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  1. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? Yes. The obvious is shown by money not being an issue for some during this time. Perhaps the reflected light from the mirror that was shown on the audience members could have been a way to make life seem brighter. (One man did not like it in his eyes, that's for sure.) Also, the reliance on the personal assistant backstage could be a reflection on how others are always willing and around to help us, which of course, is not the case for some. 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? Let's forget our troubles and go to the movies or a show. That's what Depression era art was about, right? That's what I always enjoy whenever seeing a production to this day. I rarely want to feel sad or emotional in the theater. I like to feel uplifted and laugh, not feel scared (have never seen a horror film in my life) or hopeless. 3. Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been filmed or scripted differently if it had been pre-code? Give specific examples. Costume on stage may not have been a whimsical or have had full coverage. Dressing room scene would have had an underwear scene most likely.
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