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Laura in New Mexico

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  1. I'm in Los Alamos, but I'd love to be in a New Mexico chapter. If we called in northern New Mexico, we might get five members!
  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)? OMG, this is the Lubisch movie I referred to in my comments from yesterday. It was quite a shock to see it as today's topic. That said, I find a little Lubisch goes a long way. True, his movies are delightfully witty, but they also have a cynical core that I find difficult to take in large doses. Sort of like eating too many chocolates at once. The setting is typical Lubisch, lavish, occupied by people who don't have a ca
  3. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. Jeanette McDonald's character is a bit more lively than her usual proper lady in this scene. She's obviously on to Nelson Eddy's clumsy attempts at flirting, and gives as good as she gets. I did smile at her riffs on all the names in the song "specially composed" for Eddy's various targets of opportunity. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. I've seen Nelson Eddy in the Claude
  4. This is certainly a more upbeat version of life that most people had during the Great Depression. The lavish expenditures on flowers, tips, etc. was way our of most budgets in that period. Not to say that there weren't grittier musicals. I'm remembering the "Remember My Forgotten Man" number from one of the Broadway Melody musicals, and even the Lullaby of Broadway number from Gold Diggers of 1935. This seems to be a kind of a fairy tale, rather than any attempt to be realistic. It's escapism, pure and simple. Not all musicals of the period were like that, but many were. I'm ki
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