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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 opposite in Top Hat. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball comedy musicals that distinguish themselves from earlier musicals in the 1930s? I feel like comedy musicals would be perfect for a change in roles because the world was very serious at this time. Gender roles were definitely in place so a getaway would definitely be available in a comedy musical. It would shed some type of hope in real societal gender role changes.
  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 entertaining.
  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 change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meaning change? How? If the song were about a child, it would be less romantic and more motherly and probably tears of joy definitely. What other thoughts do you have about this film, the issues of black Americans during WWII, and this film’s importance in this era? I feel this film was very important to the era and to African Americans having a film for their culture that showed some duality in good and evil. It's poetic even though the stereotypes of the time like the exaggerated dialects, and characters being hustlers or gamblers just negative representations but existed definitely among all races of the time. I feel that the film was important then as it still is today. We had the opportunity to see a a great performance with alot of talent. Ethel Waters stole the show.
  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. What do these clips tell you about the male/female relationships as they are depicted in the films during this era? What norms might you expect are supported under the Hollywood Film Code? A lot of the films seem to depict men as very masculine and of some type of high status whether military men, socialite or very wealthy. A lot of the women are not as wealthy and in need of some type of help or being courted.
  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 flag and how its such a great song today as it was in the past, clearly to attract all audiences and feelings of togetherness
  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 room you can tell they are arguing about Chevalier's character and she is upset. His laughs and smirks show he has a playful attitude but can be manipulative as well. When the door sounds he realizes it is the husband and you can hear the fear in his voice, it adds a lot of emotion where we could not understand the language. 3.What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression-era musicals? Themes of infidelity and violence, life-altering circumstances
  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 from this clip in other Depression-era musicals? I would anticipate the theme of a secret admirer or vague romance in other depression era musicals. I say this because I'm sure many people dreamed of someone coming to save them from their despair caused by the depression. a fantasy that would've sold many tickets. 3. Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been filmed or scripted differently if it had been pre-code? Give specific examples. If this was a pre-code film, i would imagine it to be more like the film BabyFace with the actress driving the men to become corrupt in order to win the affection of the women.
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