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  1. I adore this film. Michael Curtiz is one of my favorite directors, certainly of this period, and perhaps of all time. Having said that I'll try to be objective in my response to two of the three questions. 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. Beginning the scene in the foyer of the White House and moving up the staircase to FDR's office focuses our attention on the grandeur of the White House. The shot stays fairly wide throughou
  2. Top Hat is one of my favorite Astaire and Rogers films. "Isn't It a Lovely Day?" is a interesting number on a lot of levels. Someone earlier in the thread mentioned that Rogers is more of a sidekick or prop rather than an equal in this scene, and I'm not sure I see it that way. The dance off here has a "Anything You Can Do" feel to it. She's dancing in his style, yes, but that's part of the point I think, that a woman can do what a man can. Also unlike other dance numbers where they are an embracing couple, he's not technically leading her even if he's the one instigating the step sequence.
  3. I had not seen Eddy and MacDonald before viewing these clips, but I'm very familiar with their counterparts from Rocky and Bullwinkle. The first clip put me in mind of any of a number of comedy duos with Eddy as the straight man. He's got a marvelous deadpan face to MacDonald's more expressive face and rather sprightly dialogue. The notion that he changes the song to suit the girl he's with pushes at the boundaries of acceptable content for Hays Code era film. The audience is well aware of what he means when he says "Nothing worked with Maude." Their interactions remind me of the later screwba
  4. As others have already pointed out the clip certainly highlights the sort of "carpe diem" philosophy of Depression-era films. The characters seem to embrace the notion that life is fleeting as is wealth and joy. In terms of themes and techniques that carry over, the lush sets and elaborate costumes are certainly features that you see over the next couple of decades. Also with a few exceptions, the characters themselves tend to come from either end of the social spectrum -- the wealthy toff or the plucky poor kid -- form the focus of the drama, and the woman seems to be more plot device th
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