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Shelly D

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  1. Daily Dose#16: 1) If Barbra Streisand were to belt this song, I don't believe it would have the emotional impact it has today. It would be a powerful performance with Streisand's vocals I'm sure but the current performance is more intimate and fits the song more. 2) When I noticed about the two character's interacting is that the focus is on Streisand as Arnstein's looks at her from a distance as he is observing this lonely woman display her private emotions. He appears pensive as he watches her, but not vocal demonstrating how he keeps his emotions and thoughts to himself. They are similarily alone but Streisand is the more expressive/emotional one. 3) The direction and editing is quite superb here. I liked how when she is beginning the song, you see her from behind as Arnstein walks behind her. It's an interesting perspective that hightlights how she "walks alone." I also enjoy the interesting close up shots of her how she sings with Arnstein in the background. This enhances the lyrics of the song and how intimate it is.
  2. Daily dose #15 1) The common theme I can see with My Fair Lady and Gaslight is this idea of being controlled by someone else and a sense of oppression. How lightening is used in this scene also enhances the mood. 2) As l mentioned with the lightening, it enhances the emotion in the scene in terms of how low Eliza feels. In addition, the way Cukor stages Eliza to be low physically while Higgins is upright and haughty definitely heights the emotion in the scene as well. 3) Cukor enhances the relationship between the two characters with how he positions them to each other and the actions they take towards each other.
  3. Daily Dose #14: 1) The changes I can notice relate to this male representation feeling more honest, in your face and definitely not elegant like some of the performances in musicals of the past. 2)I notice that Robert Preston provides a honest performance where he appears to easily adapt to either character with such sincerity. 3) Unfortunately, I have never seen a Robert Preston movie so I have nothing to compare this too.
  4. Daily Dose #13: 1) The scene looks backward to musicals on how the song is staged and the type of song that is sung which sounds old-fashioned. As for how it looks ahead, I would say based on how the other characters respond to the song, particularly how Mama Rose is introduced. 2) Mama Rose's introduction is rather striking. She comes in full force, direct, strong, commanding attention which makes sense from her Broadway background. She appears to have the presence of a Broadway actress. 3) I think the song is sly in terms of how the lyrics are trying to give a special message to the office in terms of the setting of the scene.
  5. Daily Dose #12: 1) I think this movie needs a less than realistic stylized approach in order to seem more real and honest because it will be like a fantasy. 2) I think having Jerry Mulligan smile and be sarcastic is part of his charm and gives an enhanced look to the character since it shows how he has been "hardened" somewhat by his struggles in Paris.
  6. Daily Dose #11: 1) To me the pre-dance moves seem more graceful and softer than the actual dance moves in that they have less force. The moves seem more careful as the energy and rhythm build more to a frenzied state towards the end. 2)The role of the straight man is to be a tool that the other actors can use to heighten their comedy like with Donald Conner making the faces behind the teacher's back. 2) In this scene, you see different representations of masculinity with Gene, Donald and the teacher. Gene Kelly is representing a more alpha male so his dances moves have a stronger pace and energy while Donald seems more comedic with more graceful moves at times. The teacher is a more straight-laced guy with the clothes he is wearing and how he speaks. Each in their way is different but make for an interesting, well balanced caricature of the men during that time.
  7. Daily Dose #10: 1) I feel this female character is trying to find that balance between feminine and being more assertive. During WWII, women were given more power in terms of the jobs they took over for the men who were overseas. After the war ended, women had to try to reconcile with the idea that gender norms now wanted them to return to their previous roles but the change that occurred in the war wanted them to conserve it some fashion. 2) Unfortunately I haven't seen any Doris Day movies prior to this period but what I can say about her movies afterwards in that she ushers in a more modern woman who is assertive and wants to take control of her life as opposed to letting a man decide for her. This connects with the theme of the time which was beginning to occur in the 1960's. 3) I believe that Doris Day's sunny persona adds to the role by making the character more likeable overall. I can imagine seeing a woman wearing pants and being so gruff was not the norm for most people so to be sunny and bubbling that helped to endear this character to audiences.
  8. Daily Dose #9: 1) In this number, you see how the characters relate to each other based on how the scene is set up. It starts with the actors singing to Astaire to convince him of their idea and then once he is sold, they all sing together. Each character gets a moment to shine. I don't recall singing this as much in older musicals. 2) I feel the costuming is very attune to the gender norms of the period. The men where suits and hats. The sole woman is wearing a skirt and walks around in feminine poses. 3) I li9ke how the staging of the song helps them first sing individually and then come together once they are all on the same page. They each show their strengths but no one is bigger than the other.
  9. Daily Dose: 1) I notice that in the first shot by the bed, they show a lot of close shots where they focus on her facial expressions when she is around Joe. In the second shot by the laundry, it's a wider shot showing her devotion to him through her actions. This tells us how Joe is the center of her world and she is devoted and would do anything for him which connects to the song's message of him being the source of her happiness. 2) If Petunia was singing about a child, the devotion would be similar just a difference in how she expresses her love to her child. I think the cultural meaning would be similar in that it would be showcasing unconditional love but perhaps emphasizing how with a child theirs more of a responsibility of helping them grow into an adult. 3) I feel like the film is trying to promote unity by showcasing African Americans in a positive way so that they too can be connected with white Americans during the war sharing mutual goals and values.
  10. Daily Dose #7: 1) Each shot showcases the cat and mouse aspect of the scene with having the female character literally chance Frank Sinatra around and having them position themselves with the female character grabbing him in various position. I found it highly enjoyable and the movement and choreography really enhanced the song and plot of the scene. 2) This sequence of Frank running away from the female character sets up this back and forth between the female character wanting to convince Frank of their "fate" to be together which is refusing to admit. By physically showing these actions to begin with, it makes the transition into song rather seamless.
  11. Daily Dose #6 1) My first film that I watched of Judy Garland was Wizard of Oz. My first impression of Judy was that she seemed so likeable and a bit of unsure of herself more so based on the character she played in that movie. 2) These two movies highlight how much of a comedienne Judy due to her comedic timing and use of facial expression she uses is on point. She also appears elegant in the second film and has such an ease about her that she seems confident and sure of herself. I also hadn’t realized how great a dancer she is. 3) In these movies, you can see the immense talent Judy showcases where she can connect with audiences emotionally. For me a Star is Born shows her vulnerability and her great acting ability where people can relate to her and her awareness of her imperfections since she is not this idealistic glamorous movie star. She’s just like us, with flaws, struggles and aspirations.
  12. Daily Dose #5 1) The scenes in this movie promote American values by showing very patriotic props like the waving flag and marching bands particularly in the fourth of July scene and using the setting of the most patriotic day of the year. Also, the set design of showing the white house with the staircase with all the paintings of presidents that passed was very patriotic as well. 2) The dialogue that boosts American morale to me was when the president was talking about "love of country" and "unity" which to me was connecting audiences to what unites us all is our love for this country and its values. 3) If this film opened with the Fourth of July parade then it wouldn't have felt as retrospective as it should since this film is being told from the perspective of an older person who has lived his life. I believe this film is trying to connect audiences to that nostalgia of the past and how those American values live on which it accomplishes with the opening it currently has.
  13. Daily Dose#4: From one of my favorites! 1) Regarding the battle of the sexes, you can see Fed and Ginger seizing up their dancing abilities and showcasing their mutual talent. Here, while Fred tries to woo her with a sweet suave song, Ginger’s character shows that she’s going to need more. She’s going to need to show she is his equal in many ways than just some damsel in distress to be wooed. 2) The film distinguishes itself from others by showing that both males and females can be seen as equal in some ways. Also, the characterization of the dance and how it is weaves seamlessly in the story along with the music, makes for an overall smoother and more enjoyable presentation. 3) One of the reasons for the changes in roles between men and women, I believe relates to changing times in terms of women becoming more assertive and educated. Women also by this time had the power to vote so their were having able to have somewhat more power than before.
  14. Daily Dose#3 1) I noticed with the Lubitsch touch, there is a particular attention to detail where certain images are focused and heightened for particular affect. The props such as the garter, interaction between the characters and gun show how Alfred is a character that is involved in scandalous behavior where his actions can be deceiving. 2) The particular scene in the very beginning where you are just hearing the male and female character arguing is a unique way to set the scene that leads to the female character's actions but also to demonstrate how Alfred is a character that will hide his true intentions from the audience in a way that can be deceiving. 3) The theme in this film that connects to the depression is that their is a certain charm and light heartedness that relates to the idea that movies in the great depression were set to help people forget their troubles. Even though this scene shows someone "shooting" themselves, the audience quickly learns it is all a joke and nothing can be taken too seriously here.
  15. Daily Dose #2: 1) I have noticed that the two characters have a playfulness between them where particularly in the first scene, they have this back and forth as to not fully admit their true feelings. Particularly Rose Marie, does want to admit how she feels about the male character but they both seem mesmerized when they each begin to hear each other sing. In the first scene, her eyes soften as he sings, showing his softer side and vulnerability. In the same vein, when the male character sees her showing her vulnerability as she is singing in the saloon and feeling uncomfortable, his eyes also soften. 2) Unfortunately, although I have seen scenes from these two actors together, I don't really know their work. I feel that it must have been interesting to try to mold these actors particular operatic talent for something as "pop" sounding as a musical which can be seen in the scene with Rose Marie, trying to adapt her singing to a more bluesy song towards the end. 3) Regarding male/female relationships, this film depicts the typical idea that men were known to "Philander" around shown in the first scene when the male character jokes about changing the name of the song to fit the woman he is trying to court. For females, the second scene shows how woman were expected to "shimmy" and "shake", showing their bodies to garner a man's attention. What I find interesting is that in this particular scene, the male character due to being smitten with Rose Marie, is entranced with her vulnerabilty than her appearance or sex appeal. However, the other female character who is able to show that sex appeal and take advantage of it, garners the most cheers from the crowd.
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