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  1. I am so glad that this is our last clip for this class. I love this movie, and Barbara Streisand is sheer perfection in this roll. From the "grape" skating costume in Second Hand Rose to this beautiful gown and song, I'm sighing, the movie is wonderful. anyway...question 1. People is such a personal song, it has to be sung in a personal way, not belted out to the audience, it is just for Fanny to know, and maybe Nicki, if he's luck, almost an inner monologue. the relationship is just beginning at this point, and though Nicki knows that Fannie is a star, she doesn't realize it yet, so she only sees that Nicki is the star in this relationship, she is madly in love. In the beginning, they are together, just leaving the party, and Nicky says he likes to be free, this is the transition where Fanny is expressing her true feelings, but also showing her independence, the camera follows her to the stairs, leaving him in the background to observe. That is the way their relationship goes, she is the star, he is the observer, living in her stardust shadow. But oh what a ride!
  2. We have looked at several different types of feminine beauty in these clips, from the soft and vulnerable Marilyn Monroe to the exotic beauty of Ava Gardner, the 1950's were a time for women to be women!(in the movies, anyway). It was also a time when women began to discover that they wanted more out of life, so perhaps this roll of Calamity Jane showed that women didn't have to be "just a wife". I think that the character Jane was a great roll for Doris Day, with this roll, she was allowed to get down and dirty, to be a little rough, something that she was not able to show in her later rolls where she was often the "ideal" American woman. I love her in all of her rolls, and this type of musical is one that I will watch over and over again. One that has a strong female lead, who faces her obstacles with a positive attitude. I think that Day's positive attitude is always an attraction, though she may have been a little to positive for this roll, Jane had to be much tougher to fit into this "man's" world in the wild west.
  3. 1.What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your impression of her? Well, first I must say that I love Judy Garland, her voice conveys such emotion that I will sometimes cry just watching her sing, I think the first movie I saw her in was Wizard of Oz. When I was growing up, the movie was on once a year, and we would all watch it as a family. When the movie went from black and white to color...wow, that was pure movie magic! I think the scene where she realizes that she is home in Kansas again and looks around her room at her loved ones shows just what a wonderful (and subtle) actress she was. 3. What films in her later career come to mind as examples of her increasing ability to capture an audience's imagination as a storyteller when she sings a lyric? More than her later film roles, I remember seeing her on television shows, when she sang with Barbara Striesand, more magic to be seen, and heard. Her voice is strong and clear in this clip, even though she was suffering in her personal life at this time, she was the same wonderful, full throated performer as always. You can also see how she looked at Barbara each time during their call and response, giving her full attention. I must also respond to something that was said during today's lecture, I am enjoying this class so much, not only because I love musicals, but also because it gives me something to focus on besides what is going on in our world today, that is the great thing about the movies, they are the perfect escape!
  4. Maurice Chevalier was known to play this kind of suave sophisticate, who had a way with women. This scene shows both wit and humor that Max Lubitz is known for. I found the combination of the french conversation between the couple interspersed with the English commentary pretty funny, it seems as if Alfred is letting us in on his life, and showing us that he can charm his way out of this (or any) situation. That he and his lady friend have been caught cheating, and then get away with it shows us, the audience members what our lives could possibly be like, if we were so inclined. I thought the most humorous part of the scene was when Alfred opened his desk drawer to put the gun away, only to show several more guns in the drawer, implying that this has happened to him that many other times!
  5. I'm not sure if I have ever watched one of their movies, they always seemed a little to "goodie two shoes" to me. Now that I have seen these clips, however, I may take a look. The scene in the canoe conveys their flirtatious side, especially when she calls him out on the wording of his song that he has just made up especially for her. She is not going to fall for his charm, just like Maude! In the second scene, she is obviously and painfully out of her element in this saloon setting. While her singing is beautiful, it is clearly not enough to hold anyones attention in this place. When the local "bad" girl shows her how it's done, Rose Marie tries, but cannot bring herself to sing in this way. The Morality Code is in plain sight here, the contrast between the good girl, and the bad girl is obvious to see.
  6. First off, I think that Louise Rainer is an amazing actress. I have never seen this movie, so to watch this clip, and then compare her in this to the movie The Good Earth shows what range she had as an actress. This clip shows the actress as a little naive', but I think that at that time any actress would have known who Flo Ziegfeld was and would have killed to get an audition with him, and she was a little to excited over those flowers! I also thought that a song like "Come and Play With Me" could (and probably would) have been sung much more suggestively, especially in a "review" type show. The mirror trick was cute, and that would have also played into the theme of choosing her playmate from the men in the audience. I think the Hollywood code pulled back the bawdiness of these types of shows and made them more classy for audiences of the time who only wanted to escape their everyday lives. The musical has always been a form of escapism (who else would break out in a song and dance at the drop of a hat?), that is what makes them so wonderful. These musicals that were made in the depression era seem to play to this naïveté' and the audiences yearning for a better life.
  7. Every holiday season, I have to watch White Christmas with whatever family members are around. We love all the song and dance numbers, but when the song "Sisters" comes on, I grab my fan (just a small one) and join in on the fun. I don't know why, but it's just not Christmas without watching this great musical at least one time!
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