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J Garcia

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  1. 1. My first Judy Garland movie was the Wizard of Oz. I was entranced with her voice, her singing, her infectious laugh and her relatability to me as a child. My next was Gay Purr-ee. I loved that movie I think mostly because it was a cartoon, but as always, I've loved her sweet voice. 2. Upon reviewing the clips and the information from Dr. Ament, I feel a better sense of her workmanship as a vocalist and actress. Her attention to the details of the scene singing For Me and My Gal made me appreciate her work more. Her work in Easter Parade holding her own with Fred Astaire, it just inspires me to awe. 3. Her role in A Star is Born, I feel her love, anguish and pain etc. in her singing. Much later in Judgement at Nuremburg - you cannot but focus on her only really - she is an amazing vessel to convey heavy emotion.
  2. 1. What I've noticed about the Lubitsch touch is that coming from the silent era to sound, he still uses props in place of dialogue but still conveys what we need to understand about the scene. Lubitsch Chevalier is a lothario - he has a collection of guns and garters from women past. The gun scene had little dialogue, a few words and two gun shots but we could could understand she was angry about his two-timing, she was caught two timing but shot herself, the husband was angry and wanted to kill Chevalier's character. The props, facial expressions and timing between the characters gave a shocking scene of murder with comedy. 2. I didn't have to know French to understand two people fighting, their tone made it obvious. The silence between characters heightened the suspense and tension of the scene. 3. Another happy go lucky bachelor. A rich couple unhappy but find they love each other after a horrible event. All well that ends well.
  3. 1. What is most noticeable between the two is the chemistry - quite a lot of magnetism going on. Both seem to like each other but she of course is doing her best to seem unimpressed by his advances. You see her embarrassment in the second clip, she notices the Mountie watching her uncomfortable performance, although he doesn't seem to notice she's not the best at swing music. She finally walks away with a toss of her head as if that would salvage any self respect she may have had (I loved the comedic timing). 2. I have never seen either in any films and I'm quite surprised I haven't. The clips made me want to see more! I love their comedic timing and chemistry. 3. The female/male relationships are of course clean, he makes cutesy innuendo of liking her and she of course rebuffs his advances. Nothing is overtly sexist or sexy (except for that bar singer - her outfit and dancing made her look like a trollop). Our heroine of course is dressed in a modest skirt suit. She is good and pure as all heroine's of the day were.
  4. My Fair Lady and Meet Me In St. Louis are always in constant rotation. The music is wonderful, the colors are so vivid and the costuming are stunning!
  5. Definite brighter perspective of life. Everything seemed fun and whimsical from Zeigfield's banter with the doorman, the money being exchanged, the gifts being given. Her response being almost careless of the flowers given to her and the need to ignore such gifts given. Depression era musicals seem to always have people in struggle but happy, looking to the brighter side of all things. I imagine the relationships of the characters would show more of seedy side. More skin, more drinking. J Garcia
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