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Posts posted by Kelly46

  1. 1. If Streistand had been more expressive and theatrical in this scene if would have taken away fro the scene. To give it over expression would have made no sense for this scene. Her performance would have been way out of context if she had belted the song "People" out. It would have made her voice unbearable to hear if she had belted it out. I will admitt I am not a fan of hers at all but she did fit this part to a tee and she used just the right amount of exprssion, theatrics and kept her song in pitch and octave where it needed to be.

    2. The two exchange the glances and smiles to show the growing fondness and interest in each other. As she sings and he walks closer to her you can see the fondness and truth to the lyrics. 

    3. Streisand's performance is excentuated so well by the lighting and the close up shots of her. You can see the use of almost Noir in the lighting which shows the emotion on her face and his as they go through the song. William Wyler always used lighting as a key to his shots as he directed. 

  2. 1. Cukor was a master at having very full screen scenes. Being familiar with Gaslight as well I see the use of lighting and the full scene that he uses in all of his films. He also uses his actors and actresses to really play their emotions and scenes with such ease and flair.

    2. Cukor was so very good at using his players to potray the emotions that these scenes would come to life. 

    3. Cukor's use of open or full scenes in his movies makes the full scope of emotions that the actors use come to life. You can feel the emotions not just because of Coker's direction but you have Audrey Hepburn who was a fantastic actress and played her parts so so very well. 

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  3. 1.Men are starting to be more efeminate as the musicals progress in the 1960s on. The male performances are starting to catch up with society and what is going on at that time and even currently. 

    2. Robert Preston shows quite a bit of diversity in these two movies. He also seems a bit more sarcastic in the second film instead of straight laced like the Music Man. He knew how to keep up with the trends in the movies.

    3. Unfortunatly I have not seen any other films with Robert Preston in them. I do know that he was very dedicated to his craft and was able to sustain his career for many decades.

  4. 1. This scene ha all the hallmarks of the classic musical with its big costumes, colors, and in your face singing. This scene also has the disrutive qualities that come starting in the 1960s. The acting deals with more real issuses such as getting ahead and even the backdoor deals that go on in the field of entertainment and the real word. You atart to see the tensions start that were going on at that time in the 1960s. 

    2. She knows when to come in on the cue to give maximun effect for the scene. Most classically trained actresses and actors learn that as part of their craft and nine times out of ten hit that timing spot on. 

    3. You have a little girl who is singing about doing what it takes to entertain you. Personally the high pitch and nasally voice is annoying and may have been meant to be that way. The song itself is disruptive because it does not have that smooth feel of musicals that we saw in the late 1920s to 1959. Very indicative to the time. 

  5. 1. I think that the film's style is just what it needs to be. It was big, bold, down-to-earth, and what was needed for the time frame. It was competing for attention from a little thing called television like most movies were at the time.

    2. Jerry Mulligan knew how to play his parts very well. He puts just enough macho man to loveable guy ratio in the scene. He was a complete jerk to the college girl but got stumped by the rich girl (Grace Kelly). Mulligan also played the part without being a complete jackass like you see in today's films.

  6. 1. O'Conner and Kelly"s pre dance moves are so well timed with their actual dance moves that they blend so smoothly together. These two had flawless dance moves which shows the perfect timing when these two were put together. Being a fan of this movie and Gene Kelly I would say that watching his flawless footwork is amazing. Pair him with O'Conner and you can't lose.

    2. The straight man role of the professor is crucial to the comedic timing and the plot of this film. It reminds me of My Fair Lady when Audrey Hepburn's character is getting her "lady" lessons from the professor and he does not even blink when she makes so many comedic flaws. The straight man is just crucial if you want comedy to work.

    3. All three men are masculine in all they do. The male bantoring that Kelly and O'Conner do to the professor and his willingness to take it shows men at their best in comedy and the way they all seem to be able to flow through the secene is great work. As far as differences go the professor is very much the upper crust stariaght faced man who is no nonsense. O'Conner has almost a boyish masculenty to him in his timing in this scene where Kelly has the young man but not quite out of boyhood charm about his character. 

  7. 1. This character of Calamity Jane played by Doris Day falls in the middle to end of the continuium. She is both tough and gentle which puts her into the I need a man to a I can do it myself. This is where the starlet starts to get more meaty roles.

    2. In her many roles Dorris Day becomes more independent, much like Kathran Hepburn, and rufuses to stagnate as just another pretty face. Her ability as an actress to sing and act just grows leaps and bounds in the 1950s. Her roles are much more female showcase as opposed to focous on the male actor.

    3. Her sunny personality adds to her role as Calamity Jane. My reasons for this are as follows: She gives the character a more human feel. You feel like you are Clamity Jane and can feel her feelings. A role like this did not call for a "sex Symbol type like Marilyn Monroe but someone who was pretty yet had a more abtainable persona. She also plays her part so well you can feel the push for equality in her role for a woman. Doris Day's wonderful personality was what this part needed.

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  8. 1. The four characters are so well blended together and each is just as important to the scene as the others. The noticable change is the fact that a woman was as equal as the three guys in the scene. She was not the typical background chracter or damsel in distress as in earlier musicals. It also was a change from the boy chases girl from most earlier musicals. The scene also depicts the true intent of any movie- Entertainment.

    2. All four characters are dressed in more monotone colors which keeps the focous on all the charaters instead of just one. Even the bright reds of the background help to keep the focous on the characters and their combined contrbutions to the scene. It is a brillant use of colors.

    3. There is a comic and playful relationship between the charcters which you can clearly see. The fact that each charcter blends with the others throughout the scene is brillant. The actors make it run smoothly by playing off of each other throughout the scene. It is great. 

  9. 1. The way the scene is directed in Cabin In The Sky with Petunia going from the sitting room of the cabin to Joe's side and then it cutting out to her doing laundry with Joe outside shows the feeling Petunia has for Joe. It shows love, concern, happiness and a deep connection between the two characters.

    2. Would the song change if she was singing about her child, of course. The meaning and lyrics would be different with regards to how she expresses love. The difference in love one has for a child is very different from the love one has for their spouse. 

    3. This film shows the Black American in a non stereotyped role that was so prevelent in the era. Even the use of the actress from Gone With Thw Wind as a friend to a woman who thought her husband was dead as opossed to the typical maid role. Despite the segragation of the time frame this movie does a lot to really showcase the talents and better story lines for the Black American. 

  10. 1. The shot by shot of this sequence is so well done that the sequence was edited to allow the audience to know thw exact action that follows. The step by step up the stadium seats lets you know that she is literally chasing him and not going to be ignored by him. If you watch very carefully the producer made a point to have the film edited in such a way that the audience could see each step before and after as leading up to the woman getting the man's attention and never losing it.

    2. The sequence prepares us for the musical number by having the actors keep in step with the beat and lyrics of the sequence. You know from the start that it is leading up to a musical number before she begins a note. This is based on her facial expression before she even sings a note. It also has the gag reel type acting of the era before it. 

  11. 1.The first film I ever saw Judy Garland in was of course "The Wizard of Oz". My first impression of her was that she had a perfect little smile and great facial expressions which made you feel the scene she was acting out. I also saw her potential as an actress that ability to mature.

    2. After watching these two clips I get a much more indepth of her singing ability and her ability to make you feel the scene. She was a great actress and I am glad I have been able to enjoy her work.

    3. The later works that showcase her ability to storytell through song are "Meet Me in St Louis", "Easter Parade" (My favorite of hers) and For Me and My Gal. I was exposed to these wonderful films by my Grandmother when I was young and have loved them ever since.

  12. 1. The use of the flag and soliders who depicted the idea of freedom and that we live in the greatest country in the world. The use of the white house also shows how important the leader of the country is to keeping the values of family, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are of impotance to our country. Even the 4th of July parade and the actor talikng to the president about the hope of adding the last few stars to Old Gory are impotant.

    2. When the actor speaking to the President says "I have followed every parade with a flagin my hand" speaks of the pride of being American and how imprtant it is too him. The second item I say booasted Morale was the parade where you see all the flags and the people having respect for the soliders who fight for hier freeedom.

    3. If it had opened with the parade it would have made no sense with the opening dialouge between the doorman and the man telling his story to FDR. I say this because as a biographical musical you should have some introduction to the character being learned about and why the memory of the reasonf for him being patriotic are important to him. 

  13. 1. There is the battle for being the lead in this secene and it is obvious in the dance routine. She is also being more forcful in her approach to be equal in his eyes as well as her own.

    2. This film is not based on the romance part as much as the other films are that have been looked at. It has a clear line of a woman stepping out into a more bold role where in the other films it was typical views of how women should be and what they should want.

    3. In the later 1930's there is a more bold type of actress that you did not see in the early motion pictures. Stars like Ginger Rogers and Collette Colbert (It Happened One Night) who were not happy doing just the typical damsel in distress/housewife type roles. The code was still restrictive but these actresses and even some of the actors of the time were growing tired of the same old tyoe roles and it showed in the pictures being made.

  14. 1. The touch is very staged. When it is used it is obvious that they are trying to obey a code and be mindful of it. As for the character and the use of props, staging, and dialogue make Alfred appear to be jealous, loving, and chivalrous all in one scene. 

    2. The scene is very selective in it's use of sound. It makes for great dramatic effect. The part of the scene where he walks up to the other man with the gun without saying anything and then shooting the gun is a masterpiece of dramatic flaire. This part of the scene gives a more intense feel then just walking up and firing the gun.

    3. It has the thrill of overdramatics in an unrealitic manner that would help the viewer be able to escape reality for a while and be able to see themselves as one of the characters. That was a running theme for most movies of this time.

  15. 1. In clip one they are more relaxed when they are talking and it seems more natural for them to be together. In scene 2 it is obvious that Rose Marie is looked down on for not being  what is called a "lose" woman. It is obvious that the male half is bothered by the lady being downgraded by the bar maid woman.

    2. I have not seen these two in other movies that I recall.

    3. It is obvious that woman were expected to be more reserved and if they were not they were not moral women and were not given respect. Under the code the norms that are depicted is that if you are a woman who spoke your mind or liked to be around men you were not married to you were not worth respect and if you had a voice you were not being ladylike. The other norm depicted is that all woman wanted, if they were moral, was to be married, loved and not be out.

  16. !. It does make life seem more light and carefree then it really was at the time. The reason for this answer is that most people were struggling to make ends meet and were not out on the town. The movie itself was an escape from reality for most people.

    2. What I see as a theme that was constant in depression era films such as Broadway Melody is that the studios and actors/actresses were trying to entertain the masses by giving them an escape from reality. Even if just for a few hours, most folks going to the movies were trying to lose themselves in fantasy for a little while.

    3. The scripting and the filming, especially of the female form, would have been more showy and not so covered up and closed. The other thing about the code is that men and women who were not married would never have been allowed to be seen in a woman's apartment and she would never be alone with any man not her husband. Finally the film would not have been allowed to show a woman who valued her career over marriage and home.

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