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  1. 1) If the song "People" was upbeat and theatrical in the film it would have given the character of Fanny more confidence and provided more visual and vocal entertainment for the viewers. If "People" was sung with Barbra Streisand belting the tune and dancing around, the audience would see it as another entertaining part of the musical. The way the song was produced and filmed in Funny Girl made Fanny's character more vulnerable to express her feelings, to allow viewers to let her voice and opinion be heard. To support this argument I remember in my public speaking course in college the profess
  2. 1) I have not seen the movie Gaslight, so I will compare and contrast My Fair Lady with Meet Me in St. Louis. Both My Fair Lady and Meet Me in St. Louis take place during the Edwardian era (1900s), so the costumes for women are full-covered dresses paired with hats, and the men wear tuxedos. The mise-en-scene is different for both films. When Judy Garland is at the dinner table with her family we can see how the wall décor complements the wall paper and dinning table. The colors are bright and blend well with the outfits of everyone at the table. In My Fair Lady everything in the room seems to
  3. 1) The obvious changes in masculine representations after the 1950s musicals include, the physical appearance and personality traits. As we have discussed in the course, the 1940s musicals had men support the war because they were in the navy or army, which is very masculine. In the 1950s musicals they were strong, fit and very handsome, and popular with the ladies. These clips of Robert Preston show that the men didn't have to be in tip top shape, very handsome and be the alpha male beyond the '60s. The clips show two types of masculinity: the first being smart and confident while being an av
  4. 1) We can see that this scene looks back into classical musicals, because it is a backstage musical. It reminds me of the scene of The Band Wagon when Fred Astaire, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, and Jeffrey Cordova are backstage coming up with ideas for a film. They sing about plot ideas - "That's entertainment!" In the case of Gypsy, we can see entertainment being crafted and critiqued on stage. The clip shows what it is like for the boss of the show and Herbie to audition acts and choose the most entertaining and new acts for the vaudeville show. We can see the orchestra play during the danc
  5. 1) I don't quite understand the question but I will try my best. The less than stylized approach throughout the film adds to the escapism of the 1950s and the purpose of films. The fact that the movie is very stylized during the dance numbers adds to the whimsical and dream-like quality of being in Paris - in a foreign country outside of the United States. 2) From the beginning of the clip we can see Jerry Mulligan smiling and greeting fellow painters. He looks happy to start a new day in hopes of selling his paintings. He has a brief conversation with the female painter across from him b
  6. 1) The pre-dance movements of O'Connor and Kelly are quick and in synch to the Moses Supposes tongue twister. Their big (but not grand) hand movements accompany their lines. It reminds me of when I hear a song that has a good beat and makes me want to dance so I begin to listen to the rhythm by doing small dance movements before breaking into actual dance. The actors' pre-dance is a rising start to what will become their grand, fast and admirable dance movements. 2) The professor is much older than O'Connor and Kelly. He has a stern posture and serious, respect-seeking personality. Althou
  7. 1) Watching these two clips from Calamity Jane destroy and later emphasize femininity in the 1950s was very different to other female roles that were created at the time. Although Jane is very tomboyish we get to see her tone down her roughness and manliness a little bit from one clip to the other. The 1950s were all about making females soft and feminine, and making men manly not just based on society rules but because of nature. The second clip tells us that even though a woman might act a lot like a man because of her way of dress, actions and personality there is no doubt that she is still
  8. 1) I noticed each character contributes lyrics about the stage and entertainment. They are each brainstorming and helping each other come up with ideas; they are working as a group, as a team. I noticed they all seem to look at each other when they suggest a storyline for the stage at the beginning of the song, and they all have the same footwork when they are standing next to each other. This clip shows the comradery and unification of Americans working together and supporting each other. They also fool around and play with the stage props, which symbolizes having a good time and a good laugh
  9. 1) What I noticed about how the scene is cut is the switching of roles. First, we can see Petunia on the bedside of Joe singing to him if he still loves her. The shot moves to the outside where Petunia is doing the laundry while she continues to sing "Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe." I assume that it is the next day because it is daylight. Joe is now seating and watching Petunia as she removes the clothing from the line. She goes up to him and goes back to the clothes while she smiles at one of Joe's shirts and puts the arms around her. The switch of the scene shows Petunia doing her job
  10. 1) If I were an editor or director, I could see that key actions were highlighted in "It's Fate Baby, It's Fate" clip. For example, the beginning of the clip shows Frank Sinatra trying to make it past the hallway but Betty Garrett slides to mimic his moves to prevent him from going past her. As we see them "dance" there is musical synchronizing to create comedy. Another example is when Sinatra throws her the ball and raises his hands in hopes Garrett will throw it back, but she doesn't. Their actions are in medium-shot and accompanied with music again. The camera then pans to Garrett chasing S
  11. 1) The first Judy Garland film I ever watched was The Wizard of Oz. I remember watching it in third grade and telling my mom about it when I got home from school. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to buy it and eventually did buy a VHS copy. I watched it so many times as a kid because I thought Judy Garland was so beautiful and talented. The way she sang and made friends with the lion, scarecrow and tinman while being accompanied by Toto was a dream for me. I wanted to visit the land of Oz and be best friends with Dorothy. Judy gave me so much happiness and hope. When my mom would take me to
  12. You are very kind. Thank you for your kind words and advice. I always thought I would find someone in college but I graduated with only a bachelors degree in hand. I'll just have to wait for the right person. I hope you are enjoying the course. I know I am!
  13. I have repeatedly watched The Wizard of Oz and Meet Me in St. Louis. One reason being that Judy Garland is one of my favorite actresses from Old Hollywood. When I think about these musicals, however, I find that the escapism into a world that is happily singing and dancing is much more fun and appealing than my ordinary life. The Wizard of Oz is a fantasy that I have dreamed of since I first watched it in 3rd grade. The fact that one's own life seems dull and boring, and filled with natural problems (like Dorothy in Kansas during the tornado) makes us yearn for a place over the rainbow. The ch
  14. Questions 1 & 2: As George M. Cohan walks up the stairs of the White House there are framed paintings of the previous U.S. presidents. The butler talks about singing the Grand Ol' Flag and says, "It is just as good today as it ever was." Inside the President's office we can see the American flag as well as framed photos of boats and ships, which could represent the American Navy. Cohan mentions carrying a flag and wearing a beret, and FDR hopes he hasn't "outgrown the habit" and Cohan replies, "not a chance." Their conversation is promoting patriotism and how it has not changed since
  15. 1) This clip is an example of "anything you can do, I can do better" or in this case - just the same as you! This is not a typical male and female dance routine where the man leads and the woman follows. Rogers imitates Astaire throughout the scene. It is a form of communication because at first she seems reluctant to fall in love with him, similar to the Rose Marie scene in the canoe. She has her back to him until Astaire starts singing and she smiles and begins to dance along with him. Through dance they tell each other that they are interested in becoming a pair and sharing equality in a re
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