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  1. The song needed to be sung in the fashion it was, intimate and conversational. It would have lost it’s meaning had it been more theatrical and expressive. We connect with Fanny emotionally as she draws us in, we see her heart and thoughts through the lyrics. She is center stage and he is in background yet intensely listening; she begins to touch railings and closes her eyes while facing him. These actions seem to be her directed toward him. He begins to smile as if he agrees and she has made her case. It is much more intimate than the spacing seems on camera. The blocking of the scene cause
  2. Common themes in both Gaslight and My Fair Lady both ladies are being manipulated by the dominant male for their own interest, completely oblivious to the pain or impact it may have on the lady. Both men behaving in condescending manners at the emotional state of the lady, which they are directly responsible for. The lighting reflecting mood of the scene. Eliza is tormented by emotions, and Paula is tormented as her husband tries to convince her she is insane. Both lost their identity and become dependent on the men. Cukor allows us to connect with Eliza as the actors are supported within
  3. The masculine performances in musicals changes from the more alpha male role to more beta, sensitive and less aggressive than the Howard Keel type performances of the previous decade. I noticed that Robert Preston performance in both roles he is less a perfect voice and dancer, and more of the story teller. He speak sings his lines without belting out operatic songs. He captures his audience and uses his gestures as much as the expression in both performances as any of the song and dance numbers in the previous musicals. Mostly I have noticed in his other films that his method has w
  4. This scene is reminiscent of the to “backstage” musicals and vaudeville. The premise and costumes reflect the earlier movies in the beginning of the musical age. It was disruptive of the Code and looks ahead to how more risqué performances will be common in the coming years, and musical genre othe will seem to meld over time. Rosalind Russell’s entrance draws all attention to herself, even taking away from her girls - mainly baby June and begins ordering musicians and lighting. She is singleminded headstrong and rolls over anyone who would interfere. She is an over the top stage mother.
  5. Does a movie that has as stylized a scene as An American in Paris’ ending ballet need to use a less-than-realistic, stylized approach throughout the film? Yes, the stylized approach gives the contrast of Jerry Mulligan’s “real life” scenes and the fantasy ballet ending. The artistic undertones help the audience accept the setting is Paris and that he is in the art district of the city. Jerry surveys the other artists work and goes about his walk in a energetic upbeat fashion even though we are shown in the conversation with Milo he is nearly broke asking for a cigarette because doesn’t h
  6. The pre-dance movements of Kelly and OConnor are rhythmic, fluid and synchronized. They begin repeating the tongue twisters rhythmically, drumming on the table, and step in rhythm together while playing off each other. It all plays directly into the transition to the musical number. As the straight man he becomes the contrast to the scene and further on in he scene becomes a prop. He remains straight faced and stiff through the entire dance scene from bending back on his desk to seated while given the “lesson” from Kelly and OConnor. And even as they trash his classroom, he remains the st
  7. We saw Doris Day as Calamity Jane depicted very independent, masculine - wearing pants, “one of the boys”, riding the horse like a man, yet still the men felt they could laugh at her, and didn’t take her serious as a woman. This is very different than the representation of women in the 1950’s. Later she began to transform and appeared more feminine, but remains true to herself. To get her man, she had to soften the edges. Doris Day’s roles in the 1950s were carefree, upbeat and wholesome. She perfectly portrayed the tomboy, sweetheart of the romantic comedies, fit perfectly in a musical,
  8. They are equally important as an ensemble. The costumes were everyday suits and dress, nothing stood out or was extreme and decorative or “flashy”. No one is the star or focus of the scene. The scene showcased each of their talents.
  9. 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? The song is meant to be a prayer, and no matter what she is doing she is dedicated and committed to her husband, whether it is chores or caring for him at his bedside, praying for his recovery. Her relationship is devotion to him 100%. 2. How would the song change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meaning change? How? The song would have been
  10. 1.What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your impression of her? The Wizard of Oz was the first Judy Garland film I ever watched, as a child. I adored her, she was believable as Dorothy. I loved every song and every moment of the film. 2.How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? After viewing both clips I have a greater appreciation for her dancing. Judy was able to capture the attention from her partners in both scenes, naturally complementing them, yet able to make it appear effortless whi
  11. 1. Describe how the scenes in today’s Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. Be specific. Refer to props, set design, settings, etc. in your answer. We see the past presidents portraits as Cohan ascends the stairway, the flags - down to the one on Cohan’s lapel. There are pictures of ships & nautical items around the office, possibly that could are representative of the past victories the country had. The intimate meeting with the president is complete patriotism and nationalism that would be a setting to boost the morale of the movie
  12. 1. I didn’t find as much battle of the sexes but more a complimentary dance scene. Rogers definitely showed more equality with Astaire in this dance. 2. Rogers is a woman on her own when she meets Astaire, and is seen more independent than the other films. She is seen in a strong female role here, and the presentation of the dances & songs feel more part of the story, freer flowing through the film than the others this week. 3. Women were taking on more roles usually for men in the culture at this period of time, and Hollywood began to portray those situations more than in the ea
  13. We hear the lovers arguing as the scene begins before entering. There is the play on sexuality throughout the scene. We are aware without seeing the bedroom there is cheating going on, and Maurice Chevalier speaking to the audience as he is the only one who can see them. He states to us “she’s jealous” and “her husband”, with humor, translating for us. She is married and jealous of him cheating, the garter in his hand, her garters she reveals lifting her dress that suggests it isn’t’t hers. There is no surprise about the gun, and the number of them in the drawer adds comedy. Maurice appears to
  14. The first scene MacDonald represents a “good girl” - she keeps her back to him, makes no eye contact while Eddy is “an honorable man” and we are to draw that conclusion being he is a Mountie. He is trying to be romantic and his flirtation seems unrequited, yet she has interest in him and since he can’t see her facial expressions he continues to try. The second scene MacDonald is very much out of her element and extremely uncomfortable in the saloon. The “bad” girl or salon entertainer puts her in the position of being even more awkward than when she tries to sing for the patrons. Eddy
  15. 1) I do agree that the clip has brighter perspective than life was at the time for the movie going audience. Ziegfeld displayed wealth and not at all worried about extravagance, from to the tip for the attendant, or the flowers for Held in her dressing room. The audience at the theater performance appears to be wealthy, dressed in elegant gowns, suits, jewelry etc. 2) An optimistic, hopeful, fun and lighthearted theme would be expected in other depression era films from viewing this clip. The approach of life being happy and carefree with frivolity and extravagant lavish spending. 3)
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