Movie Analysis : ' The Rain ( 1952 ), And My Fair Lady ( 1964 )

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Typically, in musicals women are depicted as skinny, attractive, well-mannered people who live up to the “ideal” expectations of society’s standards. This concept is constantly propelled in the public’s face because many actresses have a similar physique, petite and attractive. Usually, we will not see women who are overweight, acne ridden, or blessed with a raspy voice because these types of actors are not the model people company executives want to present to their audience. Instead, movies look to exploit women’s flaws and then find a solution using “beauty products,” lavish clothes, or singing and acting lessons to perfect their faults. Movies such as Easter Parade (1948), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), and My Fair Lady (1964) take the imperfections of a woman and “fix” them so that the audience has the ideal image of what perfection is. Leading up to or following a movie, fan magazines will advertise products that actors may or may not use to boost sales and take advantage of the self-conscious population that is continually striving to be like their hero’s. For instance in the movie Easter Parade, Judy Garland plays a female dancer who looks to propel her career with the help of a famous dancer, Don Hewes (Fred Astaire). Hannah Brown (Judy Garland) was able to get an audition with Don Hewes because her natural beauty meets the standards that he has set for women. Hewes says, “Yeah, I think you’ll do,” speaking as if Miss Brown is an animal he can train to…

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