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  1. What other aspects of the battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? Ginger challenges Fred with dance moves and facial expressions. She does not give in to his advances and lets him know he has to work hard to earn her affection. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression-era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? Ginger is not helpless or need saving from Fred. In the other films like Rose Marie, there is a scene where she is singing and seems in need of saving. She could not hold her own there, and its the complete op
  2. How do the pre-dance movements of O’Connor and Kelly compare to their actual dance movements? The pre-dance I guess you can tell the dancers are about to give the Professor a lesson. They are already joking and think Professor is too serious and having no fun. This dance scene was awesome and made me really happy. The dance moves were so incredible and ahead of their time. Watch the Professor all the way through and consider the role of the straight man. He seems to have a straight face the entire time. He's not having any fun but the guys keep on going. It was very entertain
  3. All the actors' costumes suit their personas, and no one is center of attention. Even facial expressions show there is no annoyance or issues between the actors. They seem to be enjoying themselves, by being subtle they are able to show their individuality but also togetherness.
  4. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikeable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlikeable? I think Jerry Mulligan is likable because he is himself 100%. He's honest and insults when he feels the need to, everyone can somewhat respect brutal honesty
  5. As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? Female representation in musicals of the 1950s varies. We had some films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes representing women in more objectivity or sinfulness whereas Calamity Jane a beautiful Doris Day is not here to please you visually, she is setting out on her own adventure, a little hard.
  6. 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? I notice that the angel leaves the bedroom signifying that Joe is alright after all. The scene cut suggests that Petunia and Joe are going to be happily ever after, yet Petunia is still without her own interests besides taking care of Joe who has been dishonest with her, she stays by his side. Its kind of disappointing but for the time makes a lot of sense. How would the song
  7. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. Nelson Eddy Woods and Jeanette MacDonald have a great chemistry in both clips. In the first clip, Woods sings to Macdonald in an attempt to pursue her. Macdonalds isn't completely giving in but you can see in the second clip when she's singing and makes eye contact towards Woods and his two lady friends she seems a bit jealous or upset. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them.
  8. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. each shot shows a different type of flirtation from Garrett towards Sinatra. when in the stands she pretends to kiss him, teasing him. certain sounds go along with the body movements, Garret jumps into Sinatra's lap and you hear a loud sound from the band.
  9. 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 oval office sets the tone. there's a parade going on and many American flags showing the celebration of patriotism, a celebration of July 4th 2.Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost American morale? Quote specific lines of dialogue in your response. the convo between the butler about the grand ole
  10. 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)? I notice that Lubitsch goes above and beyond by flowing camera angles to give us the full story and more observation of whats going on between characters and the set. 2.Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. I notice that though the actress is in the other roo
  11. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? I feel that this scene gives the audience a getaway from their daily struggles connected to the great depression. the perspective definitely isn't realistic for the majority, but enough to give the audience the escape they need for the time being. I don't find it realistic because most men and women were without income or a place to live. Receiving flowers from wealthy men were not in the stars for most women. 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipate fro
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