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  1. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? I think there is a transformative idea of "battle of the sexes" in this clip. For one, the dancing choreography features both dancers equally. Literally in sync, neither dancer (specifically the male dancer) is put into showier or more complicated dance. They are literally partners. Also, while he is singing his lovely song to her, she seems to be more interested in the storm than she is in him, holding her own. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression er
  2. 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)? For someone who hadn't seen or heard of this show, this clip is quite shocking in the sense that it isn't filled with as much of the light hearted and comical aspects we expect in musicals from this era. However, the close up shots of the props and some of the dialogue add the comedic elements, especially the big drawer filled with many little guns. Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the s
  3. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. This is a tried and true plot line through a lot of movies, where two seemingly opposite personalities have a banter and an attraction, all while developing true feelings for one another. It is seen time and time again in movies and shows even today! The interaction and dialogue is much less "wholesome" than we even saw in the Judy Garland example and the people seem more realistic in many ways. The female character is especially sympathetic in the second scene, where h
  4. I will watch Jesus Christ Superstar and Fiddler on the Roof anytime! They were popular in my house growing up and are now nostalgic favorites.
  5. 1) Well, most obviously the glamorous life of both the performers and the audience depict a much different lifestyle than most Americans were facing during the Great Depression. And as for the performers and impresarios, their lives were much less picture perfect and much hard work than perhaps this picture would depict! 2) I would say a common trend is the idea that lead characters, specifically male leads, spend much of the musical “one upping” each other, creating a certain amount of happy conflict and plot line. Also, the revue style of musical numbers that this show allows w
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