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  1. Battle of the Sexes....I see that some comments look at this through a today lens. I found it interesting that in the dance sequence there was not any touching between the two for most of the dance. Rodgers matched his steps and did some of her own. She was showing him without totally outshining him that she was up to the task. I saw that they came together in the dance after and indication from Rodgers that it was alright to touch me. So not so much as a battle of the sexes, as a dance of the sexes.
  2. I am not familiar with this film or with the director Lubitsch. I have found the comments here very educational, even more so than the course professors. I can see that the use of close up props do move the story along with out the need for verbal explanation. Wonderful! Also, Maurice Chevalier used the technique of speaking to the audience in other films.
  3. The romantic interaction between the characters is chaste as chaste can be. Clearly the production code runs this film. First clip shows a man clearly wanting to impress the new gal in town. He is a man used to attention and getting his way through his masculine charms. She is at first clearly uninterested and irritated at his attempts to charm. Once she reveals that her love interest is an Italian singer, Bruce gets the go ahead to show off his talents. Maries is charmed at first, but then realizes through Bruce's faux pas, that he is really full of himself. She still feels an attr
  4. Early 1930s, public coming off of a decade of false prosperity, anything goes, top of the world, 1920s. People, I believe are yearning for the good old days and hoping that they will return. Musicals in this period are a great example of escapism, taking your mind off your cares and woes. We see The Great Ziegfeld is in a period prior to the depression, his follies being produced from 1907 to 1931, he died in 1932. I find that movie is released in 1936, only five years after his last show, an interesting fact. We are watching the life of a man still very much alive in the memories of h
  5. My Grandma was a great movie fan. We watched them together on television. She was born in 1900, and made many a trek to the local theater in the Depression for an escape into the movies. Her knowledge about movies came from fan magazines and she kept that information flowing during a movie we watched. I love movies in general, but musicals always make me feel like I would love a soundtrack with singing and dancing for my own life!
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