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  1. I totally agree with what has been said. I had so much fun with this one, I'm really sorry I missed the other classes (comedy, Hitchcock, Noir etc) I can't wait to do another one.
  2. How might Streisand’s performance of the song “People” have felt different in the film, had she been more theatrical and expressive, perhaps even belting her song more? I find Streisand's performance of "People" to be almost conversational. She's explaining something to Him so there is no need to yell/belt out the lyric. She is telling him about herself and expressing that she believes him to be the same kind of person that she sees herself as being, (IE: someone who needs others). To have belted out this song at this point would have taken away from the meaning of the lyric and the to
  3. As you look back to the masculine performances in musicals of past decades, what changes in male representation, and performance would you say are most noticeable? The male character are more willing to show emotion. They are less stoic and contained. What other specific qualities do you notice about Robert Preston in either or both of these clips? Both of these guys are manipulative. Maybe in slightly different ways but it's still there. Have you seen any Robert Preston films that are not musicals? If so, what do you notice about his characters and his approach
  4. In what ways does this scene look backwards to classical musicals and how does it look ahead to new disruptions that we now know will happen in the movie musical? It's a throw back to the backstage musicals. Gypsy shows us how things work both in front of the burlesque house as well as behind the scenes. But unlike those old stories this one doesn't have the opulence and the display of wealth. These performers are struggling for every dime they earn and it shows in how they dress and live on the road. This is the introduction of Mama Rose in the film. Comment on Rosalind Russell
  5. Does a movie that has as stylized a scene as An American in Paris’ ending ballet need to use a less-than-realistic, stylized approach throughout the film? I don't think so. The ending ballet is a fantasy and I think because of that it should be over the top and highly stylized. I think to have that heightened a style run threw out the entire movie would take away from the effect of the fantasy sequences. I do think however that the rest of the film should to some extent reflect the same style. To avoid it completely in the rest of the film would I think lesson the effect. What ke
  6. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? They are already bouncing to a rhythm before the music ever begins. That bouncing is what turns into the dance steps. Their actions and movements mirror one another. Steps and arm motions are almost totally in sync. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. Poor man thinks he's in control of this learning session. At which point he seems to enjoy the encounter with O'Connor and Kelly because he thinks they are really interested in learning w
  7. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? I think Jane is very much a step forward away from what female characters have been shown to be. She is very much her own person and doesn't allow a man to tell her who she is and what she is going to do with her life. She makes her own choices and deals with the consequences of those choices on her own. Yet she is not afraid to make changes in herself to please the man that she wants. With in reason to her. How do you think Doris Day grows as an actress i
  8. As you watch the interaction between the four characters in this scene, what do you notice about the way they include each other or relate to one another? How is it different from early musicals we have discussed? This routine kind of brings to mind for me Mickey Rooney and Judy Garlands, lets put on a show musicals. They have an idea and they need to sell it to someone to carry it out. In this case Astaire is who they have to convince to join them. They put him front and center so that they have his full attention as they begin their pitch. As he is convinced to joint them it becomes
  9. What do you notice about the way the scene is directed as Petunia goes to Joe’s bedside and as we cut to her outside hanging laundry? What does this tell us about her relationship, and the connection to the song? It tells me that she loves this man very much and his well being is important to her happiness. That the usual daily chores or the lack of things in every day life are bearable for her because she has him in her life. She goes from being totally heartbroken and dejected to contented with life again simply because he is going to recover from his injuries. How would the so
  10. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. This is and has always been one of my favorite films. I find this song and the actions playful. Betty's character is the aggressor obviously. Frank's actions are at first playful trying to distract her from her mission, but she continues to corner him cutting off his escape as the words of the song imply leaving him no choice but to listen to what she has to say and notice her. Thus accomplishing what she intended all along, getting his attention. I've always admired Betty's agility. Running up th
  11. 1.What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your impression of her? The first movie I remember seeing Judy Garland in was of course The Wizard Of Oz. I was small enough at the time that I had no clue who she was. Then I remember seeing the movies with Micky Rooney. I believe that the first movie that I saw that I honestly knew who she was, was Meet Me In St. Louis. I Thought she was wonderful. She was so much fun to watch I wanted to see more that she had done. 2.How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her prev
  12. 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. The painting on the walls of the past presidents, the flags that were present in the office, it was clear that they were in the White House. I see the values in Cohan's reaction to his surrounding too. He is clearly impressed to be where he is. Even though he's involved in a conversation on his way to see the President he is trying his best to take in those surrounding. Listen carefully to
  13. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? I see a woman who is making a choice to engage with this guy. He is making the initial invitation by singing to her and picking her, but she is choosing to engage with him. At first she seems to ignore him, but then becomes interested enough to turn it into a case of anything you can do I can do and maybe do it a little better. Then they both appear to start to really have fun and enjoy the sort of one upsmanship. She is dress similarly to him. For a woman in the 30's to be dressed simi
  14. 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)? I can see that Lubitsch comes from the silent era. He shows this by focusing on the items that will become important to the scene as it goes on. Alfred is odiously a "gentleman" who is used to dealing with the outbursts of emotional women. He's totally not phased by her, doesn't seem to deny the garter and is unimpressed with her gun. The Husband after he enters seems more surprised by the fact that the gun is loaded with blanks t
  15. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. They were very guarded in the first scene. Both were clearly enjoying the flirtation that was going on between them, but neither wanted the other to know that they were enjoying it. In the second scene, he was clearly enjoying watching her performance and he seemed to me to be clearly disturbed by her being on display and her discomfort at being in the position she was in. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please shar
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