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  1. There was an earlier thread asking a similar question about two weeks ago. It is probably buried 17 pages of discussion questions back... ? To answer your question, I have been posting my weekly badge to my LinkedIn profile. I also downloaded all of them as images and probably will add them to my resume to reflect continued growth in the areas of my personal interests. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, no problem! You could share them via your social media account (if you have one), if you wanted your friends to know what you’ve accomplished. The digital badges are fun, but the
  2. Yes, a light gray would have been a nice option. I gave up white shirts a long time ago, since inevitably, I always wore one when spaghetti was on the menu.... ?
  3. This has been my first MOOC with TCM/Ball State. Once the course is completely finished, do they ever release the final number of students who completed the course? I’m asking because I find the entire MOOC process fascinating from an educator’s POV, and the metrics of how many signed up to participate versus how many actually completed the course interest me.
  4. I’m not sure I gave up anything, and I didn’t watch all the films; but I gained a new online community full of friendly people with beautiful insights and a unified spirit of collaboration. It’s been a great month! I’m sorry to arrive at the end of the course. Have a great summer, everyone!
  5. Response to #1. For me, this is one of the least emotionally engaging scenes in the film. Babs and Sharif do much better with “Don't rain on my parade” and “You are woman I am man.” Here, if Babs is selling, Sharif isn’t buying. He stays a good 5 feet away from her throughout the scene. Belting the song won’t help if the man isn’t emotionally invested at this particular moment. Let’s say Sharif’s character knows he is interested, but that’s all he’s willing to be at this time. Response to #2. This is a pretty flat scene and feels more like a performance piece (for Babs) than an
  6. Response to #1. (I'm drifting a bit on this one.) I've never seen Gaslight, so I can't compare the two films. I will mention that Cukor does a good job at reproducing the cloying sensibilities of the Edwardian era - the stiff collars, the tight chokers, the enormous hats, the wall-to-wall patterns on everything in homes. In this scene, you have one human who is a strict conformist about his home and his personal style, but his private life is all about nonconformity - a confirmed bachelor (although it is much more allowable for a man to be a bachelor than for a woman to be a spinster). On
  7. But they are mentioning the later animated musicals . . . . There appears to be unequal coverage, and the older animated musicals are extraordinary and were game-changers in ways these newer animated musicals have not been.
  8. Unfortunately, it’s hard to ignore the impact Snow White had on the film industry and culture, in general.
  9. I think I must have missed something during the last 3 weeks . . . there has been virtually no mention of animated musicals from our professors until today's lecture notes (Week 4, Day 3: 6/27/2018). So, we skipped over Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, etc. - all of the groundbreaking animated films of the early years, and we jump right to the animated musicals of the late 80s, 90s, and 2000s? I definitely missed a professorial comment somewhere during the last 3 weeks. (I'm feeling a little confused right now.)
  10. Response to #1. As we marched through the decades from the 20s onward, we definitely saw the rise of the "alpha-male." Leading men in musicals of the 20s/30s could as easily be depicted as lone wolfs or betas instead of the alpha roles that they inhabited during the late 1940s and 1950s. Conformity played a huge part in the male characters depicted in the musicals post-war. Preston's performances in these two musicals seem to indicate a shift from that conformity to something a little looser, less stringent, more free-wheeling, definitely more of its time. But, I've never thought of his c
  11. I admit I've only seen Gypsy once, and once felt like too many times. I've read, on other discussion threads, how other people reacted to 7 Brides. Well, I react similarly to Gypsy. As Lina would say in Singin' in the Rain, I cain't stand him." However, Gypsy has its moments, and Rosalind Russell and Karl Malden are two of them. Response to #1. This scene depicts vaudeville - either a rehearsal or an audition. Most of the "old" musicals from the 20s/30s were centered around musical rehearsals or vaudeville acts forming/breaking up, etc. The colors are muted; one can definitely tell t
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