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  1. BTW, did anyone notice how much Fred Astaire looked like Dick Van Dyke in the clip from Easter Parade. Made me think I need to look at DVD's dancing in Mary Poppins again.
  2. I bet that 90% of us were introduced to Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. To this day, it is one of my favorite films, and a critical reason for that was that little Judy had a real voice and I wanted to sing just like her. Although I didn't understand it at the time, she had a grown-up voice in her young girl's body, and I think that her acting was beyond her years also. She expressed so well what I was feeling when I imagined myself dumped in a strange land with people smaller than I, where evil was real, and things were not what they seemed. ("Witches are old and ugly," says Dorothy with su
  3. 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 believe that opening with the Fourth of July Parade would have weakened the promotion of patriotism in the film. By beginning with the Cohan's visit to the President's office, the audience of the 40's would be reminded that the American dream is still coming true; at the time of the parade scene, we do not see people of color in the crowd, the Ir
  4. The set and set decorations are critical to setting a patriotic tone in the clip. When Cohan ascends the stairs, we see presidential portraits. We know we are in the Oval Office when the camera follows Cohan as he approaches the President's desk. We see the American flag near the fireplace, which would remind Americans of the President's fireside talks at the height of the Great Depression. The ship models, ship's wheel desk clock, and nautical paintings remind us that the President was previously Assistant Secretary of the Navy under Woodrow Wilson and, more importantly, during World War I. L
  5. I often use the line, "Click your heels together and repeat 'There's no place like home.'" Admittedly, I do not use it in the way it was intended. As a project manager, I often found clients or team members who expected the new project to result in exactly the same process or product they were trying so hard to replace. As a little girl, I was terrified as Dorothy watched the sand run out in the hour glass. Scarier than the tornado!
  6. After viewing and commenting on the clip, I was able to view Top Hat in its entirety this afternoon, and I wanted to share some thoughts. First of all, understanding that this film is early in the pantheon of movie musicals, Top Hat would not cut it for most musical fans today except for the phenomenal dance/song sequences. The story is incredibly shallow, and there is not a lot of character development. While it is true that the song and dance is fairly seamlessly integrated, the product is rather weak. Does that mean I didn't enjoy watching it? Absolutely not! Like the little girl with
  7. Powell vs. Keeler - wow! I find Powell the more athletic and controlled dancer of the two. She always seems to dance with her legs out in front of her in this clip, which I think is a remarkable control of gravity. She is clearly powerful (get those kicks to hold at the time and then make a planned landing instead of flopping) and graceful and seems to be able to do anything the choreographer asks of her. Not everyone can look good coming down stairs or turning cartwheels, but she comes up smiling every time. She takes a lot of space, even when the camera is close to her. Keeler is m
  8. 1. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? This clip is the dance equivalent of Anything You Can Do from Annie, Get Your Gun except that Jerry has spent some time and effort (singing) in order to spark some kind of positive response from Dale. While I'll be watching the rest of the movie tonight (cannot believe I have never seen it before!), in this clip, Dale appears to be in control of her own life. The startled response to the thunder at first seems to be a little out-of-character; is she using her "feminine wiles" to keep him
  9. I am having the same issue working on a PC. What happens is this. I can play the entire example. When I attempt to play the segments, nothing plays. If I attempt to place a segment, it will let me place it, but always places it in position 1. If I attempt to place another segment, it (apparently) moves the original segment back to the group of segments and places the newly selected one in position 1.
  10. So much depends on what makes a particular musical a favorite. I love South Pacific because it was the first cast recording I ever heard...and The Wizard of Oz because I associate it with specially planned family times (my mom always made homemade malts when we watched...and Into the Woods because I do the same thing with my grandchildren. But, for sheer energy and passion, All that Jazz.
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