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  1. The scene presents love, sex in a comic manner, Lubitsch had an excellent ability at going just far enough without offense to a majority of his audience. I first notice his use of sound at the very start of the clip with the severely muffled voices coming from off set. This, for me, sets in place what had played out prior to the beginning of the film...emerging from another room, the garter belt, etc. The next thing I noticed was the sleeping dog on the settee, sofa. Maybe that's a metaphor for the lying dog that Maurice C.'s character actually is...I am kidding. The theme does seem to be a bit pragmatic with the cuckolded husband being immediately contrite. I think most directors would have stopped the scene at that point but E.L. chose to go on to the scene with the zipper and the expression on M.C.'s face when the husband notes the unzipped dress, the blinking of the eyes / smile...that tells the viewing audience that this is a womanizer, through and through...forget all the guns in the drawer, the spare garter, THAT expression says all. I think that in later films, during the depression era and more specifically, facing Code restrictions, I guess "think" is too strong...I wonder how much this would have to be cleaned up for those restrictions to be met? Would they be coming from another room, would the item she found be a garter?? If she shot herself, would it be with blanks? It's played with such a lightness. I don't know.,
  2. I love seeing all the different responses and then realizing that these are just in reference, really to a few moments on film. Awesome!
  3. In the canoe, she seemingly has "the power" in the relationship between the two characters...interesting second clip where she meets what must have been thought of as the most debased point in life that a woman could reach, and the man looks on with pity and sympathy. So, does this level the playing ground or does this make the man the more powerful figure. It does certainly illustrate the lengths people were having to go to during the era of the depression.
  4. I have not been able to successfully get the Tap Game to Load and complete. Is anyone else having difficulty? Tuesday game was not an issue.
  5. In the canoe, she seemingly has "the power" in the relationship between the two characters...interesting second clip where she meets what must have been thought of as the most debased point in life that a woman could reach, and the man looks on with pity and sympathy. So, does this level the playing ground or does this make the man the more powerful figure. It does certainly illustrate the lengths people were having to go to during the era of the depression.
  6. I would loved to have seen this pre-code. In the scene, Anna seems a bit of a puppet, but this movie has never sat 'right' with me due to the glorification of Ziegfeld...and the subsequent degeneration of women with whom he had been involved. I love William Powell, but not in this movie at all!
  7. They change as I age, but one of them is "Hair". There is something about the movie that is a bit off and I never can figure quite what that is...maybe that the cast members don't necessarily seem to be making the same movie, telling the same story. And there was such a brouhaha about the film...that it had, by necessity of the medium made it too structured. Yet, the music is wonderful!! So, that one still will have me watching intently.
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