph, art direction, and costume were used in favor, to show the contrasts of a well put together man and a semi messy woman, bot
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