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Breanna M

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  1. Hi! I'm a new Backlot member and I would really be interested in a Pittsburgh chapter! Has a chapter in Pittsburgh been developed yet?
  2. 1. This scene is not overly visually demanding, so every shot has an action (Frank throwing the ball to Betty, Betty picking him up, etc.) that you really focus on. Thinking like a director or editor, I think this simplistic style really helps to make sure that the song and the interaction between the characters is the main focus of the scene, rather than an intricate dance sequence that distracts from their interactions. 2. This sequence does not really prepare us for singing, it pretty much just starts. The only real indication that the viewer has that there is about to be a song is Bet
  3. 1. The first Judy Garland film I recall watching, like most, is The Wizard of Oz. I was immediately taken with her; she just had this presence that demands your attention, even if you aren't necessarily old enough to analytically understand that or comprehend why at the time. Every scene she was in, your eyes automatically went to her. 2. I view Judy Garland with even more respect and admiration than I did before watching these clips. I was familiar with the clip from For Me and My Gal, by I had not seen the one from Easter Parade. Having the two side by side really helped me to compare h
  4. 1. There was no shortage of patriotic symbolism in this short clip. As Cohan is being walked up the stairs at the very beginning of the clip, there are paintings of several past presidents lining the walls. Also, more of the scene seems to have an American flag in it than does not. By showing these symbols of American heritage, it promotes patriotism both explicitly and subliminally. 2. The one line that particularly struck me in terms of boosting morale is when Cohan and the man escorting him up the stairs are talking about the song "It's A Grand Old Flag" and Cohan says it's still a gr
  5. 1. Another big aspect of the battle of the sexes that stuck out to me in this clip was the fact that Ginger was wearing pants. At the time, this was fairly taboo for women to do; I always enjoy the stories of Katharine Hepburn being controversial for doing just that. In dressing in a way that parallels Fred, Ginger plays into that battle of sexes and the sense of establishing a level of equality and mutual respect between the two. 2. I think this film really distinguishes itself from the other Depression era musicals we have watched this week in the fact that while it is a man tryi
  6. 1. One of the images that struck us the most was when Alfred opens the drawer and puts the gun in and there are several other guns already in the drawer. In that way, I noticed that the Lubitsch touch is much more about visual humor or suggestion than verbal, as there was very little dialogue or noise in the clip. This visual suggestion was also shown with Albert holding the garter and the woman needing her dress zipped up. 2. I found it fascinating that there was so little dialogue in the clip, and there was also barely any background music. The one line of dialogue that really st
  7. 1. From these two interactions, I notice that MacDonald and Eddy's characters have a real chemistry. I found it really amusing when Marie was mocking Sergeant Bruce after he sang to her, and then said Caroline instead of Rose Marie. It did not feel mean-spirited, rather it had a very light, joking feel to it. Despite their joking, you could tell the two cared for each other, whether or not they knew it yet. In the second clip, you also see this deeper respect between the characters in the way that Sergeant Bruce looks proud of Marie's attempts to mimic the other singer. It really makes the int
  8. 1. I definitely agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than is realistic. This really struck me in the relative calmness between Ziegfeld and Billings when the latter realizes that Ziegfeld is also at Anna's show. In the paragraphs before the video clip, it is explained that competition is "light-hearted and handled with a gentle touch." This is definitely true; instead of the two men engaging in a fight or heated argument, Billings looks taken aback, Ziegfeld gives him a smug look, and that is that- it feels very civil. This is also interesting to me given the parallel po
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