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Everything posted by LaRhonda

  1. 1. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? The battle of the sexes isn't only represented in the dancing. But in the way Rogers' is dressed. The most obvious is the pant suit. But she's also wearing a hat and carrying a cane or umbrella (I couldn't tell which). But either one is a prop that's usually held by a man. 2. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? I didn't get the overwhelming depiction of luxury or abundance in this clip. I have
  2. 1. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? Forgive me but I needed to Google the term to get a better understanding of this Lubitsch Touch technique. I found a great one on YT featuring the great director, Billy Wilder. I'll post a link at the bottom of this response. As for what I noticed...the props, dialogue and staging were used to illustrate an idea or impeding action. For example the extra garter suggest he might be cheating on his lover...with another lover. Th
  3. 1. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. The thing that jumped out for me is the typical depiction of the woman as having so much better things on her mind than to pay attention to the latest man's feeble attempts to woe or impress her. She humors him and seemingly entertains herself with his attempts...perhaps in a show of her own focus, strength or self-reliance. But later the tides are turned and the man catches the woman in a moment of embarrassment, weakness or vulnerability. Sides the woman wo
  4. Apologies for the late reply... 1.Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? I agree...this clip does depict a brighter perspective of life at this time. From Ziegfeld leaving the attendant a more generous tip to the flowers awaiting Held in her dressing room. No one had extra money to waste on tips or flowers during that era. And the audience at her performance was packed...standing room only and ALL the attendants were dressed in their Sunday best. Even folks who were more well off than the average person were feeli
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