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  1. 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? We have the vaudeville setting with performances on a stage and someone that interrupts. A pushy parent comes through and makes sure her children gets all the spotlight. The colors are sort of earthy and nothing really stands out except for the balloons. Since I have not watched the film I don't know what will happen aside from what I've read about it and seen from this clip, and I'm thinking that when the balloon pops at the e
  2. 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? Since the ending ballet is a fantasy, it needs the contrast of the rest of the film in order to really be portrayed as just that - a fantasy. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikeable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlikeable? I honestly don't find him unlikeable at all! Quite the contrary! He greets his fellow painters, he seems to be in a good mood up until the 3rd year student comes along and onl
  3. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? Clearly, O'Connor is not taking the lesson seriously. It's all a clue that something much bigger is about to happen, he goes from mocking the teacher by making faces to having Gene Kelly join him. In the beginning of the clip they're two people moving and talking differently, then once the music starts they create a union and from then on they're in sync. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. The straight man is the source of amusement. His
  4. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? As I have not seen the movie I can only base my reflections on the clips I've watched for this Daily Dose. Of course Calamity Jane is very different from what can be seen in other musicals. The woman wears pants and wants to be one of the guys - it was not something that was very typical during this period of time. Still, when she discovers she is in fact in love she changes. I think perhaps it's too show that a woman still had to have pride in her looks, especially
  5. 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? They're performing as a group with each actor having their own lines in order to shine without actually standing out. When one finishes singing another continues. The dance number at 01:27 also tells of how they're all in it together - putting one foot/leg in front of the other people, battling it out until they all end up synchonized again. What do you notice about the co
  6. 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? The entire clip shows Petunia's faith in God and how much she loves her husband. The cut to the laundry hanging scene tells of her dedication to the household - she doesn't mind the chores so long as her husband loves her. She's happy with life. From having been heartbroken she goes to being happy - God answered her prayers and her husband is going to be all right. How woul
  7. 1. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. When Sinatra heads toward the turn of the corridor, Garrett is right there waiting for him in that narrow hallway. There is nowhere for him to hide. The music matches the actor's actions perfectly. When they start running, the music speeds up. Then the music stops as soon as she calls out, 'hey!'. When she sings the line, 'start playing ball with me' he tosses her the ball and once again, it adds up to the music. For some reason Ann-Margret's scene in Viva Las Vegas comes to mind - 'My Rival Is A Baby
  8. 1.What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your impression of her? The first Garland movie I watched was THE WIZARD OF OZ. I can't remember exactly when it was, but I was young - either a kid or a young teenager. It aired on TCM and I wasn't a fan of classic movies back then but for some reason I decided to watch it. My first impression of Judy was that she looked older than I did and still she was dressed in something that I perceived as quite childish back then. And then I didn't understand why they were constantly singing in old films, it was fascinating but
  9. 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. The first thing I noticed was the flags. There are plenty of flags. And that the clip is set in the White House with the paintings of past Presidents by the staircase, I think that was meant to get people thinking about how much the US had been through and how big of a nation it had grown into. The 4th of July parade is another scene which promotes patriotism. 2. Listen carefully to the di
  10. 1. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? The first thing that stands out is Ginger’s outfit. She’s not wearing a dress, she’s wearing pants which was highly unusual back then and once Fred starts to dance, she shows him up by proving that she isn’t easily impressed by his skill because she’s a dancer, too. He decides to test her dance abilities by busting a few moves and she challenges him by easily mimicking him. Although it can be viewed in a way that Fred leads the scene and Ginger is simply following, I believe it’s actuall
  11. 1. 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)? Even if one doesn’t understand the language, it’s still very easy to understand what’s going on. There is the garter that shows why the woman is upset – there are other women involved with the man, the other guns in the desk that shows that it’s not the first time Chevalier deals with a similar situation and the struggle with the zipper that tells us the difference between him and the husband. Chevalier has had practice zipping
  12. 1. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. In the first scene it's clear that Marie isn't interested in Bruce, or at least pretends not to be. She seems a little annoyed by his contast questioning and Bruce clearly thinks (or knows) she only dates men of wealthier and more sophisticated status since he keeps asking what her cavalier does for a living. Is he a big banker? A poet? A polo player? No, he's an Italian tenor. It isn't until Bruce starts to sing that she seems to relax. That's when she truly starts to p
  13. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? Oh yes, the clip definitely exhibits a brighter perspective of life. Money seems to be no issue in the clip – the price of the flowers is easily revealed, they were expensive and surely not something the common man would spend money on during hard times like the Depression. The same thing goes for when Ziegfeld tips the other man, he gives away the money like it’s nothing. Another thing is the dialogue. The characters know exactly what to say and they say it quickly. There i
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