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  1. In what ways does this scene look backwards to classical musicals and how does it look ahead to new disruptions that we now know will happen in the movie musical? - This beginning scene seems to call back to the backstage musicals of the 1930s and early 40s by showing us the auditions for 'the show within the show'. Instead of using over-the-top sets and costume pieces, they are more subdued and grittier. This is the introduction of Mama Rose in the film. Comment on Rosalind Russell’s entrance and performance especially as a traditionally trained stage and film actress. - Fr
  2. 1. Throughout this whole sequence, we see Frank Sinatra's failed attempts at getting away from Betty Garrett's character. It shows us that Garrett is the more dominant character by blocking all of Sinatra's escape routes. 2. In musicals, singing is the most straightforward way that a character can express their emotions. Whether it be to convey a character's inner thoughts or a conversation between two or more characters. In this case it is the latter. It starts off almost conversational until Garrett explains what her true intentions are by singing them. The underscoring also plays a key
  3. 1. The first Judy Garland film that I had ever seen was The Wizard of Oz. I was roughly 2 or 3 years old. Everytime I watch it, I constantly remember that when I was little I wanted to sing "Over the Rainbow" 'just like Dorothy'. This film also brings back memories of my grandfather re-enacting the Tin Man's dance for "If I Only Had a Heart". It wasn't until many years later that I decided to watch more of her movies just to see the legendary actress she grew up to be. 2. Up until a few years ago, I had known Judy Garland as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. But now that I have seen more of
  4. 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. There were a lot of patriotic symbols shown in this clip. As Cohan is being lead up the stairs to the oval office, we see that the walls are lined with portraits of the past presidents and that Cohan is wearing a pin of the American flag. I also noticed that the oval office was decorated with models and paintings of boats. At the beginning of the flashback sequences we see that the people who are at
  5. 1. I couldn't notice any apparent battle of the sexes aspect from this clip alone. Maybe very slightly in Rogers' facial expressions whenever Astaire compares their relationship to that of thunder and lightning, but other than that: nothing. 2. I've only seen this film maybe two or three times, but from what I remember there was more of a character arc and development for Rogers. Compared to the other films studied this week, which seemed to feature their female leads in a "damsel in distress" type of role, this film seemed to give Rogers a character that has a distinguished personality.
  6. 1. Something that I noticed about the Lubitsch Touch is that it seemed to push the boundaries of the motion picture production code of that era. But, by doing so, it added a comedic tone to the film and its characters.Alfred's dialogue and actions give off the impression that he is both sophisticated and a scoundrel. For example, when he was "breaking the fourth wall" he was simply guiding the audience so that they didn't get lost in the action and French dialogue.Alfred also seemed to be unphased by the woman that showed him her garter. 2. The music used in the scene after the woman pret
  7. 1. In the canoe scene, there is an obvious flirtation coming from Bruce's side of the relationship to which Rose Marie, in a sense, tries to shrug off. It isn't until he tries to serenade her that the audience gets the idea that maybe she actually does feel the same way towards him. However once she starts complimenting him on the song, he boasts about how he could simply change the name in the beginning from Rose Marie to any other woman's name as long as it has 3 syllables. In the second clip, we see Rose Marie looking uncomfortable while singing in a saloon. She is put into an even mor
  8. 1. I do agree that the clip does exhibit a brighter perspective on life, especially within that time period. As stated before, the Great Depression was a time where many people endured a lot of hardships. By including more comedic moments, such as the lines 'Yes I'm trying to lose weight.' or 'Junior? Is he a little boy?', it allows the viewers of the films to briefly escape their reality. 2. I noticed that many of the characters, specifically Anna Held, were very over-the-top with their actions. For example, in the scene where Held is in her dressing room weighing out the pros and cons o
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