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  1. 1. As the scene opens we’re in the dark at night. The room is lit but still the room is enclosed and dark. When it progresses from the room to her hanging clothes we’re transported to an area of light, where the sun shines, Walters smiles and sings of her love of Joe. The juxtaposition of exiting the darkness for the light is displayed not just in the setting but the lighting and character attitudes at the same time. Her joy in his being alive shows that her relationship to her husband is all encompassing. 2. The song would require a few lyric changes to suit that of a child bu
  2. 1. Combining editing and directing it was interesting to note the cuts from one shot and angle to another in this segment. A shot could involve on angle, stop and then pick up from a different angle. Not only does it segment the shots to coincide with the songs it segments the camera locations as well. An unskilled editor would cut this together improperly so that the segments themselves don’t line up in order or perfection. 2. The segment prepares us for the singing with a small comedic moment of Sinatra being pursued by Garrett, something used again in ON THE TOWN. It establ
  3. 1. Like many my first Judy Garland film was THE WIZARD OF OZ. Ours was the generation that grew up on that on television, not just randomly placed but seen as an event. It’s a difficult concept for younger people to understand, a time when you didn’t have streaming, disc or even video tape to record a show when it was on. Imagine that! I’m not sure I had a distinct impression of her at the time. I just knew I loved to hear that the movie was coming on. Later when I saw her on her TV specials she left a sad impression on me. I don’t know why, it could have been that I was seeing her at what cou
  4. 1. The concept of patriotism through the use of props, sets and music overruns the segment shown. To start with the location is the White House, considered the home of the country and one owned not by its occupants but by the people of the United States. The paintings along the walls feature previous Presidents and used to inspire respect for those who came before. The fact that Cohen here is meeting the President, the holder of the highest office in the land, should be taken into note as well. Flags are on display in both the President’s office and along the street when the flashback begins.
  5. 1. Perhaps not so much a battle of the sexes so much as the holding tight to a stereotype is Roger’s fear of the storm while Astaire smiles and offers the chivalrous attitude of “I’ll protect you” as the piece opens. From there the battle begins as he attempts to show her how wonderful he is with a few moves only to see her then match him step for step. What I kept noticing, and I’m not sure it was intentional or not, was that during the entire dance I kept seeing Astaire smiling but Rogers seemed to be concentrating on her moves. Was this a subtle display of weakness in the script showing tha
  6. So much has already been said that it seems pointless to add to it but hey, isn't that what we're here for? To me the differences are noticeable in the fact that Powell does indeed show a grace in her movements while Keeler is a bit clunky. But in watching the clips you have to take into account what's being filmed as well. With Keeler we're seeing more of what a live stage performance would have been; it looks like it was shot as an audience looking at a stage which is what it was in that movie. For Powell the dancing is integrated into the setting differently. She may be showing what sh
  7. 1. From the clip provided the character of Alfred seems to be a carefree playboy type who cares little emotionally for anyone but himself, a narcissist whose only concern is how happy he is no matter the cost to anyone else. Everything is lighthearted to him with no care in the world except how much pleasure he can find for himself. That he has nothing but disdain for the woman’s husband is shown with the winks, nods and muted laughs he has after the man enters. The drawer containing the numerous guns shows that his involvement isn’t limited to just one woman, another example of his self-cente
  8. 1. Perhaps a brighter perspective on life isn’t quite what we see here. As with most films we see not how the average film goer lives but how those in the glamorous world of the stage live which itself isn’t always that way. By choosing the star rather than the chorus it does depict a brighter perspective ignoring the rest of the stage cast and crew. 2. A theme that runs through many of these musicals is that of a positive attitude while ignoring what was going on off screen. A depiction of what glamor the world could hold against the reality of what was happening. Because of
  9. 1. The interaction between the two seems to show the differences in background without belaboring the point. Eddy seems to be the average Joe while MacDonald is the sophisticated socialite type, lower/middle class presented against the upper class. In the first clip while he has no problem saying what’s on his mind she seems she puts on airs, not so much playing hard to get but carrying about her an atmosphere of above him socially. The second clip tosses her into his world, one where art isn’t so much the be all to end all deserving full blown attention from those listening. Instead it’s rauc
  10. I would imagine there would be some difficulty in offering the past courses due to use of TCM for many of the movies we're going to have access to here. I too am one of those who just learned about the course and would love to have taken part in the earlier ones. Any ideas of what is to come in the future?
  11. I can't think of any musicals that I can actually claim to hate. And a number of them I've come to appreciate with time. I think WEST SIDE STORY is overrated as an entire film but I love segments of it. It's one I need to reevaluate with time. Interestingly enough the first time I ever saw THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW was at Ball State the year after it was released. The SCGB (Student Center Governing Board) showed it for Halloween my freshman year. I hated it at the time but have learned to love the music and appreciate the film. Wanting to be involved I was able to join the board as Film
  12. An interesting topic and like most here I don’t think I could limit myself to a single film. In reading replies I found movies I’d forgotten or hadn’t seen yet. Coupled with recently compiling a list of my favorite films from each year I found there too that there were a number of movies I missed but would still love to see. But back to musicals. For me growing up meant classic movies. As a child my uncle would have me mow his lawn and afterward he’d make lunch and we’d watch classic films on the UHF stations out of Cleveland. This was in the 60s before tape and discs. I grew up watchin
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