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  1. @welshie55: It has definitely gotten off the ground. You may want to send an email to Ellen at tcmisfitsbacklot@gmail.com to participate and learn about group events.
  2. I went to see "Only Angels..." on Friday night -- a great way to beat the heat. And it was even better on the big screen. While Rita Hayworth is only on the screen for three scenes and a few minutes, she was showcased and you can tell this was a breakout role for her. What a cast, too! Thomas Mitchell was incredible in this film, as is Jean Arthur. And Noah Beery Jr (Rocky from the Rockford Files!) has a nice bit in the first few minutes of the film. What do you all think?
  3. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? Absolutely for both the time when Ziegfeld met Anna Held (at the turn of the century/early 1900s) and also for the depths of the Great Depression when this came out in 1936! Due to: - The light touch in the competitiveness, regard for five pounds, the incredible display of wooing with the incredible flowers... the way she was dressed like a dream... even to the point where this takes place in London (which was one of the capitols of Europe -- the height of good taste, high living, etc.) This gave people a true escape, visually -- where they could escape their own troubles if they could scrape together movie fare, and go get lost in all this incredible, beautiful, fun (and funny) world filled with interesting people, places, and things. It takes people into situations they'd never be able to afford or experience themselves (wearing a full tuxedo, sitting in a balcony box -- and by yourself!! Many could barely afford the standing gallery in the back of the house, right? And who in the Dust Bowl in 1936 would have ever have SEEN an orchid, let along a whole bouquet of them?) What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? - The role of the heroine being a bit more delicate and vulnerable - The guy (Ziegfeld) gets the girl (Anna), overcoming obstacles to do so (Billings) -- both personally and professionally 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-code? Give specific examples. It would have possibly been grittier - and the musical numbers filmed with more of a risque costuming or setting. Additionally, the types of characters might have been more "colorful" and the scripting could have been a bit more off-color or double-meaning in nature.
  4. I think the way things are expressed in musicals -- from melody and rhythm to orchestration, to set design and costuming, through to the very performances and the way this communicates and connects -- are why the genre is so special. The best are timeless, regardless of the era when the story takes place... and the memory lingers on, with visual images stuck in your mind as well. Growing up, I was taken to a reissuing of "Singin' in the Rain" in the mid-1970s -- incredible. Then, the modernized version of "Good News" -- Comden and Green's first film - was also full of color, high energy, great songs, wit, and incredible vocalese. Number after number, hit after hit, so creative. The That's Entertainment series (I & III, esp) flies by with every viewing because it's so incredible to watch, hear, and process such spectacle, innovation, and sheer use of TALENT -- in front and behind the camera.
  5. When I was a kid, my mom took me to see "Kiss Me, Kate!" in 3-D. The joy and energy from just viewing what came through the screen -- the rhythms, the wit, the colors, everything -- made a big impression.
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