1. Yes I believe that the film is displaying a much happier time than the era would suggest. Everything from the theatre audience being dressed lavishly to the orchid bouquet, which even to this day would be costly, show that this film did not adhere to the economic woes of the depression. 2. Perhaps a theme that other musicals would have during this era is the use of money to win affection or power in a relationship. Currency is a common way to sway a persons morals, male or female. Choosing between stability or morality could easily become an issue for anyone trying to survive the depression. 3. The performer herself may have had a more revealing costume. There could have been more dancers on stage with a Moulin Rouge feel, especially with the performer being French herself.