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re: Natasha Richardson explained it a bit differently.
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 08:00 pm EDT 05/13/21
In reply to: re: Natasha Richardson explained it a bit differently. - Chazwaza 12:21 pm EDT 05/13/21

I'd love to know what the case is for Don't Tell Mama being a more useful song for introducing Sally's character and the seductive but self-serving world Cliff has entered.

Again, we should keep in mind to begin with that, technically, Sally is not necessarily supposed to be singing an autobiographical song in "Don't Tell Mama" or "Mein Herr."

That said, I think "Don't Tell Mama" is great for establishing the character as someone who does what she wants even if that means being naughty, while also communicating her sense of humor and the fact that she doesn't take herself too seriously. On the other hand, while "Mein Herr" does establish that Sally is a free spirit who enjoys moving from lover to lover and doesn't want to be tied down, I don't think it's anywhere near so witty and humorous a song as "Don't Tell Mama," so I would say it's inferior in that respect -- but again, it's fabulous in the movie because of the performance, the choreography, the filming and the editing.
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