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James DiPrima

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  1. 1. In 'The Music Man' Robert Preston plays a door to door con-man that yes has a more masculine approach, than in contrast to his role in in 'Victor/Victoria' where Preston plays a more feminine male role on stage, yet is masculine off stage. I would say what the noticeable difference is that male roles in the 60s males were stuck to the more masculine to fit society, compared to the 70s when gay culture was started to get embraced by the masses. 2. In 'Ya got Trouble' Preston is convincing people to buy a boys band before '76 Trombones'. In the clip from 'Victor/Victoria' he is pre
  2. 1. The movie is based in real life for the most part, but the ballet is the fantasy that Gene Kelly has about Leslie Caron, which is the epic ballet scene at the end. 2. Gene Kelly potrays an artist who knows his worth, and doesn't let the people who claim to know about art bother him. He is presenting a stoic side of him even though, he is protecting himself from criticism.
  3. 1. Both Kelly, and O'Conner sync up their pre music movements and music movments, like a waltz dance, with adding the humor to it all. 2. The professor is the straight man, although Kelly also performs the straight man roll, while O'Conner is the silly man all the way through. 3. The representation of masculinity in three men are shown differently. The professor is seen as more stoic, while Don Lockwood is seen more laid back. Cosmo Brown is seen more as a goof with a sense of some feminine traits to him.
  4. 1. Jane is a individualist for the beginning lather half of the movie, and than transforms into the modern ideal of women of that time. Her persona came off more masculine in the beginning of the movie, than later on when it became more feminine. 2. Doris Day grew as an actress definitely as the 1950s went on. 3. Doris Day's bright sunny persona doesn't detract from the character, in fact it gives it more light than what it could of been....if Doris Day did what the director wanted her to do.
  5. 1. This song is about the theater through and through. This is also the staplement song of MGM musicals overall, considering all the great clips of the musicals were put in a trilogy series called 'That's Entertainment' parts 1-3. While their counterpart 20th Century Fox is 'There's no Business like Show Business'. Anyway, they include each other by giving specific roles in the dance performance. It was one of the first musicals to show what goes behind the scenes of a musical. 2. Each costume is supposed to represent the different emotions that are presented in a comedy, or musica
  6. 1. From the perspective of a director, the motions of the camera are following exactly, the same motions as the actors...so this gives us an idea of the type of musical number we're going to see. Also from the perspective of the editor, it's amazing how each motion was carefully put together to show what the director wanted to show the audience on the screen. The key actions of the actor's Sinatra and Garret are helping sell what both the editor and director want. 2. Like most movie musicals it stars with simple talking dialogue. Than, it continues to with slight orchestral music in
  7. 1. The first Judy Garland film I recall seeing was 'The Wizard of Oz', which the impression I got of her is that, she was insecure personally, while playing a character that got to expand horizons. Her true character can be seen in 'Meet me in St. Louis'; while in other films she played more outgoing characters. In 'Easter Parade' she plays an unsure character but still outgoing. 2. My views on Judy haven't changed at all. She was someone who dealt with insecurity quite often in her life. She dealt with struggles that actresses today don't face. While she was an amazing talent, M
  8. 1. Films like 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' or 'On The Town' depicted American values in a more cheerful light, during the time of events of WWII was going on. In this film more specifically you have the Hollywood set of the White House, with the external shot in the beginning and the end, in Washington DC. Plus, besides all the propaganda (in this case needed propaganda), that was being spread on the radio programs of the day...and the posters that were put out around cities or towns, in this movie the American spirit is shown to not only represent America but the patriotism of Cohan and Americans
  9. 1. Yes it can't be denied that the battle of sexes is being presented, but I see a scene showing more equality of the sexes, instead of which gender presented is better than the other. In fact, the female character is quite attracted to the confidence of the male character. It evident by the look in her eyes towards Astare. 2. This film is different from the rest of the male/female duo dance movies because its the two genders showing there isn't anything major different between them socially. 3. Women would riff off the sillyness of men at times in these movies, or dress more
  10. 1. What I notice about this techique in film, is that it inspired people like Woody Allen to borrow this style for comedy movies. I can see the influences in this movie scene and a specific scene from Annie Hall. Anyway, getting back on topic the props used in this scene compliment the dialogue. Along with the light slap stick that is happening throughout. It helps us to understand the character through his eyes, as soon as he pulls the audience into the movie with him. 2. The sound in this movie or this scene, is quite revolutionary for its time...and considering that sound in fi
  11. 1. What I notice about the two characters in the scenes is enjoyment, interest, embarrassment, and empathy. The Canadian Mountie has a genuine interest in Rose Marie, and you can tell by the expressions on his face. While Rose Marie is having enjoyment from his company, even though she might be showing some interest. While he's paddling the boat, Rose Marie keeps glancing back at him. While he remains eye contact with her. In the second scene, Rose Marie's performance is embarrassing for her. Her body language is showing vulnerability. While the Canadian Mountie is showing empathy for
  12. 1. I do agree partly and disagree partly, with the notion that this clip is brighter than real life. Ziegfeld isn't the only broadway producer to bribe, an actress or actor with a gift to distract them from meeting another broadway producer. At the same time unless we were there when Ziegfeld was interested in Held, who knows what the bribe was...or if he bribed her at all. Just because its a musical doesn't always mean that, the reactions of those on screen are meant to be happy. I think Held's reaction to the flowers is a smile of delight mixed with confusion. 2. The approaches
  13. I'm very fortunate to be living at a time when, technology can preserve these films that, simply never age as time goes by. These old movie musicals are so entertaining. Yet, very intriguing to do comprehensive studies on. So I can't wait to see what these four weeks brings us TCM fans, and movie lovers.
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