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Jordan Mitchell

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  1. 1. This particular musical had a deeper meaning than most and the real meaning of the pain of discovering who you are is not clarified until towards the end of the film. I love all the colors, costumes and designs. Throughout the entire picture there is a wonderful motif made by the director. 2. It is a wonderful scene full of emotions between the two. I am sure that Cukor coached Hepburn prior to the scene and I imagine it must have taken some mental preparation. Even Harrison expresses very deep and intensely revealing emotions. It is in this scene it is realized that not only does Eliza have feelings for the Professor but that the Professor discovers his inner feelings towards her. 3. The relationship between Eliza and Higgins is very clearly of a friendly or fatherly type nature. It gives a better effect if she is friends with someone who is obviously older than the professor which makes him seem younger. I think that Higgins character greatly enhances the relationship between Eliza and the Professor.
  2. 1. In the first clip we see that our hero is a con man and alpha male. Although, the character is dishonest, we find ourselves rooting for him. I believe that is due to the talented acting of Preston. In the second clip we see a very different approach to the portrayal of a gay person. I thought that he walked a thin line very well, holding on to his masculinity while at the same time very lightly hinting about his character. I felt like he played a man that happens to be gay rather than a gay man. 2. In "The Music Man" I noticed that many of Preston's movements and expressions had some sort of purpose for every moment in the scene. Whether it was to convey the story line of the picture or to add some kind of humorous thought to make the sequence seem more fun. 3. Unfortunately I have only viewed Mr. Preston in musicals, so I could not give an opinion on this topic.
  3. 1. The song "That's Entertainment" definitely gives the feeling of looking back because it was a classic song from the early 50's. The sweet innocence of the two girls reminds us of the wonderful Shirley Temple pictures from the 30's. I believe seeing veteran players such as Rosalind Russell and Karl Malden also help to achieve the effect of earlier times. I believe it looks ahead with the children as well as looking back, because it expresses the appetite of wanting to find new talent and new faces to replace the old. 2. Her entrance was very abrupt but honestly not surprising for Russell. In most of the films I have ever seen her in, she was always very outspoken, confident and emulated a very big persona on the screen. She was not the typical leading lady. I enjoyed her interruptions during the song because you do not see that in a lot of musicals, so it was something different and a good entry for Russell. 3. I did not notice anything in the lyrics to be edgy, However, it would be difficult to judge since the song had many disruptions and only part of the song was performed. I liked the staging I thought it was appropriate, I also enjoyed the disruptions because they were funny and it also gives us an idea about where the story is headed and the personality's of the characters in the film.
  4. 1. This is a musical so it has a lot of leeway in that area, one of the best things about musicals is that you can be unrealistic and still have the story line of the film taken seriously, granted it is a fine line you have to walk while doing so. The first time I watched the film I remember thinking of the creativity of it, rather than it being unrealistic. 2. First of all it's Gene Kelly so you already like him. I really did not find his character to be unlikable, I actually found him to be bold, honest and humorous. The two women in the scene were unlikeable in my opinion which probably made me like Kelly's character even more. This is a technic still used in pictures today, the taking of a unlikeable character and putting him or her with an even worse character(s).
  5. 1. I found they lined up extremely well, the entire routine was near perfection in every sense. 2. I imagine it must have been difficult to play it straight the whole but at the same instance enjoyable to watch two dance legends perform such a wonderful routine. 3. In the film O'Conner is the comic relief and Kelly is the alpha male. I always found that even though Kelly was the alpha, he always played it very loose and fun. In this scene I felt that there was no lead male only two equal men performing an amazing routine together. The professor played the straight character which I mite add seemed to be a little stuck up. It was a small but essential part which also made Kelly and O'Conner look better and the professor was also in a way used as a prop for the two men.
  6. 1. I felt like her character in this film took a big step toward redefining the image of women on screen. She was not the custom female lead because she was tough, dressed in manly attire and had almost none of the lady like mannerisms audiences were use to seeing. 2. I believe like any actor or actress Day became more comfortable and confident in the roles she played. Musicals and comedies were her strong suits in my opinion. I do not think I am the best judge of Day because I do not think I have seen enough of her pictures from that era. 3. I definitely believe it added because she was able to put an exclamation mark on her bold and outgoing persona since the character she was portraying was much the same.
  7. 1. For one thing the number they did is about equality so the spotlight is spread evenly with the four. It is different from other musicals because it concentrates on four characters who are all relying on each other, and you feel like you are watching a group routine rather than watching Astaire. It sends a wonderful message of unity. 2. The Three men are dressed suits and the lady in a dress but the clothing is nothing outlandish everyone just sort of blends together so that you see them as one unit rather than four individuals. 3. It has a sense of playfulness, the reason the gags in the scene are old hat is so that they are doing the jokes ironically which is why they still come off as humorous. In the scene it shows how they all worked together but in a playful manner which indicates that they are comfortable with one another.
  8. 1. The bedside scene made for good close ups so you could see all of Petunia's facial expressions so the audience would know what she was feeling with every lyric. As we go into the outside laundry setting we see that it provides a much more open and mobile environment. Petunia doing laundry during the song gives her a natural action that she can use throughout the scene. I think it tells us that she loves Joe and that he is very much a major part of her life. The song expresses that with a feeling of loyalty to Joe and to God. 2. I think the sentiment would have been close to same, However, I believe the way she sang it would have been a bit different and obviously some of the lyrics would need to be changed. I am not sure about the cultural meaning, because at this point we would have to ask if the storyline would be the same and how old would the child be. In short, it just depends because we are talking speaking hypothetically. 3. The film was very important, every picture like this was another step forward in the right direction. It helped the public to view black Americans in a different light and I can only imagine that it must have been inspiring for the brave black Americans who served in WWII to see themselves represented on screen.
  9. 1. Although he is trying to get away from her you have to think it took timing from both of them to pull off that scene so that every funny moment between them matched. I can definitely see where the editor would come into play in the scene, especially the stunt man switch with Sinatra sliding down the railing. 2. It prepares us by the background setting of the scene and Sinatra trying to get by Garret while she keeps blocking his way which then leads into the chase and then the song.
  10. 1. The first film I saw her in was probably the same that many of us discovered her for the first time. It was "The Wizard Of Oz," I watched it when I was a small child. I remember thinking how beautiful I thought she was and falling in love with her immediately. The scene that really spoke to me, was Dorothy singing "Some Where Over The Rainbow," there was something so surreal about it. She seemed very innocent to me and she made me feel safe. 2. In the clips I viewed her as more mature and grown up. She seemed more out going and out spoken, not as timid or helpless as her character Dorothy. 3. In the "Easter Parade" she really showed that she could hold her with such a major veteran star as Astaire. She could tell the story by movements and facial expressions while she was singing. For example during the song "A Fella With an Umbrella" Lawford was singing this romantic song to Garland and she joined in the song latter. Garland managed to sing this romantic song to Lawford but at the same time letting the audience know that she is interested in Astaire not lawford.
  11. It was fun to throw around opinions about this topic. In the end however, Yankee Doodle Dandy is labeled as a Bio-graphical Musical. Side note: it did get put into a special category as a Bio-graphical Musical instead of just a musical.
  12. 1. There are many things in the scene that promote American values, some are very obvious and others bit more subtle. The obvious would be the White House setting, the conversation of Cohan's up bringing and talk of serving the country in different forms. The more subtle hints would be items such as Cohn's flag pin and the tittle of his plays. 2. The lines referencing Cohan's life long work of his patriotic performances were very moral boosting, to see a man who dedicated his life to expressing to the world the love of his country. One line in the scene " A regular Yankee Doodle Dandy. Always carrying a flag in a parade or following one." "I hope you haven't outgrown the habit." "Not a chance." I found that bit of dialog to be the most inspirational in that scene. 3. It still would have been a great movie but possible not as great. It is hard to judge because we have all the seen the original opening scene and it is difficult to imagine an alternate opening scene. I think it mite have been to abrupt if they would have opened with the 4th of July Parade scene. I like how the scene with the president seamlessly eases into the flash back.
  13. Unfortunately do not have time to watch films on TCM by schedule however I am an avid film collector so some I have from the list and some I do not. These were what I watched so far. The Music Man. Pot O' Gold Top Hat
  14. Yes Yankee Doodle has always been one of my favorites as well. That is awesome that you got to see the Broadway play, I bet it was good. If you ever have the chance you should listen to the commentary on Yankee Doodle it is very interesting.
  15. I do not know what my favorite would be but here are a few favorites in no particular order. The Music Man. There is a lot of inventive ways they perform their songs not to mention there are many good songs in that musical. Singing in the Rain. I love this one for so many reasons but the main reason is that it was simple a well done musical with lots of entertaining songs and dance routines. Hans Christian Anderson. I love Danny Kaye and this is my favorite movie that he was ever in. Great songs and creative dance sequences. Just a really wonderful film. I have more but I do not want to go on for ever as I am sure a lot of us could do. Thanks for asking I love sharing favorites.
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