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  1. 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 song would have been performed as if there was a debate going on, she needed to prove a point. The more subdued version gives you a feeling of a personal conversation going on between Fanny and Nicky. 2. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene: how do the two characters relate to each other as the lyrics are sung? The scene starts out as with the two being playful. As the song starts, Fa
  2. 1. Explore any common themes and filmmaking techniques in a very different movie also directed by George Cukor, Gaslight. (If you are not familiar withGaslight, compare and contrast Cukor's theme in this scene and his techniques with another musical you have seen during this course) Gaslight and My Fair Lady share a common situation of dominating men. My Fair Lady has Higgins, basically taking a poor uneducated woman and turning her into a woman of high society. Focused on her education, appearance etc and put on a show for the everyone to see. Higgins pulled her strings. Gaslig
  3. 1. 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? Going into this new era, films are moving away from the male dominated movie characters. Female leads are more prominent (The Unsinkable Molly Brown) with Debbie Reynolds. Debbie's previous characters, were always the young girl in love. With her presence in Hollywood, she can carry a movie on her own. 2. What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? In
  4. 1. 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? This scene, goes back to early musicals, on the attention going to the staging of the show. You have the producer who is telling the director who to put in (balloon girl), because it's his money that is backing the show. The director is just trying to find talent, regardless of the child. If it is good and entertaining, they are in the show. Earlier shows were with adults, but we are starting with children 2. This
  5. 1. 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? The ending of the film, was used more as a fantasy piece, in a way to describe Jerry's life in Paris. The sequence was over the top, but to give you a sense of a more artistic view of the city. You follow how he is looking for his dream girl. He finds her and loses her through out the dance. Thru out the film you get a glimpse of what his everyday life was like, the people he associated with. 2. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from
  6. 1. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? The prior to, the dance sequence Kelly and O'Connor are very laid back. They were bored, and really trying to pay attention to the professor. Once they have a rhythm going with, they decide to cut loose and make the training fun. They start off sort stiff and begin to play with the different ways to say the rhyme. When there was a change in how they said the verse, their moves coincided with the change. 2. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight
  7. 1. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? This character is the far opposite of what was being represented. She is the "Tomboy". Jane can do anything a man can do and she feels she can do it better. The way she speaks, incomplete sentences-slang. Very unkept and always wearing pants. Jane needed to do her part to help out everyone no matter what was needed. If it meant getting dirty, that it was she did. Women, had there place, it was in the home cooking and cleaning and Jane was not having that. 2. H
  8. 1. 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? This performance plays out like a conversation set to music. The characters are each giving an example of how a simple idea, can create a show. As an idea goes out, someone else has another one. They are convincing Astaire's character, becoming more motivated until he is in. In earlier musicals, the idea is set and characters revolve around the director and what they want.
  9. 1. 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? Petunia is so attentive to Joe. The camera stays on her as she sings to him. You focus only on her emotions how she explains how her husband makes her feel, even after all the stress he puts her thru. She has his back whether he is physically there or not. This shows true love 2. How would the song change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meanin
  10. 1. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. Shirley is just an all out stalker. She waits for him and there is where the cat and mouse game begins. The scene is continuous, the camera follows up and onto the bleachers in stadium where Shirley is aggressive. The tables are turned and the woman is chasing the man. The camera follows at a distance up the bleachers. You see how spaced out the bleachers are as the characters go up (Dennis is running for his life). With the cameras further back the performance shows how the entire space was utilized,
  11. 1. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? First film for me was The Wizard of Oz. I remember seeing it on TV. As a kid, I was not that fond of musicals. This one I watched with my mom. As Dorothy, she was the typical kid. She was respectful, but a little bratty, in the beginning. She had her dog, Toto which she cherished. The movie was whimsical, funny. Looking back now at Judy Garland, as a child actor, she was great. Judy's acting was beyond her years. 2. How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you m
  12. 1. 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. As Mr Cohan is walking up the stairs to the Oval Office, you see paintings of past presidents on the wall and at the top is George Washington. Once in the office I noticed that all the paintings on the wall were of ships. Even on the fireplace there was a miniature ship. 2. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost A
  13. 1.What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? This scene would show how the couple come together, thru dance. You see initially, how they would match each other but come to enjoy each others presence. Astaire and Rogers always have good chemistry on film. Even when they dislike each other it is believable. 2. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? This film was more of a comedic movie that did not focus much on the "big show" but more on the couple in
  14. 1) When the scene starts you feel like a voyeur. You know something bad is about to happen. Alfred is just inviting you in to watch it all. Even though they were speaking in French, you knew by the body language, exactly what was going on. Even though, she was married, she was still jealous of the garter she found. Alfred was calm about the whole thing. He did not need to explain anything. 2) For me the scene was void of noise, other than the mood music that came thru, when the lady so-called shot herself. This scene, to me was a set up scheme to get this couple back together. The apartme
  15. Rose Marie 1) This clip shows 2 people thrown together and trying to make the best of it. Marie was not interested,(thinking of another man) while Bruce was throwing out all the signals with nothing to show forth. (like a 1st date from hell). She gave a little interest, when he serenaded her. But shrugged him off, taking it as just a playful flirtation. The next clip, shows how Marie is out of her element in this run down bar. Trying to sing these upbeat/sassy saloon songs like an opera. It was terrible. But you do what you must, to make money. Upstaged by another gal who stole the p
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