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  1. The film flashbacks and tells Cohan’s life story and through that you experience WWI through his eyes. Cohan is older but Yankee Doodle Dandy reminds people that they won WWI. They show Cohan singing to the troops his famous songs which build morale. At the end of the film when Cohan receives the Congressional Medal of Honor from President FDR, Cohan recognizes that he did not fight and this honor should go to soldiers, however; FDR reassures him that his music and what did hear was helping people fight. If the film opened as just a bio in chronological order I think I would have less respect
  2. 1. I saw what many have expressed with this scene. The battle has some equality based on what Rogers is wearing. It is not a feminine dress to show her legs and quick movement. I enjoyed her hands in her pockets as she mimicked Astaire’s movements perfectly. The lack of touch at the beginning of the routine is noticeable as well but they begin to become familiar with each other and the lightening strikes. 2. This film portrays more of a story of two people falling in love rather than the woman being a damsel in distress. The screwball comedy plays into the Depression era of being lighthe
  3. This is a new film to me as well and I look forward to watching the whole thing now! 1. I agree with many that the props I noticed included the beautiful apartment, the garter, gun, and drawer full of similar items. The dialogue of little English and mostly French made me think of a silent film because you were gathering information based on the actors body language and facial expressions. 2. I specifically noticed the gun shot and was greatly surprised by it. I wasn’t expecting it to happen because I was thinking in the lines of the Depression era having a more lighthearted approac
  4. The first clip I enjoyed Eddy’s singing ability. Sometimes in films I think the style of singing feels distant from the scene or almost out of nowhere. As he sings the famous song, MacDonald’s reactions are captured beautifully as she reacts to the song. I found it humurous that after Eddy finishes the song and proclaims his love to her that you find out he sings it to many. The special moment that was created also creates a guardedness that although Eddy may have feelings for her, he is almost indifferent if she doesn’t return those feelings. This is something that people do every day. Share
  5. I think so many of my thoughts have been expressed in the great posts that have others have written. What I found fascinating was the the doorman acknowledging that Ziegfeld had given him too much and Ziegfeld’s joke. If I had watched this during the Depression era I think I would find it encouraging that there are still people willing to give more. I would see it as a glimmer of hope. I did find the joke about “losing pounds” comical which makes light of the money given. That moment of laughter is why I personally watch older movies for those few one liners that make you laugh and feel light
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