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  1. I think if she would have belted it out it would have seemed inauthentic and boisterous. Its not what the scene called for in my opinion. Nicky seems entranced by Fanny in a way that I at least didn't notice before this scene. In the beginning they are physically close to one another, even have a moment of being face to face. By the end is he father away only able to admire her from afar. Its almost telling of the whole film in one musical performance.
  2. An obvious similarity to both "Gaslight" and "My Fair Lady" was that the lead female characters are both in various ways manipulated and tossed aside once the goal of the lead male characters were met. This scene seems to be set in a way that gives both Hepburn and Harrison enough space physically to move around one another and enough space emotionally to wrap their thoughts and emotions around one another as well. It seems intimate and raw and yet honest and theres a sort of warm about the honesty in this scene even though Eliza feels used, discarded, and lost. I noticed that Eliza
  3. I found that in 1960's musicals or films in general men seemed more open to experiment with different types of roles. The 1960's was about change and we see that clearly in performances like Preston gives in "Victor/Victoria". I was surprised to learn that "The Music Man" was the first time Preston sang in a film. He seemed so comfortable in his performance. My history with his films started with "The Last Starfighter" then next to "Beau Geste" where I had one of my many "ah-ha" moments and was in awe that he had such a long and prolific career. I think its pretty neat that an actor like
  4. I get the sense that the scene is like a glimpse to what it was like during the beginning of stage musicals. Almost like the musical at its early beginnings. Oh that Rosalind Russell-loud and brash and out to take over. I have seen her in so many roles where she is like that and of course it only makes me curious to wonder if she was like that in real life. Even as the Mother Superior in "The Trouble with Angels" (1966) in which she did after "Gypsy" you can still see the feisty Russell doing what she does best albeit with a habit on. The fascinating thing about the lyrics "Let me entertain yo
  5. Not at all. The scene is set up to be a fantasy and it serves it purpose. I found Kelly's character of Jerry is to be just a typical and slightly cynical American man. He is necessarily unlikeable but perhaps being a starving artist isn't doing any justice to his personality. Hunger can make a man cranky once in a while i.e. his reaction to the third year student.
  6. The pre-dance movements of O'Connor and Kelly are a precursor to what will continue on the seamless and intricate dance scene that we see next. The role of the straight man must be a tough one because one could be tempted to laugh at the silliness around him/her. I know I would! Kelly is obliviously the Alpha male but I don't think he could help himself. He had such a strong build and that a dazzling smile that I don't think anyone would be able to say no to. O'Connor on the other hand can be considered the Beta but when it comes to his talent to me, they were both Alphas. Watson is
  7. Doris Day's performance in "Calamity Jane" is extraordinary. Her range is relentless and mesmerizing to watch. I find that her character continues the theme of strong, independent women that we see especially in the mid-1940's musicals. In my opinion, although I found her acting to have a similar feel to it especially later on in her career-I do believe she grew as an actress and performer because of this role in "Calamity Jane". Her comedic timing became a part of her appeal as seen in "That Touch of Mink" and "With Six You Get Eggroll". I found her performance in "Calamity Jane" to be very e
  8. The first thing I noticed about how the four characters included one another was the color scheme for their clothing. They are paired off and have coordinating outfits which visually at least for me is pleasing as well as telling me that they are part of something together somehow. The married couple are wearing grey, all the men are wearing something with a shade of blue in it, and to make the solo female counterpart stand out just a little bit they place a dash of red onto her dress. I also noticed how they casually touch one another, keep themselves physically close to one another, and face
  9. When the sings cuts from her singing to Joe then to sorting out the wash just shows a role in the family as the one who takes care of everyone and holds everything together. I think I would have found the song and her performance more endearing if she were singing to a child. Her facial expressions and devotion to him seem somewhat based on fantasy than reality. Most women dealing with a husband who has an addiction like gambling and always putting the family's stability in danger would be bitter, angry, and resentful but Petunia is singing like he is the most precious thing on earth. It
  10. Oh I found this clip to be hilarious! I noticed right away how they set it up for Betty to have enough space to give her man Frank some chase. Having the wall to push him against so she can show him she means business, the wood nearby so she can knock on it as she goes along singing the coordinating lyrics, and the bleachers are added to continue the chase. I loved it. I also loved learning that she was on the 70s shows I watched as a kid. Thanks for that added tidbit! You can tell a musical number is on its way with the slow approach Betty makes to Frank in the hallway. Its a tease to th
  11. Oh my first Judy Garland film was "The Wizard of Oz" and I was about 11-12 years old. I remember thinking how magical it all was and I loved the watching Dorothy's adventures in Oz. After watching these clips I was reminded on how amazingly comfortable and at ease she was performing. She had a certain pep in her step that those around her did not seem to have even though many of her co-stars were seasoned professionals or extremely talented, there just seemed something different about her compared to everyone around her. I also was reminded on how multi talented she really was. "A S
  12. I remember when I first watched this film. I found it to be such an epic story because is spanned one mans lifetime. In this scene set in the White House, Cohan is walking up the stairs surrounded by painting of former Presidents. You can feel how Cohan is encased in walls rimming with patriotic symbolism. He then walks into the Oval Office and speaks to President Roosevelt and you can see the American flag behind him as well as on him in the form of a pin. I find it interesting that the President mentions that Cohan is Irish American which I think is to remind Americans that although we
  13. Such a lovely scene to watch. I actually found it relaxing watching them dance. Fred Astaire always looks like he is floating on air. Aside from matching each other in their dance routine I can't of think of anything else that would indicate a battle of the sexes. I know a few others commented that Rodgers was wearing a very masculine outfit but to me it looked like a typical ladies riding outfit. I actually would have loved to see her wear an actual mens suit but fitted for her figure but they probably put her in that riding outfit because it was the closest to a masculine costume they could
  14. Oh there are so many things I loved about this clip. What a great choice btw. I loved the close ups-they were like little clues and insights to the bigger picture. I loved, loved, loved the breaking of the 4th wall-that right there was setting everything up to be fun and unusual. I also loved the use of both the French and English languages-I had never seen that in a 1920's film before and that was enjoyable to see. Lastly, I loved the comedy element-it was off beat. Every moment kept me guessing and not once did I feel like I knew what was going to happen next. About the use of sounds,
  15. I confess, this was my very first time seeing these two actors perform together and by golly I liked it. I want to see more so now I plan to find some of their films together because I loved their screen chemistry. I loved seeing how comfortable and playful they seem together in those two scenes. I looked up Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald so I could learn more about them and it seems they had a brief romance while filming Rose Marie (1936). Their onscreen chemistry came across as something you don't seen too often in films. They seemed relaxed and at ease with one another and had a connect
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