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Everything posted by wproudfo

  1. I just received my certificate! Thank you! I hope you offer more of these classes! Wynne Proudfoot
  2. I like the gentle approach taken with the song. I think a bolder treatment would have taken the gentleness from her character. The camera can get in close so she does not have to make the grand gestures of the state. Streisand is a master.
  3. Eliza is definitely in love with Higgins but he has no idea of his feelings for her. He has no clue why she actually breaks down and goes to pieces. He is losing his control of her.
  4. Robert Preston is superb as Harold Hill. I think it would be difficult for anyone to step into his shoes. I also liked him in Victor, Victoria though it is a much softer role. I haven't seen him in much else except, The Last Starfighter which was very good.
  5. Dr. Ament, I really enjoyed your information and photos of Shirley Jones. Her voice is still so beautiful! My whole family is a fan of her movies, especially The Music Man! I live about 90 miles south of Smithton and have been there several times. I have a Stoneys in my fridge right now. wproudfo
  6. Love seeing Morgan Brittany as Baby June. I also enjoyed Karl Malden in this film. Rosalind Russell is the ultimate stage mother but really wants to be the star. You can tell she really loves being out on that stage. This number seems more like a novelty number in this clip.
  7. 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? I like the realistic approach that is used in the rest of the film. Who would think that it was really was filmed on the back lot. The streets and buildings are so realistic. I think this contrasts nicely with the fantasy ballet at the end of the film. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikeable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlikeable? Even though he is actually rude to the "3rd year girl" , he still has that
  8. They both are so fluid in their movements that it is hard to tell where the dancing actually begins. The professor is a master at facial expressions, going from happiness to surprise to shock. Gene Kelly dances with masculine upper body movements and facial expressions. O'Connor has more of the clownlike facial expressions. What terrific dancing by both!!!!! '
  9. I just love Doris Day and could watch her films all day long. A beautiful singer and a wonderful dancer and actress. In Calamity Jane, I love seeing her go from tom boy to feminine woman and then back to something in between. Calamity Jane is finally comfortable in her own skin. Deadwood Stage and Secret Love are classics. I heard Doris Day say once on a talk show that her personal favorite was, "Love Me or Leave Me". Another fantastic performance!
  10. They are performing as a group. There is no leading singer or dancer. All have equal importance. They are all dressed in very various shades of gray, black, or blue. The group blends together. It makes a nice comparison with the reds used in the scenery. In staging, no one is given center stage. Truly a group endeavor.
  11. By starting the song at Joe's bedside, it shows her loving care and concern for her injured husband. When they move outside, you know he is recovering and there is joy and happiness in her voice and face. I think if she were singing to her child, there would be more nurturing and maternal love in the song.
  12. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. Betty Garrett is definitely playing the role of predator as she waits for Frank Sinatra in the hallway. She doesn't let up and follows him to the bleachers. It’s interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How does this sequence prepare us for the singing?  Their movements and steps in the hallway are right in time to the music. As the music quickens, so do they as they run for the bleachers. You know a song is on the way. Love Betty Garrett's voice!
  13. 1.What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your impression of her? I'm sure it was the Wizard of Oz. I loved her pure vocal quality 2.How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? I didn't realize that she was such a talented dancer. She certainly kept up with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. 3. What films in her later career come to mind as examples of her increasing ability to capture an audience's imagination as a storyteller when she sings a lyric? She was amazing in A Star is Born.
  14. 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. American Flags are everywhere. You can't get more American than being in the White House and meeting the president. Cohan keeps looking over his shoulder as if he can't believe he is there. He is wearing a flag pin on his lapel. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost American morale? Quote specific lines of dialogue in
  15. Did Irving Thalberg help to write the Production Code?
  16. I have always loved 'Yankee Doodle Dandy". I was also fortunate to see "George M" on Broadway starring Joel Grey! Both terrific!
  17. I just love Calamity Jane! The opening number, The Deadwood Stage, is terrific! I think Doris Day turns in a Bravo performance!
  18. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? Ginger Rogers can match Fred Astaire step for step, tap for tap in this number. She is his equal not just a trophy dance partner. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? This musical number serves to advance the plot. It is not just a number inserted with no meaning in relation to the story. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball
  19. Lots of chemistry going on in that canoe. I didn't realize how beautiful JM was. I also like her comedic timing. I really hadn't seen them in any other performances. That was my loss for sure. I want to see more of them together. I was surprised at the suggestive dance in the scanty dress. Seems very racy. Definitely had a good and bad girl role!
  20. MC breaks the 4th wall by speaking directly to the audience. The gun shot is very muffled and does not sound real.
  21. I do agree that this certainly takes away the seriousness of the time period. Miss Held didn't really have any idea who had sent her the flowers. She was just overwhelmed with the idea that someone would send them to her. I believe if this film had been pre-code, she would have been dressed in a more scanty costume for her performance. Instead, she was covered from head to toe in a long dress, bonnet, and a parasol.
  22. The Movie Musicals class is the first one that I saw being offered. I would love to be able to go back and access the one on Hitchcock!
  23. I'm doing the Tap Challenge on my desktop and it is not working. I can listen to the tap track but that is it.
  24. My all time favorite is The Sound of Music. My son and I have watched it too many times to count.The ending shot of the Von Trapp family climbing over the mountains gives me chills each time I watch it. I also love the opening to West Side Story. The chorography is just fabulous.
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