Learning Goal: I’m working on a film discussion question and need an explanation
Learning Goal: I’m working on a film discussion question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
After watching Madonna’s 1984 music video, “Material Girl,” respond to the following:
In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953), Marilyn Monroe’s performance in the “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” number is memorable. Discuss Madonna’s response and appropriation of this famous musical number. Is this musical number “problematic,” in terms of sexual politics? Or, in what ways Monroe’s performance can be viewed as “progressive”?
Support your argument by identifying the way the film presents its audiovisual elements. What cinematic techniques were at play? (E.g., camera movement, shot size, sound design, score, color, lighting…etc.)
When responding to your classmates, consider the following:
Find a a post that you disagree with regarding their position on Gentlemen Prefer Blonde. Respond respectfully as to why you think otherwise.
Make an original response to the prompts. Your response should contain citations from the course readings or other academic sources.
Find a classmate with a post that you disagree with regarding their position on the discussed subject. Respond respectfully as to why you think otherwise.
Both of your posts should be approximately 100-150 words.