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  1. It's not so much that I see a battle of the sexes, but what I did see was Ginger taking charge in the scene. For us nowadays it really doesn't seem like it, but she chooses to get up and dance, she chooses to let him dance with her and she leads him in some of the 'follow me' sequences. That isn't something that we've seen in some of the other examples of Depression Era musicals. I think some of the changes are because the movie is supposed to be a comedy. As such, it isn't as important that the woman follows the typical socially correct role. She can be a bit more spunky and goofy and make so
  2. The Lubitsch touch is definitely not subtle, but it does help tell the story without the actors needing to have a discussion about it, or even for it to be in a language that one speaks. Just watching the props such as the garter, the small revolver, and the dramatic way the dress needs to be done up at the end, you know exactly what has happened before we arrived at the scene. You understand at least some part of Alfred before seeing the rest of the movie. The introduction of music after the woman ‘shoots’ herself adds a lot of tension to the scene. The fluid strings and abrupt stops le
  3. Their interactions are flirtatious but not over the top. You can see and feel the chemistry between the two characters - their facial expressions, rather than their actions, show their humor, annoyance, flirtation, etc. They like each other but they are holding themselves back from that. There seems to be a lot of 'wanting from afar' in their romance. The studio seems to want the audience to be aware of the love interest but they want it to be a wholesome, slow moving romance. In the clips you never see the two actors touch, either. They may be sitting closely in the boat together but the
  4. 1. I believe that it does. In the clip Ziegfeld throws money around like its nothing. He buys terribly expensive flowers and hands the doorman 5 pounds and then jokes about it. The doorman also appears to have the money to go to the theater, as he talks of seeing the French actress, which I assume means he's seen the show. The actress also speaks of having a choice between the two men, meaning she isn't at all worried about money or position, she's free to see what all of her options are, instead of stuck doing what she knows with make her money and make ends meet. 2. One of the th
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