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  1. As you look back to the masculine performances in musicals of past decades, what changes in male representation, and performance would you say are most noticeable? Early musicals portrayed very manly men who fit certain criteria. Charming, handsome, confident, above women in s their manner of thinking. There was a formality of dress and mannerisms as well. Victor/Victoria heads away from societal norms and allows for a more gender fluid male portrayal. What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? Have you seen any Robert Preston films that are not musicals? If so, what do you notice about his characters and his approach to acting, now that you are more aware of his dedication to working his craft outside of his stage or film work? He appears to be an actor which handle many different rolls with great ease. I have not seen any of his movies but Victor/Victoria has been on my list for some time. Just from the couple of clips i get a great sense of comfort in his rolls. That there is an extreme amount of time he spends becoming the character instead of just playing a part.
  2. In what ways does this scene look backwards to classical musicals and how does it look ahead to new disruptions that we now know will happen in the movie musical? I think the scenery stays true to classic form pulling in the audience with lots of colors and bright active backgrounds. It foreshadows chaos with so many people on stage so many different types of acts and the conflict between the boss and the announcer. This is the introduction of Mama Rose in the film. Comment on Rosalind Russell’s entrance and performance especially as a traditionally trained stage and film actress. She made a grand entrance which is very classic for early musicals. A flare for the dramatic and the sole focus on her. It tends to showcase the one instead of the many. Pay attention to the song “Let Me Entertain You” in this scene. Is there anything you notice in Sondheim’s lyrics that are sly, subversive, or edgy? You can also discuss the song’s performance and staging as disruptive (or not). The song is a bit demanding. Its as if you would hear and see the performance and be sold without question. I think the act itself is cute but it actually reminds me of "Anything you can do, i can do better" Only to be out staged by their mom. By her dramatic entrance and demands for attention.
  3. Does a movie that has as stylized a scene as An American in Paris’ ending ballet need to use a less-than-realistic, stylized approach throughout the film? I think there is a good mix of media. I feel as though the director did a great job of portraying france without leaving the states. Just enough detail to make it appear true to form. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikeable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlikeable? His charm. Hes a bit of a stubborn head. He has a bit of an ego. He doesn't care what the one lady in red says but is almost falling all over himself at the self assured blonde.
  4. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? I find the scene to be a bit boring before the dance portion starts. They are obviously gearing up for a dance number as they seem to be moving around quite a bit and there is a whimsical feeling watching him mock the lesson Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. The professor seems to think they are there for a lesson but quickly realizes they want to goof off and appears to become a bit uncomfortable. How do the representations of masculinity in all three men compare and contrast with each other? I think all 3 men portray masculinity in different ways. As a male dancer it can appear to make you a little more feminine but i felt with the slacks and sweaters kept the guys in conformity with each other. The straight guy seemed up tight and more traditionally masculine in both manurisms and dress.
  5. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? I think male roles do not evolve nearly as much as female roles. Calamity Jane is interesting because it begins to truly showcase a woman in a mans world. Does she embarrass herself ? Yes? But she still seems to come out those moments as one of the guys. Which is monumental in changing the way women are perceived. How do you think Doris Day grows as an actress in her various roles in the 1950s, before and after this musical? I have not had the opportunity to view many films with Doris Day but i found Calamity Jane captivated me and i definitely see a star when i look at her. I would be interested to see more films that showcase her. Does Doris Day’s bright and sunny persona add or detract from the role of Calamity Jane in your opinion? Please defend your answer. I'm not sure if she's a good fit for Annie get your Gun or Calamity Jane. As rough and tough as shes trying to portray it still comes across as a bit of a "dress up" act. Her voice and mannerisms are inherently feminine and because of them it lends to a much softer appearance. Fierce in little pieces instead of Fierce with a little bit of softness. There is something about her though that really draws me in.
  6. As you watch the interaction between the four characters in this scene, what do you notice about the way they include each other or relate to one another? How is it different from early musicals we have discussed? The earlier musicals showcased stars one at at time. Although they may have shared the scene there was always a pull for power between the actors. In this scene these 4 feel like such good friends they could be family; they gesture the same, have the same color scheme. The whole scene flows right into the musical number and is seamless, whereas earlier musicals felt more clunky and not a cohesive. What do you notice about the costuming of the characters that indicate cohesiveness of the ensemble, as opposed to setting anyone apart? Be specific. For one they all have the same manor of dress. Showy but more casual giving it a more lively feeling. The color scheme flows between them. They all blend together and no one person stands out from the rest. What do you notice about the staging and interplay between the characters that helps define the relationships between the characters in the song? There is an almost familiar bond that makes them appear as if they could be siblings ragging on eachother. They seem to play off what the other person is doing/saying. They feel very comfortable with one another.
  7. I love the importance of spotlighting African American culture at that time. It not only shows how different we all are at the same time, it proves we all have the same wants and needs. What do you notice about the way the scene is directed as Petunia goes to Joe’s bedside and as we cut to her outside hanging laundry? What does this tell us about her relationship, and the connection to the song? I love this scene but i do find it a bit intense. Her dedication to her husband is wonderful but the song makes it seem he is her entire world when clearly she is not his entire world. If the rolls were reversed would be singing to her that way? Her commitment to taking care of him while continuing to be a dutiful wife ie laundry made me smile. The role of women at that time was to serve her husband regardless. How would the song change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meaning change? How? I feel like this song is a little intense. I think if it was directed toward a child it would even be creepier. That much show of love i feel like is almost an unhealthy infatuation. It would change the meaning as it shows her commitment to her husband which is her role but if it was sung about a child it would seem almost unnecessary as every mom should love her child that way. Husbands are more difficult to love then say your own child. What other thoughts do you have about this film, the issues of black Americans during WWII, and this film’s importance in this era? Like i mentioned early its important to spotlight African Americans as they are just as important but often left off to the side of things. They love and loss the same as everyone else and depend on eachother to get through hard times. This movie is a neat time capsule. A love of country and of family which is the bedrock of America.
  8. Shirley and Dennis chemistry kind of fell flat for me. But i'd still be interested to see the entire film before complete critique. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. The camera moves very well with each character and draws attention to the sharp movements of the pair. At first Dennis is relaxed but then tenses as Shirley approaches and leads him into her arms which he still appears to be fighting as we clip ends. He never seems comfortable with her just like she never seems comfortable trying to control him. The movements are jerky but keep you following from the walls to the bleachers to the railing. I was impressed she could pick him up. It’s interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How does this sequence prepare us for the singing? I always think there is a certain feeling before a musical number starts. An extra long pause or a lead up that you know could be followed by a song. Which is what this musical did. This lead up is queued by intensifying music and sudden movements that gravitate to a shift towards a musical number.
  9. I am so glad we took the time to draw attention to Judy Garland. She is someone i have been wanting to watch more musicals as i find her talent outshines most stars of any musical. You only need to see her once to know you would see her again. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her Of course The Wizard of Oz but i had also seen parts of Meet Me In St. Louis before i realized who Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz was. Her voice and presence cannot be duplicated. I have always felt she takes the spotlight of any film shes been in. How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? 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? I love discovering just how talented she is and look forward to exploring more roles that shes portrayed. I unfortunately have not seen very many as of yet. Im going to change that for sure.
  10. I am intrigued by this clip and want to look up this musical to view for sure. I have heard of it but have never seen it, and even in the small clip i can see the difference a decade can make to musicals. 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.I I think the first part of the clip where they are walking up the stairs through the hallway with all the portraits, entering the presidents office. Also the flash back to the parade where all the flags were flying and everyone lined the streets in a show of absolute patriotism. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost American morale? Quote specific lines of dialogue in your response. Referring to the "grand ol' flag" and "Yankee doodle dandy, always carrying a flag or following one " you carry your love of country like a flag right out in the open" "spend your life telling the other 47 states what a great country it is" all point to boosting american morale. Since this is the opening of a biographical musical, how differently do you feel this film would be if it opened with the Fourth of July Parade scene in Providence, Rhode Island vs. the opening with FDR in the Oval Office? Defend your answer. I think its important to have FDR opening in the oval office. It sets the tone for a calm assertive collected president who is not only proud to be an american but strives to have all other show pride in their country as well. I think it would have felt out of sync and not had the strong connection to FDR right off the bat had the scene opened with the parade scene. It would have felt patriotic, but lacked the backing of a strong leader brimming with American pride.
  11. I've always enjoyed musicals but never thought about what makes a musical until this past weekend. This course has really got me thinking. I feel like sometimes we associate a musical because it already been labeled as such. So when you think about a movie like Wizard of Oz that i also never thought of as a musical, to me it definitely fits the definition of one in my head. To me a musical is a story that is told through music. (usually choreography goes along side). Most people don't break out in melodies in day to day conversations, although i do find that an entertaining thought hahaha . This aspect is a key factor for me to what makes a musical.
  12. I loved the clips of Eleanor and Ruby. I found their styles to be quite different than the tap in Top Hat. I found Eleanor to be much more smooth and entertaining. I am counting down to The Wizard of Oz right now! What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat I saw a battle between friends. Both man and woman as equal dancers but challenging the other to be the best. From the outfits right down to tap technique it was a mirror image of talent. This is different from other musicals we have watched this week. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? The male and female roles appear to be much more equal. From dress down to talent. I feel the director is trying to portray a certain kind of comedy that allows for talent to shine through on both without getting bogged down by gender roles. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball comedy musicals that distinguish themselves from earlier musicals in the 1930s? I think this big of a shift is sure to draw attention as the male/female roles were pretty set in other musicals previous. This allows the thought process that anything you can do, i can do better. Even more challenging as a woman.
  13. I really enjoyed The Broadway Melody last night. It was really cool to see Dr Ament introduce the film and see an add run for this course. I am thrilled to learn so much. I am a fan of "screwball comedy" and enjoyed this clip (okay maybe a little too short) but i will go find it the full movie to enjoy the rest. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier To me this is the very beginning of comedy. Some of it may be missed by many. I think its one of those movies you can watch a bunch and still find funny little things here and there. Right from the very beginning when he acknowledges the garter and realizes he cant talk his way out of it, to going along with being shot by the husband only to realize there were no bullets in the gun. He is a man that looks to get away with all he can and rides the waves when he cant. This scene was very well put together. Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. I was startled that the gun actually made a noise. Im not sure what i was expecting but i actually thought that the lady had shot herself to death only to realize it was a ploy. I did notice the gun discharged so i got carried away by the sound only to realize id been duped hahaha What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression-era musicals? I think light and dark play major themes. keeping the audience grounded to reality at the same time helping them escape that reality into a world of lavish fantasy and laughter. The world is a serious place. why not escape for a little while?
  14. I loved watching both scenes and was surprised by the rawness of the exposure of the female lead. I am loving that i can discover how different these early musicals really were; from filming to perspectives its just really cool to see. In the beginning it appears the guy is a bit of a womanizer but has fallen for the beauty he is transporting. I think he likes her because shes not like other women and i think she ends of liking him because of it. I have not seen either of these two in anything before but was very surprised by the set of pipes on the main guy. If i had been sitting in that canoe i feel i would have been swooned. Did anyone else notice the canoe didn't actually go anywhere? Male/ Female relationships have evolved into almost unrecognizable state of being. Now a days both males and females share a variety of roles. At this time however, females were nothing more than a entertaining pretty face. I think it was sweet to see him brush off the other to girls fawning for him so that when she turned his way he could catch her eye. I like how even though she felt insecure near him she looked to him when feeling vulnerable.
  15. I have not seen very many early musicals so i am looking for quite a bit of knowledge to gain. I enjoyed this clip and look forward to tuning into The Broadway Melody tomorrow night. 1.Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? I think this clip shows a good amount of obvious joy being portrayed. How can one not smile at flowers at the same time dismissing the guy who sent (jr is he a little boy? hahaha) only to agree to meet up with him. Lifts one spirits and brings a common ground. 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? I see a good balance of light and dark. This was not a very successful time in the world and there were a lot of struggles for many people but music and dancing is a feel good contagion. This is the beginning of pulling people out of their lives and into a couple hours of solid entertainment. 3. Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been filmed or scripted differently if it had been pre-code? Give specific examples. I expected to see a bit more skin and not have the lady seem quite so uptight about herself and her surroundings. Its hard to imagine a women's roll to just look pretty and act like a lady when we do so much more today.
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