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  1. 1.How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Feel free to rewatch the clip from The Lodger (Daily Dose #2) for comparison. The difference between the two films is The Lodger opens with a woman screaming after the credits. Frenzy opens with an aerial shot of London and a gathering of individuals listening to a person discussing the environment when there is a discovery of a women's body. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. Hitchcock makes a cameo appearance, this time among the crowd and the turning of the heads of the crowd one by one toward the water. 3. Using Frenzy as an example, what thoughts do you have about the various purposes Hitchcock had in mind when he created his opening scenes? In the Daily Doses, we have focused on opening scenes, so there should be patterns or strategies you have noticed over the course of opening scenes spanning Hitchcock's 50 year career. Hitchcock uses the technique of build audience suspense
  2. 1. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objects. Based on the opening scene one can sense that the character of Marnie has something to hide and what is in the yellow bag is of significance to the character. Furthermore, the audience does not see the Marnie's face until her hair color changes. Through the use of objects Hitchcock reveals that Marnie is an impostor because of the multiple Social Security cards that she has along with the two suitcases. One suitcase holds her old clothing while the new suitcase contains her newly purchased items. Marnie leaves the old suitcase in a locker were she purposely looses the key. 2 How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene? Hitchcock uses Herrmann's score to keep the audience intrigued 3. Did you see any variation in what Hitchcock is doing with his cameo in this film, and what do you think that variation means? Hitchcock steps out of a room and looks at the audience in almost a silent gesture to the audience to find out what is going on with this character.
  3. 1.In what ways does this opening scene seem more appropriate to a romantic comedy than a “horror of the apocalypse” film? What do we learn about Melanie (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch (Rod Taylor) in this scene? For one thing, the character of Melanie tries to take on a position as a sales person with no knowledge of the different species of birds that exist and what naturally occurs and Mitch is aware of her lack of knowledge when it comes to the subject of birds. What we learn about Melanie is that she is a character that has gotten her way and what we know about Mitch is that he cannot be fooled. 2.How does Hitchcock use sound design in this opening sequence? For example, how are the sounds of birds used to create a particular mood and atmosphere? The sounds of the birds attract the attention of not only the main character but also you the viewer. The sound is that of a large number of birds circling above. 3.The opening scene contains a famous Hitchcock cameo. Describe the cameo and if you think it has any particular meaning in relation to this scene. Hitchcock coming out of the pet store with two dogs of the same breed, I do not think it has any particular meaning relating to the scene.
  4. 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. It creates meaning because Cary Grant was in a prior Hitchcock film:"Suspicion" and Eva Marie Saint was in the film "On The Waterfront." 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. Not only is the matchbook used as a prop for the scene, but also the matchbook is used in a humorous manner when Roger makes a reference to his initials as what his life is like. 3.How is Hitchcock using sound design in this scene? Consider music and other background sounds in your answer. Hitchcock uses sound design as a soothing effect even though the character of Thornhill is in an conflicting compromise
  5. Describe what you think this film will be about simply from the sounds and images in these opening credits. Even if you have seen the film, try to focus on these sounds and images themselves and “the story” (or if not "the story," the mood and atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. Based upon the sounds and images in the sequence communicates to the audience a feeling of on distortion and confusion. 2. In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful image in this title sequence? Defend your answer. To me the single most powerful image is that of the eye of the woman. The eye widens when the music changes tone and volume. 3. How do Saul Bass’ images and Bernard Herrmann’s score work together? How different would this sequence be with a different musical score? The images work well with the musical score because the images portray the conflict within the main character. The conflict would not be communicated to the viewer with a different musical score.
  6. 1.How would you describe the opening camera shot of this film? What is Hitchcock seeking to establish in this single shot that opens the film? Whose vantage point is being expressed in this shot, given that Jeff has his back to the window? I would describe the opening shot as the point of view of the audience. Hitchcock places the audience within the film by using this type of opening shot. Hitchcock shows not only what is occurring in each of the apartments, but also what is taking place on the street and what season impacts the actions of each of the apartment tenants and the people on the street. The vantage point in the opening shot is that of the audience. 2.What do we learn about Jeff in this scene without any pertinent lines of dialogue (other than what is written on Jeff’s leg cast)? How does Hitchcock gives us Jeff’s backstory simply through visual design? We learn that Jeff is confined to a wheelchair and that it is summer. Also we learn the occupation of Jeff by the various photos and also we learn why Jeff is in a wheel chair by the broken camera equipment and the close-up of his broken leg. 3.Does this opening scene make you feel like a voyeur or, at a minimum remind you of being an immobile spectator? What feelings does Hitchcock elicit from you as his camera peers into these other people’s apartments? The opening scene does remind me or a voyeur because you as the audience is looking into the windows of the various tenants. 4 Bonus question: if you have seen the entire film before, do you agree with Hitchcock that this film is his most cinematic? I have seen this film in its entirety multiple times and I would agree that this film is indeed Hitchcock's most cinematic.
  7. As mentioned in the curator's note, this scene operates as a prelude to the main story. What do learn about the character of Uncle Charlie in this prelude? Be specific. By watching the scene the audience assumes that Uncle Charlie is suspected of doing something of a criminal nature. The reason behind this is the closeup of the money on the nightstand and the money on the floor. The men waiting outside and as the land lady states that the men would like to speak with him are representing law enforcement or they are of a criminal nature just like Uncle Charlie. Based upon this scene, the audience does not have enough information yet. 2. In what ways does this opening remind you of watching a film noir? If it doesn't remind you of a film noir, what makes the opening here different from the opening of a noir film like Siodmak's The Killers? (Note: If you haven't seen The Killers, it is fine to answer this question in general terms about your own personal expectations) The opening sort of reminds me of film noir because what is occurring outside of Uncle Charlie's window is a normal innocent afternoon with children at play then a image of Uncle Charlie smoking a cigar. 3 As we move into Hitchcock's Hollywood years, his scores will take on more importance than they did during the British years. Music will play a big role in Shadow of a Doubt. The film's score is by Dimitri Tiomkin, the first of four film scores that the composer will create for Hitchcock. What effect does the Tiomkin score have on the mood, atmosphere, and even the pace of this opening scene? The score is used for the waltz scene of the " Merry Widow" which is hummed by Uncle Charlie's sister and his niece Charlie. Widows are also the murder victims of Uncle Charlie.
  8. 1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes? The opening scene from The 39 Steps begins with a place, Hitchcock focuses first where the sequence opens instead of first focusing on the main character. Also, the audience does not immediately see the face of the character just the character walking into he hall. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than in previous opening sequences of his films? I agree with Rothman while the other characters in the hall are disrespecting Mr. Memory by the questions that they are asking, the innocent character portrayed by Robert Donat ask a simple question: "How far is Winnipeg from Montreal"? 3. Reflect on the role of yet another public space opening a Hitchcock film--this time a music hall--the prominence of a performer (Mr. Memory), and the reactions of the audience in the film to Mr. Memory's act. How does these on-screen elements play into the Hitchcock touch as described by Gene Phillips? The elements focuses on the reactions of the audience towards Mr. Memory and also, where the action of the scene takes place
  9. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. Hitchcock uses the method of sound design by letting the viewer and the character of Alice to be mindful of the other female's voice in the store. Along with the bell of the door opening and closing to signify that a customer has entered which interrupts Alice's concentration. 2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates in counterpoint to the visual track. For example, how does Hitchcock set up the shot where the knife flies out of Alice's hand so that it registers a shock in his audience? Pay attention to both what is happening visually and aurally. Be specific. In the scene the viewer can hear the other female character constantly repeat the word knife at first at a low tone and then all of a sudden the word is screamed. Furthermore, when the father of Alice ask her to slice the bread. When the word is screamed that is when the knife flies out of Alice's hand. 3. Why do you think this particular use of subjective sound is not used frequently in cinema? If the question is referring to modern day cinema I would say because of the technological advances and the various special effects.
  10. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? Based upon the opening scene, I believe that the importance will focus on the characters. 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? Based upon the first impression of the character, Abbott seams to be a sinister character. The introduction of the character makes me question his importance to the film and whether the character is an antagonistic character. 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. The opening is similar to the other movies because of the close-up of the skier and his almost collision with the girl and her dog. Also, the focus and conversation with the characters and the character of Abbott. It is different because the scene ends with a delightful conversation among the three characters of the girl, her father and a friend or relative.
  11. The effect of watching the POV tracking shots and dolly shoots adds to the tension of the scene, along with the up close view of the headmaster and what character would be chosen as the guilty one. The connections such as the visual techniques betw÷n the three films is the building of tension and the identification of conflict within the three films.
  12. Hitchcock uses montage and expressive expression by using the mirror scene. The main character and his wife glance at one another. Also, Hithcock super imposes the image of the flirting with the other gentleman and the reaction of the other men.
  13. The similarities between the two films is the close-up on the focal point of the film. In The Pleasure Garden it is the girl chorus and in the lodger it is the scream of the woman. The differences there are no text used in the opening sequence of The Pleasure Garden and in The Loder there is multiple usage of text In regards to the elements of Hitchcock Style, the image of the dead body and the individual image of the faces in the crowd and the emotions on the faces of the men as they read the telegraph message. The opening image is a close up of terror and it reminds of the scene in Psycho were Vera Miles character screams upon finding the mummified body of Ms. Bates but her scream is replaced with the screeching music of the sound score.
  14. As a student of Hitchcock films in my University years I have never thought of the "Hitchcock Touch!" I am familiar with the "Hitchcock Maguffin." If the focus on the character who would like to meet the chorus girl is an example of "The Hitchcock Touch,yes I can see it. For questions number #2 and3 no at least to me not in this film.
  15. When I think of slapstick I think of the early comic greats such as Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and of course Charlie Chaplin. I also think of pie throwing, broken chairs and high jinks that turn a rather normal situation into an environment of utter chaos that ends with a happy ending.

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