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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 presented more as a night club singer. 3. I've only seen Preston in musicals. I will say though his role in 'Mame' with Lucile Ball he plays a traditional southern man living the fantasies of the past. Yet showing an incredible amount of humanity to anyone he meets.
  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 musical play. 3. The staging changes like it would of back in the day, when they had people move sets on the movie lot, or stage on Broadway. It helps the characters interact because of what the instinct of the performer to know, what to do in the next up coming scene.
  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 the background. Nothing too heavy, and not too light either. When the actions for the preparations for the lyrics happen, the music is fully conduced by the band leader.
  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, Mr. Mayer himself milked her talent to the point of financial gain. Yet, Garland herself was a selfless person. That is shown in those two clips from 'Easter Parade' and 'For Me and My Gal'. 3. Her performance in 'A Star is Born' the second remake of the story, captures her ability to play someone whom is a worse situation, yet has the heart to show her struggles in the movie through song. A non-musical performance of Judy's which is a recommendation is 'Judgement at Nuremberg' in a role where she, shows emotions of terror while being asked questions by a nazi lawyer. Yet, shows relief when Spencer Tracy dismisses the questions from that lawyer.
  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. 2. The key to the script of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' is that the dialogue is designed to show the American spirit in full. This film came out in '42. The year after the United States entered the war. So the words that we hear are, the words most Americans were using back then. Boosting the cause by expressing the strength this country has i the ring fighting foreign battles. The line spoken by George's father expresses the fundamental nuclear family structure that was being formed by society. 3. It wouldn't be much different at all. If it began with Rhode Island, than ended in FDR's oval office, it would still be the same movie. You'd get George's life from beginning to end either way. I guess they started with FDR's office because it would be a nice transition for George to tell the story to the audience.
  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 masculine. While men might riff off the sillyness of women, or dress in a feminine way to impersonate a female singer or dancer. The movies of the 30s, would be the decade of where both genders make fun of each other.
  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 film at this point was only just beginning. The sound of the fake gun, helps stage a cruel yet funny prank accepted at the time. While the clear sound of the knocking on the door, helps pave the way for the joke..."Oh her husband." 3. The theme I can anticipate from films like 'The Love Parade' are interaction with its audience. So the audience isn't just viewing the movie as 2 dimensional; yet more in a 3 dimensional sense.
  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 her, and can feel her emotions by the way she left the room. 2. This is the first time I've seen these two in a movie. Maybe I've seen them before but I don't recall. 3. To answer the first part of the question...a lot of male/female relationships depicted in these movies were presented on the vanilla level; on the border line of some flirtation. Now, the typical norms from these movies, and from the film code at the time was, strict when it came to female/male relationships. They couldn't show anything too adult (thus blackout scenes)...also they could show intimacy to some level, but as long as it fit the code; and fit the script without going out of the realm of reality.
  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 I like from Depression era musicals, and even WWII era musicals are that, the reactions of the characters are in real time with the audience. So no matter how old these films get the reactions always seem, to match up or relate to those seeing it for the first time. 3. I think 'The Great Ziegfeld' would of been a dark musical comedy. I think we would of seen his financial issues later on in life...we would of seen his marriage fall apart. We would of been exposed to more about his life than what we are in musical film.
  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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