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  1. 1. It wouldn’t have felt as subtle. In theater, generally actors and actresses have to project their voices so everyone can hear them, even the farthest ones back in the audience. In a film, though, taking this approach feels kind of awkward because the characters feel as though they’re yelling, so taking a quieter approach like Streisand is doing here is generally the better option in film performances. 2. For the most part, this is Streisand’s performance, and there does appear to be somewhat of an emotional buildup as she goes along with the performance, which works to her advantage, e
  2. 1. In some ways, the background story is kind of similar to Cukor’s A Star is Born, with both dealing with women who rise to success in society, though in A Star is Born, Norman Manine is struggling more with the success as opposed to My Fair Lady where it is Eliza Doolittle. 2. The emotional transitions mainly come from Hepburn. Harrison actually acts quite the same throughout the scene, which reminds us that Doolittle is really the one struggling with the change and not Higgins. The mixture between the darker lighting and Hepburn’s performance works very well. 3. Higgins wants her
  3. I think it’s because animated musicals weren’t as common back then. Outside of two movies from the Fleischer Brothers, Gulliver’s Travels and Mr. Bug Goes To Town, Disney was the only American studio making animated features throughout the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and even then, they didn’t do many. They only made four animated features in the 1940s (I don’t count the package features besides Fantasia), and even though it had some songs in it, I don’t really consider Bambi to be a musical. Animated features in general are a lot more common now, hence why they’re being covered. Although I do wish we
  4. 1. Probably the thing I think is most noticeable is that Preston’s character flaws are addressed, specifically in The Music Man, and he tries to fix them, as opposed to someone like Gene Kelly, who usually used his charm to make you forget about his flaws. 2. Kind of tying into my first point, Preston feels very human here. He seemed to be really good at the method acting practice, as he never feels like an actor pretending to be someone he isn’t. He’s so realistic in it that, if we didn’t know any better, he probably was like that in real life. I’d like to point out that I’m not hating o
  5. The Looney Tunes always had great music, even just the scores, and I feel that was a part of their appeal. Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, who were the Looney Tunes composers during the golden era, both had a wide variety of musical tastes that ranged from classical music to jazz, and they were good at incorporating these into the cartoons. Both of them were geniuses.
  6. My favorite’s The Lion King. Lots of great different songs in there. Here’s two of my favorites: As for a more classical musical, I feel that Alice in Wonderland is pretty underrated. The songs are short, but still pretty good. For example, “‘Twas Brillig” by Sterling Holloway (who in general was a pretty underrated singer): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KxxuVhq6MZA
  7. 1. It does seem as though there is an effort to capture the classical music styles with this number, especially since it takes place many years before. As for disruptions, I feel mother disrupting the act is something different, implying a darker tone later on in the film that wasn’t as common in movie musicals in the past. 2. Russell sings along a bit to the song, so that gives the idea that she was someone who at least wanted to be part of the experience, and her demanding nature seems to be in the direction of the kinds of values she was taught as a classically trained actress. 3.
  8. 1. I don’t think so; the Paris setting on its own, as well as its attention to detail, is enough to make it stand out, in addition to some genuinely good performances. 2. Gene Kelly played these kinds of characters quite a bit, so he had experience. Kelly’s character is unlikeable throughout the entire film, though in this scene the only rude thing he does is insulting the college student who wants to critique his work and though he obviously could have been more polite about it, I can also understand his feelings in that situation, especially since she isn’t a professional art critic. If
  9. 1. The pre-dance movements are a bit more silly, like when they are playing around with the curtains, though otherwise they seem to correspond with the actual dance movements fairly well. 2. It is impressive that he is able to keep a straight face all the way through this routine. The straight man often is an important role in these scenes and Watson does an excellent job as a confused outsider. 3. O’Connor is the silliest of the three, although Kelly obviously has some of that in him as well. However, Kelly’s main role in the film is as the Alpha Male, while the professor serves as
  10. 1. It’s definitely different compared to most female representation in the past, especially in the first clip, even though you can sense an awkwardness towards the end in that she is still not entirely seen as an equal to the men. 2. Unfortunately, I’m not too familiar with Day’s later work. I’ve been meaning to check out more and hopefully will sometime soon. 3. I personally think it adds to the role in that it makes her more emotional which I think is more relatable, though I can also see people thinking that it detracts since it’s probably not accurate to the real Calamity Jane.
  11. 1. There is a certain playfulness between the four that I think helps establish the ensemble aspect to it, although they do exclude Levant at one point. Otherwise, it does show an equality that I think has been missing since Astaire and Rogers worked together. 2. Their costumes are all slightly different, though they’re all dressed in a professional manner, so it doesn’t feel as though they’re trying to emphasize anyone over anyone else in terms of the costuming. 3. Levant seems to be the more comedic of the four, especially when he does the bit with the ladder (I’d like to note that
  12. I only have seen a few clips from this movie, so I can’t really fairly say whether the film deserves as much controversy as it does or not. I will say, though, that Disney’s behavior regarding this film has always baffled me, not necessarily because they refuse to acknowledge its existence, but more the fact that they refuse to acknowledge its existence while still using their animated characters as part of the Splash Mountain ride at both of Disney’s theme parks. For the record, I love Splash Mountain, at least the one at Disney World (I haven’t been to Disneyland), and, from what I unde
  13. Supposedly, Jerry’s reflection on the floor was a last minute addition; at a preview screening, one of the executives noticed the fact that Kelly had floor reflections and Jerry didn’t, which, as mentioned at the end of the video, meant they had to do another separate animation exposure for his reflection. I’m guessing that either they were so preoccupied with the missing floor reflection that they failed to also notice a missing background shadow, or that they were running so low on time that they simply decided that adding the floor reflection was more important than the background one.
  14. 1. Although we do briefly cut to a shot of the angel as a reminder of Joe’s redemption, this scene is mainly about her happiness that he is back and the cut to her doing the laundry shows that she also is fine with taking care of him while she handles the laundry herself, even despite his past behavior as a gambler. 2. She’d probably still have the same tone of happiness, and the fact that she is taking care of him would apply to a child too, so I don’t think there would be anything too drastic about this. 3. In the film industry during this time period, African Americans were only a
  15. Just thought I’d share this video explaining the creation of one of my favorite scenes in a musical. I thought it was really interesting to learn how it was done.
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