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Everything posted by Tomilee

  1. Wizard of Oz: Auntie Em Gale: Almira Gulch, just because you own half the county doesn't mean that you have the power to run the rest of us. For twenty-three years, I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you! And now... well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it! Uncle Henry Gale: Dorothy? Well, what has Dorothy done? Miss Gulch: What she's done? I'm all but lame from the bite on my leg! Uncle Henry Gale: Oh! You mean she bit you? Miss Gulch: No, her dog! Uncle Henry Gale: Oh, she bit her dog, eh? [Uncle Henry tries to shut the gate, but it hits her
  2. How about West Side Story? Is Natalie Wood playing a Chicano/Hispanic character? It seems to me that a lot of actors in that movie have fake tans.
  3. While editing a video on soil, I needed the sound of mud plops and could find or afford to buy the sfx so I decided to make it myself. I was unable to think of another item that would make the sound of mud so I brought mud into the sound studio and patted, plopped, and smacked it until I got the sounds I needed. Boy did I get in trouble for making a mess! Also, when we mic a person, we still have to be careful not to get rustling in clothing and to remove necklaces that cause sound problems. We don't have the time or luxury of re-dubbing dialogue for our low-budget educational videos so w
  4. I happened to tune in to TCM's recent broadcast part way through and had never seen the film before. So when the stills started, I thought it might be a stylistic choice (like in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). It didn't take long for me to realize that the film had been altered but it caught me off guard at first. I wonder, by the way, were all the photos taken on black and white film originally or just made b&w or sepia for consistency? Weren't they taking color stills on movies sets by the 50's?
  5. I don't think TCM has the rights to play some of the R&H movies for us to review, but they were mentioned, I believe in the lecture notes both together and separately.
  6. Wish I had DVRd Silk Stockings and more of those you mentioned. Please let me know what you think of them. I hope to watch Calamity Jane - but I'll be missing the others.
  7. Thanks for posting your reaction to some of these movies. It would be fun if we all could rate the musicals we've been watching this week. Let's hope for more fun discoveries as we continue through this class!
  8. Singing in the Rain is still one of the funniest musicals ever produced. As a creator of digital media who works with a variety of talent under a variety of conditions, I can still identify with the audio challenges and challenges with filming in general. I love, love, love the character of Lina Lamont! And what an amazing movie for the talents of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor. The re-purposing of the older tunes actually helped me enjoy the older movies of the past weeks even more. It kind of worked in reverse for me. I'm going to have to read a lot more about the
  9. I teeter between wanting to DVR and watch most of the musicals offered on TCM during this class, and realizing I need to limit myself so I can truly enjoy the each movie as a separate work of art. Week 3 - for me, the "new" movies will be Calamity Jane, Guys and Dolls, and A Star is Born. I missed The Great Zigfield. But did enjoy Eleanor Powell in Born to Dance. There's a lot of Powells in musicals- right? Eleanor Powell, Dick Powell, Jane Powell. I'm saving Hollywood Canteen for later. Good to know it's enjoyable.
  10. I just found out they were the great dancers that Gene Kelly danced with in The Pirate.
  11. As we go through this course, I'm trying to resist the urge to stick only with my favorite musicals and, instead, I'm making a point to watch a few "new" musicals. The experience of watching a new musical film is like treasure hunting- exciting when you discover a new stellar performance, or interesting scenery, or engaging story. But it's rough when the musical is somewhat disappointing. I've got to take into account that binge-watching musicals can be tough on the patience factor. And there's a lot to consider about the culture of the times that surrounds each movie. Even my least favor
  12. Thank you CynthiaV! I had the idea to try the Quiz on my iPad. This is the for-fun "A Quiz is Born", and it worked perfectly. So the online version, on my Mac and Firefox browser was not letting me get past the second question, but when I changed to the iPad and used the app, I had no problems with either of the quizzes. Also --good to know about the issues you had on the iPad -- I'll check them out later too. Thanks for the support!!
  13. "Triple threats" (singer/dancer/actor combo) are hard to find. And then there are those actors who don't seem to have anything going for them but they get cast anyway. To paraphrase the line in Singin' in the Rain? "Lena - she can't dance, she can't sing, she can't act--A triple threat"
  14. Aside from the class recommendations of Cabin in the Sky, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Meet Me in St. Louis, Holiday Inn -- What additional movies should I DVR? Someone said Gene Kelly is dancing in shorts in The Pirate. But I'm also am thinking of Easter Parade, or Take Me Out to the Ballgame or Rhapsody in Blue. -- What do you all recommend? What is your top 5 from this list?
  15. The sound and the musical underscore really is powerful with this movie. The music when Dorothy opens the door at the beginning is powerful. The witch's theme is perfect! The sound of the flying monkeys! Favorite parts - When Dorothy opens the door; when the wicked witch melts. So many quotable scenes! Worst scene for me is the Lion singing "If I were King of the Forest". Scariest scene - a tie between Ms. Gulch taking the dog and putting it in the basket; when she turned from Ms Gulch to the witch; When Aunt Em disappeared in the crystal ball and the witch appeared. That last scene
  16. This is happening to me too. Can't move to the 3rd question. Did anyone find a work-around?
  17. Margaret Hamilton - In 1975, she made an appearance on Mr. Rogers because The Wizard of Oz was very popular on TV and kids were scared to death of the Wicked Witch. So she explained how this was a role in a movie and she put on the witch costume so kids could see her transformation. It was a cute segment.
  18. The camera movements are getting smoother and the variety of shots increased. It's a beautiful movie, and edited fairly well. The "special effects" were amazing for the time and still quite inventive, and sometimes dangerous. On a separate note, the Wicked Witch of the West is still one of the scariest characters in cinema.
  19. Hi all - What are your favorite scenes and/or favorite quotes from the Wizard of Oz? AND what are your least favorite scenes from this movie?
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