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Everything posted by OhEwe

  1. I learned to "see" more when I watch a film. I always "saw" the cast, costume and sets, now I also "see" the subtleties of light, small background items, and staging. There is so much more to any movie than the stars and director, and this course really brought that more sharply into focus. I also discovered that I still have a passion for learning, and I am really looking forward to taking more courses in the future. Thank you Dr. Ament, TCM, and everyone else involved in putting together this course. It was a wonderful way to spend 4 weeks (especially while house-bound/recovering f
  2. How might Streisand’s performance of the song “People” have felt different in the film, had she been more theatrical and expressive, perhaps even belting her song more? The scene would have lost a lot of its tender/growing up feeling if the song had been "belted out." Still a show-stopper without being "in your face." At this point in the film, Fanny was still a fairly innocent young girl. Living with her mother, unmarried, just getting her start in "show biz." If "People" had been belted out, it would have given Fanny a harder edge too early in the movie. Note the emotional transi
  3. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her?.... I saw the Wizard of Oz for the first time on tv when I was a child. I was probably about 5 or 6 (early 1960s) and we watched it on the tv in my Great Grandmother's living room because we didn't have "cable" at home. My first impression was that Judy Garland really was Dorothy, and more than anything else, I wanted to "be" Dorothy. Nobody seemed to mind that I danced along with a movie I'd never seen (fumbling my way through the steps as I tried to learn as the movie went along- I am not, and ne
  4. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? I felt as if the clip was a bit more "innocent" than the theater was at that time. Held's reaction to the floral arrangement seemed a bit naive for an experienced, celebrated performer who was likely more accustomed to receiving gifts from "stage door Johnnies" and wealthy gentlemen and knew how to play off of those gifts. The clip does show a sunny, naive outlook from an established star of the stage. 2. Talent and hard work leads to riches and fame, but for a y
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