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  1. !. There is a fairy tale embedded in this film which makes the highly stylized ballet seem appropriate. 2. First, how can anyone not like Gene Kelly? Next, his character is still "G.I. Joe" in Paris. He is somewhat unrefined and terse, but adorable in his appearance. He shrinks a bit in confidence when approached by a more sophisticated, wealthy educated female American, which makes him seem vulnerable.
  2. 1. During their pre-dance moments and movements, it is quite apparent that Kelly's character is developing as the alpha male in the story. O'Connor is set up very early as the comic sidekick character. The dance that follows illustrates this. 2. The straight man in the clip, the professor, is the center of the trio. He is the teacher trying to control his class. O'Connor is the typical class clown. Kelly is at the head of the class and gets away with everything. 3. The professor in this clip is representative of the stayed, old-fashioned, conservative male char
  3. 1. Doris Day's character in "Calamity Jane" is representative of the post-war, stronger woman. I believe the female representation belongs at the later end of this period of musicals. 2. Day definitely exhibits growth as an actress and musician in "Calamity Jane". In this picture, her movements are border and more imaginative. Her musical pieces are very different in style from her big band days. the character, Jane, is so much more animated than Day's earlier and most of her later roles. 3. Day's sunny disposition and personality lend themselves well to her port
  4. 1. This is an ensemble piece; the characters work together toward a common achievement. All are stars. There is no one boy, girl or couple who takes over the story or stage production as in earlier musicals we have studied. 2. The styles of the characters' costumes are sensible - almost utilitarian. The colors are less bold, yet they define the actors' roles. The costumes seem to be created to help the characters blend as a group. 3. The players in this scene have a shared goal and exuberance for their work. Both are emphasized by the interaction between them du
  5. 1. The first Garland film I remember seeing was "The Wizard of Oz". I was probably about five years old, and I remember thinking that she looked too old for the part she was playing, and her dress looked too small. Hmmm... 2. As I grew and became a singer, I watched "the Wizard of Oz" many more times. I still thought she was too old for the part of Dorothy and that the dress didn't fit, but these ideas prompted me to research her career, and I quickly grew in respect for her talent and courage. Yes, courage. In the clips we studied, Garland seemed more relaxed and natural than
  6. 1. The scenes in the fifth Daily Dose of Delight film, "Yankee Doodle Dandy", are deliberately structured to promote pride and patriotism. Settings and character interaction firmly encourage shared commitment to country and family. In the first scene, props in the White House used to convey such emotions include portraits of presidents and paintings of sea battles. In the oval office we see a flag, nautical decor and, referencing family, a stuffed rabbit on the desk to the right of President Roosevelt. Irish-American Cohan and the president's African-American valet share conversatio
  7. 1. Lubitsch's style was already becoming well defined at the time "The Love Parade" was released. The director used sexualized props from the beginning, and had the character, Renard, set the plot by addressing the audience. The viewer realizes from the first scene that Renard is a playboy by way of lavish sets costumes and the way he downplays his infidelity toward his love interest, who is also unfaithful. HIs drawerful of pistols makes it clear that this is not Renard's first encounter with a jealous lover. 2. "The Love Parade" was made during the very early years of sound i
  8. 1. At the beginning of first clip, in the canoe, the characters seem to be fighting attraction for each other; MacDonald seems to be somewhat superior in her behavior toward Eddy, and he is aware of it. Later, in the saloon, Rose Marie feels forced to step off her moral pedestal and witnesses Eddy's true character as he rescues her. After all, a mountie always gets his man, or woman. 2. I admire the work of MacDonald and Eddy, but their film rolls are so repetitive; beautiful, good girl with high-brow morals and talent meets handsome, often uniform clad, not-so-high-brow guy. She r
  9. 1. What I observe is more of an awareness by Rogers' character that Astaire's character is making advances toward her. Rogers' facial expressions are as important in this clip as her dance expressions. She isn't as "innocent and sweet" as female characters in earlier musicals. The viewer can ascertain that this woman has had charge of her life, and she plans to continue to do so. 2. In "Top Hat" life, overall, is more sophisticated, carefree and affluent than in earlier musicals. The female characters are more independent and confident. 3. Musicals made during the
  10. 1. I agree the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than was realistic at the time of the release of "the Great Ziegfeld". In 1936, America was still struggling to climb out of the Great Depression. The film studios were still working to stay solvent by brightening the lives of moviegoers with escapism, and perhaps hope, generated by depictions of opulence, gayety and employment for everyone. Hence, the audience had a reason to return to theaters with their spare change for more infusions of affordable Hollywood optimism. 2. I discovered the themes and approaches in t
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