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  1. i saw Preston in a movie called "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" which I think was released in 1960. I didn't yet know him as a musical actor, but his presence in the movie impressed me. It was a couple of years later that I saw him in "The Music Man" and I wasn't surprised at his presence in the movie but was surprised that he could sing. Talk about doing things backwards!!!
  2. Wishing more attention had been paid to "Fit As a Fiddle and Ready for Love." No Beta males here. O'Connor is fully the equal of Kelly. What amazing talent these two men had.
  3. Wishing more attention had been paid to "Fit As a Fiddle and Ready for Love." No Beta males here. O'Connor is fully the equal of Kelly. What amazing talent! !! !
  4. 1 - Describe how the scenes in today’s Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. Be specific. Refer to props, set design, settings, etc. in your answer. Average Joe carries on a one-on-one conversation with the President; Irishman carries on a one-on-one conversation with a black butler. These all convey the "We're all in this together" attitude being promoted in the War years. The walk up the stairs showing portraits of past presidents, and the final step's camera angle which gives us a full view of George Washington are geared to remind us of America's history and how George Washington fought a war, so we ought to be willing to fight also. Of course there was a flag in the president's office, inspiring patriotism. 2 - Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost American morale? Quote specific lines of dialogue in your response. I think the line from Roosevelt in which he says something about a newspaper saying that Cohan made a better president than he did, then Cohan's answer, that it's a Republican newspaper inserted another "We're all in this together, both Republican and Democrat" message. 3 - Since this is the opening of a biographical musical, how differently do you feel this film would be if it opened with the Fourth of July Parade scene in Providence, Rhode Island vs. the opening with FDR in the Oval Office? Defend your answer. I think the opening scene in the president's office is a message to the viewer that the story they are about to see this is a not only movie about "back then", but to associate the message of this movie with what America was going through at that moment. (I read in the Course literature that the first day of filming for this movie began on the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. I wonder if the scene in the president's office wasn't part of the original script, but was added because America declared war on the fourth day of shooting this movie.)
  5. I always watch "1776" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy" on 4th of July; and "Easter Parade" every Easter; and "Meet Me in St Louis", "Holiday Inn", and "White Christmas" at ......wait for it......wait for it........Christmas. In between holidays are the wonderful old Betty Grable movies from the 40's, especially the Good Neighbor Latin musical with Carmen Miranda, "Down Argentine Way.". The brilliant color, the big dance numbers, and the compelling Latin music makes this a favorite. My other favorite Grable movie is "Springtime in the Rockies", which I have to admit, inspired me to take a trip to Lake Louise, Canada so I could see the scenery for myself. I hope we're going to be watching some Betty Grable movies as part of our course. Love this 40's module!
  6. Powell is graceful, flowing, and energetic and seems to bring her ballet background and, most importantly, her whole personality into her routine. Keeler didn't seem at all comfortable with being in front of the camera, and in my opinion was only dancing with her feet, and not her personality. I suppose there's some honesty in a "let-my-feet-do-the-talking" attitude, but she misses the mark for me. Has anyone noticed how often she looks down at her feet while she's dancing in both movies this week?
  7. The Battle of the Sexes played out as Ginger held her own as Fred's dancing partner; that she was dressed in what could be called "masculine" attire with her riding clothes instead of a dress; that she could match him step-for-step in the dance, and even the handshake at the end instead of falling into his arms in a swoon. (And hasn't the battle always been just for women to be equal partners with men and not to get a "win" over them?) How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? This movie isn't about the struggle of the Depression. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball comedy musicals that distinguish themselves from earlier musicals in the 1930s? WWI and the Depression got women out of the kitchen and into jobs that made them less dependent on men for their safety and welfare. WWII was about to erupt in Europe and women were primed to stand alongside men by this time. America didn't want to see weak women anymore.
  8. The garter, the drawer full of guns, and the ease with which he zips Paulette's dress tell us exactly what kind of rake Alfred is. Even the ease of his stance when the husband walks up to him with the gun tell us that he has done this many times before. The sound of the arguing behind the closed doors, then the contrast with Alfred's demeanor as he calmly speaks to us about what Paulette is angry about conveys to us the kind of sophistication we can anticipate from the dialogue in the rest of the movie.
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