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Erin E.

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  1. 1) The pre-dance movements of O'Connor and Kelly are light and airy, and joking. They spend most of their pre-dance time using the rhythm of the tongue twister to build up the song itself. They tease each other and the teacher to show how playful they are and can be. Their gentle teasing leads them directly into the dance sequence. 2) The professor during this sequence is the "straight man" shown by the shocked look on his face, and the bamboozled reaction to these two men dancing and making fun of the lesson at hand. His face when O'Connor makes fun of him reading the tongue-twister does
  2. 1) Unlike the musicals of the 1940's and before, the newer musicals of the 1950's focused on the group and the idea that everyone is the same, and if they're not, then they should be. During this clip, it is clear that they are all equals. Not only are they portrayed as friends and as co-workers who can get along regardless of the struggle, the film styles showcase that fact. No one star takes center "stage" over another. If they do separate during the song, they are usually split into twos and are frequently going in and out of the shot. Although Astaire could easily have performed this on hi
  3. 1) This song showcases the playfulness of the music by mirroring the sounds with actions, making it come alive. The director/editor needed to be the perfect team, communicating the message from the takes gathered to the way the film was cut together. Putting these two together with just enough space to spread out, but never too far, makes for the "chase scene" of the musical. In an atypical way, the woman is shown here as being strong and athletic (running, picking up Sinatra, etc) in a way to match the strength of her "target". The music and the action line up perfectly, from their running to
  4. 1) Much like many others on the forum, my first Garland film was Wizard of Oz. I was mesmerized by her voice and her display of youthful maturity. Although some of her other films are more dear to me now that I am older, the magic of The Wizard of Oz will never leave. 2) Easter Parade has been one of my favorite Garland and Astaire films since first seeing it when I was a teenager. When I saw this film, I was able to put her into a comedic light rather than just being a "pretty singer" like much of her other roles had portrayed her to be. 3) Some of the other films around this time s
  5. 1) It is apparent in the 2 scenes that these two have a courting-type relationship with one another. They are not going together, but there is an attraction they hold between them. The camera scenes mimic the witty back-and-forth style of banter and singing to further show they have a tense, but budding relationship. The way Marie plays with her fingers with a raised eyebrow shows her interest and playfulness towards the sergeant. The sergeant's words are playful but aimed to strike a chord - especially when discussing him rowing her towards her suitors. 2) I have not had the opportunity
  6. 1) I do believe that this clip shows that this musical definitely leaned more towards a light-hearted view of life than your average American at the time. A woman debating over 2 contracts would likely not be as frivolous with her decision, based upon how nice a bouquet of flowers were sent over. Likewise, the two men competing for her partnership would likely not be as cordial "in real life," so to speak. Focusing on the high living of a foreign star, rather than your Broadway chorus girl "trying to make it big" also attempts to shift focus away from the struggles more common to the movie-goe
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