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B. Schmidt

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  1. The common theme of "being forced to act like someone she's not" is found, not only in MY FAIR LADY but also in Gypsy. Both of the Girls/women are living under the influence of 'dictators', Eliza with Higgins and Gypsy with Mama Rose. Eliza was changed into someone who was out of her element. She wasn't fit to live in an elite society and she couldn't go back to being who she was after seeing and experiencing a better way of life. The action of turning off the light indicates an end to her 'charade'. Her downcast eyes and the wringing of her hands express her despair and worry. She is not who
  2. O'Conner and Kelly's pre-dance movements are in time with the tongue twister they are reciting. The rhythm of the "twister" gives the dance its rhythm and energy. Bobby Watson, the professor, seems to be used as a stage prop in this number; the curtain over his face, being pushed around to the chair, ignored as if not even in the room, having a chair placed on top of him along with books, a blanket, a lamp, a shade, a waste basket and a sign from his wall. Perhaps this was a statement about how they felt about his training. The professor comes across as a "powder puff", not lifting a
  3. I believe the movie tells the story about a regular guy going through his day-to-day life and the motions of living and trying to become a legitimate painter. As he does this, his love for Caron is growing. Through her support he becomes better. The story builds to the end where she turns away form him and he fantasizes about how life might be with her and the ballet begins-a fantasy that becomes real at the end. Jerry Mulligan seems to be an honest person at this point, amiable with those he sees on the street until the 3rd year student comes along and criticizes his paintings, unsolicit
  4. Looking back there was the use of many people on stage in all sorts of costumes, in various colors, the use of assorted camera angles-here, following Russell's entrance down the aisle and up on the stage in wide shots and in close ups. Bringing in the vaudeville theme to show acts just starting out, was a classical subject matter. Looking ahead, Russell's character alone is filled with disruption-how she stops the performers, the orchestra, bullies the director and manager of the show, and tells the lighting director how it should be done. Russell's demeanor is one of confidence and
  5. Looking back especially to the 40's and 50's, men portrayed strong masculinity, wanting to be in charge or to take charge. They were men's men so to speak-the suave, debonair, lady's man like Fred Astaire and the rough and tumble character of Nelson Eddy in the 30's, then the strong, viral types like Gene Kelly and James Cagney in the 40's to Howard Keel, Gene Kelly and Gordon McRae in the 50's. In the clips, Robert Preston brings a more sensitive side to the "role " of man. Not rough and tumble, but mindful of others. Not focused on the ladies, but focused on living life in a more gentle way,
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