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  1. I don't think the scene would be as effective if Barbra sang it the way she did on stage. It would lose that nice, intimate, personal moment. There is a lot of distance between Barbra and Omar as she sings. You can tell that they aren't on the same wavelength in their relationship, too much space between them. The lighting is darker in this scene. When the camera slowly zoomed in on Barbra near the end of the song, you get a feeling that she feels lonely in the relationship. She is still far away from him, he makes no attempt to walk closer to her and she is on a step up higher them
  2. I can see similarities in the movie Gaslight to My Fair Lady even though Gaslight wasn't a musical. It took place in England too. Both lead female characters were being tormented and came out of the experience changed. I loved Gaslight. I also see a similar use of shadows and darkness. Eliza felt like she was used even though she was the one who wanted to be transformed into a lady. Higgins and Pickering patted each other on the back and didn't pay any attention to Eliza and she was the one who worked so hard to make their success possible. I don't blame her for being so angry. It's obvio
  3. I love Robert Preston. His characters have layers to them. Earlier, musicals presented men with just one layer to their personality (the playboy, the mucho man, the shy man, the comedian sidekick, etc.) In the Music Man, Hill isn't all bad and he isn't all good, it isn't black or white with his character there are a lot of grey areas mixed in. That is more realistic since we all have different nuances to our personality. You can't stop watching Preston when he's on screen. He grabs your attention completely. I also enjoy Victor/Victoria, such wonderful songs in that film and a great story
  4. This scene from Gypsy reminds me of the backstage musicals of the 30's and 40's. Rosalind Russell stole every scene she appeared in, in this movie. Such a talent! She is the ultimate stage mom. The song comes off as being innocent and cute with the little girls performing. They are like little performing robots going through the motions like their mother taught them but it wasn't particularly entertaining and that is probably why the people conducting the audition didn't pay much attention to them. Then again, Mama Rose steals the show so all attention is on her.
  5. I found him to be very unlikable. It was very rude the way Jerry behaved to that college student. She was polite and didn't deserve to be yelled at like that. He wasn't very nice to the rich lady either. Throughout the movie, he acted pompous, arrogant and loud. His best quality is his dancing. That's the most likable quality he has and that could be why viewers can forgive his bad attitude. Gene Kelly's movie characters aren't very warm and fuzzy. He always plays the playboy or the tough guy. It's hard for me to warm up to him but I love his dancing--especially tap dancing. And Singing i
  6. This is one of my all-time favorite musicals. I love Donald O'Connor. I don't think he got the praise and attention he deserves. When people talk about tappers they usually mention Fred and Gene but never Donald. He is every bit as good in this number as Gene Kelly and he has awesome comedic timing, just look at the Make Them Laugh number. I like Gene's dancing but every now and then he has the strangest expressions on his face like he's trying to smile naturally but missed the mark. Anyway, I love every movie Donald O'Connor is in. This scene leads up to the dance number slowly in order to se
  7. This movie doesn't fit with the whole conformist theme of the 50's. She stands out, acts like a tomboy instead of a coquettish female and when she tries to act like "a lady" it doesn't work for her. The only thing she does that is conforming is to fall in love and sing a sweet, love song. Doris Day had a good variety of acting jobs in the late 40's and 50's. It's not a musical but I especially liked her in Midnight Lace--such an unexpected role for her to play. But when the 60's rolled around, she was put in the cute romantic comedy mold. I can see why Calamity Jane was her favorite movie
  8. This is one of my all-time favorite musicals. The That's Entertainment clip shows them working together in harmony. You can tell that these four have respect for each other. No one tries to upstage each other. It's a group number and they share the spotlight well. The costuming is interesting. They are all wearing neutral colors so no one person stands out. The outfits mesh well together on the screen. It's very cohesive. The staging is very playful. It's a light-hearted and fun number. Not many props but they were added for a touch of humor (kerchief, ladder)
  9. I love Ethel Waters. I wished Hollywood didn't restrict hiring African American actors because it would have been wonderful to see Ethel--and other talented actors featured in more movies during that period. Ethel lights up the screen everytime she's on. The way she sings this song shows how much she loves her husband. The scene was shot with a nice touch of simplicity and innocence to it to highlight this simply delightful moment of a woman who is deeply in love. I think this song would be effective if she was singing about a child. The whole scene has an innocence and simplicity about
  10. It's amazing how much the movies changed from the 30's to the 40's. In the 30's the women waited for the men the make the first move and even then, they played hard to get. In the 40's you have Betty Garrett's character blatantly chasing a man. How interesting. I'm amazed at how well she could run up the bleachers in that long dress. Very impressive! You knew when Sinatra has that look of fear in his eyes when Betty comes into the scene there would be a chase and a song. Usually, you can tell when they are going to break into song when you hear the instrumental music behind the dialogue.
  11. I don't remember what the first Judy Garland movie was I've seen. Probably the Wizard of Oz. When I was little, it used to come on TV every year and I liked it until the flying monkey's swooped in, then I was done. So it was years before I saw the movie all the way through. What made me fall in love with Judy was her voice. I couldn't understand how a girl that young could have such an amazing grown-up voice. I love all of her movies and I'm a big fan of her TV show too. I have seen the movies these clips are from and it hasn't changed my opinion of Judy. She will always be one of my favo
  12. I love this movie. I never get tired of watching it. It was created to spread patriotism during the war but it's still doing that today, well, sort of. This movie is always on TV on the 4th of July. The movie used every patriotic theme you could think out. Songs about how wonderful America is, lots of stars and stripes decorations, etc. I imagine it was exactly what audiences needed during WWII. The butler talking to Cohen about the song Grand Old Flag, being in the White House is patriotic too. Opening with a parade would be less effective. It's best to tell the story about Co
  13. I'm not sure if I would call it a battle of the sexes, it was more like women can do anything as well as men. Not a battle but a challenge that ends with a symbol of equality. I love this scene, I've watched it many times and it always makes me smile. It starts out as a dance challenge and ends with them dancing together as one instead of trying to top each other's dance moves. Shaking hands at the end is symbolic of coming together as a team instead of as rivals. I think this film is more screwball than the other films we watched this week. It takes a giant step deeper into comedy. I als
  14. Lubitsch’s touch is very visual. There wasn't a lot of dialogue in English so it was the visuals that told the story in this scene. Even if you didn't know French you knew what was going on and what they were probably saying. The close-up shots, the facial expressions, etc. told the story. The scene unfolds very smoothly, the pacing is slightly slower so you can pick up on all of the nuances. I especially noticed the sound of the gun going off, first with the woman shooting herself--which was shocking and sad and again when the husband shoots the playboy she was canoodling with and that
  15. I love the facial expressions between Nelson and Jennette in this scene. The story is right on their faces, no dialogue is necessary. You feel closer to both characters. I felt so embarrassed and sympathetic to Jennette's character when the saloon singer upstages her. She didn't mind the people in the saloon not paying any attention to her singing but when Nelson walked in, you could tell that she hated that he didn't see her winning over the crowd. And the look on Nelson's face showed me he wasn't being a player anymore and that he really cares about her. This is such a wonderful scene. Like
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