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Sol Rivero

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  1. It's a great book! I used it as the basis for my thesis on musicals. I would also recommend checking out: 'American film musical themes and forms' by M. Dunne 'Destabilizing the Hollywood Musical. Music, masculinity and mayhem', by K. Kessler 'A Song in the Dark: the Birth of the Musical Film', by R. Barrios Really great reads!
  2. Although the camera barely moves -even if it's not quite static-, I must say the 'Lubitsch touch' truly infuses the film with life! Smart choices in editing, sound, and gestures to balance it all out,... make it easy to understand the type of characters we're dealing with. Every element hints at Alfred being a sly, yet good-natured jokester. A ladies-man who confronts everything with a wink and some quick-thinking. The use of sound -and silence!- cleverly supports this notion. There are elements from the days of silent comedy, like the use of visual gags and gesticulation to conve
  3. Weird confession from someone who loves Movie Musicals: I've never seen a full musical film with Eddy and MacDonald! I feel quite ashamed, but now it's definitely in my plans to get acquainted with their filmography. The two clips showed some really great interactions between the characters. What strikes me the most is the amazing chemistry between the two. Although I've seen nothing but those two clips, I find myself rooting for them. As seems to be the norm in the films of that era, everything is very proper and pristine. No grandiose gestures, no talking about emotions, and
  4. Ah, that was fun! I remember when I saw The Great Ziegfeld and was definitely surprised at how light it made the entire issue of Ziegfeld's relationship with his rival and his romantic interest. Indeed, everything in the clip seems to hint at an overall absence of real conflict. The characters seem to face superficial obstacles that are very easy to overcome, whether it's Ziegfeld trying to get information about Anna, or winning her over Billings -despite the fact that, if I recall correctly, he wasn't in the best economic situation when he made it there-, or Anna trying to decide if she
  5. I think my favorite movie musical of all times is actually an animated one. I grew up during the Disney Renaissance, which featured a collection of really wonderful musicals. And those movies definitely set up the basis to what would, later on, become an overall appreciation of the genre itself. My favorite was definitely The Hunchback of Notre Dame (closely followed by Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Pocahontas). Visually and musically, it's a masterpiece. And being an outcast myself, I still have a weak spot for Quasimodo. It's one of those films that stays with you, no matter
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