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  1. 1. How might Streisand’s performance of the song “People” have felt different in the film, had she been more theatrical and expressive, perhaps even belting her song more? She would have seemed more worldly, less unsure of herself. When you belt a song you don’t have the luxury of adding all the emotion that Barbara was able to add to the soulful rendition she gave in the movie. I was lucky enough to see her perform this on stage and it was wonderful. And I was younge enough, my teens, to think that was the way to sing it. But in later years, hearing the soulful rendition on LP, the ve
  2. 1. Explore any common themes and filmmaking techniques in a very different movie also directed by George Cukor, Gaslight. (If you are not familiar with Gaslight, compare and contrast Cukor's theme in this scene and his techniques with another musical you have seen during this course) Gaslight was another movie about a very manipulative man. In this case he tried to drive his wife insane so he could find the jewels her aunt left her. Prof. Higgins is manipulating Liza so he can win a bet. Both men want something of the women in their lives regardless of how it effects the women. B
  3. 1. As you look back to the masculine performances in musicals of past decades, what changes in male representation, and performance would you say are most noticeable? Preston is much less stuffy than the males of earlier films. He seems a more natural persona on film. He has an infectious enthusiasm that seems terribly real and authentic. Somehow he seems to pull the audience around him in deeper and faster to what he is saying or singing about than previous movies. Part of that is his voice, which is very deep and calming. But it is also his animated facial expressions and hand, and b
  4. 1. In what ways does this scene look backwards to classical musicals and how does it look ahead to new disruptions that we now know will happen in the movie musical? There is the traditional ‘cattle call’ to decide who is going to be picked as the talent to go on the show. There is a full orchestra to accompany the performers as they try out. But instead of a calm one at a time try-out all is chaos, mostly because of Mama Rose. First there is the promoter who is rigging the show for the balloon girl. Then Rose comes on to push for Baby June. Then Rose heads off to try to pop the balloo
  5. 1. Does a movie that has as stylized a scene as An American in Paris’ ending ballet need to use a less-than-realistic, stylized approach throughout the film? Why not? I don’t think it’s a matter of does a movie need to but of does it feel better to carry the same theme through the movie? I’m not an expert at this but this movie changes a lot. It’s a totally different type of movie. I remember watching it for the first time and thinking whoever dreamed it up must have been on serious drugs. But the darn thing worked, worked really great. I think because it had such an unrealistic, fa
  6. 1. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? The pre-dance movements are as on-beat as the dance moves are. Each hand, eye, shoulder, etc movement was in time to each syllable spoken. Then the music started and they began to dance and it was a seamless transition because they had been following the beat all along. 2. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. There has to be a straight man to react to the funny man, perhaps not all the time but most of the time, especially for sight
  7. 1. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? I think Doris’ character falls at the beginning. She is definitely of the my man is away and I have to take care of everything until he comes back kind of mind. She may not be married but she is helping her community by getting the stage safely through. Towards the end of the movie as she makes the shift to a more feminine version of herself it shifts the movie along the continuum also to a less masculine female to a more feminine female.. 2. How do you
  8. 1. As you watch the interaction between the four characters in this scene, what do you notice about the way they include each other or relate to one another? How is it different from early musicals we have discussed? They touch each other during the song and frequently change places so no one person takes priority. In earlier musicals the characters were separate from each other or only in two’s. 2. What do you notice about the costuming of the characters that indicate cohesiveness of the ensemble, as opposed to setting anyone apart? Be specific. The four players are all w
  9. 1. What do you notice about the way the scene is directed as Petunia goes to Joe’s bedside and as we cut to her outside hanging laundry? What does this tell us about her relationship, and the connection to the song? Petunia rushes to Joe’s side to care for him when she knows he is okay and when she is outside taking in the wash Joe is in a wheel chair near her. She pushes it back into the shade to make him more comfortable, taking care of him again. Her care for him, him being dependent on her tell me that he is everything to her and vice versa because “happiness is just a name called
  10. 1. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. When Frank stops running the two are high-lighted by the lighter exit box in the darker-shaded bleachers. The exit box acts like a frame for the action. Later their light colored clothes stand out against the darker shade of the bleachers. Then they get framed again against the baack wall at the top of the seats. 2. It’s interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How does this sequence prepare us for the singing? Betty is waiting, stalking really, frank in the hallwa
  11. 1. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? The first time I recall watching Judy was on a TV special. It must have been around 1960, give or take a few years. I was just hitting my early teens and here was this woman with a magnificent voice dressed not just in the gowns the other women wore but in a black jacket, top hat and black tap pants and hose. I thought she was the most wonderful woman on two dancing feet! Her voice soared, her body moved to the music like a violin string plucked by the musician, and her face moved to the
  12. 1. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? The rainy weather with the thunder and lightning is another aspect of the battle, along with the crop in her hand. Then there is her little dance step alone after their first steps together, a challenge to say see I can start one too. The clothing that both are wearing, pants and tailored jackets. What is amusing is that she is wearing the hat in an age when men always wore hats. 2. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or di
  13. DAILY DOSE 3 1)What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? The first thing I noticed when the couple burst through the door arguing was that Alfred just stood, at the door jamb, perfectly composed, smiling even, as if this sort of thing happened to him all the time. Then the woman came out still agitated and he still stayed calm. He was not at all discomposed when she shoved the garter at him as other men may have, again reinforcing that he had plenty of experience dealin
  14. 1) What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. In the first clip McDonald keeps her back to Eddy during most of the song but smiling as if enjoying a private joke. Eddy spends a lot of the time looking outwardly stiff but he also smiles a small smaile as if enjoying a secret. Towards the end of the clip they face each other and tease vocally. In the second clip McDonald is nervous and does not sing the song well when Eddy arrives. When Eddy enters the room and sits with two floozies she seems upsets. One of the women
  15. 1) Describe how the scenes in today’s Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. Be specific. Refer to props, set design, settings, etc. in your answer. The set couldn’t be grander, the White House itself, with its grand halls and tall ceilings. Even better on the way up the wide staircase were portraits of some of the past presidents hanging on the wall. When the camera brings us into the Oval Office you see paintings of sailings ships, which I assume are of America’s sailing battleships of the past, as well as models of ships. Of course there
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