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Kathy Kacprowicz

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  1. Not so sure if it's exactly silly, but it sure is annoying. Paint Your Wagon. I loved the stage show and the music. Not only was the movie NOTHING like the play, but it was so off-kilter and off-putting, I still cringe today.
  2. Naturally the first film I remember is "The Wizard of Oz." I know it's shallow of me, and I'm not really sure of my impression that long ago, but I initially thought she was too old and tall for the role. But after she left the Munchkins, I never thought of that again. She was just perfect in all aspects. You said she wasn't a trained dancer, but boy, could she keep with with Astaire and Kelly. You also talk about her being a generous performer to her co-stars -- I was impressed how generous Astaire was to her: the dance routine fit her talents perfectly and he allowed her to sing so that
  3. The patriotism hits you in the face in this film: the waving flags and the parade and the marching music. How could you not be inspired? When Cohan travels though the White House he is nervous and awestruck. Just like you would be in the presence of such historical grandeur. It's a great scene. The dialogue - the White House butler praising Cohan and his family: the importance of continuity and shared memories and tradition in the USA. "Irish Americans carry their patriotism right out in the open." That opening scene is so necessary. It bookends the film and it's a good way to segue
  4. During the beginning song, I loved the way she rolled her eyes at him -- she was on to his tactics! And I noticed in the dancing there was no touching. A couple of times they got really close to it but she backed away. In the lyrics Astaire compared thunder to a kiss. When there was thunder near the end of the dance routine, the dancing got faster and they danced WITH each other instead of next to each other. The sex has been much more overt in the earlier films we've watched. Now it's getting classier and subdued (but ready to burst free at any moment).
  5. Chevalier is charming elegance to the nth degree. Especially when he took out that flowing handkerchief to cool himself down. And his having all those tiny guns (unloaded) for the many women in his life so they could be dramatic without harm. A theme I see that would amuse the depression audience: the casual "romances" the wealthy have without fear of consequences. That is for sure as alien to their lives as the clothes and jewelry and opulent apartments shown.
  6. Once I freed myself from the hypnotic effect of William Powell's voice, I was able to think clearly. When Anna Held decides to meet with Ziegfeld, she doesn't depend on logic or business sense -- but on the beauty of the flowers. It's going to be an interesting decade! And I understand all about the escape from the dreary depression, but honestly -- those clothes on the people in the audience. Did people really dress like that when they went out?
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