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  1. 1. Her subtler.movements and singing made the song "People" more expressive. I feel if she had used broader stage like movements it would have detracted from the song. Her singing is more sudued, which carries more meaning than if she had belted out the song. 2. He doesn't speak during her singing, instead looks longingly at her. Streisand does the same to him. It conveys more meaning this wa than if he had been singing along with her. 3. The entire scene is lit and boxed as to emphasize Streisand's performance. Though the man is shown at.different points in the scene reacting to her, it continues to focus on her
  2. 1. I have never seen "Gaslight", so I will compare "High Society". In both films the female lead is lit in such a way as if to emphasize her status as a secondary to the male lead. Hepburn appears in this scene as if she were a initially a piece of furniture. Then she becomes upset as she realises her past is over with. It is as if at the beginning in the film, when Eliza Doolittle is in the flower market as a coarse, uneducated woman. She then comes into the light as an elegant, well spoken lady. It seems as if Cuckor is using the shadows to show her "coming out". 2. In the emotional parts of the scene, Cukor uses lights to highlight the speaker. The non-speaker is always in shadow. This keeps the audience engaged with the action in the scene. 3. Eliza is upset because she doesn't know where to go next. The professor is completely clueless to this as he is only interested in having won the bet. Eliza reacts emotionally due to her confusion and the professor's seeming lack of concern for her future.
  3. 1. In male performances from the past decades the man tends to take control of the scene right away. Robert Preston takes a more subtle approach. He insinuates himself into the scene instead of immediately taking control. 2. I noticed that Robert Preston is careful with his body language in the scene from the "Music Man" to seem more masculine even with his gestures. In the scene from "Victor/Victoria", he uses broader, more effeminate gestures to keep with his character. Even his singing has more nuanced inflections as a gay man would.
  4. 1. The scene both looks back in that the actors are wearing glamorous costumes, the dutch theme for the boy and girl and the balloon girl. Both are examples if the older style of musicals in that they are showy and over the top. The scene also looks forward in showing the competition theme between acts that will become a theme in later musicals. "Fame" and the "I gotta get it" song/scene is an example of this. 2. Rosalind Russell bursts onto the scene with her entrance from the rear of the theater through the seats. She projects her voice and gestures as a stage performer would. 3. The songs title and main line if "Let me entertain you" can be taken with the innocence that the young girl is singing it with. It can also be construed ad something more adult with the same line being misinterpreted.
  5. 1. I don't think the ending ballet detracts from the Paris theme at all. It feels.like a small sluce of the city has been put together to.promote the charm of the city. It actually makes me want to visit the city. 2. Jerry Mulligan is delightful even when he's being bad. He can't.keep an element of his own nice personality from the character.
  6. 1. The pre-dance movements of the two are more "normal", as in how they move when talking to.the professor. They are less fluid then when they are dancing. 2. Without the professor as the straight man the scene would lose alot of it's humor. Especially when O'Connor is mocking him behind his back then he turns and catches him at it. The professor acts ad if he's not really sure what's happening, which adds the humorous element to the scene. 3. The two dancers are the strong characters in the sequence in that they are controlling the scene. The professor looks more like a beta male with his timidity and uncertainty.
  7. I agree with you. I watch movies more for entertainment value than to analyze them. I am finding this course very informative though. I like having to think and notice elements in the movies.
  8. 1. I feel that Doris Days role as Calamity Jane is showing a different type of femininity than was typically portrayed. Most women in the 50's were portrayed in traditional roles such as homemaker (which is a full time job in itself). Whereas Calamity Jane is a scout in a male dominated field. She wears pants and buckskin to fit in with the men in her field. 2. Doris Day is one of my favorite actresses. I like her sunny disposition and the spirit she brought to many of her roles. It is fun to watch her maturing as an actress and dancer throughout her career 3. I think her disposition adds a nuance to the character. Calamity Jane had a tough career in an even mire difficult field of work. Seeing Doris Day having fun with her character, such as: when she's telling the townspeople what the wagon brought in and the label on the hair tonic bottle. As she reads the label saying it's "guaranteed to grow hair on a billiard ball.", she goes over to a bald man and polishes his head.
  9. 1. There is a sense of cooperation between the four of them. No one is trying to upstage the other. The segment seems more like a conversation with free flowing ideas instead of being one sided where one person dominates the scene. 2 The cohesiveness is reflected through the costumes and dancing. No one is wearing an overtly flamboyant costume; instead they are dressed in everyday clothes so they look like the normal American. 3. Again they are dressed alike and use sight gags like the long ladder to show some humor. They.play off each other and even help each other out when they are standing on the stage prop.
  10. While the musicals of this era focused on the brighter aspects of "normal" Americana. The film noir began to show a grittier, side to America. It reflected some of the disillusionment others were feeling after America won the war. It was like two sides of the same coin. The hopefulness of America after winning the war and the more realistic side of America where many people felt as if they still needed to improve upon their situations.
  11. 1. Petunia cares deeply for her husband, as is shown in the beginning of the song when she is at his bedside. The scene then changes to her hanging laundry with her hubby in a wheelchair. My impression is that this scene shows how she has doted on him and cared for him to get him well. She has stood by his side all this time and will remain there. 2. I don't.think anything would change.
  12. 1. As a director or editor, I would have made use of, ( as was done in this clip) the long hallway with no side doors to escape through. As the scene progresses, Frank Sinatra goes through a shorter hallway and out into the bleachers. Despite his best efforts, she cuts him off at every turn. The editing of the music and dancing together adds another humorous touch. 2. When the music starts on a light tone and the dialogue segues directly into the singing.
  13. 71. I honestly can't remember if my first Judy Garland film was "Easter Parade" or "The Wizard of Oz". My mom had a great love for musicals so us kids watched alot if them. My impression of her was how she could put so much emotion into her songs. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is sung with such longing it still tugs at my heart. 2. For myself, I never noticed how she tried to incorporate her sense of humor into her films. In "Easter Parade", Ms. Garland spends a large portion of the film portraying a clumsy character, allowing feathers to get in her face while dancing for example. 3. My mom had her "That's Entertainment" record. Her voice had matured and I could hear a lot more strength and confidence in her voice. "Puttin' on the Ritz" being a good example.
  14. 1. Of course the pictures of presidents on the wall behind them as they climb the stairs. I couldn't help noticing that the one at the top of the stairs is of George Washington. When Cagney was in the oval office the pictures were of a nautical theme. The butler discusses how his song, "Grand Old Flag" was his uncles favorite. This song is about patriotism. 2. When the president refers to the Irish wearing their patriotism on their chests, and Cagney replies he was either waving the flag or in the parade. 3. I've seen this movie several times.and have wondered myself why the parade wasn't ysed it the opening? My.guess is that the parade is much more powerful message in the movie than in the beginning.
  15. Ruby Keeler seemed to be a bit more heavy footed compared to Eleanor Powell. Keelers style seemed aggressive where Powell combined both light and aggressive dancing in her style. Part of tbat is what they were trying to say with their dancing. Keeler appeared to.be doing a patriotic themed dance, while Powell is dancing to lighter themed music.
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