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  1. 1. What do you notice about the way the scene is directed as Petunia goes to Joe’s bedside and as we cut to her outside hanging laundry? What does this tell us about her relationship, and the connection to the song? The focus the entire time is Petunia. We see that her happiness truly is a result of her love for Joe, regardless of what he has done and what he has out her through. 2. How would the song change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meaning change? How? I don’t know that the song would change much. A few lyric changes and
  2. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. Each shot coincides with what we should be focusing on. Closer shots in small spaces force us to watch the facial expression of the performers, which shows us his reaction to being pursued by a woman who knows what she wants. The wider shots allow for the bigger actions - chasing and being chased. It’s interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How does this sequence prepare us for the singing? The feel of the music changes from being part of the background to movin
  3. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your impression of her? I’m fairly certain I saw Meet Me in St. Louis before I saw Wizard of Oz. We didn’t have cable growing up, not even basic channels, but someone taped Meet Me in St. Louis for us. We didn’t own a copy of Wizard until it was out on DVD. Meet in St. Louis is still one of my all time favorite movies! I loved everyone and everything about it. When I was little I wanted to be Tootie, and as I got older I wanted be Esther - gorgeous, kind, not afraid to throw a punch to protect her sister! How
  4. Last week knocked me for loop! Glad to be getting back on track and caught up this week! 1. Describe how the scenes in today’s Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. Be specific. Refer to props, set design, settings, etc. in your answer. It doesn’t get much more patriot than the White House. Flags, portraits of past presidents. It’s hard not to think of American values in a scene set like this. 2. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost American m
  5. I didn’t see this as a battle of the sexes so much as a woman making it clear that it takes more than honeyed word to make an impression. When Rogers starts to dance there is a moment where Astaire is surprised she can hold her own, but it seemed more of a collaboration with a few moments of them challenging each other rather than a battle. That said, this clip is the only portion of the movie I’ve seen as of yet so there may be more to it. I definitely want to watch it. I think this is the first clip we’ve seen where the woman is already (or seems to be) successful. The others portray wo
  6. The props honestly defined the whole scene for me. I picked out a few words from my limited memory of grade school French, but I knew exactly what was going on. It truly could have been a silent film to me. Then the drawer full of guns made it clear Alfred was no stranger to the situation, as did his calm attitude. While I can’t speak specifically to the dialogue, I will say the tone of the actors made it easy to follow. The woman’s anger at Alfred and exasperation at her husband; the husband’s anger, sadness, then relief were all evident. I admit, the sound didn’t stand out to me, but I
  7. I loved both these clips! I laughed out loud at both. The banter in the canoe, then the attempt to sing like the other woman in the saloon! I’ve never seen any of their movies together, but I can see why the worked together multiple times. What great chemistry! From just these 2 clips you can see how the romance progresses. In the canoe she is uninterested, then tries mocks him to cover it up when she becomes interested; he is trying to impress a beautiful woman. Then in the saloon it’s clear that she is embarrassed for him to see her, but he shows compassion and perhaps a bit concern. I
  8. I’m on the same page as most everyone for all 3 questions. I think the biggest difference pre-code would have been the tone of the song - the light hearted tone we see makes it seem almost childish. Pre-code the sexual subtext could have been on display. Certainly the brighter perspective was evident. During the Depression it’s hard to imagine than a doorman would spend enough of his hard earned money on a show enough times to be singing her praises. It goes out of its way to show Ziegfeld’s lavish spending - cracking a joke about the tip, and flowers that cost 1000s of francs.
  9. I was stumped on that too. Currently looking for any excuse to use chimerical in every day life!
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