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  1. 1. The ending ballet is so good, with so much going on, I think it could go either way. But since it's a musical, I think it makes more sense to have it stylized throughout the whole film. It is Paris after all, and while it might get mundane if you live there, as a visitor (whether in person or watching media from home) it holds a certain splendor. I went there years ago, and my memories are still positive and bright, and make me want to visit again. Even just hearing Paris makes me think of beautiful things, including this film. 2. Gene Kelly is just so darn likable in virtually every
  2. 1. You can see that the two of them aren't taking the diction lesson seriously. Throughout most of the movie, the two characters in general don't take much of anything seriously, so this isn't surprising. Once they take the book away from the instructor, they start to get into a sing-song pattern of speech and start clapping. It's a classic indicator of a song and dance about to begin. Once the movement begins, it's as casual and comfortable as their whole friendship seems to be. They're really synced up with each other, literally and figuratively, performing at the same level. 2. The str
  3. 1. This number is a real ensemble number. Everyone is participating and it feels very equal. There's no romance involved, unlike a lot of other clips we've watched. They all get to have fun together, it feels very casual, like they're genuine friends. 2. Everyone is wearing fairly muted colors that are similar to each other. It's all subdued, not much flashy about any of them. That way not one person is meant to stand out, they get to complement each other as equals. There's one red flower to brighten things up, but it doesn't distract or overtake at any point. 3. As I mentioned abo
  4. 1. I think action is the key word here. There aren't many still shots, and when there are they don't feel stagnant. There's so much movement, all telling a story. It utilizes all the space available to it, especially with the bleachers. Each new shot helps progress the plot line. From the resistance, to possibility, to mostly giving up and giving in. It's able to stay lighthearted and fun throughout 2. From the instant he steps out, the two characters are playing a game. And since we already know we're watching a musical, it's certainly inevitable to have singing. Earlier in the movie the
  5. 1. Like so many others, my first Judy Garland movie was The Wizard of Oz. I would come home from kindergarten and watch it every day, yet never tired of it. I think I was envious of her in the film, because she got to go on such an amazing adventure. Even though she was young, she still seemed so much older than me. She probably helped start my dreams of acting and performing. 2. I've seen both films many, many times, so I already knew she was capable of being a comedian on top of a phenomenal singer. Easter Parade is a personal favorite, as it has so many amazingly talented people. I lov
  6. 1. There really isn't much more American than being in the White House. It tends to conjure up feelings of pride and country. Cohan walks by pictures of previous presidents, reminding the audience that these historical figures, these great men, lived and worked in this same building that he's walking through. There's also a sense of intimacy when Cohan is in the room with Roosevelt, a closeness most people will never get to experience, but would love to. 2. Roosevelt mentions the Irish roots of Cohan, and Cohan tells him how his father fought in the Civil War and instilled that pride into
  7. 1. I think her general resistance shows a kind of a battle. It's one of the hallmarks of the screwball comedies, where the female lead is unimpressed by typical manly showmanship, and ultimately strong on her own, to the shock of the male lead who's generally trying to woo her. I love Fred Astaire's reaction of surprise and respect after he starts dancing and she's suddenly joined him and is matching him. Except for the embracing dance parts, this could easily be two men dancing together. 2. This movie, and particularly this number, seem very stripped down compared to the gigantic Busby B
  8. 1. The characters seem relaxed with each other, more than their looks make me think would happen. They make jabs at each other on the boat, neither one being too serious. In the saloon, they could have easily made him look at her with more pity, and her with more sadness at being outshone. But instead he gives a little smile and she scowls at him, not giving him a bit of what he wants. It keeps it form dissolving into a romantic cliche that early on. 2. I've seen one other Nelson Eddy film. He appeared very stiff in it, and that led me to believe that was his usual performance. It might h
  9. 1. I would imagine this is a brighter side than what life was like at the time. The film clip looks to be set in the early turn of the century, so the depression of the 1930's wasn't an issue that would be apparent in the film. The clip also centers around wealthier people, so they kind of automatically push past the realm of most people's realistic lives. I think the audience at the time was looking for escapism and movies like this, and other musicals with even bigger numbers, were probably perfect to make people forget their problems for a few hours. 2. There seems to be a more lighthe
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