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  1. I had a thought while watching Cabin In The Sky. I tried to imagine all of the actors being white instead of black, and I realized that it wasn't a black story or a white story. It was a human story. I would love to be able to find Hallelujah! somewhere so I can finally watch that and try the same experiment.
  2. 1. There was a very heavy dose of American Values being promoted in the clip. The use of the White House, the painting of George Washington on the staircase, flags everywhere, the parade down the main street in town in front of a "Mom and Pop" kind of store and everyone gathered suggesting a sense of community. 2. The scene in the Oval Office, not so much the dialog but the idea of. Cohen having an audience with the POTUS, suggested that if you work hard, you could achieve importance, be recognize. It creates a goal, which in turn boosts morale. 3. The fact that the movie begins with the Oval Office scene suggests that what we are about to see is important, and we should pay attention. If it had opened with the parade, it may have seemed too frivolous and fun to pay much attention to the message. *On a personal note, I have to say that I was a bit put off, by what seemed to me, a negative view of Irish-Americans by FDR in this scene. I have to wonder if Minnelli threw that in to point out bias directed at certain ethnicities and heritages. Even Cagney's reaction (he flinched) was noticeable. Maybe Minnelli had dealt with some bias in his life due to being of Sicilian descent. It is a way of pointing out that American is American without saying so.
  3. Only two of my favorites will be on TCM and they are Top Hat and The Music Man. Other than that, I prefer the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals to most others. Oklahoma being the top of that list. I like Andrew Lloyd Webber as well, especially Phantom and Cats
  4. During the scene of I'm In Heaven did anyone else notice Ginger's dress made her resemble an angel? It was very billowy and appeared to be made of ostrich feathers. When she turned her back to the camera, the back even looked like wings. ?
  5. I have this film in queue to watch, so I am only going by the clip. 1. The Battle of tge Sexes is played out by their dancing in the clip. At one point, Ginger does a shuffle when Fred wasn't paying attention, he looked at her and kind of shrugged it off. Then they went back to their dancing banter. So, she did a one-up and he let her. 2. This film os different in that they appear to be equals, and he never made any suggestive gestures or comments like I saw in 42nd Street (especially by Guy Kibbe's character). 3. The changes in men's and women's roles, in part, was due to the war. The men were going off to fight and the women were becoming the Heads of Households, Rosie the Riveters and holding down the fort. They were taking on the male roles at home. Also, the Right To Vote for women was in the fairly near past too. For the first time in America, women were gaining a more equal footing.
  6. I had to go to the library to get them and was happily astonished by how many they had. I kind of went crazy grabbing them and then realuzed I couldn't watch that many in a week. So I wound up with Cabin In The Sky, Top Hat, and TCM's Greatest Classic Films collection of Busby Berkeley including Dames, Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1937 and 42nd Street. ????
  7. Since I grew up in the 60's and 70's and my parents grew up on the original musicals, our house was filled with musical soundtracks. I absolutely adore Shirley Jones, Julie Andrews and Sarah Brightman. For the males, Michael Crawford, Robert Preston and my first crush and forever favorite Gordon MacRae❤??????
  8. The scene of Paulette's husband walking toward Alfred with rhe gun was more like a silent film than a "talkie". There was background music, but no words are spoken, no sound effects, etc. When Paulette shoots herself, it seems as though the sound of the shot was delayed, leading me to believe it was edited in after-the-fact. I know I have seen other films where Chevalier spoke to the audience and i now want to go search them out to see who directed. ? Other themes that occur throughout Depression era musicals are the implied sex or sexual relationship without it being obvious, and the comedic scenes (some a bit slapstickish).
  9. 1. In the first clip, Sgt. Bruce, I noticed, is doing some pretty heavy-duty flirting with Marie. Marie, on the other hand, seems to be keeping her options open, at first. She is sectetly enjoying the flirtation, but not willing to succumb to his charms just yet. In the second clip, she runs away when she sees him watching her. I'm not sure if that was from what seems to be embarrassment or because she is trying to avoid her feelings. Probably both. 2. I don't believe I have ever seen these actors outside of this set of movies. 3. It seems that in this era of movie musicals, the male/female relationship was being steered in what became a very familiar occurance. Males did the "chasing" and the females "led them on" a bit until they were satisfied that the attention was true and then "succumbed" to the male charm. It has been said that life imitates art, so even Hollywood would dictate reality for regular folk. People want to be like those they admire, and there has been a long history of love for movies. People naturally did as their cinematic idols did. And thanks to Will Hays, there was a bit of religious modesty about idols' actions on screen.
  10. The clip does seem light in comparison to more recent films. The characters seem so nonchalant about it all (in particular Florenz, who seems intent, but non-emotional toward Anna). The "lightness" was a constant in the musicals of the Depression era. It helped people to forget their troubles temporarily and believe that happiness still existed. I wonder, if filmed Pre-code, would the song had different words? It seems a little risque, but kind of a hidden/double meaning. "Come play with me" could take on several meanings. ?
  11. I grew up on the soundtracks for The Sound Of Music, Oklahoma, The Music Man and Jesus Christ Superstar. In fact, I wanted to BE Shirley Jones for a long time! That is until I found out she was Shaun Cassidy's mom, then I wanted to be Olivia Newton John instead. ??? But, I still adore those musicals, and a host of others. We need them to lift our spirits in times of trouble and misfortune. They make us feel lighter and unburdoned, even if only temporarily.
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