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EMC/JOUR 3000 Singin' in the Rain Study Guide

  1. 1. Study GuideEMC / JOUR 3000 Edward Bowen
  2. 2. “Singin’ In The Rain” 1952MGM StudiosProduced by Arthur FreedFreed produced more than 40 musicals forMGM. His unit included Gene Kelly, StanleyDonen, and Vincent Minnelli.
  3. 3. “Singin’ In The Rain” 1952MGM StudiosProduced by Arthur FreedDirected by Gene Kelly and Stanley DonenWritten by Betty Comden and Adolph GreenMusic by Nacio Herb Brown and ArthurFreedStarring Gene Kelly, DonaldO’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, JeanHagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse
  4. 4. The Technical Dimension The Hollywood Montage – “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942)http://youtu.be/2690vyc8HRQ
  5. 5. The Technical Dimension The Hollywood Montagehttp://youtu.be/cHMuAA0gBYI
  6. 6. The Technical Dimension The Full Shothttp://youtu.be/ZFxWkUkUsQA
  7. 7. The Technical Dimension The Full Shothttp://youtu.be/qu4v5hB1dKk
  8. 8. The Technical Dimension Camera Choreography (Hey look, I’m dancing with Gene Kelly)http://youtu.be/B0asbGJbLKchttp://youtu.be/_UmaFTEIZ84
  9. 9. The Technical Dimension Dubbinghttp://youtu.be/cirOHTYWi2k
  10. 10. The Technical Dimension• How do camera work and editing integrate with music and performance to help tell the story and evoke emotion?• What part does color play in evoking emotion, defining character, and setting mood?• How are dance sequences shot and edited for maximum impact?• What techniques are used to suggest the style of silent movies of the time in which the movie is set? Of early sound musicals?• What style of lighting is used in the movie, and what effect does it have?• How do the filmmakers use studio sets and back lots to stylize the world of the film? To stylize the “Broadway Melody” sequence?
  11. 11. The Dramatic Dimension The Unreliable Narratorhttp://youtu.be/hC1R_szNzDM
  12. 12. The Dramatic DimensionThe Unreliable Narrator
  13. 13. The Dramatic DimensionEmotion and Story Through Song“That’s a reaffirmation of life.” Leonard Bernstein
  14. 14. The Dramatic Dimension Emotion and Story Through Songhttp://youtu.be/33c3drAfcI0
  15. 15. The Dramatic Dimension• How does Don Lockwood change as the movie progresses? What forces are at work in this change?• What function does Cosmo serve to the story? Why include the proverbial “third wheel?” Why is there no love interest for Cosmo?• Which characters change and evolve? Which remain stagnant? Why?• What are the impediments to Don and Cathy’s relationship? How are they overcome?• How are songs used dramatically and cosmetically to propel the story and reveal character?• What function does “The Broadway Melody” serve to the story and characters?• How are the plot elements connected and then resolved in the final climactic scene?
  16. 16. The Auteur DimensionDirector Stanley Donen“On The Town” (1949)“Royal Wedding” (1951)“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954)“It’s Always Fair Weather” (1955)“Funny Face” 1957“Charade” (1963)“Moonlighting – Big Man on MulberryStreet” (1986)
  17. 17. The Auteur DimensionDirector Stanley Donen 1998 Academy Awards http://youtu.be/JMC8kHycgwM
  18. 18. The Historical Dimension1952• Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom• Organized baseball has its first African-American umpire• “I Love Lucy” is the first TV show to be seen in 10,000,000 homes• Dwight Eisenhower is elected president• Charlie Chaplin is refused reentry into the United States• Other movies – “The African Queen,” “The Greatest Show on Earth,” “The Quiet Man,” “High Noon”
  19. 19. The Historical Dimension 1927 – The movies begin to speak, and sing.http://youtu.be/OTFCctdiS04
  20. 20. The Historical Dimension 1927 – The movies begin to speak, and sing. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/paleofuture/2012/02/http://youtu.be/YMzV96LV6Cc musicians-wage-war-against-evil-robots/
  21. 21. The Historical Dimension 1930-1939 Technical Developments • The soundproof “ice box” temporarily limits camera movement.http://www.filmsite.org/30sintro.html
  22. 22. The Historical Dimension1930-1939 Technical Developments• A successful color photography system (Technicolor) is introduced but it not widely used.
  23. 23. The Historical Dimension1930-1939 Business Developments• The Big Five studios (majors) included Fox, MGM, Paramount, RKO, and Warners; and the Little Three included Columbia, United Artists, and Universal.
  24. 24. The Historical Dimension 1930-1939 Business Developments • Dominance is fully established for studio production methods, which included vertical integration, block booking, and the contract system (which reduced stars’ salaries).https://picasaweb.google.com/114656905726841638976/MGM?feat=flashalbum#5700597435138265986
  25. 25. The Historical Dimension1930-1939 Business Developments• The Film Program – Cartoons, Travelogues, Newsreels, Novelty Shorts, Comedy Shorts, Musical Shorts, Coming Attractions, Features, Double-Features
  26. 26. The Historical Dimension1930-1939 Business Developments• Cinema (single) screens are in every neighborhood.
  27. 27. The Historical Dimension1930-1939 Business Developments• Popular Genres – Musicals, Horror Films, Gangster Films, Screwball Comedies, Westerns
  28. 28. The Historical Dimension1930-1939 Business Developments• Popular Genres – Disney Innovates the Animated Feature
  29. 29. The Historical Dimension1930-1939 Business Developments• American film dominates (up to 80% of the world market), except perhaps in Japan.
  30. 30. The Historical Dimension1930-1939 Business Developments• Under pressure, especially from religious groups, the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association begins to administer a tough Production Code through an office headed by Joseph T. Breen.
  31. 31. The Historical Dimension1930-1939 Business Developments• Production Code
  32. 32. The Historical Dimension 1930-1939 Business Developments • 1939http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAE60830901D8BA3E&feature=view_all
  33. 33. The Historical Dimension 1930-1939 Business Developments • 1939http://dadsmovies.blogspot.com/2012/01/1939-montage-part-one-over-there.html
  34. 34. The Historical Dimension• What if anything does the movie say about society in the 1950s?• What can be learned from the movie regarding the period of time of its story, in particular relating to the transition from silent to sound movies?
  35. 35. The Genre DimensionScience Fiction?As Author Ray Bradbury has pointed out, if you apply the classicdefinition of science-fiction as a story in which new and unexpectedtechnology impacts the lives of characters, then “Singin’ in the Rain” isscience fiction.
  36. 36. The Genre Dimension 2012 – Why is NBC struggling. Some blame the earlier firing of Kevin Reilly as entertainment president in 2007. Reilly moved to Fox and launched a breakaway hit series, and it was a musical …http://vimeo.com/28788094
  37. 37. The Genre Dimension 1935 – “Gold Diggers of 1935” Busby Berkeleyhttp://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/76736/Gold-Diggers-Of-1935-trailer.html
  38. 38. The Genre Dimension 1935 – “Top Hat” Mark Sandrichhttp://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/462008/Top-Hat-Movie-Clip-Isn-t-It-A-Lovely-Day.html
  39. 39. The Genre Dimension 1964 – “A Hard Day’s Night” Richard Lesterhttp://youtu.be/Lkk-tspdZl8
  40. 40. The Genre Dimension 1964 – “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” Jacques Demyhttp://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/05/16/movies/100000000818582/the-umbrellas-of-cherbourg.html
  41. 41. The Genre Dimension 2002 – “Chicago” Rob Marshallhttp://youtu.be/HVyg4MchBYM
  42. 42. The Genre Dimension 2002 – “Chicago” Rob Marshallhttp://youtu.be/YW3MIixEps4
  43. 43. The Genre Dimension Proposition – All movies are and always have been musicals.http://filmusik.com/eislers-ghost-or-what-the-devil-is-going-on-in-this-picture/
  44. 44. The Genre Dimension Proposition – All movies are and always have been musicals.http://filmusik.com/eislers-ghost-or-what-the-devil-is-going-on-in-this-picture/
  45. 45. The Genre Dimension Proposition – All movies are and always have been musicals.http://filmusik.com/eislers-ghost-or-what-the-devil-is-going-on-in-this-picture/
  46. 46. The Genre Dimension Proposition – All movies are and always have been musicals.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/12/priceless-silent-movie-mu_n_925643.html
  47. 47. The Genre Dimension Proposition – All movies are and always have been musicals.http://youtu.be/2fBrpTHe9kk
  48. 48. The Genre Dimension• What expectations do you have of a musical? How does “Singin’ in the Rain” meet those expectations, and violate or subvert those expectations?• How have musicals changed over the decades?• In what ways do musicals reflect the mores, attitudes, and fixations of their eras?• How do you react when a character in a movie bursts into song? Why do you react this way?• How does the factor of verisimilitude play in to the acceptance or rejection of musicals as a genre?• Are animated musicals more palatable than live action musicals? Why?

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