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Everything posted by rmoser

  1. 1. Had Straisand sung “People” more theatrically, the song would have lost its intimacy. Sung as is, people can connect with it better because it conveys a vulnerability inside each of us. 2. Omar stays in the background, but as Straisand moves, he is drawn to follow her. Her singing seems to lure him closer. The attraction seems stronger as the singing progresses. 3. The way this scene is filmed is very effective. The distance between Omar Sharif and Straisand allows the viewer to sense a change in their relationship from just physical attraction to a more emotional one. The camera
  2. 1. Comparing this scene to Gaslight, one can see how the use of lights is similar. Both movies take place in upper class Victorian London society. As in Gaslight, shadows are immensely important to conveying the mental anguish of Bergman and Hepburn respectively. Both movies have sumptuous, safe settings that negate the nervous, agitated mental states of the actresses. Both have lead actors who belittle their counterparts concerns. However, while Gaslight’s lead actor is purely evil, Harrison is thoughtless and deals only in what he understands, rather than attempting to be sympathetic and tru
  3. 1. Looking at the past musicals, Preston seems to fit in the consummate performer category. He is suave with a wide range of ability. He can do everything with a grace and ease that is remarkable. 2. In both clips, Preston has command of both situations. His words, looks, gestures, inflections, and expressions combine to keep his audience rapt with attention. This can particularly be seen in The Music Man clip. 3. I have only seen Preston in one non-musical role, Beau Geste. In this role, Preston demonstrates a depth of feeling; however, his versatility as an actor is highlighted in
  4. 1. Like many of the classic musicals, we see the behind the scenes view of vaudeville. However, it also foreshadows the burlesque scene with the balloon girl. The interruption of the mother disrupting the entire workings of the show looks forward to the studis’ and society’s upheaval. 2. Russell commands the scene. The second her voice is heard, Marsden has lost control.ironically, he knows it. While the teacher in me is irked by her rudeness, I applaud Russell’s ability to carry the scene with such strength and humor. 3. The song’s lyrics have a double meaning. As a child, it plays
  5. 1. No, the ballet scene is strictly fantasy, but the rest of the story is based in reality. Therefore, it would not make sense for the film to maintain such a stylized element throughout the story. 2. Although Jerry is abrasive and rather obnoxious, there is a certain quality to his character that keeps him from being completely unlikeable. With the college student, he recognizes her falseness and reacts against it. His honesty in that situation keeps his rudeness understandable. With Milo, his complete bewilderment over her desire to purchase the paintings is genuinely endearing, that is
  6. 1. If you watch Donald O’Connor while the Professor reads the tongue twisters, his facial expressions are rhythmic. When O’Connor and Kelly begin to dance before the music begins, they move in rhythm with each other. 2. The professor is a consummate straightman. He initially looks confused before looking annoyed. To be a straightman is even more difficult that the actual comedy, and he plays it to perfection, even as he is covered with things from the office. 3. The professor is uptight, proper, and genteel. Meanwhile, the other two are more relaxed, not just in their dress, but als
  7. 1. I think this falls in the middle. Many of the musicals made in the 1950s had female characters who lived outside the norm of a demure woman. Kiss Me, Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Calamity Jane, and even Day’s character in By the Light of the Silvery Moon all had characters with strong, empowering woman as the leads. 2.Doris Day could do everything. She could play comedy as effortlessly as she did drama. Day’s strength came in her ability to make a statement without showboating, and she seemed to have an amazing chemistry with anyone she acted. Her voice only served to enhance her performa
  8. 1. I thought it was interesting how each person has a single line to sing before coming together. When they were dancing, not one had a spot all their own; no one was highlighted. This differs from movies from the 1930s and 1940s where the stars either had a single number all to themselves or parts with the spotlight on them. As a teacher of the Deaf, I found it very interesting how Nannette in particular interacted with her fellow actors, as she had a substantial hearing loss. 2. As far as costuming is concerned, they blend together. Most had grays or navy in their outfits. The only one
  9. 1. Minelli’s decision to move from the bedside to Petunia doing the laundry outside just adds realism to her joy. If my husband were on the point of death, yet survives, I would practically be dancing and singing throughout the day, not just at his bedside but also with whatever job needed to be accomplished. Her devotion and love are evident as Petunia sings, regardless of the task at hand. Therefore, as Petunia sings “Happiness is Joe”, one can readily identify this as true. 2. If this song was about a child, the meaning and the cultural connotation would change. True, the love and devo
  10. 1. First of all, that was a riot to watch; Betty Garrett and Frank Sinatra are wonderful together. I love how the director kept the idea of Betty Garrett pursuing Sinatra by keeping his back to the audience for much of the actions. The close-ups were of Grable as she held control of the situation much to Sinatra’s character’s chagrin. 2. The race up the stairs and into the park itself lends itself to this idea of Sinatra being pursued by Garrett, fully preparing the viewer for the song that immediately follows.
  11. 1. I must admit that I do not recall exactly which Judy Garland film was my first, but I think it was Easter Parade. I plead being younger than three according to my mom- I had to check with her to figure out which movie. Because of that, I just remember her singing and dancing. 2. You picked one of my favorite scenes in Easter Parade, and she is phenomenal in Me and My Gal. I love the interplay between Garland and Astaire, especially as they leave the stage. In the one with Kelly, I was amazed at how well she holds her own with him. Because I have grown up watching Judy Garland, I cannot
  12. 1. The entire movie is designed to promote patriotism from the entrance into the White House to the pictures lining the stairs- Lincoln, Washington, Just to name two- to seeing President Roosevelt in the Oval Office, and even the flashback to July Fourth speak of a love for America. At this point in time, America was on the verge of war. Its navy was on alert in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. The military knew that war was imminent in the Pacific in particular and in Europe. While the production might have occurred prior to the entrance into WWII, studios such as Warner Bros. were
  13. 1. Throughout this whole scene, Finger is depicted as Fred’s equal. Not only does she match his dance steps, but she initiates some of the dance steps for Fred to follow. Many times, the man leads in the dancing with the woman following; however, based upon Ginger’s character in the movie, her playing second fiddle would have been out of character. 2. Prior to Top Hat, the musical numbers were set up for an audience to see. The setting could have been anything from a hotel lobby to a stage to a living room with friends over, people were still around to observe. Yet, this number had no aud
  14. 1. I noticed the garters and the dress right away. The close ups of the gun and later the guns in the drawer were also effective. When coupled with the dialogue, the actions, and subsequent consequences of Alfred’s lifestyle, one is able to understand the playboy nature of the character. 2. Right away, I noticed the agitated French dialogue, but the one that stands out is the sound of the gun firing. Because I am a military historian, I know what guns should sound like. When the lady fired the gun at herself, I thought the gun sounded odd and not accurate to a loaded pistol. Sure enough,
  15. 1. I love the playful interaction between them, especially as MacDonald taunts Eddy over his song to her. They do not have to face each other to have a great chemistry together. In the second one, MacDonald’s unease with the situation coupled with Eddy’s compassion as he quietly observes creates a memorable moment between them. 2. I have seen them in other films, but only parts of those films. Usually, I pick up on a movie in the middle when I have finished homework. Prior to these two clips, I always considered their interactions to be restrained and at times sickeningly romantic. It
  16. I do believe that this musical shows life much brighter than it is realistically. However, this was the middle of the Great Depression. For many people, the movies were an escape from reality, not a reflection of reality. This movie deals with many common themes of the times: love, fame, money, and success. At a time when many people felt disconnected and discouraged in their own lives, movies that took those themes common to every person and portrayed them with levity was a welcomed change of pace. If this movie were precode, we might see a brawl between the Ziegfeld and Billings, o
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