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Everything posted by DianeKSA

  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? Have not seen this movie for a long time, the thing I noticed is that for me, I think she should have been more theatrical and expressive... even belting the song out more. What I seemed to been drawn to is her hang wringing while she was singing on the stairs, making me feel that she was very nervous... and perhaps it was intended that way due to her singing about people needing people.  2. Note the emo
  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) I’ve only seen two of George Cukor movies, The Philadelphia Story and My Fair Lady. There were so different from one another that’s it hard to think of common themes other than the leading ladies had very prominent roles in each and both had two male characters, two play off of. 2. Note the emotiona
  3. I fell in love with Music Man the moment I saw it as a young girl. This movie really became a classic and I feel Robert Preston should have won his Academy Award in this movie and not for Victor Victoria. Although he’s great he WAS the music man. There was so much going on with him in this movie.. Nobody could have portrayed this character like he did. This said, I think others could have believable played his role in Victor Victoria. 1. As you look back to the masculine performances in musicals of past decades, what changes in male representation, and performance would you say ar
  4. 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? In this movies since it’s Gene Kelly it’s hard not always feel like you like him. This said, it’s rather a opposite personalities that come together. It’s really not my favorite movie with Gene Kelly but they seem to always work and Leslie Caron is charming in her first movie that shows off her talents. 2.. What keeps Jerry Mulligan from being completely unlikeable in a scene in which he acts pretty darn unlik
  5. Singin in the Rain has been one of my favorite movie musicals since I was a kid and I could easily say that I’ve watched it almost a 100 times and never tire of it. There is such playfulness in this movie. And, you can imagine how the early pictures went and how difficult it was to coordinate everything. I’m wishing and wanting more time spent in this class talking about who created the music and choreography for these numbers. They are pure magic!! I realize this class is short but rather than focusing entirely on the performers, I would love to know the background as well. 1.
  6. 1 .As you reflect upon female representation in the 1950s, where do you think this film character falls in the continuum? Why? From what we learned at the beginning of week 3, there was a return to male dominance in the movies. In this movie, Calmity Janes shows that she is equal to men... but not entirely. Little scenes make you look a bit clumsy and still, you know a girl. Perhaps cannot do everything like a man. 2. How do you think Doris Day grows as an actress in her various roles in the 1950s, before and after this musical? I’ve always loved Doris Day but not for real
  7. 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? This dance number is a collaborative effort unlike earlier dancing where although they might be together, there were strengths also as the individual. Everything that was done, really counted on the other for number to look and feel cohesive. 2. What do you notice about the costuming of the characters that indicate cohesiveness of the ensemble, as opposed to se
  8. 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? I get the feeling that when they transition to the laundry that all will be well with Joe. Together they will be okay from the movement and within the sone. 2. How would the song change if it was a woman singing about her child? Does the cultural meaning change? How? I think the song could be used singing to a child as well, but you seem to know by the body langua
  9. 1. Thinking like a director and editor, describe how each shot spotlights key actions. The number is perfectly choreographed with the song. The two complement each other, such as the set up in the initial scene in the hallway, Betty Garrett is waiting and ready to peruse Frank Sinatra’s character. Frank Sinatra backs into wall, while Garrett starts singing “it’s fate baby, it’s fate” “knocking at your door” while she has the top of the wall to knock on. 2. It’s interesting to examine how musicals segue into musical numbers. How does this sequence prepare us for the sing
  10. 1.What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your impression of her? I am 56 and Judy Garland was before my time. This said, the first film I saw of hers was Wizard of Oz. I was enchanted and terrified by the flying monkey scene!! I loved the film and have been a Musical film nut since. Learning in later years that Shirley Temple was considered for the film (whom I also liked) I really could not possibly consider her in that role. Judy Garland was so relatable to her other co-stars and to me as a kid when she was on this great adventure and just wanting to
  11. 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. There are flags waiving and the conversation was about family and a connected family. Additionally support of America in spite of being Irish and how much it meant to their family. 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. Being invited to
  12. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? 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? 1.. I don’t think I really saw additional “battle of the sexes” within this clip. For it’s time period,I think this was unusual to even see a battle of the sexes within a dance
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