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  1. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? The Wizard of Oz. I probably watched it every year it was on TV from birth to the advent of VHS. She died when I was only 5 years old, and I remember thinking it must be sad for her parents (I, of course, imagined her as a child rather than an adult). I'm afraid I can't remember my first impression of her, but I loved the movie and I loved her in it. How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? I've seen them before, so can't
  2. Describe how the scenes in today’s Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. Be specific. Refer to props, set design, settings, etc. in your answer. First we have the White House, a major symbol for the United States. As Cohan and the White House butler climb the stairs, we see portraits of the Founding Fathers. In FDR's office, we see paintings of war battles, reminding us of the country's previous victories. Flags are everywhere--on Cohan's lapel, in the Oval Office, in the streets during the parade. The parade is in "small-town Am
  3. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? The beginning of this clip is a lot like the one from Rose Marie earlier in the week. The woman is responding disdainfully, with eye rolls, while the man is making the moves. He has to convince her that he's a good guy, but first, she has to prove herself an equal. You can tell Rogers' character is kind of turned on (she' moving her umbrella to the beat), but she has to hold herself together and not show emotion. Finally, instead of joining him in the dance because she just wants to dan
  4. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? Here's a couple of quotes I found on the Lubitsch touch: "The Lubitsch Touch" is a brief description that embraces a long list of virtues: sophistication, style, subtlety, wit, charm, elegance, suavity, polished nonchalance and audacious sexual nuance." -- Richard Christiansen "It was the elegant use of the Superjoke. You had a joke, and you felt satisfied, and then there was one more big joke on top of it. The joke you
  5. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. In each of their films, Eddy is the down-to-earth pleasant guy while McDonald is much more stiff and wary. She shows some disdain for him, but eventually learns he is the man for her. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. I always liked McDonald better, or only thought of Eddy as part of a team, but a few years ago, I was at a relative's retirement party at a resort in Pennsylva
  6. 1. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? Of course the movie presents a brighter side of life. Filmmakers knew that audiences craved escapist entertainment rather than realistic views of the world (See Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels). Beautiful costumes, bright music, light witty banter all helped relieve day-to-day woes. In The Great Ziegfeld, however, we do get the sorrow of Anna Held when she realizes Flo isn't ever coming back to her. 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipat
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