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Vickey M

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  1. Here's a copy of what I've sent to the TCM Help Desk. I'm hoping for an answer soon. Movies are not loading on my iPhone 6 nor my iPad; each device has the latest iOS. I have tried everything I know to do like checking the wifi, etc. The spinner just keeps spinning and spinning. For what it's worth, I've also tried to watch TCM online with my MacBook Air and iMac. I get the same problem; the movies do not load. My cable provider is Spectrum.
  2. I agree! The time went by too quickly! Let’s hope that all entities involved offer another movie history class in the near future. This one has been a real treat and so engaging.
  3. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. In the first scene, Nelson Eddy is eager to let Jeannette McDonald know that he is attracted to her by singing a song that includes her name. Conversely, he wants to know that he has played the field by playfully using other girls names in the song. Jeannette MacDonald pretends to dismiss Eddy’s declarations of love to hide her attraction. In the second scene, the interaction between the two is tense: she is embarrassed for him to see her performing in a saloon and he is embarrassed for her. 2. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. I have seen them perform before and always thought of them being prim and proper. 3. What do these clips tell you about the male/female relationships as they are depicted in the films during this era? What norms might you expect are supported under the Hollywood Film Code. Male /female relationships depicted in film of this era are chaste; they could engage in flirting/double entrendre but that is about as far as their relationship could go. Dialogue was written in such a manner that a lot was left to the movie goer’s imagination. Norms supported under the film code would include no depiction of immorality.
  4. Yes, I agree that clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic because the film’s purpose is to entertain the audience, to transport them to a place where they can forget their worries for a brief time. Themes and approaches that could possibly appear in other Depression-era musicals include: lavishly staged musical numbers with imaginative sets and costumes; competition between two suitors for the leading lady; an overall carefree attitude toward life; and economic security for the characters. If this musical had been shot pre-code, it definitely would have been a totally different movie! For example, Anna Held’s number in the clip (Come Play With Me, or something similar) would’ve been more openly sexual, vs the double entrendre approach used in the film. Her costume would’ve been skimpier and perhaps there would’ve been some male dancers to accompany her. Another example is her relationships with Billins and Ziegfeld. Billings and Ziegfeld would’ve been more aggressive in their pursuit of Anna, not only with Anna but with each other.
  5. “Meet Me in St. Louis” is definitely my “go-to” musical. I’ve watched this enchanting film so many times that I’ve lost count! The musical numbers are great, but the stand-outs for me are the title song, “Under the Bamboo Tree”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Everything works in this film: the story (an idealized turn of the century setting but charming nonetheless), the talent (the headliners and the supporting cast), the musical numbers, the costuming, the sets. To me, it really highlights MGM’s ability to create movie magic.
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