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  1. In the late 50's, thru the 60's and 70's musicals were animated, televised and designed for kids. Here is 6 lists to show the point: FAMILY MOVIE MUSICALS Hans Christian Anderson Loesser 1952 Pied Piper of Hamlin Grieg 1957 Mary Poppins Sherman/Sherman 1964 Dr. Doolittle Bricusse 1967 Oliver! Bart 1968 Scrooge Bricusse 1970 Tom Sawyer Sherman/Sherman 1973 Huck Finn Sherman/Sherman 1974 Old Curiosity Shop (aka Quilp) Elmer Bernstein 1975 The Slipper and the Rose Sherman/She
  2. I worked a few years ago at the Austin (tx) airport, and Jerry would frequently travel through the concourse, He wore a jacket with his Wizard of Oz identity on it and loved to meet people, specially kids. A fine fellow and will be missed
  3. I read Dr. Ament's case of Shirley Jones, and here is my personal interaction with The Artful Dodger of Oliver! The Day I Grew Up.docx
  4. I have been a admirer of Musicals, both movie and Broadway for most of my life. In college I was enlightened to the fact it was Oscar Hammerstein II that started the trend to write lyrics that were inclusive to the plot and moved the story forward. Show Boat with Jerome Kern was the first musical which had lyrics that were essential to the plot of the show. Later it was the trademark of the the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that each song was integrated in the story, starting with Oklahoma. Not to lessen the craft or beauty of say Cole Porter, Each R and H song added shades to the palet
  5. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? I liked how in the clip, he starts dancing, then she joins as if to challenge. she mirrors his hands and arms, but the two never embrace to they do very fast swing together. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? The fact that money is not really discusssed or even that the garden covered patio is bigger than most apartments or houses of the day. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles be
  6. 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)? By just the fact Alfred breaks the fourth wall and makes his inner thoughts known, he is shown as a cad, never taking the events seriously. The drawer full of pistols he deposits the current pistol in, shows cavlier attitude of..."oh another one for the collection". 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
  7. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. The most basic disernable interaction is that both pay full attention to the singing of the other. It does speak of romantic tension between the two of them. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. I have not seen other movies with them 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 a
  8. Dudley Moore playing piano of his arrangement of "It's Easy" in the movie "10"
  9. A bit of trivia...1776 has the longest section of musical with no music.. over 30 minutes.
  10. I love Hollywood musicals as well Broadway musicals. It was 1985 that I was introduced my favorite musical of all time, Sweeney Todd. Sondheim in my opinion is the greatest writer of modern musicals. Sweeney Todd has to me the most perfect moment for musical tension, the scene where Todd has a razor to the judges throat, and extends his revenge by singing Pretty Women. I have a book of interviews of musical composers. By far over 80% respond to the question which musical do they wish they'ld have written with Sweeney Todd. I believe the inevitability of fate, the fact that one
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