1. Even at the level of the dialogue, this film is playing with the idea that two Hollywood stars are flirting with each other (e.g. the line, "I look vaguely familiar.") How does our pre-existing knowledge of these stars function to create meaning in this scene.
First, we know how extremely well known and popular these two actors were at the time, so the line is somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
2. There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation from the overall pattern of focusing on the faces of the two leads will have increased significance. In that sense, discuss how Hitchcock uses the R.O.T. matchbook as an important piece of acting business (or as a prop) in this scene.
The R.O.T. matchbook gives us an indication of Thornhill’s comic style… the initials being the word ROT gives us a clue that he can be “rot-ten” when it comes to women. It is both a prop and a way to give the audience information about the characters. The fact that she brings his hand back to her to blow out the candle, with the matchbook facing her, show the audience that she is willing to be with him even though it is an indication of his character.
3. How is Hitchcock using sound design in this scene? Consider music and other background sounds in your answer.
The rolling of the train wheels, the light airy, somewhat romantic music continues through the scene until Eve lets Roger know that she is available and brings out her cigarette. At the point the whistles blow, indicating that this is an important part of the scene, and then the music goes back to the light, airy somewhat romantic music.