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Everything posted by lmzeigler

  1. I still haven't received any announcements about this summer's course. Just want to be sure I didn't miss anything! I loved last year's!!
  2. What about all those fun 80s dance movies - Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Flashdance, Footloose....
  3. How do you find other movie-related courses on Canvas. This has been my first Canvas class. I'm a couple days behind but when I finish up tomorrow I'm going to be so sad!!! I want another one!
  4. I love the podcast! I am a podcast addict - I am a mobile dog groomer so I listen to podcasts all day every day in my truck...sometimes 10 hours a day. I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other movie-related podcasts. I love You Must Remember This which tells stories of "Old Hollywood," but haven't found anything else quite like it.
  5. It's been easy for me to watch only things I hadn't seen before, since I'd seen so few musicals! I'm loving really diving into the genre. I've been watching as much as I can, loading up my DVR on Tuesdays and Thursdays and watching all week long. A few things that have stuck out are Eleanor Powell in Born To Dance. When the course is over I'll watch more of her films. The "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" scene in The Great Ziegfeld was a standout. It's hard to imagine what went into filming that in the pre-CGI/ computer animation days! And I just finished Hollywood Canteen and really lo
  6. The scene where she keeps hiding in the closet? Definitely showed glimmers of the comedic master she became on I Love Lucy later on!! I also got a few giggles at the very last scene with the big song - Bud's voice must have been dubbed because that big booming voice was a total mismatch for him!!
  7. Nancy was awesome in this, and I did the same thing - looked up who was playing the blind date because she just looked so familiar but I couldn't quite place her! I was so happy to see a Lucille Ball movie on the schedule...but I agree, she was good but not as great as she became later in her career. I thought perhaps this was chosen because it was early June Allyson? And it's an example of the theme of this week - nationalism - being set at the military school.
  8. If you go to the Modules section, there is a Resources list above the daily lessons.
  9. I can't believe that the ONLY Judy Garland movie I've ever seen is Wizard of Oz! Based on the two clips, I can already see how much I've missed out on and how much catching up I have to do! It really impossible to watch anyone but Judy when she's on screen, even when she's there with the likes of Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly.
  10. If it helps encourage TCM to offer these classes more often, or even to repeat previous ones, you can let them know that for the past 1.5 weeks my TV has been turned to nothing but TCM!! This class has turned me from an occasional, casual TCM viewer to a TCM addict!! Based on the message board, I'm guessing I'm not the only one.
  11. I'm watching The Great Ziegfeld on my DVR right now and am just totally blown away by the staging on some of the musical numbers! I did some Googling and found out that shooting "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody" alone took weeks of rehearsals and filming, 180 performers, 4300 yards of rayon silk, and cost over $200k to put together. I realized one of the reasons I love watching these old films is that they predate things like CGI and all the fancy animation and special effects that are used today. I know what I'm seeing is "real," that the actors were really walking around these sets that we
  12. Check out the podcast from today - Dr. Ament discusses this exact issue. Basically, The Jazz Singer has sound elements and musical numbers, but it also has parts of the movie that are still silent.
  13. The JW Marriott Hotel in Palm Desert, California reminded me so much of the Italian hotel set in Top Hat, which I watched on TCM last night. It's of course an updated, modernized version, but it has the canals and boats going through the ground floor, around the bars and restaurants and out onto the patio. If I recall correctly, there are Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire Streets very nearby the hotel.
  14. I just finished watching Hallelujah. Wow. I'm so glad I didn't skip this one. What a contrast from the other two movies I've so far for this course - Born To Dance and Broadway Melody. I know this just narrowly pre-dates the Depression but there was certainly no hint of the opulent escapist fantasy and lighthearted humor that was presented in the musicals with white casts at that time. I'm wondering, as the Depression era went on, were there any escapist fantasy musicals that had all African American casts? Or were the "race movies" musicals always more gritty, serious and dramatic
  15. I'm right there with you. We are living in a pretty crazy time (I guess they all are, but the last couple of years have been exceptionally nuts for a lot of us) and I feel like diving into these classic musicals is exactly what I needed right now. I don't know that I would have gotten quite as lost in them a few years ago as I am today.
  16. I'm watching now and think I'm falling in love with Jimmy!!
  17. I watched Broadway Melody last night and really enjoyed it. On my DVR right now I have The Great Ziegfeld, Born To Dance, Gold Diggers of 1933 and Hallelujah. Not sure I'll get to them all before the next round comes out tomorrow, but I'm about to start one now! Maybe I'll go with Born To Dance, since that's on the recommended list. I've already seen Wizard of Oz a thousand times so I'll skip that this time even though it's on the list too!
  18. I thought their (obvious!) lack of singing and dancing abilities worked for the movie for this reason too - they were supposed to be a local vaudeville act trying their hand in NY, where the Zeigfeldian character quickly decided he didn't want them after seeing a snippet of their mess of an act. I watched it yesterday and really enjoyed it. I thought Bessie Love and Anita Page were both wonderful...when they weren't singing and dancing!!
  19. Me three! I'd love to access the materials from the previous courses! I just found about this series this summer.
  20. The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins! I have to admit I haven't seen many from earlier than that, so I'm very excited about this course!!
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