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  1. 1. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. There is a lot of interaction between the two stars in the first scene, and The Sgt does his best against the competition. I love his line, "I'm not an Italian but as for the singing..."" In the second clip, there are many characters interacting. The saloon patrons pay no attention to Marie at all. The two guys stand in front of her while she sings. Only the piano player pays attention and tries to give her pointers. So Marie seems all alone in the room. Then when the Sgt, enters everyone seems to know him and like or respect him and greet him, the saloon girl included. He is a popular and well-known person there. Then when Marie sees him she turns away, seemingly embarrassed to be there. The saloon owner comes over to the blonde and tells her to get up there an sing because Marie is not getting anyone's attention. She brazenly cuts in front of Marie showing her contempt. The piano player starts playing faster and the showgirl starts singing. Marie starts imitating her but then stops and slinks away. The Sgt feels bad for her and decides to follow her. 2. What do these clips tell you about the male/female relationships as they are depicted in the films during this era? What norms might you expect are supported under the Hollywood Film Code? There is respect for each other shown in these clips and a proper relationship. The saloon girl is wearing an outfit you would expect in those days, at least as depicted in movies of the era. Marie was wearing a high collar and rather unglamorous, like a "school marm" outfit for those days.
  2. 1. I don't speak French, so it all seemed very serious hearing the argument from the closed room. Then Maurice opens the door, looks at the audience and with a laugh makes his comment in English to us. And the woman reacts to his words! This made me laugh and changed the tone of the picture for me right away. I knew it would be fun and Maurice would be a fun character. The drawer full of guns, I guess, shows how many similar situations he has been in and is also very funny. Maurice breaking the 4th wall reminded me of George Burns or Groucho, letting the audience in on the inside joke. After the husband fires and Maurice "searches for the wound, it's hilarious and then we look at the wife and she has this great look on her face as if she is looking at two buffoons. It is wonderful! 2. Good use of the sound when the husband rattles the door to get in the room, and again funny when Maurice tells us who it is. Also sound of the crowd outside the after the gunshot when Maurice opens the French Doors. We saw people running in the exterior shot (which surprised me) , now we hear them below his window. 3. The butler pointing to the ambassador and then getting caught was also very funny. Then saying to the ambassador that the reports were exaggerated while flipping the garter in his hand were more great touches. I look forward to seeing the whole film. Great stuff!
  3. The movies were a chance to escape from the daily hardships of the Depression, so I think the films were brighter than daily life would have been. If the film were made pre-code I think the costumes would be more scanty and the dialog a bit more suggestive. The true story of Ziegfeld and Anna was probably too much to portray after code enforcement.
  4. Hello Dr. Ament,

    Where can I find the Daily Dose of Delight #1 Film Clip for the Great Ziegfeld?  Sorry, I don't see a link to it.



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      joe azzato

      Nevermind, I finally found it!  Thanks!

  5. I like Yankee Doodle Dandy. After watching Cagney as a tough guy all the time, I love to see him sing and dance, It's such a delightful change!
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