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Brittany Ashley

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  1. 29 year old here. This is one of the instances I think it would have been good to have a Millennial represented. I watched musicals as a child whether with my (Boomer) parents or at school. So I have always been aware of musicals and liked them. And of course I grew up with the Disney movies. I remember being a little kid and my mom just putting on a VHS The Little Mermaid or The Wizard of Oz while she did other things so I could be entertained. So I think Dr Ament is right that Millennial and younger even have always been exposed to them and because they have been so integral in put childhoo
  2. Couldn't it be both though? Musicals and art/movies in general reacting to the times but are being affected by the times as well. Also, how were the Beatles considered old fashioned? I have never heard that they were considered old fashioned.
  3. This is interesting thank you. I know for Moana they set up a special research group (don't remember ehat its called) taking from anthropology, historians, Polynesian scholars, learners in that community etc to make it a real authentic film. There was criticism from Lilo and Stitch from the Polynesian/Hawaiian community so when planning Moana, Disney's team set this research and development group up. LAS was in 2003 and the world has changed as far as representation for non-white and historically marginalized peoples and calls for authentic diverse stories from different cultural communities.
  4. Couldn't agree more! Love that you used that specific song in you title lol. Much appropriate!
  5. I have not seen the Beach films...I have BP recorded on DVR but haven't gotten around to it yet. But with this class I am more interested (I used to just skip over this movie when it would air; corny title). But judging from your comment and the blurb about this film, I'd say it is pretty disruptive for the reasons you listed. I know that there were movies exploring teen sexuality - A Summer Place with Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue which was a couple years before the beach movies that involved this theme. But you raise some excellent points. The teens in movies I can think of from the old studio
  6. The Artist dance scene in the finale is also inspired by this number
  7. I think this is a really interesting proposition. Any movie is a product of its era and how good or bad that is gets judged by the contemporary time (unfairly or not). I read this and my first thought was Rose Marie which we talked about very early on. I can't see any of the Nelson Eddy and Jeanette Macdonald movies being made in any other time than what they were-mid to late 30s. Their operatic singing and the specific type of musical the and y made was wildly popular but fell out of favor and today people seem to have strong opinions about them, the movies or just can't relate. Those musical
  8. Great point! I posed something like this in the 1940s lectures. The criss cross of genres at express what people apparently were feeling about their times. I contrasted musicals and film noir. Totally different genres expressing different sentiments but co-exist never the less. It would be the same story for the 60s and how art parallels the times.
  9. Agreed with everything u said but this stuck out. I can (and I have using this term) excuse alot but the true story of PT Barnum is so bad and to know they glossed over it is something I cannot abide. And I can deal with a lot
  10. Absolutely! You really lay this out really well. "Critical Mass" is a great word to use because that is exactly what happened. Musicals and the creatives involved in them were experimenting, questioning the old ways of doing things, testing new innovations. Just like the youth were doing at the time and reshaping and re-framing their world.When we look back, it does seem like this decade in particular matches seamlessly genre and the larger social, political, and cultural context it exists in. Great question you posed. I would have to think about it some more but I would say th
  11. Well said. I wrote on another post that I do like this movie. Emma and Ryan I don't have strong opinions on but I found them charming and likable. I like the music. I'm not a dancer, can't dance, and know nothing about it technically so I have no criticisms on the dancing.Still, I feel like something is missing in the plot and story. It seems like LLL was conceived as a nice throwback to the musicals specifically and the mood generally of classic films. The "mood" in this case reflects some kind of mythic Los Angeles as a city and Hollywood as a concept as well as the film business. One
  12. MTE. Its a pleasant film alright but I didn't think it was that good. As far as all the accolades heaped upon it. Maybe because its about Hollywood and its said Hollywood loves movies about itself. It's a rosy, nostalgic view of the industry too which "They" might be responding too. Maybe its because it is an original story with original music.
  13. I like this movie. I have the DVD and watch it sometimes. I think is a breezy and lighthearted tribute to the old Hollywood musicals (the fantasy ending reminds me of the ballet in American in Paris and parts of the Broadway Melody in Singin in the Rain). Its definitely a feel good film. It encapsulates the mood or rather the idealized mood of olf Hollywood; a celebration of the mythic Hollywood. I do enjoy it. Its a throwback to those kinds of uncomplicated musical and romantic comedy movies that were made then. I really like the music! Fabulous songs!
  14. This entire week I have been thinking about what we (the notes) mean when we call the '60s a "disruptive decade" and that the musicals were disruptive. I like words and the use of the word "disruptive" intrigued me. The word literally means "causing or tending to cause disruption;innovative or groundbreaking" Some synonyms are rowdy,unruly, disorderly, wild, undisciplined. Some antonyms are calm, well behaved, well mannered, appropriate, peaceful. But this isn't English class. When we began the 1960s on Monday, I found this word a curious one to use. I knew the studio system was engaged i
  15. We only scratched the surface! Honestly any decade, including this one/the 00s, needs at least a month devoted to it. Theres just so much that can be covered in real depth and insight!
  16. 1.Streisand's rendition feels very tender and sensitive. She is being vulnerable in singing about love and companionship. It feels very honest ans human, with a touch of sentimentality. If she sang the song more theatrically, the tenderness and vulnerability would be lost. Streisand expresses the song's meaning with softer singer which is much more effective emotionally to the audience than if she were singing the song more expressively. 2. At first the characters are close together around the lamppost. This is before the singing. They have clear romantic chemistry and attraction. The
  17. I havent seen any musicals on Netflix. I got The Music Man from them but that was many years ago. They might not have it still. In general there is a severe lack of classics on Netflix (streaming is much worse).
  18. I would like a second course to go more in depth with some of the topics we covered. The Pre Code era,Ww2, etc
  19. 1. It seems like Cukor's theme is about someone trying to fit into certain high class standards of behavior and culture even though that isn't who they are naturally. But I am struggling with identifying his film making techniques. I don't know what they are or what to look for. But he keeps the camera on Audrey Hepburn's face so we can see her crying and sympathize with what she is going though and saying and feel her frustration. 2. At first Eliza is crying and visibly upset with Higgins when she throws his slippers at him. But eventually the emotions change to her expressing more frus
  20. I had this thought too. Certainly Disney made animated musical...I was thinking specifically of Fantasia. And later on The Beatles's Yellow Submarine. I figured animation is a different art form maybe thats why its not covered in this course thoroughly
  21. 1. I would say the fact that over time, there isn't or wasn't necessarily one specific way to be masculinity or for a man to express themselves as a man or an individual. Or that their masculinity It almost seems that the male representation often has to do with what "people" wanted from their movies (and stars to an extent) at a given time period. For example Fred Astaire's sophistry and high class with the ballroom/formal dances he performed with Ginger Rogers. The romantic aura fit with the escapist fanstasyland quality their movies had that appealed to a Depression weary audience. That wa
  22. 1. The scene reminds me somewhat of the backstage musicals with Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland only because they are children in the entertainment business and are auditioning for some kind of show/performance. Their mother has a vested interest in her daughters being chosen above the girl in the balloons (the favorite of the producers). This is a set up that feels familiar to me from movies past (prior to the 60s). The little girls are talented and cute There have been talented cute kids in musicals before like Shirley Temple so this also felt familiar. I have not seen this movie but
  23. I went to the link to access the Boutique but I got a page saying PAGE NOT FOUND. I don't know what the problem is and how to fix it. Anyone had this problem?
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