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Daily Dose #6: Knocking 'Em Cold (Opening Scene from The Man Who Knew Too Much)


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#221 Dr. Rich Edwards

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 12:25 AM

Happy Fourth of July!

 

Today's Daily Dose is the opening scene of Hitchcock's 1934 thriller, The Man Who Knew Too Much

 

Go to the Canvas course to watch the clip, and then reflect here on the scene.

 

Here are some reflection questions to get you started (or feel free to come up with your own):

1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet)

2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene? How might this introduction affect your view of the character Abbott later in the film? 

3. We saw two opening scenes from Hitchcock's silent films in the Daily Doses last week (The Pleasure Garden and The Lodger). How is this opening both similar and different from those two films' opening scenes. 


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Richard Edwards, PhD

Ball State University

Instructor: TCM Presents: The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock (2017)

Instructor: TCM Presents: Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick in the Movies (2016)

Instructor: TCM Presents: Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir (2015)

 

 





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