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Posts posted by HAHMusicT

  1. 1. The scene looks back in time to who has the most money and controls what people should enjoy, it is vaudeville. It also looks forward to who the manager or director has a relationship with gets the job or the time on stage. When Rose walks in she takes over saying everything to be in control and get her daughters the main leads. Funny that she becomes romantically involved with Uncle Joko. 

    1. Rose definitely is building a relationship by saying "Are you an ELK?". The Mom is a total take control and it is all about us. She is also constantly talking and walking around the stage, managing everyone and calling out the problems. We need a spot light on baby June and how the music needs to be played for the entrance. She is a true stage Mother and professional. I just love her walking off the stage following the balloon girl with a fork. 
    2. The song is vampy and suggests that I am the only one who can entertain. We should be the only ones on stage. When a child sings the song it is playful and fun, with not to dark under tones. 
  2. 1. The beginning movements are like a precursor of what is to come. It sets the stage for the dance steps. Playful and yet copying, the other. They movements are mimicking the doctor at first like in sync and then totally out of sync or syncopation. 

    2. It shows that they seem to be in agreement with the professor and then making fun of him. Being the straight man is an art, you can not break character. The students are bored and seem to know more than the professor. They become the teacher and the professor the student. 

    3. The professor is like an egghead and the students are modern and young know it alls. Playful with the professor and yet making the time interesting to them. O'Connor is like a class clown, yet trust worthy student and Kelly is the jock that everyone wants to be with. So the nerd for the professor, who wants everyone to learn and do well. The others are tired of the status quo and make this a fun time to play off each other. 

  3. 1. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why?

    She seems to be a tomboy, who just wants to be accepted and loved by a man to be a woman in love. In the 50's, women could be both. It was more difficult for the tomboy, since men wanted a more feminine women. 

    2. It is hard for me to believe that Doris Day is this rough tough, tomboy. She is definitely a very feminine singer and women. She tried hard to play this part. She was always the soft voice, sweet etheral person, angelic. She did become a better actress as she continued in the field. 

    3. Her sunny and bright persona does help her in this movie. I can see also how it could detract from the movie, she is just to sweet to be all tomboy and not the girly girl. They always dressed her in yellow, thus sunny. 

  4. 1. They are singing to each other and in a discussion as they sing the song. They are trying to persuade Fred what entertainment is or audition their ideas to him. Earlier musicals were about singing to the audience only and performing for an audience. Now the characters are part of the the performance.  

    2. Buchanan is dressed as the full of himself actor with his terminology, rolling drippingly off the tongue. He is in blue with a smoking jacket look and ascot. Levant and Astaire are your more normal dressed polished professional musician and dancer. They are wear opposite colored ties and jackets, navy jacket the other navy tie, etc.. Nannette is wearing a dress that stands out with geometric squares, or the fill in the blank square, yet dress shirt type and beige. She has red hair so she could play the love interest or the girl who is stealing the lead away. They all have 

    3. They are playful and convincing. They have a working relationship. They begin by working on Astaire until he comes into the group and act, sing, dance and use a show stopper at the end to the audience. 




    1. As you watch the interaction between the four characters in this scene, what do you notice about the way they include each other or relate to one another? How is it different from early musicals we have discussed?
    2. What do you notice about the costuming of the characters that indicate cohesiveness of the ensemble, as opposed to setting anyone apart? Be specific.
    3. What do you notice about the staging and interplay between the characters that helps define the relationships between the characters in the song?
  5. I thought I posted this. I can not find it.

    1. She is definitely a person of her time period. Women waited on the me and prayed for them, never complained. She loves him no matter what and continues life as if everything will be great. Everything is a joy to do as long as she has her man. 

    2. If Petunia was singing about a child, she would be very motherly and devoted in a different way to the child. She would not sing like they are her spouse and she would be the mother. 

    3. This musical was very important to show that America needs all her people to work together. It still did not change stereo types and roles for their society. Blacks are still not accepted and paid the same wages. It is sad that they do not equalize them in this era, yet they were trying. 

  6. 1. Wow! The amazing Ethel Waters singing so beautifully. She is a person of her time. Faith, family and commitment to her love and marriage no matter what. She is so thankful God has answered her prayers and Joe is okay. She sings to him, that was they way they entertained at that time. She is deeply in love no matter what she does. She does some reflective thinking as she does the wash and scat. An angel was at the bedside and they did not see him. 

    2. If this was a song to a child, definitely would be different. Not a love song for a child. 

    3. The language was of that time period. People were devoted to their spouse no matter what. They also had tough lives to live, but they did not always complain in this time period, about their problems, just took it on the chin. 

  7. 1. Betty Garrett is definitely the hunter in this cat and mouse game. It is well choreographed in movement as she is waiting in the hallway as he leaves the locker room. Then blocking him and chasing him up the bleachers to corner him. She is the lead and begins the song. Very playful scene to show how she is going to trap him. It is very well directed and edited. 

    2.  The game that is the hunter and the hunted sets the scene for the song. She is cornering him and he will listen to her even if she has to catch him, every time he escapes.  He will not escape, like the slide down the bannister and she catches him and has the last say. 

  8. 1. The first movie, with Judy Garland was Wizard of Oz. She was a good singer and a young needy girl. 

    2. She was very talented singer, actress and dancer, or performer. She seems to be struggling with life in her older films. She was not the young naive, sweet singer with no problems.  Previously in her earlier movies, she had been glamorous and perfect, not with a bit of comedy. 

    3. Meet me in St Louis shows her ability to story tell in the Trolley and the song Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  The second song became a great big hit. I see growth in her story telling ability in A Star is Born as it is a very close story to her life.  

  9. 1. They walk through the hall of Presidents in the White House and speak of the presidents. It is the fourth of July they are talking about, Cohen's birth. He meets with President of the time FDR in the oval office. Very feel good Americana scene with people of different races and refers back to how his whole life is about wearing patriotic as if it is a badge for the country of the United States. 

    2.  Must of been  thirty some years ago, I was valet for Mr. Teddy Roosevelt, he got me a seat up in the gallery and the play was George Washington to and you were singing and dancing all about the Grand Old Flag. Mr Teddy use to sing it in the bathroom. A very cocky kid alway carrying a flag. I was a Yankee Doodle Dandy. That is one thing I always admired about you Irish Americans, you carry your love of country like a flag right out in the open it is a great quality. I inherited that from my Father. 

    3. George M. Cohen was very American and they Oval office opening said he made it to the highest level for his field. He was the top. If it had opened in Rhode Island that is were it began, not how Cohen was a household name and true patriot. Love this Musical, it shows Cagney's skills as more than a tough guy, a great singer and dancer. 

  10. 1. She is playing coy while he is telling her the rain has led them together. The intro to the song was word play. She sits bored, during this. She sits on the side of his heart. Dance off or dance play, tap off and she tops him one time, he does not answer that continues to dance. 

    2. Ginger is more like on his level or above it. Most depression era women needed their men. Here the man needs her and his working on her to sway her to his way of thinking. She is independent. 

    3. Women had to change their role, since men lost everything. So the role change made women strong and not totally helpless. When the depression hit, everyone had to pull together and work to put food on the table and pay the bills. You had to grow up and be responsible for yourself. Thus you see women has hardworking and intelligent, self sufficient. 

  11. 1. The dialogue is in French and English. She is unhappy with him for the garter, confronting him. She has on her garters that he is guilty of infidelity. Then the husband enters, she is now on the hot seat for infidelity. She shoots herself and plays dead. The gun is pointed at Alfred, it does not work. The husband can not fix her dress. So he, Alfred has to zip her dress and does, Voila. Then he is back in trouble for his affairs. It seems that each item is amplified. 
    2. A few lines, Alfred interprets in English. People have to watch and listen for all the small ideas and influences going on. When he talks with the last gentleman, Ambassador it is all in English. He is told no one will put up with his affairs. He must meet with the queen. 
    3. The scene is light hearted and beautiful, a clear change from reality. Definitely watch all aspects of the scene not to miss anything that is heard or seen, to understand it. The Lieutenant has the Ambassador confronting him after another episode of scandal for their country. 
  12. 1.Definitely a safer perspective of life and Held is a true female, indecisive, or in need of a man. That women could not think on their own, yet she is a star. He is a gambler, and not financially competent. Because he is smooth he influences her into a relationship, which is marriage in the movie. He did not marry her in real life.

    2. Moral during this time period, no common law wife. As per depression era times,  the musical was beautiful, entertaining and positive or a relief from the normal hard life that people lived in. It was a get away. 

    3. If it had been precode, I think that the costumes would of been more bare, especially that Held is French. In the dressing room she would not have the maid know more than her, reading the note. She would of changed into a robe and received him, to be ready for the next performance or even less clothing. They made it more paletable to watch by cleaning up the theater in France, or England.

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