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  1. How might Streisand’s performance of the song “People” have felt different in the film, had she been more theatrical and expressive, perhaps even belting her song more? In this film People is more intimate with Nicky and her. It is not a song made for the audience. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene: how do the two characters relate to each other as the lyrics are sung? He admires her. She has fallen in love with him. This is why People need each other. How does the direction and editing of this scene support Streisand’s performance? Be specific abou
  2. Explore any common themes and filmmaking techniques in a very different movie also directed by George Cukor, Gaslight. (If you are not familiar with Gaslight, compare and contrast Cukor's theme in this scene and his techniques with another musical you have seen during this course) Similarity is the anger of both women. Both have an anger while one is out of madness the other of being scared. Note the emotional transition moments in this scene, how the actors portray them, and how Cukor supports them. Both characters get their say. She throws a fit because she does not understan
  3. As you look back to the masculine performances in musicals of past decades, what changes in male representation, and performance would you say are most noticeable? Masculinity has now new meaning. One is a showman/salesman the other is a gay male. Both are masculine. Today both are acceptable. The Toddy character is flirty with male and female, but you know the preference. The other thing is that his sexual preference is not hidden. What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? His hand motions are the same. He is the ultimate
  4. In what ways does this scene look backwards to classical musicals and how does it look ahead to new disruptions that we now know will happen in the movie musical? The kids start then the mother comes on the stage. It starts with the minor then moves to the major character. This is the introduction of Mama Rose in the film. Comment on Rosalind Russell’s entrance and performance especially as a traditionally trained stage and film actress. She is eccentric woman with having her kids become a star, When she is on stage she demands it the people will listen to her and not the people
  5. Does a movie that has as stylized a scene as An American in Paris’ ending ballet need to use a less-than-realistic, stylized approach throughout the film? No, Kelly tends to be known for tap. In this movie, the ballet is more of a dream sequence. This way it does not have to be realistic. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikeable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlikeable? Who could hate Gene Kelly? He has a sarcastic wit, but a grin that is forgivable.
  6. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? It works to get the song and dance. O'Conner makes fun of the Professor before O'Connor got caught he thought the two gentlemen were being serious. When they began to dance that was when the Professor knew he was being made fun of. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. He only moves when he is moved or pushed into that position. He is not having a good time. They only time he tries to leave they grab him by the sleeve to put him back into t
  7. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? I think they are becoming more powerful but still looking for that prince so I think they fall in the middle of the continuum. The reason I think so that she will live fine without her man but once she falls in love whe willing to give up everything up for him. I don't see where he gives up anything for her. How do you think Doris Day grows as an actress in her various roles in the 1950s, before and after this musical? She rounds the spectrum of an actress.
  8. As you watch the interaction between the four characters in this scene, what do you notice about the way they include each other or relate to one another? How is it different from early musicals we have discussed? The characters are very aware of each other. They interact with each other by singing and dancing with each other. It's like they are talking to each other. Comments like watch me now states that they are working together. This musical is different because music is telling the story, because Astaire And Cyd Charrise are in this film they use dance to tell the story. Since they
  9. What do you notice about the way the scene is directed as Petunia goes to Joe’s bedside and as we cut to her outside hanging laundry? What does this tell us about her relationship, and the connection to the song? Petunia is excited to see that he is alive. When hangs the laundry she is slower but happy. She sings to the Lord to thank him for saving or giving Joe a miracle for being alive. How would the song change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meaning change? How? I think the song would be very similar. The song would be a little slower because she is
  10. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. When Betty Garrett sings your eyes are on her. Frank Sinatra is in profile. We start following him until she jumps into the picture then we start to watch her. It’s interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How does this sequence prepare us for the singing? You can see that she will not let go of her man, so she sings about fate. She follows him even picking him up like a caveman. It's a cat and mouse game while she is singing knowing that at the end she will get her man.
  11. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? I guess like many people it will be The Wizard Oz. I have always been impressed with her voice. At such a young lady it was like listening to a full adult's voice. How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? Her voice is the same she can belt out a song like Julie Andrews where you can still hear hers over everyone else. What films in her later career come to mind as examples of her increasing ability to capture an audience’s im
  12. Describe how the scenes in today’s Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. Be specific. Refer to props, set design, settings, etc. in your answer. With just the title Yankee Doodle Dandy, just screams American values. Other things President Roosevelt, parade, flag waving and the White House Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost American morale? Quote specific lines of dialogue in your response. The scene where the father needs to go back to work even if his w
  13. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? I see that she tries to do things better than him. He whistles she whistles, he dances she tries to do better. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? The music here tells the story while in previous musicals it was part of the scenery. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball comedy musicals that distinguish themselves from earlier musical
  14. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? Lubitsch is a flirty way of directing and Maurice is the best at the flirt in English or in French. The guns containing blanks made it funny when Maurice/Albert was shot and acting as if he was not. Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. The only thing I truly notice
  15. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. The two major characters in both scenes, he seems to be attractive to her, but she is rather aloof to him. In the first scene she does not notice him until he starts to sings then she becomes attractive to him. They play a cat and mouse game with each other creating more of a love interest. In the second scene, he does not notice her until she is singing, but she does not sing like what he us used to she sings different. She is more operatic than the every man style that the
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