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  1. If Streisand had performed People in the same manner as the play, it wouldn't have been as intimate or personal as it is in the film. She also does it in a way where it's part of the interaction between the two characters so the focus is not just on her, as solos on stage tend to be. It's interesting though that the song out of the movie stands on it's own with one meaning and a different meaning in the film. And a lot of that has to do with Streisand's amazing singing and acting skills. To take the same source and give it different meanings takes a lot of talent. It's hard to imagine anyone e
  2. Gaslight is one of my favorite films, but I never thought of it as a comparison to My Fair Lady...until now. Both have very controlling, dominant males while the women are vulnerable and very much under their control. It's done willingly yet without thinking of the consequences that this will lead to. Adding to that, the men are not concerned with the well being of the women, everything is done because they have something to gain. With My Fair Lady the scenery and the vibrant colors add to the story of the characters. It's overwhelming for Eliza as she is out of her element, but they also enh
  3. One difference I've noticed in male performances in recent musicals compared to those from past decades is that there is more animation to the dancing. I'm thinking of Fred Astaire who danced and sang wonderfully. He gave wonderful performances alone or with a partner, but with Robert Preston, he's doing both but there is another element to all this, his acting. We see the same thing in the clip with Elvis and Ann Margaret. All three of their talents are being showcased at one time. Another thing I noticed is that them men do not appear as athletic as say Gene Kelly or Donald O'Connor. We're s
  4. The scene is reminiscent of the backstage musicals that were popular well before this film. We see a lot of preparation to getting the cast ready and some of the craziness as well. It looks ahead to the disruption musicals we'll see afterwards with the craziness and chaos it sets up in this scene. There is some very clever dialogue that sometimes doesn't even sound like a straight conversation. The whole scene is humorous as it is clever and witty with just enough constructed chaos to make it work. Rosalind Russell is larger than life as she enters the scene. Rose is taking command of th
  5. I don't think Minnelli needed to use a less than reality look for the film. To begin with, it looks great. The colors, the clothes, the scenery, everything about it is wonderful. It should stand in contrast to the ending ballet dance scene as that was a fantasy. If the film had the same look, the dance scene wouldn't have the same type of impact it has had. What keeps Jerry from being completely unlikable is the way Kelly portrays him. He's walking down the street greeting people so we already have a sense of what kind of person he is. He may have been abrupt with the 3rd year college stu
  6. The pre-dance movements of Kelly and O'Connor lead us right into the dance scene, not really separate from each other. They're playful, not serious about the lesson. As they joke around in the pre-dance, we see O'Connor making faces and then Kelly joining in on the fun. They're also in sync with each other and even more so as they sing and dance. Donald O'Connor is wonderful and so humorous in this scene. It all seems natural as he's making faces behind the professor and into the song and dance sequence. Poor professor, being made fun of throughout this scene. But sometimes the straight
  7. Compared to other female characters during the 50's, Day's interpretation seems to show one of a woman discovering herself on her own terms. I haven't seen many musicals during this period, but it looked like most women were either the strong and smart type of the sexy blonde. Jane is refreshing in that we're watching her grow. I think most of us that were the "tomboys" can relate to that. Doris Day was all over the board. She was wonderful in musicals and equally talented in dramas and comedies. Personally I liked her in the dramas she made. It amazes me that she was some one who could
  8. The interaction at first is supportive and encouraging. It's when they start to sing and dance that it turns to play. They really seem to enjoy goofing around with each other. But it is an interesting difference from past musicals. Not one person is the star. Even though this song is to encourage Fred Astaire's character, they are all encouraging each other and having lots of fun. I'm thinking of how different this scene was to a previous clip that included Fred Astaire. He was singing and dancing and then Ginger Rogers joins in on the storytelling. Not so with this one. He is part of the stor
  9. The first thing we notice is how the women run to Joe's side and the angel (it's been a while since I've seen this movie so I don't remember exactly who he was) is completely ignored, the camera just goes right past him and straight to Petunia and Joe. At his bedside and then later when she is doing laundry we see that she is completely devoted to him, even when she stops taking down the laundry to tend to him and then returns to it. He is everything to her. We also see this in the way she looks at him and also her expression when she sings about him. I could see this also being a song ab
  10. I haven't seen Take Me Out to the Ball Game except for the clip, but it just felt like it was too choreographed. It didn't feel natural or spontaneous (although they are all choreographed) like other films that have been discussed. Having said that, each action is captured and highlighted perfectly. The chase scene at the beginning is funny to watch especially since we know something about the actors themselves. Their actions like tossing the ball or sliding down the rail perfectly match the music. Right after the chase and Sinatra being caught, we know a song is coming and when it's goi
  11. The very first film I saw with Judy Garland was The Wizard of Oz. I guess this is the same for many but it's perhaps her most iconic role. How can it not be. For some one so young at the age of 16 years old, she has the most amazing voice and screen presence. She doesn't play the cutesy cutesy young person, there's a maturity about her without acting adult. There are so many wonderful characteristics to Dorothy but honestly, I felt like I was watching Judy Garland and not Dorothy. She completely owned the role and it would be impossible to imagine the movie with anyone else. From watching
  12. Having the scene take place in the white house begins the list of patriotic symbols. As we see Cohen and the butler walk up the steps we see portraits of former presidents on the wall, ending with the father of our country George Washington. Once in the office we see the American flag in the background pretty much every time the camera is on Cagney. I'm not familiar with the paintings of the ships, but I'm wondering if this had more to do with the selling of bonds. Along with the flag in the white house, we see many flags being flown at the parade, yet again showing patriotism as the soldiers
  13. First off, this is one of my favorite movies and so glad it was part of the discussion. This is a fantastic battle of the sexes. Ginger's character seems to enjoy the wooing but is not about to let Fred's character know that. We see her smiling while he is singing to her, but this is to herself and the viewers. She decides the direction it's going in when she steps up and participates in the wooing, letting Fred know that this is what is going to get her and on her own terms. And not only is he winning her over but is also acknowledging her terms, which he seems to enjoy. There seems to be a m
  14. I really want to see this movie! Right from the beginning we can see that the props play a very important part of the story. It's not her garter yet we don't know that just yet until she lifts her dress to show she is wearing her own. And she obviously knows he's a cad by bringing a gun in her bag. How convenient that it's shooting blanks which only makes the scene even funnier. I had to watch it twice just to watch the scene where the camera moves us even closer to the interaction between the lover and the husband as they inspect the gun. I felt like I was part of that. Hilarious! The so
  15. I've never seen this film nor have I seen any of the films that Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald made together. Having said that, I enjoyed the chemistry between the two. In Rose Marie, Eddy does seem stiff compared to MacDonald, but I saw him as the straight guy to her being the more funny of the two. The interaction in the boat is witty, funny, and very charming, which I'm sure has a lot to do with it being after the enforcement of the film code. But that's okay. It work so well. In the second clip it felt awkward seeing Marie fail in her attempt to entertain, but there's big strong Eddy t
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