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Amanda VanValkenburgh

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  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? I think that showing more emotion in the acting and singing have changed dramatically from the start of musicals to present day. What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? Robert Preston has such a unique voice and presence when he is performing! You cannot ignore him! He's a likeable know it all of sorts in Music Man and a lovable cad in Victor/Victoria.
  2. 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? showing the children younger and the headaches and heartaches of traveling and growing up. This is the introduction of Mama Rose in the film. Comment on Rosalind Russell’s entrance and performance especially as a traditionally trained stage and film actress. I LOVE HER! She just takes over a scene and a stage! S Pay attention to the song “Let Me Entertain You” in this scene. Is there anything you notice i
  3. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? they are keeping a rhythm (hands smacking the desk) that is similar to the one that they will be keeping when tapping around. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. he is appalled by their antics at first, but then keeps straight faced and observes their movements never trying to stop them even as they place trash and all kinds of stuff on top of him. He is treated and becomes a prop in the scene between Kelly and O'Connor How do the rep
  4. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? I think women in the 50s are suppose to be homemakers and wear dresses with a perfect commercial look. A rough and tumble type of character falls at the end of the spectrum during that time. How do you think Doris Day grows as an actress in her various roles in the 1950s, before and after this musical? I think Mrs. Day will grow by really leaning more into her character and making them ore rounded after this film Does Doris Day’s bright and sunny persona
  5. 1. No one upstages any other actor. Everyone is given a part to play and equal time together. 2. Basic colors no one flashy with extra colors or jewelry to take away from anyone else. 3. They honestly seem like friends that are entertainers by trade in the clip shown. They play off of each others dancing and comedy throughout the performance, and it's just entertaining because they do it so smooth and naturally!
  6. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. Using the baseball stadium as a part of the sequence and choreography of the song helped show the chasing and pursuing of Frank Sinatra held well with the song. It’s interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How does this sequence prepare us for the singing? The clear chase of the main character at the start of the film then leads into the song and how she is trying to convince him that their being together is fate as she forever attempts to trap him through the chasing a
  7. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? My first Judy film was Wizard of Oz. My first impression of her was how sweet and innocent she seemed in that film. She had such a sadness in her eyes in certain scenes in that film (when they take Toto for example that just breaks your heart, or when she sees through the witch's crystal ball Aunt Em) that as a young child would make me sad too. Of course I also remember every song she sings in the film because of her amazing talent too! How do you view her differently after viewing t
  8. 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. - Discussion of patriotism and war when George mentions his father being a veteran. Also the fact that they use symbols of patriotism with flags and the fact that Cohen was born on July 4th during the Parade. 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 your respo
  9. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? - A little in the attitude of Ginger with Fred at first, trying to maintain the "I'm too clever for this" persona between Ginger's character and Fred's character. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? - This film has way more playful banter between the two stars and the talent is amazing and mesmerizing in Top Hat! The dancing and wonderful music really makes for a great escape away from the woes of the ye
  10. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. - I noticed that in the first clip both characters were playful and they easily talk and connect through flirting and playful banter. However, the characters change by the second clip with Jeanette MacDonald acting timid and shy and reluctant to really go for the song because it's just not her style. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. - I haven't seen either actor in any other f
  11. I do agree that this shows a brighter perspective of life during this time. The musical number shows happy people, wealthy people being entertained by a happy and playful song. The depression was the exact opposite of this, and would most certainly have affected the audience present at this show. I believe that most musicals during the depression era time were created to help bring joy and a more positive emotion back to its audiences. The movie musical becomes more about escapism of the trappings of the real world as we will see in musicals such as the Footlight Parade. I beli
  12. This question was so difficult for me to answer because really there's just so many musicals that I love! However, I always find myself so entertained by the musical Gigi! I love Leslie Caron so much and her funny spunky ways as a young Gigi in the film makes everything comical and light, despite what life she is going to lead if her aunt and grandmother have their way! The costumes and settings are beautiful and the songs are catchy and really move the film along.
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