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  1. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? Like many, the first film I saw was The Wizard of Oz. However, it was shortly followed by Meet Me In St Louis, which remains a favorite of mine. It was always shown at my great grandparents house at Christmas. How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? I have seen almost all Judy Garland films, so I did not necessarily view anything differently. It was just a great reminder of her talent and diversity as a performer! What films in her later career come to mind as examples of her increasing ability to capture an audience’s imagination as a storyteller when she sings a lyric? Definitely her performances in Summer Stock and even The Pirate. Her musical performances there have such great tones of sexiness and confidence. She is one of the few stars I can think of that we really observe continuing to perform from a child and still maintain her popularity and good reputation (unlike stars today). A notable mention also is The Judy Garland Show, where we again see the diversity of her as a performer as well as seeing more of her own personality rather than an assigned role. Towards the end of her career her films became more dramatic, showcasing her maturity and growth as an actress.
  2. Least favorite scene is definitely Dorothy being trapped by the Wicked Witch as the hourglass runs out. When I was little I felt Dorothy’s fright when the Wicked Witch appeared in the crystal ball instead of Aunt Em! The severity of having to kill Dorothy to get the shoes always stuck with me and added to that suspense of the hourglass.
  3. Currently watching Wizard of Oz. Taking notice of sets, costumes, etc more in detail for the musicals course. As this was made in the height of the Great Depression, it really epitomizes the escapism and contrast between reality and fantasy. I love the hopeful vibe you are left with whenever you watch it. I still admire the lengths they went with the effects such as the makeup and special effects, which were potentially harmful to the cast. I believe it really was a film beyond its time!
  4. Currently watching Wizard of Oz. Taking notice of sets, costumes, etc more in detail for the musicals course. As this was made in the height of the Great Depression, it really epitomizes the escapism and contrast between reality and fantasy. I love the hopeful vibe you are left with whenever you watch it.
  5. What started my love of musicals is a rather forgotten gem of Disney's called Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I have so many now that I love, including Meet Me in St Louis, Grease, and My Fair Lady! Also another underrated gem starring Julie Andrews called Star! from 1968. The musical numbers in that movie are really phenomenal. I also have a soft spot in my heart for anything Doris Day or Fred Astaire are in. Her voice and his dancing just always puts a smile on my face.
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