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  1. 1. I think that my first Judy Garland film was The Wizard of Oz, but the film real memory I have of my reaction to her in in association with Meet Me in St. Louis. I was probably five or six and as the oldest of the kids in my family I wished I had an older sibling. Judy, very quickly from seeing this movie, became the ideal older sister I wished I had. I've adored her ever since and really grown to appreciate her talent which I couldn't have even begun to understand as a child. I also remember the first time someone in my family mentioned the sadness that surrounded the end of her life and I
  2. 1. Most if not all of the shots focus on Garrett - her movements and facial expressions - while Sinatra takes on a less dominant role. He is either towards the sides of the frame or shot from the back or the side. All of this combines to give Garrett the role of a "hunter" and she chases Sinatra around the stadium. The camera angles also direct focus to how Garrett always seems to be a step ahead of Sinatra (picking him up or catching him as he slides down the railing). 2. The beginning of this sequence Garrett is waiting for Sinatra which sets up her dominance in the sequence. As she ini
  3. 1. I think most emphasized factor of the set design are flags. In the Oval Office there are two and attention is drawn to them since they seem to be the only thing casting a shadow on the wall behind them. The next shot opens on a flag and then moves to focus on the parade and small flag waving everywhere. The portraits of the presidents lining the staircase continue with Cagney as they ascend the stairs until they culminate to George Washington at the top of the stairs. This especially evokes patriotism since he's regarded as the greatest (or one of the greatest) president and furthermore he
  4. I always find myself drawn to the Rooney/ Garland musicals, especially Girl Crazy (1943). They are both incredibly talented and Gershwin songs are iconic. I always thought it was interesting that it features June Allyson before she's very famous and an uncredited Peter Lawford with one line. I really like all of Judy Garland's musicals but my favorite are The Pirate (1948), A Star is Born (1954), Easter Parade (1948), The Harvey Girls (1946) and Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). I recently saw Presenting Lily Mars (1943), it surprises me that it isn't more well known. It's really charming and Judy
  5. 1. This presents an idealized version of show business, definitely more than the reality. The clip deals with characters that are all well off enough that money is either ignored (as not an issue) or thrown around carelessly- as with Ziegfeld's tip to the doorman. The theater is also extravagant which is strange considering the plot suggests the Anna Held hasn't had her big break yet. Held also represents an "ideal" for a female in show business. Her costume is fairly conservative and white (or at least appears white) which suggests a purity and innocence which is furthered by her dialogue bac
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