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  1. If Streisand would have been more theatrical and expressive, her performance wouldn't have been as it was...from deep within her soul. She sang as though the words were pouring from her heart...a plea to Nicky to need her and love her. When she would start singing louder, she pulled herself back so she didn't appear too desperate or needy in his eyes. The emotional transitions were interesting. He tells her he likes being free and then she jokes with him about how freedom can lead to loneliness as Fanny Bryce was such a joker. They then go into such a serious frame of mind with People
  2. Both My Fair Lady and Gaslight have caring, open women being manipulated by powerful, overbearing men for the entertainment of the men. The sets were built with a lot of props and those wide camera angles so you feel like you are walking into the room yourself and the massive view of the films are done to make the women feel even smaller and more insignificant. The emotions ran the gambit in this scene of MFL. Eliza was deep in thought and then flew down onto the floor sobbing. The camera shooting her from above makes you realized how low she actually felt and was brilliant. She moans
  3. 1) Early movie musicals showed men in the macho role. They sang and they danced but were all strong, straight-laced men. The two musicals with Robert Preston showed a different kind of man. He was able to be soft and tender as well as being manly when the scheme of the movie needed the shift. Showed movie goers that men had a full range of emotions, only early musicals didn't show all the sides very often....they were either comedians or dancers or singers or actors and emotions didn't go from one gambit to another. 2) Robert Preston is excellent in these films. He acts like there is
  4. 1. The set is made to look shabby and run down...in complete opposite of those classical expensive-looking sets in the beautiful, big budget movies. The scene is like a vaudeville act in itself and disruptions come from off stage (Russell) and back stage (the producer) and even the people on stage look shocked at the disruptions. This is the perfect example of what we will see in later movie musicals. The viewer will be prepared for the classical musical and then it turns out to be more vaudeville than not. 2) It's interesting to see Rosalind Russell be the stage mom interrupting an a
  5. I don't think it was necessary for this film to have the stylized approach throughout. The ballet at the end was beautiful and colorful thanks to Minelli, but the rest of the movie was so darn entertaining that it is perfect just the way it is. It is hard to not like Jerry. He's friendly to all he meets along the way to where he displays his paintings and has a bounce in his step and a smile on his face. He speaks harshly to the college student because he recognized who she was or more so what she was and felt she would insult his work so he moved her on along to protect his fee
  6. Pre-dance movements set up the rhythm for the dance....almost a verbal dance before the actual dance. Excellent straight man--kept the shocked, serious look throughout and made the scene even more enjoyable. All 3 men were masculine in their actions. The choreography with the dancers jumping on and off the desk and on and off the chairs helped to push the masculine tone to the performance.
  7. Calamity Jane definitely reflects on the female representation of the 50's. During the war, women had to assume a lot of the man's role in society with most leaving the home to work out in industry for the first time, and dealing with all of their home-life problems alone while the men were off at war. The war ended, bringing all the men home to resume their roles leaving the women sort of in limbo of exactly what their role was. They had become independent and didn't necessarily just want to go back into the home to simply cook and clean. Calamity Jane also had inner turmoil about her rol
  8. The way they were tossing out ideas in the song could have taken place sitting around a conference table and the music and the words played so well into the feeling of working together. From the first view of the scene, they all moved in unison. All wearing similar colors, all with their same arm and leg movements making you see one action and one group in harmony. When they move around, they move like a single unit. Not one star performing alone, a complete group performing in unison. Loved it!
  9. The shift from his bedside to taking in the laundry shows time has past. Joe is in a wheelchair in this scene and even as she is doing her laundry, she is taking care of him. She wheels him back into the shade when she notices the sun was too hot on him. He is appearing to be unable to assist or walk, but she loves him just as much as ever. The love Petunia has for Joe is just like a parent's love for their child, unconditional, undying, and all-forgiving. The film did a good thing making it with an all-black cast, but they needed a black director or writer involved so it would mo
  10. From the beginning of the clip, Betty is on the offense with Frank on the defense. Every push forward from her receives a push back from him. She continues to work the movement back to her having the upper hand and it's wonderful! Loved the music and the way it pumps you up while they are running up into the stands. It has your feet tapping and you just NEED a song to begin and thankfully, it does. Great acting in this clip....loved the way it looked like it was an everyday thing running up and down bleachers.
  11. I first saw Judy Garland act in The Wizard of Oz when I was a child. She was amazing and since she was young, I put myself into her ruby slippers and went to Oz with her. The awe in her performance when she was in the tornado and then how overwhelmed she is when she lands in Oz shows just how great an actress she is. At some times she was almost breathless when she was speaking making you feel that she truly was experiencing the wonder of Oz. Seeing her performances in the two clips shows how much she had grown, not just physically, but as an actor and performer. The piano scene was a
  12. It's obvious that she finds herself to be his equal, not only in dance, but in life. She dressed manly, and danced step-for-step with Astaire showing she could hold her own. This was a warning to him that he'd have to treat her as an equal if he wanted to take this relationship any farther. Women in this time were coming into their own with work available for them and moving about in society more and this dance just shows progress had been made there.
  13. The opening of the seen with the voices coming from behind the closed doors was brilliant. Since they were unable to show sex scenes, it led you to wonder what all had gone on behind the closed doors leading up to the scene. Enjoyed the comments in English during the French scene to let us know that he knew we were watching and he felt we needed some hints at what was going on. Didn't need to be in English...their acting told the whole story. Loved the number of small guns in the drawer....that many women had already been behind his bedroom doors. The garters were also a smart prop to
  14. Interesting that Eddy just comes out and sings that he loves her and she never tells him that she likes him. She does say he has a lovely voice, but that is all. He's all out there and she keeps it all inside. She is the sweet lady who is classy and sophisticated while in the club, all the other women in there (notice I did not say ladies), are obviously loose women. They are dressed scantily and are sitting closely to the men, if not touching them, close enough to do so. The other singer was the total opposite of Jeanette and seeing Jeanette try to bring herself and her performance onto
  15. Yes, the clip shows upscale surroundings and classily dressed people both on stage and in the audience to carry the viewer away from the sad and desperate times they were living in. I anticipate other future depression era films I plan to watch will do more of the same showing wealthy people living in ridiculously huge homes and dressed in gowns and tuxedos in their everyday life. Love the way this carries you away and puts you dancing with Fred Astaire or whoever. With the movie code in tact at this time, it is apparent that the singer's dress was very demure. Prior to the movie code, the
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