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Dawn Stone

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  1. Yes Yes Yes, please give us more!!! It was so much fun - how many times do you hear a student say that?! Biggest compliment EVER to a teacher. So thank you for gifting us with such wonderful information, insight, music, dancing and the excuse, "Sorry, I can't do that. I have to watch my musicals!!!"
  2. Interaction between the two is stilted and very proper. Although they are in close proximity with one another, they are not face to face thereby allowing them to maintain a respectable distance. In the saloon scene, Nelson observes but does not acknowledge that he has seen MacDonald in such a degrading situation. This shows respect, empathy and the desire not to embarass or shame her. It shows the audience that he is a gentleman; ruled by good morals with the ability to handle an uncomfortable situation in an appropriate and discreet way. He may not be born into wealth but his manners demonstr
  3. Lubitsch touch: The close up of the garter, the picture on the wall above the desk of a woman lying in a suggestive position and scantily clad, the many "Lady Pistols" located in the desk drawer suggesting this scene has happened many times before. The fact that the scene is primarily in French, a language only the upper echelon were educated to understand, suggests the depravity of the upper class. Amazingly, the way it is staged, we understand every word even though it is not English. In order to emphasize the seriousness of the situation, there is music added when the husband take
  4. Perspective: 1. This clip does reflect a brighter perspective on life. The dressing room is enormous and very extravagant (all that furniture!)- even for the leading lady, Broadway dressing rooms are not that big. All the men are dressed in very formal attire. Would all the men in the theatre be dressed that formally? The joke about losing weight as Ziegfeld tipped with the 5 lb note - very light-hearted and glibly received. It's probably a week's wage for that man. Themes: 2. The beautiful woman depends on a powerful, wealthy man to fulfill her dreams of a career. After falling
  5. There are so many that I love.....anything Fred and Ginger do, but I ALWAYS stop and watch The Wizard of Oz. That was such a magical musical which came on TV once a year for many years when I was a child. That made it extra special. When I had my own little girl I bought it and we watched it a million times together. She never tired of it and after all these years, neither have I!!!! I tend to like the older musicals best - the gorgeous, glamorous costumes, exquisite manners, elegant dancing, everything oh so polite and polished.
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