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In this movie, Jim is excited about the prospect of only having to work 15 days a year, and many of the dance numbers are portrayed as impromptu or ad-libbed. What part of showbiz “work"does the movie fail to acknowledge or portray? In reality how long do you think it would take to create sequences like Fred Astaire’s firecracker tap dance? (Apparently, the scene took two days and 38 takes ... and that’s not including the many rehearsal hours or years of dancing lessons.)
This film was made in 1942. How did the political climate of that time influence the depiction of the Independence Day celebration and Irving Berlin’s song Freedom?
What is considered “politically ” constantly changes. Given the attitudes of today’s society, would the main characters be portrayed as smokers? How do you feel about the Lincoln’s Day performance where the white characters wear black makeup, and the lyrics use the term darkie?