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  1. 1. I feel her performance of the song "People" is exactly the way it should be - perfect. She does not look or sound like a beginner to films. Anything more theatrical or expressive including belting out this song would have been wrong and fake. Her emotion shows in her eyes, her mannerism and her voice. More is not always better. 2. You know that Streisand is enthralled with Sharif. He is the man of the world and her mother runs a saloon. She is a lot prettier than the real Fanny was but while staying in character she wants him but knows from her past that there is no hope about
  2. 1. The common themes and filmmaking techniques in Cukor's My Fair Lady and Gaslight - both are Victorian settings, are with a dominating male lead with a submissive or tormented female being made into someone she is not. She is ridiculed and her comments and feelings are completely dismissed. The sole purpose of the male is to reach his goal. In Gaslight, Boyer murdered for jewels and is obsessed with finding them even if it means that getting rid of Boyer into thinking she is insane. In My Fair Lady, Harrison wants to win his bet, to prove that he is above everyone else and can change He
  3. 1. Masculine performances in past musicals were straightforward and one dimensional. They sang, danced, had an eye on a girl, worked to get the girl, got the girl and were basically in charge of the relationship, with the woman following or losing them. Male representation in musicals changed to be more than that to be multi-dimensional. They were no longer one dimensional - they were independent gang members in West Side Story; a charming con man with no morals at the start of The Music Man, who ends up getting a conscience, changing his ways for a woman; a gay man who is simply a gay man
  4. 1. The scene looks backwards to classical musicals / ahead to new disruptions that will happen Backwards: It deals with a new and struggling artist waiting to be discovered on the Vaudeville stage. There is focus on only one person Baby June - who has the talent and wants to be a star - even though Natalie Wood is dancing with her, she is invisible, just a partner. Vaudeville stage, orchestra, props, song is part of the scene. Ahead: This is not a disruption. Ahead the focus will be more chaotic, the songs will be focused to record sales, and it will be more focused on youth an
  5. The interaction between the four characters are as equals. They are sticking together, supporting each other, and confirming that they can do anything as a team. It is different from the earlier musicals, as there is no focus on one person, or one individual, and one star is not singled out from the others. They are one and each one has something to offer. The costuming is regular streetwear of the time. No one is more flamboyant than the others. Men are in casual suits and Nanette is wearing a blouse and skirt. This reconfirms that they are as one and equals. The song intro
  6. I am not sure where to post replies here or on the discussion tab in the course. By the way Happy Birthday Judy - June 10th. 1. My first introduction to Judy Garland was from the records or vinyl that my mother had and continuously played including Gay Puree. I first saw Judy Garland on her TV show. The first film was the Wizard of Oz. Okay before the days of VCRs, DVD's or PVR's or Internet. Before seeing her my mother had records of her and played them all the time, even Gay Puree. I found her mesmerizing in the Wizard and what a voice. Cried with Over the Rainbow. She was
  7. It was a great week and introduction and cannot wait for next week. Other aspects of battle of the sexes seen in the clip or in the film Top Hat are: comedic battle of the sexes and battle of wit. Which one is going to win or if there will be a compromise. This film distinguishes itself from other Depression era musicals watched or discussed this week as there is actually a plot. It does not look like a Broadway stage play and the lines are sung instead of spoken resulting in a better flow or song when they could be talking. It's more tied in. What possible reasons might
  8. The Lubitsch touch was his Brand given by studio PR. Today everyone stresses brand. Lubitsch was noted for wit, charm, and nonchalance. The elegant use of the joke you do not expect and another that follows. In the clip, when she gets the gun, you expect her to shoot her husband. He is infuriated and she is going to protect herself. Instead, she shoots herself. Does Alfred (Maurice Chevalier) run to her side, no he stands there nonchalant. The husband's rage about his wife turns to love and the rage is moved to Alfred, who you feel is callous about his lover on the ground. Alfred does not
  9. 1. In the first clip, he is being very flirtatious - a real player. She initially doesn't want to hear about it she just wants to get where she is going and he is annoying her because she has other things on her mind and is being interrupted. His voice is what gets to her and she recognizes the quality of same. Maybe she is double thinking about this Italian tenor of hers, whom she appears to be peeved at. She warms up but Nelson Eddy starts listing his conquests and this isn't going to work with this lady. In the second clip, she really doesn't belong there. (it reminds me of Young at
  10. I love musicals, also various other genres. It is too hard to pick a favourite, been watching them for eons. Anything with Judy Garland...that feeling, that voice. Gene Kelly, low to the ground and economic in movements. He uses gravity and no wasted movements. Fred Astaire, elegant and innovative, he glides. The Big Band movies, fun to see Nancy Walker doing swing with Harry James. Kathryn Grayson, for the longest time I thought they used her face for Snow White. The list is too long. I remember when I went to the theatre to see That's Entertainment, when it was f
  11. First time blogging on a forum and should be able to learn all the ins and outs of it soon. 1. I have seen this movie many times and yes the clip in itself does show a brighter perspective considering the time it was being shown. The elite with their tails and furs going out to the theatre, silk costumes, careless, frivolous spending, i.e. tipping the doorman and thousands of francs just for orchids. The banter and friendship between Frank Morgan and William Powell are funny and endearing. Morgan finds the talent and Powell takes the talent. However, as you watch the movie it does
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