Bgeorgeteacher

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  1. No kidding! The irony of the politician talking about cleaning out the pollution of the rivers just as a woman's dead body is discovered. True Hitchcock dark comedy there!
  2. No kidding!! The longest dolly shot ever! I just love that Hitchcock was pushing the envelope, trying to outdo himself with each film. I'm gathering from all of these opening shots, that Hitch REALLY does want to draw you into the story. As a master storyteller, he is looking to grab your attention from the very beginning, whether it's the dramatic scream from The Lodger and the, "LOOK!" exclamation of Frenzy to the more subtle hooks that pique our curiosity in films like The Birds with the pet store and the romantic comedy.
  3. Hitch truly is all about "focus on the story", isn't he?
  4. I haven't seen Marnie yet, but I'm getting the impression from the opening scene that she is a flat-out crook. She's clearly hiding her identity, she has multiple forms of ID, she's changed her hair color, she's even changing out her identifying suitcase and purse. Herrmann's score of this opening scene also feels a bit mysterious, waves of tones moving in and out as we think we know what this character is, and then we find out it's all a disguise. And then, there's the classic Hitchcock cameo. I guess I had seen these cameos before in various Hitchcock films, thinking he was just in there for fun....but now I'm seeing that perhaps he's put himself in there as part of a bigger plan. He looks at the camera, almost like he's been caught at something...not sure.
  5. Wow!! You got a lot out of the pair of dogs leaving the pet store with Hitch. Great reflections!
  6. I've watched The Birds several times, and I always felt like there was something a bit off....and now I realize it's the lack of background music. It's the constant chirping of birds!! When the gulls are flying around outside, paired with their bird sounds, it all seems very dark and mysterious. Once Melanie enters the pet store, however, the mood changes, and the bird sounds become light and friendly. You seem to shed the air of mystery once you are inside the pet store. And then, when Mitch enters the scene, you get even more of the lightness of a romantic comedy...the delicate bird calls in the background play right into that scene.
  7. This de The date and specific time do give the 'crime scene' feel. Great way to think of it!
  8. The title sequence of Psycho always gives me chills!! The harsh lines coming in from the side of the screen, eventually revealing the titles, the eerie music that fits those lines so perfectly...the viewer truly knows this will not be a comedy! The design of the titles are simple, not exactly what they seem at first, much like the theme of this movie. We know that things are definitely going to be a bit off, and we are the edges of our seats through the entire film!
  9. You know, I hadn't even really noticed the background music in this scene from North by Northwest until it was mentioned in this question. I had to go back and see what I noticed. The music is very low key and calming. Typically, you know something quite interesting (probably terrifying) is going to happen to two characters that meet for the first time in a Hitchcock film. This case is a little bit different...the characters are flirting, and it seems, at the moment, like that's all there is to it. The background sound/music totally fit that mood of the scene. Subtle, light, it's background music that blends in with the sounds of trains on the tracks, not intending to frighten anyone, for the moment!
  10. In reference to your #3 response, I completely agree!! The music and the visual effects work perfectly, circling and weaving in and out. Pure genius!!
  11. The single most powerful image in the title sequence of Vertigo for me has to be at the beginning when the camera focuses on the single eye (clearly, there is some level of panic in those eyes), the entire frame of the eye turns red, and that panicked expression briefly becomes one of terror. Wow!! I'm frightened before the film even starts.
  12. Hitchcock certainly does pull out all the stops. How can you not be drawn in immediately from the very opening scene?
  13. In the opening scene of Rear Window, I definitely feel like a voyeur! You are looking into the private lives (even though their windows are wide open and they are right in front of those windows) of neighbors. Even when the camera pans to Stewart sleeping in his wheelchair, you feel as though you are imposing, watching something very private as the camera sweeps around to his photographs. It's like a train wreck, though. You feel like you are watching something very private, but yet you can't seem to turn away, wanting to see more. This is a film I've seen dozens of times, my absolute favorite...probably because it's the first Hitchcock film I saw, and I've been a huge fan ever since. I totally agree that this is his most cinematic film. It's very big and grand, including the audience in this voyeuristic experience right from the opening scene!
  14. I never even noticed the ties until you said something. Great catch!

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