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  1. Hello all! I have been a member of Backlot for about a year and am just now getting around to joining a local chapter. That said, the link Movie Mike posted is not working for me. Is this still an active chapter? If so, does anyone know how I should go about joining the chapter? Thanks! Tierza
  2. 1. Other aspects of the battle of the sexes are the fact that she doesn’t take the “woman’s part” in keeping up with Astaire, instead Rogers is further asserting that she is his equal by doing exactly as he is doing. Another interesting facet is the fact that they are never touching and act independently of one another; in fact, she outdoes him initially--she doesn’t wait to be invited to dance with him as is often the case in dance routines; rather, she jumps right in and makes steps either doubles or triples as opposed to Astaire’s version. 2. One difference from some of the other Depre
  3. The Lubitsch touch is evident in each of these aspects of the scene, however, I was particularly drawn to his use of props to help further the character of Alfred. From the obvious props such as the garter (and how nonchalant he is when she discovers it), which infers that she is not the first woman he has had in his apartment, and the drawer full of guns, which infer that this is not the first woman and/or spouse to attempt to kill him, to those less obvious props such the the boudoir painting above Alfred's desk all give a good indication of his womanizing character, even without dialogue. A
  4. In these two scenes, there is a sense that the two characters are drawn to one another without actually ever being "together," perhaps in part because there is no sense of excitement really on either party as well as the fact that the audience never sees Eddy or MacDonald ever touch their co-star, which makes the romance appear more as a formal courtship than an actual interest in one another. This changes as the story progresses as the audience sees Bruce and Marie playfully banter back and forth, giving their relationship a bit more dimension. Sergeant Bruce is in active pursuit of Marie, ye
  5. 1. I also agree that the film is a much more light-hearted approach to life, which, given the time period of the Depression, makes sense. Not as many audience members would spend what little money they had to go see a film that was as troubled as their lives. As more and more people began to lose their jobs and their homes, a world where naivete and innocence flourishes becomes much more appealing. The Great Ziegfeld, then, serves as its own little utopia that would help them escape their own personal realities. This clip portrays Anna as naive and inexperienced (she talks of postponing Bil
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