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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 a
  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 a
  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
  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 strong
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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 tal
  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 coun
  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
  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
  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 e
  16. Daily dose response: 1. I believe the film does show a brighter perspective in that their is no negative themes being shown. Even the rivalry between the two characters vying for Anna’s attentions is played very comical. 2. The themes that the film illustrates from the Great Depression convey this sense of showing something light hearted and bright, shown by the bright colors and soft songs utilized in the movie. This helps the audience forget their woes in the great depression which is what movies during that time were trying to do. 3. If this movie were to be made in the
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