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DJSchmidle

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  1. 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. As Cohan climbs the stairs at the White House, paintings of past presidents can be seen. In FDR’s office the walls are lined with paintings of ships and there are models of ships, as well. Cohan is wearing a flag lapel pin. The Fourth of July parade is replete with waving flags, and men dressed in solider uniforms. 2. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does
  2. Regarding the first question, the drawer that was full of guns was very Lubitsch. I also loved the scene when the husband shot Chevalier. There was great comic timing in that scene. The thing that most struck me about the sound of the film was the off-camera sounds. The clip opened with the sound of arguing behind the door. Likewise, when the husband arrives on the scene, we first hear him through the door. I found that very effective. I'm not sure about the theme. It felt different to me that other movies of the era (though this was in '29 and I am more versed in films later in the
  3. To answer the second question first, I have never seen neither MacDonald nor Eddy in a film before. Although their names are well-known to me (and I may have, in the past, seen a few minutes of one of their films), I am really not very familiar with their work. To go back to the opening question, the interaction in the first clip was pure 1930s production code Hollywood. The manly leading man (he's a Mountie, after all!) pilots the canoe while doing his best to charm the leading lady. She in turn, comes off as a little feisty and standoffish, though we can guess where this will eventually
  4. Very good point about how a pre-Code version of this film may have impacted its contention for Best Picture.
  5. The way money is so easily spent definitely reflect the fantasy of what type of life people would have liked to have had. The doorman remarks on the amount of the tip, yet Ziegfeld makes a light joke about it, showing that for him, money is no object. Likewise with the orchids. The maid remarks on how much they must have cost, and yet for the sender, money was obviously not a concern. I think this is a theme that carried over into other depression-era films. A lot of easy money and extravagance. The style of dress that Anna Held wore was psuedo-Edwardian--floor length, long sleeves,
  6. As someone who is involved with theatre, I was very happy to see how JC Superstar was cast. As you said, using experienced stage actors and producers with extensive theatre experience, really made a huge difference. In my opinion, the other televised musicals have been lackluster in comparison.
  7. Like a lot of others on here, I love the Fred Astaire musicals. They bring back memories of watching old films on Sunday afternoons with my father. Likewise for musicals such as Holiday Inn and White Christmas. I would say my attraction to those are more nostalgic than anything else. I have also always loved the Sound of Music for the music, itself. For me, there is something soothing and comforting about Roger and Hammerstein's work in this musical. I do have somewhat eclectic tastes and when it comes to more contemporary musicals, I like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Jesus Chri
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