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Diane65

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  1. It is hard to believe this wonderful class is just about over. I can't wait for the next one. 1) It is late at night, she and Nick are all alone, and that makes it an intimate setting. The street lights are on and everything is quiet. To just belt out the song would have taken all the intimacy and delicate meaning of the song away. Maybe Ethel Merman would have sung her heart out here, but Fanny is sharing her heart in this scene. Barbra made it soft and expressed her attraction and interest in this handsome gambling man. 2) He stands quietly by while she sings of how people
  2. 1) In the parts men portrayed in the past, they were rough, tough, very manly men able to outgun and outmaneuver all the bad guys. They had a certain walk, a certain way of talking, fists were very prevalent - a way to settle things man to man. One actor off the top of my head who didn't really fit this stereotype was Cary Grant. But that is for another type of movie - maybe screwball comedies. Robert Preston doesn't look like he wants to fight in either of these movies or have a showdown with anyone. He is your regular average Joe. A con artist in "The Music Man" and there is some con
  3. 1) Ingrid Bergmann and Charles Boyer are amazing in "Gaslight". Charles takes a wonderful young lady and slowly tries to drive her mad with his insinuations, innuendoes, stealing her belongings and then hiding them up in the attic so that she thinks she is losing her mind. In "My Fair Lady" Professor Higgins takes Eliza from her lower class life and reverses the process by bringing her status up in the world, to be a well-spoken and polite young lady. During the time she is with him, she starts to fall in love with him, and he is obtuse to her feelings. Higgins takes Eliza from the shadow
  4. 1) I don't know if I agree with it being backwards because actors and actresses have to have a beginning that starts somewhere. How many stories have we heard about the backstage mother and how she pushes to get her son or daughter noticed by someone of importance and then watch their career hopefully take off. They hovered backstage to make sure things would go according to their plan. Rosalind Russell played that type of mother. Only the best for her daughters. A lot of the older musicals had backstage scenes. 2) Mama Rose's entrance: loud, opinionated, and pushy. Since Ms. R
  5. 1) Many of us have never been to Paris except in the movies, so Minnelli gives us the opportunity to see a recreated Paris on screen and beautiful it is. Paris is a one of a kind city and Minnelli showcases that throughout the entire movie. Yet it shows the day to day way of life at that time which can be mundane and not exactly exciting. But then we have surprises like the description of Leslie’s character and at the end Oscar says let’s start over since she appears to be five different girls rolled into one. The ball scene is also beautiful where everyone is in black and white costumes and
  6. 1) Honestly the only actor in this movie who really needs help with her diction is Jean Hagen who does a great job as the leading lady who swears that Gene really loves her and not Debbie Reynolds. Donald thinks this whole thing is ridiculous because he does not act and is ony there to support his friend. He ends up making a joke about the whole lesson and before you know it, Gene hops on board. One they start their cadence on “Moses supposes”the singing and dancing kick in. 2) The professor is in his element working with a leading man who, supposedly, needs help with his diction. Once
  7. 1) In many of the musicals from the 1950's the women are very feminine, nicely dressed, pretty classy. Doris Day in her role as Calamity Jane definitely falls in the continuum. She wants to be a lady, sees women being women, but isn't sure it is right for her. Jane wants a man but isn't quite sure how to go about landing him. The woman that Danny marries tries to steer her in the right direction but does a 180 degree turn on Doris and puts her in a costume that just doesn't suit. Near the end of the movie when she is singing "Once I Had A Secret Love", she finds what works for her. Femi
  8. 1) As you watch the interaction between these four actors, no one is trying to outdo any of the other three people in the number. Even though Astaire is heads above the other actors regarding the dancing portion of the scene, he is really laid back in that respect. They look at each other as they sing and "dance". You can see the interaction between them. It is like the Three Musketeer motto: "All for One, and One for All". 2) Even the color of their clothing - none of them are over the top, but they blend. The only real enhancement of color is the flower at Nanette's waist. A mut
  9. I rarely ever see a Deanna Durbin advertised for TCM. Donald O'Connor was a great singer and dancer, but don't see him very often either. "Peter Pan" with Mary Martin is rarely seen. Though that may have been for TV only. There was also one about a prince featuring Ann Blyth - don't see that one very often.
  10. This has definitely been an awesome and informative class. I wish I'd known about last year's Hitchcock class. I will definitely keep my eyes on TCM to see when the next available movie class is ready to rock and roll. Due to other commitments I haven't spent as much time looking at all the other messages on the message board. However, it is great when the person ahead of my post has written down the questions we need to answer, so I can keep myself focused and on track.
  11. Vera Ellen was an amazing dancer. I believe she had an issue with diabetes which impacted her thinness, but man you could see the muscles in her legs when she did a ballet dance or did any move that required muscle control. She also danced with Donald O'Connor, who has yet to be mentioned. I know that we see "Singing in the Rain" which is one of my favorites. I have been coming across several of her dances on Youtube. The Gene Kelly and Betty Garrett question was number 12 which is a true and false. That's when he was paired with Vera Ellen. In 'Take me out to the Ballgame" he was pair
  12. I have never seen "Cabin in the Sky" in its entirety. However, I did get to see the following scene when I watched most of it the other night. Ethel Waters does a wonderful job as the long-suffering but patient wife. Her husband, Joe, is a good hearted guy but has his focus on anything to do with gambling. This movie, to me, ties in to the marriage vows that we say when we marry the one we want to spend the rest of our lives with. Just as Petunia sticks by Joe's side through richer/poorer, sickness/heath, to love and to cherish until death do us part, that's what the movie is telling
  13. There is a brief shadow on the wall as Frank exits the players’ room. He is polite to Betty, but she likes him so she blocks his exit. It was a dance. He moves and then she moves, and suddenly she is chasing him up the stairs. All the moves are in sync with the music so you know that a song is coming at you. Every time he tries to escape her, she blocks his exit. The flow of their “dance moves” really follows the music. The whole scene just flowed. Blanche Sewell did an excellent job editing the film. I like how “crysalong” above phrased her answer as a musician and not the director or edi
  14. I will have to say "The Wizard of Oz", even though I have seen almost every movie Judy Garland ever made - except for "Judgment at Nuremberg" because she didn't do any singing in it. Guess I just associated her with musicals. The Wicked Witch scared me to death. Margaret Hamilton did an awesome job in that part. I know that they considered Shirley Temple for the role of Dorothy, but that would never have worked. Her acting and singing were wonderful. I heard a story that since she was working with three seasoned male veterans, that when they would sing "We're Off to See the Wizard" they
  15. I noted that during the video, the movie “Cabin in the Sky” is mentioned as a “not to miss” movie. Then why is it being shown at 10 pm rather then at 6 or 7 pm? I do not happen to have any way of recording it, so I will watch what I can before I fall asleep. I own or have seen many of the movies that are on the “Watch List”. but that is not one that I have access to. I think an updated list is a great idea.
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