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Everything posted by KoalaBalloon

  1. What fascinates me about "The Great Ziegfeld" is that Ziegfeld doesn't survive the Depression. His death is made beautiful (as all Post-Code hero death should be), but he is broke and Billie is working again. The ending doesn't seem logically uplifting or provide escapism for an audience waiting in bread lines. However, the clip does illustrate a key theme in the movie: "With determination, cleverness and risk, a man can pull himself up from disaster to success." The orchids, the tip and the theater tickets require Ziegfeld to spend all he was loaned by Billings to go back to the Unite
  2. I love how I can walk through time with movie musicals and read the values of the time through them. One of my favorite trends in the last two decades is the recording of live musical performances to be shown at movie theaters. I took my daughter to see Newsies last summer. She loved it. I've been able to study performances of Falsettos, Company, Sweeney Todd, and Intro the Woods. I'm excited to rewatch some musicals I haven't seen in years. I was watching Cabaret once a month during grad school, and now I haven't seen it in 20 years! Not really kid-appropriate. Musical kid-s
  3. Happiest Millionaire has been my favorite since childhood! I used "Fortuosity" as an audition song, and I still find myself breaking out into "Detroit"! So many great lines too. "Poison dart. I mean, apple tart."
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