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Posts posted by Manda

  1. 1. If Streisand performed “People” more theatrical or expressive, it would have taken the loneliness, yearning and sadness out of the song. I think it would look like she was doing a vaudeville skit.

    2. As Fanny starts to sing she walks away from Nicky while singing to him. He follows her but the longer she sings the further away from each other they get. He’s still listening, he’s just not following. It’s like he’s somewhere else. And she’s feeling strongly that she wants someone who needs her, unlike him.

    3. The camera follows Streisand giving her a little space, but once she mentions lovers the camera goes in closer. (So you know this is important to her) When she sings about it being with one person,  the camera comes around to the other side of Streisand and backs up a bit to show Omar. (The man she wants as a lover) That’s when she starts to get nervous fiddling with her fingers. The scene ends with the camera getting closer to Streisand and you can see she’s frustrated with the whole situation.

  2. 1. Gaslight and My Fair Lady although very different stories do have similar themes. The leading men in both stories are very dominant, they know who they are and usually get what they want, the way they want it. The leading ladies of both movies are strong women who want to please these men. The difference between the movies is that in Gaslight Gregory has no feelings for Paula, he acts superior and doesn’t care for Paula. Gregory wants Paula to be upset and worry, think about what you did, why did you do that, what’s wrong with you. In My Fair Lady Higgins treats Eliza as a child. He acts superior to her, but at the same time he doesn’t want her to be upset. He explains that there is no reason for her to worry, cause no one has mistreated her and everything will look better in the morning after some rest.

    2. When Higgins comes in on Eliza crying you don’t see him you just hear him. The camera is focused on Eliza crying and then getting angry when she hears Higgins. Only after she throws Higgins’ slipper at Higgins do you see him. (This way you are focused on Eliza.) Then the camera is on Higgins and his reaction to the slippers being thrown at him. Anytime Eliza or Higgins shows a different emotion or a reaction the camera focuses on them by them self. 

    3. Higgins acts like he’s Eliza’s father. He offers her candy, tells her to go to bed and say her prayers. He cares what she thinks about how she’s treated. So he stands without sitting to show his authority. Eliza acts like a neglected wife. She threw Higgins slippers to give them to him and to let him know she’s angry. She cried into the chair where Higgins left his slippers (so the last place he sat). When she try’s to explain why she’s upset she says things like “I know you don’t care. I don’t matter to you. Not as much as those slippers.” She’s lower sitting on the floor, laying on the couch, cause she doesn’t feel as important. 


  3. 1. From these clips, in the earlier musicals neither Professor Harold Hill or Queen would have been a leading man. Harold is not young and handsome or rich and Queen couldn’t be the Alpha male. So the most noticeable difference of masculine representation and performance is that the men no longer have to be Alpha males or follow as strict of guidelines on what was acceptable. 

    2. In The Music Man Robert Preston has a fast pace, smooth way of talking. He uses his hands like a salesman pointing at things and grabbing people to join him, you can tell he’s pushy. In Victor Victoria he uses his hands with softer movements and more graceful gestures. These characters are so different, one is loud and pushy and the other is subtle and graceful, yet they both are played very naturally by Preston. I couldn’t tell you which was more his personality.

    3. I’ve seen Robert Preston in The Last Starfighter many years ago, I just remember that he tried to recruit a boy to be a starfighter. It was one of my favorite scenes in this movie, cause that’s when the video gamer finds out it wasn’t just a game. Robert did stand out in this scene cause I remember him explaining to the boy that they needed him and he’d have to go to space. I’ve never given it much thought, but Roberts characters are very realistic, because at the time it made me think of what all it meant to leave home and fight in space. 

  4. 1. This scene is backwards to classical musicals because instead of seeing a bunch of beautiful women on the stage, we see a bunch of kids. Also the director is not at all in charge of this scene. Mama Rose takes over and tells everyone what to do. Kind of like how the new disruptions take over and most musicals are made for teenagers, not exactly the musicals Hollywood wanted to do. 

    2. Rosalind just comes out of nowhere when she hears he children perform. She yells as she’s walking to the stage (instructions for Louise).She doesn’t stop, she climbs right up on the stage and instructs everyone on what they should be doing, like her children are stars of the show and she’s the director. She talks over everyone. I feel she must have seen stage moms enough to get this role down as perfect as she did.

    3. The song “Let Me Entrertain You” has a double meaning for the whole song. The first time I watched this movie I didn’t really pay much attention to it. Just a kid singing a song about performing. Then Mama Rose has Louise sing it as Gypsy and the whole song is different by putting emphasis on key words and slowing the music down. I was so surprised by how this worked perfectly innocent one way and seductive the other. And I didn’t see it coming.

  5. 1. The stylized scene in An American in Paris is Jerry daydreaming that he is in his drawing that he just sketched. So if it’s a dream, thought, something being read, something be watched it can be the only thing stylized and not seem out of place. Cause it’s giving you insight into someone’s mind, which wouldn’t appear the same as reality. 

    2. Jerry Mulligan seems to be an honest guy. When the student came up to critique his work he was short with her. But when Milo asks him if he was going to treat her the same he explains that he’s had other art students trying to use their knowledge on his paintings, but they aren’t buying so he don’t care. Plus from the conversation with Milo you learn he hasn’t sold any paintings, so he’s poor. Which also makes you a little sorry for him. And if any of us was in his shoes we probably would have done the same thing.


  6. 1. The predance movements of O’Connor and Kelly are the two men copying and mirroring each other’s movements.  First with their hands, then with their walking around, until they jump on the desk and start dancing. When they are dancing they copy and mirror each other’s movements. So it’s pretty much the same.

    2. To be the straight man in this scene would be hard. I think I would laugh every time I turned and saw O’Connor make that face. (Cause I laugh at the scene every time, it’s also the straight man’s reaction.) He also gets a curtain put on his head, pushed onto a table, pushed into a chair, and everything in the room placed on top of him. He doesn’t react except to get upset when he realizes that O’Connor is making fun of him.

    3. Gene Kelly is the Alpa Male, he’s handsome and muscular. O’Connor is the friend, he supports Gene while he’s working on his lesson, he also goofs off trying to get Gene to laugh. And the professor is the nice guy trying to teach Gene and O’Connor as they goof off. He doesn’t get mad or make them stop he just goes along with it. 

  7. 1. Calamity Jane is the “tom boy” type of female, she takes care of herself, protects herself, and doesn’t care how she looks. So she isn’t the feminine type of girl. But when she thinks she’s in love she try’s to change to fit in. She ends up conforming to a more feminine look, not a traditional female look, but a Calamity female look.

    2. I’ve seen many Doris Day movies, but I never really payed attention to what the year was. I feel to answer this question I’d have to rewatch an earlier film, this film, and a later film, cause it’s been awhile.

    3. In my opinion Doris Day’s persona did add to the role of Calamity Jane. Calamity is loud, dirty, and rough, someone I have a little trouble relating to. Without Doris I feel Calamity might come off as angry, hard to please, and a trouble maker. But Doris Day gives off this happy, caring vibe that makes Calamity endearing. Someone who cares about others and her town.

  8. 1. The clip starts with Jeffrey falling and the rest of them rushing to help him up. He starts singing and they all take turns singing, but they all sing the corus together. The dancing is everyone doing the same steps except for the girl who is sometimes twirled by the guys. They all get a turn at some kind of gag that involves at least one other person. So not one of them outshines the other three. Unlike the earlier musicals where the best talent was front and center.

    2. Lily and Lester are dressed in gray and white to separate them as a couple. Tony and Jeffery are both dressed in blue. All three men are wearing suits, but Jeffery’s is more casual. So they are all dressed in neutral colors in the same type of clothes. The only exception is that Lily has a red flower on her dress, which is probably to emphasize that she is feminine.

    3. It starts with Jeffery trying to convince Tony to do a show. Then Lily and Lester join in to convince Tony at the same time, like they are really one person. When they all start dancing Lester takes off and Lily dances with Tony and Jeffery, like she is comfortable working with them. Tony and Jeffery knock hats off of each other as a gag, maybe they rival each other. Lester lights Jeffery’s cigarette then hides from him, so maybe Lester try’s to pull fast ones on Jeffery. And when they do the pyramid Lester walks away leaving his wife to carry his load, like maybe she cleans up his messes.

  9. 1. In this scene I notice that it’s night and Petunia is in a room with a little light from a lamp. When she runs to Little Joe it gets darker. Then the scene moves to daylight and outside and it’s bright. I think what this is saying is that Petunia is hoping that Little Joe still loves her and the lamp represents her hope. When she runs to him she passes through a shadow which would be her fear that he no longer loves her. But when she’s by his bedside she knows that he still does, which would be the moonlight through the window. And when she’s hanging laundry she feels their relationship is better than before.

    2. If this song was sung by a mother to her child it would be about a Mother’s love and not about loyalty like when it’s sung about a husband. I don’t notice anything about the words of this song referencing any specific culture so changing the singer from a wife to mother wouldn’t change the culture.

    3. I can see where a film like this had to be made. If you want everyone in the U.S. to feel united and on the same team, everyone on the team should feel important to the team.

  10. 1. Whenever the music speeds up Frank runs and Betty chases him and they let them run away from the camera, but when the singing starts the shot is closer so you can see Betty’s face. Each time we see them go from running to singing needs to be edited so the picture flows instead of jumping. So the cut from one angle to another has to be exact so the movements and the music match up. I feel they let the characters run away from the camera to show us how far Betty would go to get her man. And also how far Frank would go to not be caught.

    2. The music starts when Betty blocks Frank, which lets you know there is going to be a song soon. Betty and Franks actions clue you into what the song is about. Frank walks out holding a baseball, which means he’s a player. And Betty is leaning against the wall waiting for him. Then she blocks him from passing her and he runs away and she chases. The song is about how she is going to get him and it’s too late for him to run.

  11. 1. I think the first Judy Garland movie I saw was the Wizard of Oz, when I was in elementary school and me and my brothers and sister got to stay up a little later to watch it on t.v. So my first impression of Judy is going to be a kids impression. I didn’t recognize many actors or actresses at that age but I always recognized the girl from the Wizard of Oz when she was in other movies. Not sure why I recognized her, but more than likely it would be her singing. Her beautiful voice can always be heard over everyone else’s no matter who she sings with. It just stands out to me.

    2. In the Easter Parade clip, I noticed that Judy puts just a little more emphasis on her facial reactions than Fred and she comes off more comical. She also does a little extra with her movements to accentuate the goofy movements. Not that Fred’s not doing those things, just Judy is doing them better. In For Me And My Gal I always thought that Judy could play the piano. To pay attention to your hands, sing, show appropriate emotions and dance, that’s a lot to juggle and Judy did it with finesse.

    3. The Pirate is one of my favorite movies and Mack the Black is my favorite song from the movie. Judy gets hypnotized and confesses she’s in love with a pirate. She ends up singing the story of the pirate. Dancing seductively, putting on bracelets, at first she has a blank stare and at the end the stare turns to a romantic gaze. She acts the song perfectly. When she woke up I even felt a little embarrassed for her cause if she wasn’t hypnotized she wouldn’t have told anyone about her love of a pirate or dance the way she did. 

  12. 1. In the Oval Office all of the pictures are of ships. There was a ship on the mantle and even a clock on the desk looked like the wheel of a ship. I don’t think that any of the ships were war ships. But it made me think of over seas and sailors. In the street there was a parade that makes me think of home town celebration and community. There was a hardware store that almost every town has. And almost everywhere there was a U.S. flag. And the address on the building was 1776. So it makes you think the 4th of July and our country’s freedom.

    2. Even though it was president Roosevelt talking to George Cohan an actor and songwriter. President Roosevelt said “I can remember you and your family very well the Four Cohans.”  This sounds like they was neighbors and one of the moved away. Roosevelt even reminisced that he saw them “while I was attending school in Boston.” Which makes it about the good old times that they shared together. It gives a feeling like we are all friends and neighbors keeping track of one another and helping each other out.

    3. The Oval Office scene was a cozier more personable feel. The butler greeted George almost as an old friend reminiscing about seeing George on the stage. Then President Roosevelt did the same bringing up George’s family. The parade was outside, loud, bright, crowded. It makes you feel more awake and energized. But to start this movie with seeing George well liked by the President and the butler. Talking of good old times, made you want to like him too. If it opened with the parade scene it would take longer for George to win you over.

  13. 1. In the start of the battle they get face to face close enough to kiss, but they don’t. Their hands are so close it looks like they are going to hold hands. When they notice they both fumble for a bit then cross their arms a way of saying they don’t like each other. As they continue they end up holding each other. And at one point Fred lifts Ginger and they switch and she lifts him.

    2. What I think the difference in Top Hat and other depression musicals is the dancing. Fred and Ginger do ballroom dancing. They face each other and embrace one another. The other musicals the dancers are side by side, or sometimes one in front of the other. If the do face each other it’s briefly. Also not one of the character was a bad person it was a mistaken identity that started the whole problem. So everyone made mistakes and everyone looked silly, not just one person.

    3. Of what I’ve seen of the earlier musicals is a theme of men cheating on women and the women either just accepting it or they divorce them and are miserable. But in Top Hat Dale and her friend are going to make the cheating man pay. Also that Dale was the other woman and her friend was the wife of the cheating man. And the two women teamed up against the cheating man.

  14. 1. Lubitsch uses the camera to make sure you notice key things going on in the scene. Lubitsch does a close up of a garter and a close up of a woman’s legs with a garter on each leg, so it’s not her garter. A gun being pulled from a purse, so that you would notice that it was the lady’s gun. And a drawer full of both guns and garters, so this isn’t the first time that Alfred’s been in this situation.

    2. The scene open’s with arguing from another room. I don’t know what was said cause I don’t speak the language. But when the couple comes into the room Alfred says “she’s jealous”. Then the lady pulls out a garter. He says it’s hers and she proves it isn’t hers. But because the scene starts with a room with no one in it but a dog, and the yelling coming from closed doors, you wonder what was going on before the yelling. What caused the woman to get upset? 

    3. From the clip I think the depression-era musicals approach to serious situations is to make it funny and not as big of a deal. The situation of this scene is so serious, but the look on the women’s face when the guys realize the gun was empty makes me laugh every time I watch it.

  15. 1. Rose Marie is very conservative and sergeant Bruce is broad minded.The first scene the sergeant serenades Rose Marie with a song about her, but it turns out that he changes the name in the song to the girl he is with at the time. So he has been with many girls. In the second scene Rose Marie has taken a job singing in a saloon and struggles to get anyone’s attention. She sings a modern song as an opera and when she try’s to modernize her routine by observing another woman, she’s awkward and then she realizes that she can’t bring herself to dance that way.

    2. I’m not sure if I’ve watched all of Rose Marie, but I did see Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime. From the clips and Maytime I can see they have a great chemistry on screen and they sang beautifully together. It’s easy to see why they paired them in a lot of movies. I also noticed their characters in Rose Marie and Maytime shared some characteristics. Nelson plays the worldly carefree guy and Jeanette plays the prim and proper lady.

    3. The male/female relationships in films of this era are that the women will act properly, they follow etiquette and have high standards. The men are carefree and sometimes have low standards. But the opposites attract and of coarse the girl must act indifferent until marriage is brought up. Under the Hollywood Film code I think the norms of a relationship would be like it’s your first date so you meet in a public place, maybe chaperoned. Once the couple is engaged they could meet alone in a public place. And so on.

  16. 1. The clip does exhibit a brighter perspective of life than is realistic. Anna’s dressing room looks like a bedroom with lamps and pictures and furniture, which in reality probably just had a rack for costumes a mirror for makeup and table with chair. Anna’s attitude about Ziegfeld’s interest to employ her was flighty. Like money and responsibilities are not an issue for her.

    2. I anticipate that the sets and clothes will be elegant. That money is not going to be a problem and if it is it won’t be for long.

    3 What stands out to me is the song Anna sings. She sings that she wants someone to come play with her which is suggestive. As she slowly walks across the stage. She is fully dressed like she’s in the Easter parade. Had the scene been pre-code she would be wearing less and taking at least some of it off.

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