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Quinn Corrigan

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  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)? The Lubitsch touch is a very vaudeville style in that on character speaks directly to the audience while the other characters don't see the audience. Also the different camera close ups are very dramatic and helped to raise the stakes in regards to the current conflict. Also they helped to give the audience a better idea of what was going on because the two characters were both talking in French. Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. The sound was very soft and hard to hear. Only certain things were loud including Alfred's English lines and the gunshot sounds. Also there were a lot of long pauses for dramatic emphasis. Personally not a huge fan but I understand why they were there. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression-era musicals? Light hearted, funny, a lot of breaking the fourth wall to get the audience more connected with the film and away from the hardship outside of the theatre.
  2. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. Both of these characters are in competition with one another to one up the other. This competition though is playful and romantic rather then malicious. This competition helps to create a sexual tension between them that will later lead to there love and chemistry. For example, in the first scene Nelson Eddy first wins her over with the song but then purposely lets it slip that he uses this song on other girls by changing out the name. By doing this he first draws her in then makes her jealous in a tactic to win her over later on. Then in the second scene Marie loses her head strong nature and shows her humanity which gains Nelson sympathy. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. I have seen Nelson Eddy before in other films. When I first heard him I found it almost comical the way he was singing because it was so different compared to his acting. Now being aware of the production codes that were being placed this makes sense for him to sing so classical because it stays within the conservative nature the studio was trying to create for themselves. What do these clips tell you about the male/female relationships as they are depicted in the films during this era? What norms might you expect are supported under the Hollywood Film Code? These clips show that in films the man is always right and the women is wrong which matches the views back then. While this is outdated today, the studios back then wanted to establish that women are inferior and thus while they can be manipulative they are human and can be hurt and need to be saved by a man. Also I find it interesting that the women conflict is almost always present in shows back then and still today.
  3. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not?  First off, I agree that this clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic because it shows people throwing around money like its nothing with Ziegfeld giving the man 5 pounds and saying that hes trying to loose weight. Also during the performance the house is completely full of people. During the Great Depression people couldn't afford to go to see shows so the audience was almost never completely packed. Having the audience full shows the views that everyone in society is doing well and enjoying fun things like the theatre. lastly, the style of her song is playful and funny to help the viewers escape the troubles of the world outside the film. 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? I can anticipate that other depression era musicals will be surrounded around money and the power it possesses to create status and respect. also I can anticipate that they will also center around a beautiful female who performs a small number or many were she's flirtatious. This was a way for movies and theatres to increase ticket sales by selling fantasies to men. 3. Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been filmed or scripted differently if it had been pre-code? Give specific examples. The only thing I can think of is that the song may have been more seductive instead of innocent and light hearted. What do others think about this question?
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