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  1. What a great idea! Keep us posted on how it goes - I Remember it Well from Gigi - Singin in the Rain - Anything by Judy Garland - White Christmas
  2. I agree with so many classmates here that Summer Stock and A Star is Born really showcase Judy's talents as a more mature actress and singer. But when I read that discussion question I kept thinking of moments, not films, that just blow you away: Better Luck Next Time from Easter Parade, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows from Ziegfeld Girl, The Man that Got Away from A Star is Born. The films themselves may or may not be the ultimate Judy vehicles. But those moments make them totally worth it.
  3. I agree! It's impossible to imagine anyone else doing Dorothy justice. But I wonder what Judy's path would have been like if she hadn't played Dorothy (this may have also been a question in the lecture notes). She was 17 playing a younger girl, hiding her age and her body. Could she have transitioned to "healthier" adult roles sooner if she hadn't played Dorothy? Or would she have faded from memory and not had as long a film career if not for that iconic role? So glad to see discussions starting about the questions from the lecture notes. There's a lot to talk about
  4. I love Easter Parade but I do not like the We're a Coupla Swells number. It seems endless and hearkens back to a kind of vaudeville entertainment that I guess I just don't appreciate.
  5. 1. I love the first scene. Even though there's no physical contact, I love the banter. It sounds like smart, pre-code dialogue. I laughed out loud when Eddy says "But then, nothing worked with Maude." Both scenes depict their growing attraction for one another without actually being near one another, which is probably just the way the Production Code wanted it. 2. I have seen Eddy and MacDonald in other films and always find that they are ... Eddy and MacDonald. they don't exactly disappear into their characters. This is my favorite of their films. I'm not a huge fan of powdered wig peri
  6. 1. As others have said, this is definitely the lighter side of life. It is opulent, from the clothes, to the dressing room to the disregard for money. I'm sure there were gasps in the audience watching the film as Powell gives that 5-pound tip. That was a significant amount of money to the average person during the Depression. 2. Other musicals from the same era might cover more everyday themes, take place in tenements and depict hardships and poverty, but always with an escapist angle. In the fade out, everyone somehow picks themselves up by their boot straps and makes good. 3. Pre-
  7. I love a musical that transports me back to the era in which it was made. Footlight Parade is a perfect 1930s musical to me: backstage vibe, great dialogue, and SO "of the period." Plus James Cagney showing the cast how to dance like a cat is one of the best moments in movie musical history, IMHO. Others: Anything with Grable from the 1940s - she just exemplifies the WWII technicolor, girl-you're-fighting-for image. Meet Me in St. Louis is just beautifully done. and knowing that it was Minelli's love letter to Garland just makes is more fun to watch. And now I'll stop and read everyone else's
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