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  1. In the second week of the course, we studied, listened to, and learned about film and musicals in the 1940's as such related to WWII, and the three distinct periods - pre, during and post, and the messages depicted therein. Patriotism being a major theme. Questions in our course have concerned film techniques, innovations, influence on society, relationship to current events, and different forms of entertainment media and competition between them - motion pictures versus television. And at the end of our course now to the point of inquiring "what is a musical." I would suggest that the television series, "Victory at Sea," produced and shown on television in the early 1950's, because of the strong musical score written by Richard Rodgers, could fit in our broad description of a musical. Maybe a historical documentary with an impressive musical score throughout. Sixty plus years ago (I date myself here) I watched this series with my father, a WWII veteran of the ETO, and the score from all of the episodes continues to resonate within me, stirring American patriotism. I cannot imagine the series lasting so powerful in my memory without the Rodgers score. At any rate, agree or disagree with me, this to me shows how powerful music can affect us in our lives.
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