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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 demonstrate true goodness.
  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 takes the gun and goes after Chevalier. It crescendos and climaxes as the gun is shot and then there is silence as we watch Chevalier's understated then over stated reaction. There is no other music in the scene which makes it all the more effective. When the Ambassador enters, his entire speech is done in monotone. This is in complete contrast to Chevalier's musical and whimsical way of speaking. By having the dialogue delivered in this manner, it signifies that Chevalier is light hearted and fun whereas the Ambassador is a strict rule follower and boring. The themes that will be repeated in the movies to come are: cockolded husband, loose moraled upperclass, use of music as technique to emphasize ideas or moods, opulent sets and gorgeous costumes. Also, there was a fascination with Europe- the fashion, language, idea that European meant total sophistication. Many of the movies take place in Europe or on a luxury liner with a European flair.
  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 in love with him, she must sacrifice that career in order to be the kind of woman that other women should aspire to be - noble, humble, forgiving (because his eye will eventually wander) and prepared to do whatever it takes to make the man happy. The conflict always lies with the woman because she cannot have both a career and a family. She is always forced to choose. The costumes will be extravagant and glamorous and people will live in beautiful homes and travel to exotic places. Pre-Code 3. Anna Held would have had a much skimpier costume onstage and would have been in a state of undress in the dressing room. The audience members might have been rowdier perhaps with a drunken interruption. The man Ziegfeld tipped might have scoffed and asked for more in a very rude manner.
  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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