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Debbie Farthing

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  1. 1. If this song was sung more theatrically or belted out, it would have broken the aura of intimacy created by her quiet almost introspective performance. 2. He has made it clear to her he doesn't want any commitment which creates a distance between them of what he wants and what she wants. The direction has her walk away from him and even puts railing between them to signify the 'hurdles' that exist between them and Nicky Arnstein is going to have to jump those hurdles and close the distance. Parts of the song are sung so softly that I wonder if her can even hear her. Considering th
  2. 1. Just as in Pygmalion (the basis for this musical), Eliza is Prof. Higgins' masterpiece and he treats her as such. He created her, so he deserves the accolades. The slight twist is that his creation has fallen in love with him, rather she is aware of her feelings long before he is aware of his own. Gaslight is one of my favorite movies ever and there are a few similarities in the theme of a man trying to control a woman for his own benefit. Similarly, both women decide to take control on the situation - in Gaslight the man ends up getting his just desserts, in MFL, Prof Higgins gets be
  3. 1. In The Music Man, I have always found Robert Preston to be kinda creepy. He's too old for Marian and it makes me nuts - not the Hollywood didn't have (still does) a penchant for pairing older men with much younger women. Given that, I can appreciate the ease with which Preston delivers this difficult song and essentially causes the 'massteria" he claims that pool will cause. It's also a more realistic performance with none of the sort of lightweight men (like Dick Powell, who I find just too fey for my taste) of the 20s and 30s or the sighing romantic albeit more masculine ideal of the
  4. 1. This scene reminds me of the 'behind the scenes' type movies we have already watched. The slight difference is that this is for vaudeville as opposed to a movie or Broadway show but it places this movie in a less glamorous setting. The change of setting could be part of the disruption in that the setting is more lower class - we won't see women in furs and men in tuxedos in the audience for these acts. 2. I love Rosalind Russell! That being said, she immediately draws all the attention to herself. She is large and in charge. She tells the musicians, the lighting guy, practically
  5. 1. The rhythm of the song/routine is set by their almost chanting of the tongue-twister, it then proceeds to their hands, and then they finally start dancing. Once they do start dancing, it's no holds barred. I have watched this movie numerous times and would watch this clip again and again. Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor are simply fantastic together. It's a shame they only made this one movie together. 2. If I remember correctly, Gene Kelly's character is taking the elocution lessons but he and Donald O'Connor are really wanting to go out for the day. The rather haughty professor
  6. 1. In thinking about how the portrayal of women changed in the movies from 1929 to 1953 when this movie was released, we're seeing something of a mix of the more independent women of the 1930s and 40s and the woman who gives up everything for her man - like we see in Seven brides for seven brothers. In the clips, Calamity moves from the confident scout in the stage coach scene to a feisty angry woman, both of which have her in very rough clothes and sounding rough and very unfeminine. The Secret Love scene shows her still in men's clothing but cleaner and better fitting. She has not changed
  7. 1. In the clip, all four share pretty much equally the song, dance, and gags. No one person stands out or has the majority of the scene. Previously, most scenes featured one or two people with everyone else either being in the chorus or sitting on the sidelines. 2. In this scene, everyone's costume is fairly close in color and intensity. The only real pop of color is the red rose on Nanette Fabray's belt. In contrast, in the movie On The Town, the 3 men wear their sailor uniforms (which being white help them stand out) and the 3 women wear red, yellow, and green and not in pastel eith
  8. I stayed up the other night to watch this movie and was so glad that I did. I am a great fan of Lena Horne but have been completely won over by Ethel Waters. 1. The first part of the song is shot very close to her, so close he's almost not in the shot at all. This is a woman who is greatly relieved to have her husband back. In the second part, a little time has passed but he's still recuperating, and her feelings are still the same. She loves this man heart and soul - the bit at the end where she has his shirt hug her re-enforces that. This song is like her daily devotional. This s
  9. 1. I adore Betty Garrett and was happily surprised to find her in this film. As many others have commented, Betty's character is literally lying in wait for Frank's. From the small hallway to the large stadium, the two are the kept in the shot and makes it clear that he really can't escape - It's Fate that they be together. I have to hand it to her, this number had some really physical moments in it - such as running up the bleachers (I wonder how many times she had to repeat that feat) to picking Frank Sinatra up. I like how the shots are mostly contained to them waist up, only a coupl
  10. 1. The Wizard of Oz is probably the first Judy Garland movie I saw. To be honest, it isn't among my favorite movies and I don't really remember what I thought about her. But I love the supporting characters of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and especially the Cowardly Lion. I do vaguely remember being afraid of the flying monkeys as a kid. 2. I have seen quite a few of her movies now. The clips do bring out the nuances of her performance and how she captures the camera, especially in the scene from Easter Parade. Fred Astaire almost blends into the background and she was only 26 when she ma
  11. 1. There are numerous clues in the scenes - when George ascends the stairs, there are the portraits of the presidents on the wall ending with George Washington at the top (who he 'portrayed' in the show the butler is talking about). George Washington has long been used to evoke the ideals of America. The pictures on the walls of the Oval Office are mostly of large ships, showing how America can meet the needs of war. The parade scene is filled with flags. The Cohans are particularly patriotic - they love the country, they have been showing the rest of the country on how to do that, family
  12. 1. Although several others have said that think Ginger Rogers plays a secondary role in this routine, I completely disagree. He does dance first, but she chooses to join him. During the routine, she doesn't copy his steps back to him, she anticipates them and does them at the same time he does. On a side note, her part is actually harder as she switches from being on the same foot as him in some sections and then has to do what is called a fake and change to mirroring him in others. She makes it all look seamless too. In ballroom dancing, the woman's part is often harder than the man's. S
  13. First, I'd like to make a small observation. In the scene when the husband struggles with her dress, it's not a zipper but hooks which take much more dexterity to both hook AND unhook. Zippers don't come into use in women's clothing until the mid to late 1930s. 1. The whole scene suggests an affair and a serial womanizer but we never see a bed or bedroom, nor is there any suggestive double-entendre type of dialogue. It's all done with props, such as the garter, the husband breaking his way into a locked room, etc. Maurice Chevalier's character comes from another room and we assume it'
  14. 1. In the 1st scene, she is driving the interaction. She is not interested in him and he tries very hard to win her over anyway he can but ends up revealing himself as something of a playboy and she calls him out on it. There is almost no eye contact between the two. His song does win her over (some) and she then looks at him but turns away again when she realizes he might not be serious. In the 2nd scene, eye contact is purposefully avoided by both of them. She is ashamed that she has to work in such a place and that she is failing miserably. She slinks away in defeat. He tries to mak
  15. 1. This movie definitely shows things in a brighter light than really existed. Did audiences want something light and fun and easy or something dark and depressing and realistic? This point was made in the movie "Sullivan's Travels" with the conclusion that people knew how bad things were and didn't necessarily want to be reminded. Going back to the discussion video about movies were mostly either light and easy musicals or gangster movies, gangster movies were escapism in their own way - most people weren't involved in that kind of life but read and heard about it so it brought in a realist
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