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  1. 1. In this clip, Fred and Ginger are both wearing suits and seem to mimic each other's moves. Fred tries to use the typical methods to woo her, but she does not fall for his tricks or lines. Instead of looking at him with admiration, she glances at him skeptically, looking him up and down with an expression of mistrust/annoyance. During their dance-off, Ginger proves that she can do anything Fred can do. 2. In the other Depression era musicals we have discussed this week, gender roles/portrayals have been fairly traditional. Males were portrayed as the confident, dominant sex, while fem
  2. 1. The Lubitsch touch is characterized by subtly "sexy" humor and visuals. In this scene, we see a close-up of a garter, a revolver, and a dress that needs zipping up. The garter (that most certainly doesn't belong to Alfred's current arm candy) as well as the dress, immediately provide us with the knowledge that Alfred is a philanderer/playboy who doesn't take life or relationships too seriously. The closeup of the revolver gives us the clue that at some point soon, it will be fired and play a critical role in the scene. The effect of having most of the dialogue in French as opposed to Engl
  3. 1. Nelson Eddy's character is very upfront and straightforward in the way that he tells Jeanette MacDonald's character to choose him as a suitor, but he is also humorous in a very dry, tongue-in-cheek way (almost like the type of guy who would constantly tell dad jokes). Jeannette MacDonald gives the impression of a character who is proper and cares about respectability in the way that she scoffs and totally ignores Eddy's advances at first and then tries to play coy and hide the fact that she is somewhat attracted to him. The interaction between the two characters is fairly formal/respectab
  4. 1. I agree that the clip exhibits a brighter side of life than might be realistic. At the time the film was made, the world was in the middle of the Great Depression, and most Americans were struggling financially. In contrast, Florenz Ziegfeld does not seem to be worried about money at all, as he gives the doorman a 5-pound note without any hesitation. Anna Held is also not portrayed as the "starving artist" archetype in need of a job that is seen in many films about show business. The clip also does not depict much strife or conflict, and the characters crack jokes and do not seem to tak
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