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  1. Comments on today's Podcast, Friday 6/15/18 Week 2 1940's Musicals. First, love the course and the Musicals. Today was the first time I was disappointed by something. The podcast was too long, almost 40 minutes; and very disjointed. Sorry to say but Dr. Edwards seemed unprepared or he forgot his notes. He was all over the place and off-topic several times. It started off fine but then went off on a tangent with Dr. Ament trying to bring it back on course. The last five minutes finally wrapped up well. Just my opinion. Anyone else? Note: Just to be clear, I had no problem with the content of the Podcast, i.e. the review of the facts we learned. My comments were only on the length of time and the slight disorganization of the presentation of topics. (My mind works like an outline, in order; I can't help it. Sorry friends.) Carry on. ; )
  2. 1. In the first in the boat, which is so chaste it squeaks, Nelson is trying to flirt (badly) and impress Jeanette. Not until she mentions an Italian tenor that she might be interested in, does Nelson feel he could compete with the guy, (I feel a song is coming!).So he sings, rather well and she's fairly impressed and surprised. He points out the use of her name, (big mistake) then she points out that he must change the name to accommodate whom ever he happens to be singing to at the time. He admits she's right. Scene is amusing, highlights his ability to sing, and cornball humor. Loved her rolling her eyes several times. In the second scene Jeanette tries to sing the only way she knows how, operatically, which just does not fit in a saloon,so she's ignored. Nelson comes in and sits at a table with two "dames" that either work there or frequent the place. Jeanette sees him and is slightly embarrassed. The manager or owner comes over to one of the dames and tells her to go on and sing. So she does, in the way it should be done in this saloon: sexy, shimmying and a sultry voice. Jeanette is further embarrassed and runs out. Nelson feels bad for her, I think, and follows her. 2. I have seen them both but don't remember the films' names. Jeanette goes on to better success than Nelson I recall. Nelson could sing but could never really relax as an actor. Jeanette did both fairly well. 3. During this era in films, most couples flirted and worked up to that first kiss. When they finally declared their love for each other the next immediate step was marriage. Boom! If there were parents to ask then they were consulted right away. The process in this era was you meet, go on a few dates, kiss once, declare love, get married, live happily ever after. fade out. The End! That's All Folks. And we loved it!
  3. yes true. La La Land proves we still need this genre and we still escapism from our realities!
  4. 1. As with most Depression Era Musicals or movies, they were made to lift everyone's spirits so for an hour or so they could be entertained and not think of their reality, and enjoy a finer and lighter life even though it was on screen. Both my parents, born in 1917, lived through the Depression. 2. The flirtation of women to men to get what they want is a theme that plays throughout most of the Depression Era musicals and movies; and well into the 1940's. Usually the talented young waif comes from a poor family, out of town somewhere in ole USA, just dying to make it big in NYC. She meets a nice young guy, (or a scoundrel, no wait, that's the 40s) that introduces her to the guy running the show, he gives her a break, she's either in the chorus or an understudy, and ends up a star. We fade out thinking she'll be a star forever, or she'll marry the nice young guy, have kids, picket fence and live happily after ever. 3. If this were pre-code, we'd have more back-stage scenes with low-cut tops, although smaller breasts than the 50's, undies as in short "bloomers, camisoles, etc. stockings, heels. More kissing near couches or, OMG beds. Images or scenes that led us to believe (always implied, which is sexier sometimes), that unmarried men and women may have spent the night together, or even have lived together. None of that after 1934! Note: Even though Louise Rainier is fantastic, the overacting of this era is almost comedic. Also, William Powell in my eyes, can do no wrong no matter what character he plays!
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