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  1. 1. Streisand's performance of the song "People" might have felt very different is she'd been more theatrical and expressive, perhaps even belting her song more. The song itself wouldn't have felt so intimate and tender if she were "belting it out;" and that kind of performance wouldn't have matched the sensitive emotions her character is feeling in the scene. 2. As the lyrics are sung, the two characters relate to each other in a very sweet way. At first, Fanny turns her back to the camera when she hears what Nicky has to say about relationships. But then, when she starts singing, she
  2. 1. Unfortunately, I haven't seen Gaslight yet. This scene reminded me of the scene in Gigi, by Vincente Minnelli, when Gigi has to choose to either be a courtesan or lose Gaston. She's torn and emotional and she has to decide if she's going to have to act like someone she's not. Both directors use beautiful costumes and lighting. Minnelli, however, has a lovely set that complements the costumes and lighting and Gigi is front and center. Eliza and Higgins share the scene in My Fair Lady. 2. As the scene opens, Eliza is crushed when she returns home. She's in the shadows. She's won the bet
  3. 1. Looking back to the masculine performances of past decades, I would say that a male performer doesn't have to be the "alpha" male to now be successful. He can have real feelings and emotions in his performance. Also, females are even stronger performers who can hold their own as the lead in musicals. 2. I notice that Robert Preston is insightful and strong in both of these clips. In "The Music Man," he knows exactly what to say and how to say it to achieve his goal. In "Victor Victoria," he's also strong, but with added sensitivity and dignity. 3. I've seen Robert Preston
  4. 1. This scene looks like many of the early classical musicals we've discussed. Vaudeville is represented in the staging and costumes, and even the way the scene is filmed where the performers are straight to camera is reminiscent of an earlier time period. At the same time, it looks ahead to new disruptions that we know will happen in the movie musical. Mama Rose herself personifies the disruption. She literally barges in and the tide turns. Also, the lyrics in the song point to a trend where musicals are going to appeal to more of a niche audience going forward. 2. Rosalind Russell c
  5. 1. A movie that has as stylized a scene as An American in Paris' ending ballet doesn't need to use a less-than-realistic, stylized approach throughout the film. If the entire movie were as stylized as the ending ballet, there would be no contrast and the powerful effect would be lost. On the other hand, the entire movie doesn't have to use a less-than-realistic, stylized approach either. A balance between the two would still provide an amazing impact for the ending ballet. 2. Jerry Mulligan acts pretty darn unlikable in this scene; however, he's not completely unlikable. When the scen
  6. 1. The pre-dance movements prepare the audience for their actual dance movements. They set the tone for the playful dance to come when they're poking fun at the teacher and with each other--it's going to be light-hearted and fun. Their "buddy" relationship seen prior to the dance also prepares the audience for the actual dance and how they're going to perform together. 2. The Professor adds to the humor of the scene by being "straight" all the way through it. He's a balance, almost a prop, between the two dancers and the audience as well. It's amazing that he can keep it together with
  7. 1. After reflecting on female representation in the 1950's, I think this film character falls in the middle of the continuum. Women's roles in films at the time were challenging stereotypes just as in the culture of the day. Calamity Jane is a Tomboy who rides, shoots, and acts like a man; but the men in the film don't take her seriously. She tries her best to stay the course anyway. She's feisty and determined. It's not until she becomes softer and more feminine that she finds love and is more respected. The fact that she starts out as a Tomboy, changes, and yet doesn't go all the way to the
  8. 1. I notice that this is clearly a group as I watch the interaction between the four characters in this scene. Everyone is very encouraging and working to build each other up. They look each other in the eye when someone is speaking/singing--they're really paying attention to one another. This is different from early musicals we've discussed because no one is front and center--everyone is equal and included. 2. Each character's costume coordinates with the others in the scene. Everyone is wearing a combination of navy, gray, and white. They all complement each other and the red background
  9. 1. I notice that Joe is the center of Petunia's universe. Nothing else is more important to her than Joe, whether she's doing laundry or any other chores. This tells me that her relationship with Joe is key--it's so much a part of her that she's glowing while she's singing the song. 2. If she were singing about her child, it wouldn't be as romantic. She would still be full of love and tenderness--just not in the same way she would be with her husband. I don't think the cultural meaning would change if she were singing about her child. Loyalty would still be the theme--even if it's not to
  10. 1. This sequence starts in the hallway outside the player's locker room. Ms. Garrett traps Sinatra--she's "laying in wait" for him. He runs from her and she chases him all the way to the bleachers. There's a feeling of tension created by her unwanted advances here. Then when she says, "Start playing ball with me," they literally toss a ball. Later she grabs him by the ear when she's talking about it being too late--he's caught--it's fate. She gets him in the end--literally--when he slides down the railing backwards and lands in her arms. Mission accomplished! 2. This sequence prepares us
  11. 1. The first Judy Garland film I recall watching was The Wizard of Oz. It was a very special, once a year treat at my house growing up. My first impression of Judy Garland was that she had an incredible voice and that she was spunky and sweet. I loved how she defended her dog from "The Bad Witch" even before I knew that character was actually "The Bad Witch." I was rooting for Judy right from the get go and I have been ever since! 2. After viewing these clips, and listening/studying the lesson, I'm amazed at what an incredible talent she truly was and what a gifted storyteller she was whe
  12. 1. The scenes were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II in Yankee Doodle Dandy. The opening setting is in the White House. The main character is walking up the steps past paintings of American heroes, including George Washington. He enters the Oval Office and sits down across from President Roosevelt. All around are American flags and paintings of successful battles. The Fourth of July Parade in Providence, Rhode Island features everyone waving an American flag and bunting draped from every building. There are happy families cheering wildly as the marching band
  13. 1. This clip from Top Hat is interesting because there's a strong woman and the man has to play by her rules or not at all. She's his equal and he has to accept that for her to be interested in him. 2. This film distinguishes itself from other Depression era musicals we've watched/discussed this week by the strong female lead. She's in charge. She doesn't have to choose between love and career. The man has to play by her rules and accept her as an equal and on her terms. 3. I think some of the possible reasons for changes in roles between men and women in these screwball comedy music
  14. For me, it's definitely "Singin' In The Rain." It has it all--fabulous dancing, catchy songs, a sweet story-line, and a happy ending!
  15. 1. I notice the hallmark black and white contrast photography first in the clip. The use of props and the humor that's used also point tot he Lubitsch touch. Alfred is a Lothario--the use of the extra garter, the smirk, the extra pistols in the drawer, the dress that needs zipping up--as well as the line, "She's so jealous!" and the use of the closed bedroom doors right at the beginning, all help me understand. 2. This scene uses sound to emphasize certain points--like the gun being fired and the yelling behind the door, and husbands barging in through doors. I think the gun being fired a
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