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Carol Kelsall

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  1. Thank you Mr. Long for your insight regarding the comparison between "MFL" and Gaslight. The theme of men controlling women for a specific purpose was eyeopening. You say, that both women are "warn down and angry" at the end of the process. Women throughout history have men controlling their lives for a specific purpose. Eliza wants to get out of her former life and look towards a future. I especially liked the part of the clip that suggests that she will do anything for a chocolate. much like a animal will perform for a treat. We also see in this clip that Eliza is like a child. How ma
  2. The first thing that comes to mind as I viewed the clip from "Music Man" is that this character is connected to the part he is playing. When you compare this to Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly also masculine, they is often a disconnect to the character especially when dancing. In "Music Man" we are free from the ballet sequences that do not connect to the characters. Preston verbal presentation is also connected to the character. He is in full command of his performance. He is the director, the con man, the leader. This musical has a lot of techniques in group presentations as well
  3. I too wanted to see the balloon pop Joyce. But had not thought about it as a look into the future of Gypsy Rose Lee! As far as the Disruptive Era- a disruptive stage mom, running everything. I also thought of vaudeville and looking back to the Broadway stage. Loved the orchestra pit. Nothing like we experience today. We only see this in "High School" or community productions of the Musicals of this era. Students and community members experiencing the early Musicals covered in this course. I know very little about Rosalind Russel the actress. But the part she is playing
  4. I think that Minnelli needs to show a difference between America and Paris his approach of color and the fantasy of Ballet is a necessary evil. Being a child of the 60's and living in the 21st century, I do not think the ballet needs to be less realistic. I wonder what message would be left, if a ballet depicting reality was the road of choice. Regarding Jerry Mulligan as a common guy speaking to a wealthy woman shows, again the differences between the common man during this time period. I again wonder about the intricate thought process Minnelli uses when bringing both cultures toge
  5. I need help here. I am not sure what the reference to the pre-dance movements mean. So I have some difficulty responding to this question. As a pronunciation instructor I loved this clip and had such fun with it. The necessary evil of matching voice and lips together in film during this time period. It amazes me the part of the strait man. During the filming of this clip it must have had many takes and a lot of fun.
  6. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? Just watched "Singing in the Rain" last night. The Female representation in this movie was so visible. The blonde haired lead was characterized as less intelligent, not having any "street smart". Then when a glimpse of "street smart" is presented, she is hood winked by men, with the help of the Debbie Reynolds character. Here in 'Calamity Jane" the blonde character Calamity, tries to make a place for herself in the community. She has some of the character
  7. As you watch the interaction between the four characters in this scene, what do you notice about the way they include each other or relate to one another? How is it different from early musicals we have discussed? The curator's note states this clearly--illustrated in this number is four individuals as an ensemble where not one of them is featured in a particular strength, but all are equal and playing together. It is a cooperative effort. That is the spirit of the song, the movie, and the title. Earlier musicals often highlighted a particular vocalist/dancer. We only see Judy Gar
  8. What do you notice about the way the scene is directed as Petunia goes to Joe’s bedside and as we cut to her outside hanging laundry? What does this tell us about her relationship, and the connection to the song? At first we see Petunia at Joe's bedside. The first thing that caught my eye was that his head was covered and assumed as dead. "Ok, he is alive. My love is alive and I must continue on with life." A great technique to the outside hanging laundry. Notice that "Little Joe" is in a wheel chair watching her. Life must go on. Dedication to the family and life must go on. No matt
  9. 1)The first Judy Garland film, like many others, was the "Wizard of Oz." It is hard to say what my first impression was at that time. I was very young and have since read and heard of so much more. I do remember my favorite song from the film. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." I find myself singing it even now. Today, some years later, I am amazed with the breath of her career. Her ability to interact with adults in a skilled manner, her ability to span a wide range of character interactions. 2)I have very little experience with her later roles other than what has been presented in t
  10. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? Lubitsch touch is exhibited through the use of Props in ways the viewer would least expect. The use of the gun by McDonald the first time. Effect sadness, why?, The gun again--OH MY I am not dead! Try again--OH MY I'm not dead. Is she dead? McDonald gets up--the next prop--the zipper. WHAT YOU CAN'T HELP! OK, I WILL GO TO HE MAN i KNOW CAN DO IT. Finally, the gun(s) again-- She has tried it before. Lubitsch helps th
  11. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. I noticed in the first scene that even though Rose Marie is committed to someone else, she is interested in her suitor and then realizes that the Canadian Mountie uses this line on all the girls. Adding some humor to the classical music singing. While in the second scene the classical approach does not work at all between the two actors. The music of the time is more appealing. I wonder how this approach appealed to the audience of the time. If you have seen eit
  12. "I wish to play with me, to play with me, to play with me all day long." I see this as way to escape what was going on outside the theater. This was a time when "playing around" could be suggested, but not acted upon. I thought these words to be suggestive. I also wondered how the women in the audience thought about her choosing their significant others. Allowed as a suggestion? If the musical was made before "pre-code" era, I would imagine that the clothing would be more suggestive. Just as suggestive as the words. Also curiously, she ends up flirting with " the two direc
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