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Everything posted by annedom

  1. In this scene displays Eliza's treatment by Higgins of her as a low class "pet" project. Staying down near the floor and always below the high class Higgins who has been trying to control her. Higgins referring to her in animalistic terms, followed by her anilmalistic outburst. The intense emotion shows that Eliza is fed up with this treatment. We also see Higgins' oblivious reaction as not realizing he has been treating her badly/ not as an equal.
  2. I am sad to see the daily doses come to an end. I think it has been my favorite part of this course. I've added so many of these films to my list to watch. 1. I haven't seen the film, but based on this scene I feel that belting out the tune may not have fit the character she was portraying. 2. The focus is on the Fanny, but we see the Nick following her and then in the background, showing his interest. 3. I like the subtleness of keeping the Nick in the background, but we can still see his reactions as Fanny displays her thoughts and emotions through song.
  3. 1. There is much more variety in the types of males portrayed in the films. In the first clip the Preston character seems like an alpha type male, but he is using his skills to fool the townspeople, who are awed by his confidence. In the second clip you have the realistic (as opposed to stereotypical) portrayal of a gay man. 2. He plays both characters so well, displaying how versatile his acting is. His attention to detail and precision in his character's gestures is amazing. 3. I have only seen the Music Man, but after studying these clips, I will definitely be seeking out more of his films.
  4. 1. I don't have anything to add that wasn't already mentioned: It has some aspects of the traditional "backstage musical". 2. Rosalind grabs and holds the viewers scene from the moment she enters it. She is personifies an over-the-top stage mom. Also, her performance reminds me a lot of stage acting. 3. As other have mentioned, the girl made up in makeup to look older/ appeal to men and the double entendre of the song. But I also notice the boy in the background, wearing hardly any clothes and looking uncomfortable; and his partner wasn't much either. Visual hints of how child stars were often exploited behind the scenes by parents/ managers/ movie companies etc., and it all wasn't as innocent as it appeared on screen.
  5. 1. I haven't actually seen this entire film, only parts of it, but i think that different stylized approaches could be successfully pulled off in the film. 2. His smiling and somewhat goofy demeanor in the way he acts and interacts with the other characters, especially in the beginning of the scene. It appeared to me he was trying to play brash with a softer side underneath, which I relate to being a typical portrayal of a working class american.
  6. I really like O'Conner in this scene. He is hilarious! 1. I notice we start with the facial expressions only, with arms mostly at their sides, and they they start speaking and timing their arm movements to the music, and then finally pan down to the legs moving in time to the music as they walk. Then the real dancing begins. 2. The Professor is portrayed as a stuffy academic, someone to make fun of and gets reduced to a prop during the dance. Also,he may be able to enunciate all those words, but then we see his astonishment at Kelly and O'Conner's cool dance to the beat of the words. 3. I notice O'Connor's character as being a little more feminine. The academic seems stuffy and the Kelly character seems more of an alpha male type.
  7. 1. The Doris Day character is portrayed as a "tom boy", but to me it seemed more like the male fantasy of the tom boy because she is still looking cute and not very dirty, even though she's portrayed to be riding a long way in that stage coach. In the second clip she looks like a fifties housewife trying to dress up in western clothing. The hair, the lipstick, etc. Lots of stereotypes overall, despite the tom boy theme. 2. I have only seen a handful of her movies. I prefer her movies where she was paired with Rock Hudson and also The Thrill of it All with James Garner, which i have to stop and watch every time it comes on TCM. I just love silly moments when she makes the ketchup in the basement and also when the pool overflows with suds. Doris portrayed that fifties/sixties housewife role very well. Maybe because I saw her first in those types of movies is why seeing her in a western musical was so odd for me. 3. It was strange to me. I enjoyed the energy she brought to the character and the songs, but it seemed so cartoonish.
  8. In the beginning of the song they are shown surrounding the Fred Astaire character who is seated and a appears a little down or skeptical. The other three appear standing around him and supporting him with advice. Then he comes around to their ideas and contributes his own idea, then stands up as they dance and sing together as a cohesive team the rest of the song. For shows of cohesiveness, I notice that they are all dressed in matching grays and blues, the female has a little pop of color with the red flower, but otherwise they all blend together well. The characters are shown supporting each other and working together. First supporting the Fred Astaire character with ideas, then all dancing together and working around the set (carrying the ladder). The song portrays hard work and team work.
  9. The scene show's Petunia's love for her husband despite his flaws (gambling). First the scene shows her initial relief and love for him as she realizes he is OK but injured, and then her continued love and devotion to him as he recovers is shown in the scene where she is outside with the laundry. The humming makes it seem like this little love song is something she sings all the time/ has on her mind. I think culturally, we would expect a mother to love her children, regardless of their flaws, but this scene and song shows her love and devotion to her husband even though he seems to have some issues with gambling and perhaps providing for his family. I haven't seen this movie, but based on the scene the movie seems to portray blacks Americans in a positive light, with strong family values.
  10. Every shot shows that the female character is pursuing the male character, who is trapped in the bleachers as cannot get away. I liked how the the changes from close ups where she’s cornered him to longer shots of her chasing him up the bleachers as he tried to get away. The giveaways that a musical number is coming we’re that they became more animated and the action was in time with the music.
  11. I a big fan of Judy Garland. Of course the first movie of her's I saw was the Wizard of Oz. I think my first impression was that she was a typical child star. I didn't yet notice her singing talent and stage presence, although it was definitively there and I can't imagine the movie with a different actor in that role. I viewed her differently many years later when I became interested in her entire career and heard her singing performance in her adult years. Her voice and stage presence are incredible, and it shows in these two clips. She is able to draw from her emotions and she had a lot to draw from with her life experiences. For question number three, instead of a movie I would go with her 1955 performance of Over the Rainbow she performed on her variety show where she was in the tramp costume. Her ability to put such emotion into a song she sang her whole life was amazing.
  12. The scene portrays “we’re all in this together” patriotism with the displays of patriotism by the African American and the Irish American. Two groups that were/ are subjected to racism and oppression. They also mentioned that even though he is Irish American, his ancestors fought in the civil war, reinforcing how “American” he is. The images of the flag, the long impressive staircase with the presidents reinforce American values visually. As others have quoted, the dialogue reinforces American values of patriotism: flag waving/pride, assimilation, and hard work. I feel opening with the parade would be confusing, as the scene in the presdent’s office serves to set up the whole movie. It tells us this man is important enough to meet the president, so we should be interested in his life. He’s a patriotic and hard working man, and to be admired.
  13. I agree with the previous comments that this clip is reflective of the time during the depression when some woman had to step into mens' traditional roles to make ends meet. Astaire's character shows the skills he (the man) can do and then the Roger's character shows that she (woman) can do them too. I agree with the previous posts that it isn't so much a competition as the Roger's character matching the Astaire character, not besting him. A few of the stereotypical gender roles displayed in the other Daily Dose clips are absent here (the woman doesn't appear quite as weak-- she can dance and wears somewhat masculine clothes, and the man is not shown here as a womanizer); however you still see the man is displayed as the person of power in the relationship.
  14. I noticed in this scene that the guns and the garter are used to portray the main character's womanizing ways. We can see from the main character's reactions to the dialogue, reaction to the gunshot, and attempts to rezip the dress that he is not taking being caught seriously. The loud gunshots contrasted with the lack of physical reaction, which was funny. With so much dialogue in French, the acting reminded me of a silent film. When the main character breaks the fourth wall it is similar to silent movies when they put the narration in words between scenes (I recall what that is called). Again, in this depression era clip i notice the themes of wealth, love, and womanizing men.
  15. I have not seen this movie or these actors before, but what I notice most in the two scenes are the portrayals and reinforcement of gender roles in courtship. The man pursues the female, while the female is coy and acts uninterested in him, although she is interested, which is shown by her expressions when he is in the saloon. In the saloon scene it continues to reinforce how innocent and chaste she is because she can't look/act/sing like the other singer. Meanwhile, the man walks in with two women on his arms. It's acceptable for the man to sow his wild oats, but of course in the end he really wants to settle down with the demure woman portrayed by the actress.
  16. 1. Yes, The characters’ general lack of having to worry about money, so they can focus on other things, like romance. Helps the viewer escape. 2. The things I mentioned in 1. Romance, characters who don’t worry about money or where their next meal is coming from. 3. Pre-code could show more states of undress backstage. They wouldn’t have to omit topics such as divorce and cohabitation. But I wonder if the “code” version of things could also fit into that depression era escapism fantasy mentioned in questions 1 and 2, where everything is perfect, and the girl gets romanced and married.
  17. The Wizard of Oz, which I didn’t see until I was an adult. My parents never showed me Wizard of Oz or Sound of Music. (They were’t really into musicals and had probably already seen them repeatedly by the time I came around.)I love Judy Garland. I watched with my 4-year old and he was hooked! Yankee Doodle Dandy is another one I recall watching on TCM that I really enjoyed. I took The Hitchcock course last year, which was much more in my wheelhouse compared to musicals. There are many classic musicals I have not seen, but I am looking forward to viewing and learning about many more musical films through this course!
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