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  1. Well said about Paint Your Wagon. What were they thinking? My nominee for silly musical is Jesus Christ Superstar. Sample lyric: "Did you mean to die like that? Was that a mistake or Did you know your messy death Would be a record breaker?" Ouch Mr. Rice. Unwatchable.
  2. Both dancers have their charm. But doesn't anyone else think that both ladies are strangely awkward in their own ways? Ruby Keeler is a great tapper but tends to lean over and flail her arms around ungracefully. She's a very sweet performer though, and an endearing personality. I've heard Dr. Ament talk about the ballet training Eleanor Powell had, and she certainly can move around more easily than Keeler. There's flexibility in her dancing but I see very little grace in her movements. (In fact, she reminds me a bit of a specialty dancer in movies at that time named Charlotte Greenwood.) For grace, personality, and exquisite tap dancing I'll take Ginger Rogers.
  3. I don't even like musicals that much. I'm hoping to learn more about them in this course and broaden my appreciation. If I had to pick a favorite it would be The Bandwagon...it brings a fictitious stage musical to life on screen. The surreal and trippy musicals of Busby Berkeley are also fun, when you're in the right mood. And for the truly bizarro there's Joan Crawford's Torch Song. Not for the faint of heart.
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