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  1. Describe how the scenes in today’s Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. The overt Americana is evident from the parade scene - everyone has a flag, there is bunting everwhere, the Civil War veterans marching past the crowd - it looks like an Independence Day Parade at Disneyworld. Roosevelt's oval office has an obvious naval theme, likely to remind us of his prior position as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and includes things that weren't in the actual office (e.g., the ship's wheel clock). The message is "display your patriotic fervor
  2. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? Sorry, I don't see the clip as involving the battle of the sexes at all. Ginger Rogers serves as a sidekick or a prop in this clip, albeit a very talented sidekick/prop. Fred Astaire controls the scene - he sings to her, he decides when they will dance, etc. She follows his lead. That may have been considered "equal" eighty years ago, but no more. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? Ginger Rogers is
  3. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? The "sly visual wit" is evident in the frustration the woman feels when her husband can't zip up her dress, and she casually goes to the man with whom she has just been caught by her husband to have her dress zipped up. How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? One of the more obvious is when he tells the Sylvanian Ambassador that the rumors about him are exaggerated as he is holding a garter in his hand. Based on this scene, what are some of the things you no
  4. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? What do these clips tell you about the male/female relationships as they are depicted in the films during this era? For me the answers to these two questions are intertwined - Nelson Eddy's character is depicted as a Canadian Mountie - a symbol of male strength and virtue. Even when he hints at being a lothario ("Nothing worked with Maude") it rings hollow. Jeanette MacDonald's character, when she allows her facial expressions to give her away, evinces a desire to be cared for, and perhaps rescued.
  5. Seems par for the course. Consider that the least “Victorian” part of Victorian England was Victorian England.
  6. Upon thinking about this further, one question I think that may be worth discussion is how movies benefitted from the Hays Code. In the book version of Breakfast At Tiffany’s, the Holly Golightly character was much more salacious. One wonders whether the movie (yes, released before the repeal of Hays) would have had the same appeal had that salaciousness been translated to the film version, especially with Audrey Hepburn in the lead role. The same question with Grapes of Wrath - would the movie had been the same had Rose died in childbirth as in the book. While I know this comment is n
  7. As to the "pre-code" question, I imagine that Anna Held would have been portrayed like this: which is what she actually looked like.
  8. I like Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, and Sound of Music primarily because of the historical overtones that I only appreciated later in life. The notions of pogroms and the rise of national socialism were lost on me when I was a child seeing these musicals for the first time.
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