1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? Yes, totally! The realism of this time period was quite dreary. Everything about it is bright including the her beautiful light dress and those gorgeous flowers. Of course the attitudes are very light as well, all characters display a lighthearted way of thinking. Her response to the flowers and his throwing $$ around both speak to a lighthearted way of thinking and acting. 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? I would assume that other depression era musicals are similar and do include a lot of glamour injected scenes as well. Themes are generally on romance and though I see nothing outright in this clip times were hard so there tends to be con artists at work often during this era. 3. Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been filmed or scripted differently if it had been pre-code? Give specific examples. Oh dear, it was such a "playful" song and there is soooo much they could have done with this pre-code. She likely would not have been wearing a full length dress, and the lyric could have been a bit even more suggestive, I think the mirror prop was awful cute; but they may have chosen something more provacative, even the theater may have been different or more burlesque.....I don't know the actual story of Zeigfeld, so I can't speak to what would have been more realistic. If she was indeed not even officially married to him she certainly would have been a bit more risqué than this clip portrayed. This is so much fun!!!
I am not even sure where to start with this topic. I have cycled through so many musicals and I gravitate towards what is meaningful to me at that particular time in my life. I will say that overall I have been addicted to the performances from Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It doesn't get much better....
Currently, I am really enjoying Kiss Me Kate and have been watching more musicals from the 50's. I have a new found pleasure in listening to Kathryn Grayson sing. I am drawn to any films that have a strong female character like Kate. I typically enjoy the more glamorous musicals and started out watching the Follies and Busby Berkley productions.
I am super excited about starting from the beginning since I have never seen Broadway Melody (change that later today) and I am much more interested in studying film than ever.
I hope to have some sort of future in studying film or some similar field. This course is a big deal for me and I can't wait to see what everyone has to say!