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Rob Marston

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  1. Of course the first Judy film that I can remember is The Wizard of Oz. To be honest I was so young that for some reason I thought she was Shirley Temple for the longest time. I had always felt like she came across as a bit uncomfortable in most roles that I had seen her in. In the two clips from the daily dose I feel like she plays on equal footing with her co-stars.
  2. I see her replying to his eagerness to impress with showing that she can do anything he can do already. Basically telling him, "show me something new" if you want to impress me. Romance seems to be a reoccurring theme through everything we have discussed this week, this film offers a different take on the tradition with a blurring of the traditional gender role up to this point. The blurring seems to be a growing theme. This is one of my favs.
  3. Lubitsch brings many things from his silent film experiences. The setting, exaggerated body language and visual ques all help to assess the character of Alfred. Sound is still in second position compared to the visual language being spoken. The sound is used effectively when a character is off screen to introduce them before they are seen. Still showing a very rosy outlook on life. Even in dire circumstances the happiness and comedy win the day.
  4. The interaction between these characters feels a bit flirty but I would describe it more as friendly flirting. They play the role to show that there may be something much deeper to both characters. I don't recall seeing these two before, but, my experience with older musicals is limited. I do feel as if I have seen the relationship repeated with other musicals I have experienced. They have a very familiar chemistry between them. I'm sure the sweet youthful relationship that is being projected is in part due to the film code. Light and "safe" flirty is becoming the new norm.
  5. This clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life by portraying an overjoyed approach to each other, exaggerating interactions and bleeding good will between characters. I would anticipate from this clip that I would find upbeat and promising attitudes in all the lead characters in other Depression era musicals. Perhaps attempting to overwhelm the audience with optimism. If this picture had been before the code was being enforced I would expect that she would be much more scantily dressed during he performance as well as in her dressing room. It would have provided the
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