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􀂃 Singin’ In the Rain o It embodies a lot of these themes we’ve been talking about – high vs. low art o Note Don Lockwood’s speech, where he speaks of himself like a cultured, upper-class person, when the reality is more varied o Note Debbie Reynolds’s claim to prefer higher art (Shakespeare, Ibsen), when she is in fact a popular dancer herself o Satire and Parody 􀂃 A satire makes fun of something, holding it up to mockery – it can direct itself at a broad range of things 􀂃 A parody is a more specific form of satire, where a specific object is made fun of via imitation o Self-consciousness o The key themes 􀂃 One central theme is about performance 􀂃 It sort of acts as an encyclopedic revisiting of the history of film.
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Unformatted text preview: ° The movie has a structural exuberance – there are so many different genres of performance going on at once ° The gap between the outer (formal façade) and the inner (much more energetic intrinsic human energy) o The place of dance and song ° Faced with the boring elocution expert, the characters improvise a dance ° Couches and staircases become elements of the dance – the space is transformed, and the ordinary objects become props ° This is somehow connected to the somehow naïve exuberance of American culture – our ordinary talk can be edged into song, or normal walking can become dance • This has to do with the appeal of Musicals for their audiences – forms of freedom are particularly enacted....
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  • Fall '10
  • DaveShaaw
  • Debbie Reynolds, boring elocution expert, intrinsic human energy, ???? One central theme, naïve exuberance

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