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  1. What do you notice about the way the scene is directed as Petunia goes to Joe’s bedside and as we cut to her outside hanging laundry? What does this tell us about her relationship, and the connection to the song? How would the song change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meaning change? How? What other thoughts do you have about this film, the issues of black Americans during WWII, and this film’s importance in this era? When the scene opens it appears as though Petunia is just expressing her happiness at her husband being home and being alive. She i
  2. This sequence from "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" is so well done visually from the moment the two characters spot each other their movements and the slight overture of music leads us easily into the musical number to follow. Throughout the musical number we see movements, actions, facial expressions that show who is dominating the situation, Betty Garrett, and how gradually Frank Sinatra is accepting the fact that he is caught, he has no real choice in the matter, she is not giving up, and eventually that he may be ok with being dominated by this strong and decisive woman. This routine is very
  3. The first Judy Garland movie I remember watching was "The Wizard of Oz" and I do remember being enamored with her, especially during the 'Over the Rainbow' sequence. It was the first time I remember as a child being riveted by what I saw on the screen. I have seen "Easter Parade" many times in the past. It has the incredible pairing of Garland and Astaire, so what's not to love!? I hadn't seen "For Me and My Gal" until it aired today on TCM, and oh what another great pairing! How could I have never seen Gene Kelly's first film and paired with Judy Garland on top of that!? After watching b
  4. Anyone else notice that all the movies from our class list for June 5th and June 7th were loaded to Watch TCM except one? Follow the Fleet was the only movie I couldn't find after it aired and is now the only movie out of the 24 on our our list for last week I have not seen! I wonder if this is an oversight or if there is a reason this one was not added?
  5. Easily one of my favorite musicals and one of my favorite movies in general of all time. I watch it at least once a year, every 4th of July of course! Eager to watch it again as part of this course and look at it in a different light or notice something that I haven't in previous viewings. I have always felt a strong connection to George M. Cohan and his story as portrayed by this movie as I am also a descended Irish American and my birthday is right before the 4th of July, so similarly growing up I often thought the fireworks and celebrations were for me too! As the previous entries have
  6. I read this as well, but haven't seen a list yet either. They did provide a link to the TCM Mad About Musicals Shop which shows a few book recommendations. https://shop.tcm.com/mam-books/b237634?az=23-11902 I have picked up a few of these and am waiting for them to arrive so I can read about musicals while taking this course!
  7. One of my favorite Fred/Ginger dance routines! As far as battle of the sexes are concerned, I see this clip as more of an 'anything you can do, I can do too' rather than an 'anything you can do, I can do better'. There is a definite sense of a different type of wooing going on in this dance number. Traditional techniques aren't going to work here to get the girl, she wants to be treated as an equal and Astaire has to come to that realization to get his girl. In this same manner this particular film distinguishes itself from the other Depression Era musicals we have watched thus far, because pr
  8. I haven't watched a Lubitsch picture before, so this was my first encounter, and at first glance the Lubitsch Touch reminded me of modern director Wes Anderson, whom I adore. The subtle and sly glances, the close ups held on small objects, and the lingering hold of an emotion or facial expression to emote a comedic reaction to what potentially could be a very serious situation all are used in Wes Anderson pictures today, which I now see that the Lubitsch Touch is being used in his films. I will have to find and watch more of Lubitsch's work in the future. The props, dialogue, and staging
  9. I definitely want to watch the 4 recommended movies this week, and have added Hallelujah and Rose Marie to my list after watching the videos as well. Other than that I think I will wait to see what on the list ends up being on demand and go from there. I would love try to fit in as many of the 95 movies as I can into my schedule over the course of the month! Whatever I can't fit in, I will keep on my radar to watch in the future.
  10. The interactions and sheer charisma between the characters in these two scenes, and really any Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald pairing, is that of a natural and realistic attraction. I first saw these two remarkable actors while one day several years ago taking a chance on watching one of their movies during a TCM marathon of the pictures they did together. I had never seen an Eddy/MacDonald movie, but suddenly found myself so completely entranced by their performances that I watched several of their movies back to back that day. When the marathon was over I even felt myself yearning for more!
  11. I had the same thought regarding her attire during her performance. It was a playful song seemingly somewhat paralleling or alluding to her upcoming decision on who to chose, and pre-code perhaps she would have been dressed in a more scanty costume rather than the long dress and bonnet she appeared in.
  12. In the syllabus it said there would be a list of recommended reading for those of us that would like to do additional reading about musicals on our own time. I haven't seen a list yet, but have checked out the Mad About Musicals books available on TCM Shop. I would love to pick up a few of these books to read this month in between completing the coursework and enjoying the movie list! Could we get a list of some recommended titles to go along with this course or for after this course? Any other suggestions would be most appreciated as well!
  13. A Goofy Movie was a huge part of my childhood and development of love of musicals! Love that you thought to include this movie!
  14. I can never seem to get enough of Singin' in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Sweeney Todd, An American in Paris, and White Christmas to name a few favorites. When I see these listed on television, I have to stop and watch. The best musicals are the ones that not only have great music and great performances, but also have the ability to transport you into that world for a short time and make you forget about your own troubles. These musicals always make me feel better when I'm tired or stressed or just need a break for awhile. I am anxious to be exposed to and learn about some musi
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