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  1. Daily Dose #16 1. The audience I think eventually feels that Streisand’s growing success in the film was in contrast with her personality. She loved performing but did not love the level it took in society. The song “People” was kept in quiet performance reflecting the way she would have now liked her career. A successful career but without the loud crazy benefits it came with. Maybe coming back to more of a reality. 2. Fannie’s singing in the forefront shows how her role has changed from being in the background to now the forefront. Arnstein’s character is now shown backing away from the camera as his character is now lacking the success that Fannie is now having. 3. Fannie is climbing UP the stairs the same direction her career has gone. The camera is now keeping Arnstein in the background again positioning him where is career is going; behind Fannie.
  2. Daily Dose #15 1. Both characters in these two movies are strong dominating men this makes them similar however, the Higgins character concentrates on improving his ‘muse’ with high society and class. The Gregory character concentrates on his own selfish outcome by keeping his wife feeling insecure and alone. He manipulated Paula and kept her down and depressed where Higgins encouraged Eliza to improve herself. 2. Eliza has been given much attention from Higgins which makes us fee that he has feelings for her but then we learn he too is being selfish and will benefit her outcome as a high society woman. We then see that Eliza is struggling with this. Gregory has Paula believing she is insane and manipulates her totally but we see Paula's struggles throughout this film. 3. Cukor has Eliza accepting Higgins as he trains and teaches her to become a proper woman of society during most of this film until Eliza no longer accepts what’s happening to her.
  3. Daily Dose #14 1. I think Robert Preston’s style of singing was more “talking with music’ then actually a ‘songman’ of the times. So the irony of him portraying “The Music Man” when he actually talks in the songs is funny to me. 2. Again, back to his vocals. He isn’t your typical ‘singer’ …he speaks his lyrics. 3. I really enjoyed Robert Preston's performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown". Though Debbie Reynolds was fantastic in this film, funny how Robert did not even sing in this film.
  4. Daily Dose #13 1. Though Gypsy was a Broadway musical initially, bringing this to a film version on the big screen brought to light a subject of ‘stripping’. This subject was not a known or common one other than in a vaudeville act which this scene goes back in time to this era. Also Russell ‘s character taking charge of her daughter’s career shows the new direction of females in future roles. So the subject matter and strong female character role led the way for future movie musicals. A person could not be surprised on the direction in which movie musicals were heading. 2. Ms. Russell’s Mamo Rose introduction is bold, brash, and dramatic. She used intimidation with her voice and actions and her outfit. 3. The sexual connotation of Sondheim’s lyrics are pretty pronounced. “Let me entertain you”; Let me see you smile” etc. sounds to me words of a ‘pimp’ trying to get his ‘girl’ pimped-out. Sadly, this is happening in real life though Mama Rose truly loves her daughters but unfortunately this is her way. Not really a disruptive song/scene but to me a sad situation.
  5. Daily Dose #11 1. Donald and Gene perform with their top part of their bodies. Using their hands and arms to express their feelings. Later on comes the actual dance with the talent of their legs. 2. The professor thinks he has them in his full attention. The react by copying what he's saying hence he thinks he's in charge but then they start imitating him with jest. He realizes that and then gives in as a straight man to their silly antics. 3. Gene seems to stay in character as a student willing to learn and shows he can be smarter than the teacher Donald shows off his 'class clown' abilities maybe because he realizes he won't be as smart as Gene and the professor tries to be the stern teacher and realizes he's not getting any where with his students.
  6. Daily Dose #9 1. In this scene of "That's Entertainment", the Nanette, Jack and Oscar are trying to convince Fred to look at the situation their way. They sing closer to him, get in face, and then he reacts in a positive way and then feels and reacts and convince him to see things their way. And he does! Thankfully! Then we get to enjoy his dancing and singing. 2. Their costuming blends very well. All a shade of light blue to gray coloring. The style goes from very taylored (Fred) to a casual ( Jack) to a comfortable attire (Oscar) then to Nanette in a blend of their colors but with a 'splash' of red which makes her 'splash' out. 3. The way Oscar dances out of the scene so casually and we keep our eyes on the other three then becoming silly in their routine. Makes me smile that they are having such a good time with one another.
  7. 1. Daily Dose 8......I noticed that her beautiful huge smile scene was directed to keep Ethel on a close up while she sang and showed her positiveness in Joe's outcome. She was hopeful but content. Although the song is poignant because of her love for Joe, her smile is infectious. Cutting into the laundry scene shows another day has passed and we see Joe sitting up in his chair on the way to recovery. 2. I don’t think the song would change even if Ethel was singing to a child. Singing to Joe is like singing to a child. The lyrics talk about angels, Christmas, and love; lyrics that can relate to anyone. 3. I can see in this scene that besides Joe’s gambling behavior, Ethel is a happy woman. She seems appreciative of the things she has. They seem to have nice things; the items on the cloths line are plenty and are of a variety like shirts, sheets, undergarments. I think it is important to show this because it presents good standing amongst black Americans in a well to do community. The neighborhood looks nice with the picket fence and all showing that they, too, were keeping things up during the war.
  8. 1. I'm sure this is repetitious but my first experience with Judy Garland was of course "The Wizard of Oz". Actually, I thought of her more as an adult in that film than a 'little girl". She was strong-willed and defended her decision to keep Toto. But then her sweet soft voice in "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" made me feel like she had the thoughts and dreams of a little girl. Just like I was, when I was younger and first saw this movie. 2. My view of Judy Garland went from a mature young adult in The Wizard of Oz to a torn dramatic woman in "A Star is Born. What a contradiction in acting and so well done. Plus in the aftermath of Oz, she continued to show us her dancing ability and singing. 3. Well, "the night is bitter, the stars have lost their glitter, etc"....she represented this well as an actress from fun-loving singing and dancing with Mickey Rooney to a darker side actress. I believe she was the night and the stars in a Star Is Born.
  9. 2. I thought when George started talking to the president and the president said how George “was his double” and commented on how he admired that the Irish Americans “carry your love of the country like a flag; right out in the open.” Then George responded by telling the President how his father “ran away to the civil war”. The President surmised George’s attitude toward this country by saying “you spent your life telling the other 47 states what a great country this is”. 3. The opening with the Oval Office brought us in to feel what it would be like to have been in George's shoes. I feel this film would be have definitely been different if it did not open in the Oval Office because who would George have been talking to at the Fourth of July parade? I don’t think he would have had been meeting with the President. Who else but the President would have made George so proud that he would talk about his life and the love of his country? The opening worked very well using the Oval Office.
  10. This scene promoted American values and spirit of the country. Patriotism shown at the White House. The medal was presented not only for Mr. Cohan's spirit but for the spirit he created in America with his songs. The portraits of the former presidents and the view of the oval office just made kept me in mind of how proud he made us feel about our country. We all need reminding of how this country came to be and this opening gets us started in the right direction. President Roosevelt tells Mr. Cohan that though he didn't fight in the war, he more that gave. He gave us the songs that had people in the parade scene singing outloud with pride.
  11. 1. The battle of sexes could be not only seen in the dancing but can be heard in the music itself. The dance starts out slow and easy and Ginger does not seem to be that into it. Then the crescendo starts happening. The dance gets a bit faster and she is definitely performing stronger dance steps. Ginger is now keeping up with Fred and the music and dance steps are not at a faster pace then slowly they both come to a slower dance until the last steps quietly come together. 2. This film distinguishes itself from the depression era musicals with it's soft scenes. Though in black and white obviously, I think there is a soft hue around Ginger and Fred especially when they are in a scene together. The glamour is in the dress; the tuxedo, the lavish gazebo scene. Again, money and glamour depicted in a background of uplifting dancing, singing, and love. 3.I think the changes came because the times were changing. The economy was improving. Society was encouraging the social life of drinking, dances, and movie-going. Women had to leave the home in most instances to get work and get themselves out of the depression. So now women had money to contribute to the slow economy.
  12. 1. I notice more a subtle, sexy and even humorous style being presented. In a way, I can see that the direction was that of two ways: the scripts for the actors had you listening and thinking one way while the scene itself was having you question yourself on what you heard. The only way to interpret is in a humorous way. 2. The film's sound seemed quiet. But in the scene with Mr. Chevalier can't understand why anyone would leave Paris, he pats his valet on the shoulder and the sound is muffled but clear at the same time. Then the valet goes to the door and the dog barks. Again the bark is clear but the background sound is muffled. Mr. Chevalier's singing is sung with such clarity though his strong accent does not deter me from listening with a smile. 3. The glamour of this film can be seen in many of the future films. The sexuality of the garter scene used as a tease though the film carries off the 'boy meets good girl' theme quite frequently used in future musicals.
  13. 1. Marie keeps her shy ways because this was now the day of becoming and staying a 'decent' girl. She could not respond so quickly to the advances being given. Hence the 'courtship' days were now being brought back. Their love songs to each other were the best 'love scenes' ever! 2. Though I have not seen them in other films before, but film books, TCM, biography channels and even cartoons have reflected back to the 'sweet days' of Jeannette McDonald and Nelson Eddy. 3. As far as what these films tell in the male/female relationships in this era, pretty much 'touching' was not the norm. Staying sweet and innocent will get you the man you will marry. However, maybe not necessarily so for the man. The man was not considered 'innocent' but proper enough to get the sweet innocent girl.
  14. !. High society was a their way of starting over from the recent depression. They wanted people to forget the past and 'colorize' the future. Fancy clothing, jewels, drinking helped make them forget. 2. A theme of being carefree whether they could afford it or not. Movies initiative to be more uplifting. Time was now to 'produce' good feelings. 3. If it was pre-code, then most of scenes would have or could have been more provactive. Less clothing if none at all. Sending flowers to her dressing room could have been a more subtle scene with a more sexual tone.
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