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  1. 1.What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your impression of her? My 1st movie of Judy Garland was The Wizard of OZ. My impression of her was OMG the young lady has one heck of a voice. 2.How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? After viewing the clips I know see the comic side of her. 3. What films in her later career come to mind as examples of her increasing ability to capture an audience's imagination as a storyteller when she sings a lyric? Meet me in St Louis is one of the one that always stand out to me more.
  2. I have a couple of musicals movies that I have seen more then once my ultimate favorite is Signing in the Rain. I love watching this movie from start to finish.
  3. 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 She a con artist that likes to steal money from safes, shes even carring a lock pickyng device. Marnie is also on the run she getting all her own belongings and discarding them putting all her new belongs into a new suitscase. THe washing of hair repesent to be that Marnie has more then one personality. 2. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene? It's a more sadder score make you feel sympathetic to Marnie character. 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? Yes in this cameo he turn to the camera for the very 1st time.
  4. 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? It's a romantic comedy. Melanie is very interested in Mitch who is very good looking. She portrays as the pet shop employee just to flirt with him. 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 birds sounds and visual effect in the opening scene is kinda eerie and creepy to look up and see all those birds just flying. 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. HIs cameo is just to funny, its a movie about birds and Hitchcock walks out of the pet store with two small dogs.
  5. 1.Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? These two knew very well what works! This has to be one of my favorite scores of all of hitchcock movies. The graphic to me kinda remind me of knives and the score just the suspence and creepiness it add to it. 2. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date, and time: “FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH” and “TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.” What is Hitchcock seeking to establish with such specificity? Also, why do you think Hitchcock elects to enter the hotel room through the semi-closed blinds from the outside? Does this shot remind of any other Daily Doses we have watched? Hitchcock is trying to set up your attention to what's about to happen specifically the time and day and place which take us thru the semi closed blinds as voyeurs but more like a Peeping toms. It reminds me of Jeff from Near window. 3.In the remainder of this sequence, we are introduced to Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) and Sam Loomis (John Gavin). The scene pushed the boundaries of censorship, especially considering our last Daily Dose for North by Northwest was edited for a line of risqué dialogue. Since this is the opening scene of Psycho, how does the hotel room scene function as a way to establish Marion Crane as a main character? Defend your answer. Marion Crane is the main character from the very beginning she has more dialogue. There having an affair. She dressed in undergarment.And there both laying around in bed and just the sexuality in this scene is a risk taker. I know for a fact the code forbidden affairs. The one line that stood out for me was when Sam is asking Marion to call her Boss and ask fro the afternoon off because its Friday and its HOT!
  6. 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. Cary and Eva are two very classy actors. There's a lot of sexual attraction toward each other and that makes this scene so HOT!!!! 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. Its a prop, I honestly think that the matchbook and the lit match represent the flames between these two. 3. How is Hitchcock using sound design in this scene? Consider music and other background sounds in your answer. We can hear the train, we can see the phone poles and the music set up a romantic dinner.
  7. 1 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. The whole mood with the images and music tell the story that its about a women how is trying to put us under her spell. 2 In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful image in this title sequence? Defend your answer. I think the most powerful single image to be has to be the Figure spiraling out of Novaks eye it when she begins to mesmerize us into her spell. 3 How do Saul Bass’ images and Bernard Herrmann’s score work together? How different would this sequence be with a different musical score? Both images and music is hunting, the two paired together build up the suspence that we will see in the movie.
  8. 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? WOW what an opening the colors the whole set is vibrating with action. The vantage point were seeing is Jeff's but also the audience Hitchcock is setting up the motif. My guess because his the main character who we will see more in detail thru out the movie. 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? From his cast he goes and shows us pictures he has taken, a busted camera, and a negative from a women who appers in a fashion magazine Jeff is a skilled photographer. 3.Does this opening scene make you feel like a voyeur or, at a minimum, remind you of being a an immobile spectator? What feelings does Hitchcock elicit from you as his camera peers into these other people’s apartments? Yes some what a voyeur but I feel more like a people watcher just sipping on my morning coffee and watch the whole neighborhood wake up. Bonus question: if you have seen the entire film before, do you agree with Hitchcock that this film is his most cinematic? I haven't seen this movie I know shame on me. But if the opening scene is as good as what I saw Yes I agree with Hitchcock that is truly cinematic!!
  9. 1In how many ways does Hitchcock play with or visually manifest the metaphor of “criss cross” or “criss-crossing” in this introductory sequence. [For those who haven’t seen the film yet, the idea of “criss cross” is central idea in this film, a theme Hitch sets up from the opening frames of this film] Be specific. The camera angles when the cabs arrive they both coming from different directions. Both Guy and Bruno sit across from each other and the train track over lap each other. 2.Even in this brief scene, how does Hitchcock create a sense of contrast between Guy (Farley Granger) and Bruno (Robert Walker)? Consider everything from camera work, to clothing and shoes, to dialogue and speech, for example. Look at the shoes One is dress to impress, he has money lots of it. The second gentlemen is more modest down to earth. 3.While the visual design gets the most attention typically, how does the Dimitri Tiomkin score function as part of the mood and atmosphere of this opening sequence? Tiomkin Set the music differently for both Guy and Bruno as they step off the cab and go toward the train.
  10. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? POV the camera movement that way he wants you to feel as Cary Grant walk in the room. 2. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograph his two stars in this scene?What are some of the contrasts that Hitchcock trying to set up between these two characters through art direction, costume, and cinematography? The contrasts set up that Hitchcock is the lighting at the beging from dark to light as Berman tries to adjust her eyes to Grant walking in while she laying on the bed. 3. Based on this scene (or the entire film if you have seen it already), reflect on the casting of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Does this scene conform to or challenge their well-known star personas? Both are very sophisticated in their own way and I believe they compliment each other.
  11. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this opening sequence? Moreover, what do we learn about or know about the couple through the scene's visual design: the props, the set design or dressing, the decor, the camera angles, the lighting, etc? Hitchcock touche is that he want you to get into his POV with this couple. From just watching the begining scene it seems to me that they have been enjoying each other company for days. This couple is like any other typical coulpe. One day love each other and the next they want to strangle each other. 2.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: the opening sequence of Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a typical "Hitchcock opening" based on openings you have seen so far in the other Daily Doses? Why or why not? Yes it is and its because he want you to be very attentive to the opening scene. 3.What do think about the casting of and chemistry between Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery? Do you think both are well cast for this "comedy of remarriage?" Why or why not? I believe they are alot of chemistry both Lomard and Montgomery. Plus they make a cute couple.
  12. 1. 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. Never seen this film before, but Uncle Charlie look like a gamgster or gambler he's running away from something. 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) It sets up the kind of movie where about to see. 3. As we move into Hitchcock's Hollywood years, his scores take on more importance than 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 whole music score set up the thilled of the chase. The excitment they want you to feel.
  13. This is one of My favorite Hitchcock movies. 1. Describe how this opening is different from the multiple opening scenes you have seen in the Daily Doses from the British silent and/or sound period? The opening scene is different in this movie because it's like a blast from the past, The New Mrs. Winters is telling her story of how she first got to Manderley. It's also more gothic. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? POV is the one of Hitchcock signature move. 3. How does this opening sequence use Manderley--the house itself--as a kind of character in the story? What affect does the flashback structure and the voiceover narration have on your experience of this scene? It sets off the whole story line.
  14. 1. Using specific examples, describe how Hitchcock opens The Lady Vanishes. What tone, mood, or atmosphere is Hitchcock establishing for the audience very early on in this picture? Pay particular attention to the music. The tone set my this movie opening is a happy go lucky. 2. Discuss the characters of Caldicott and Charters in this scene. What do the performances of Caldicott and Charters add to this scene. Both these two Characters add the comedy to this movie. 3. From their doorway entrance to their staircase exit, describe how Hitchcock uses dialogue, camera movement, and the placement of characters in the frame to establish Iris (Margaret Lockwood) as the star of this scene. The camera is just focused on Iris and her friend's, they are the VIP hotel guest and nothing matter but them. And even after the lobby is full of people wanted some attention from the front desk clerk.
  15. 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 pattern with this film and Hitchcock other films is that they are all in open spaces, they all have an audience. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent lead character than in previous opening sequences of his films? I agree with Rothman's assessment of the lead character his more easy going not so intense, and a bit of a comedian. 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? It open up as a normal setting but don't be deceive evil lurk in the happiest moments.

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