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  1. Following this topic... two I have watched that I Googled: Panic Room & Flightplan..oddly enough both with Jodie Foster ...I have no idea why these two I watched years ago have J. Foster in them. I also liked her movie: The Little Girl Who lived Down The Lane. it just happened that way. Panic Room & Flightplan both have tightly controlled environments where it seems not much can happen, but a lot does happen. Panic Room I have watched several times. I like the darkness of it as in the shadowy cinematography filming not necessarily the plot; although, the plot of two females in distress (one with a medical issue) & the inept criminals who botch it all even before getting into the house because they are there at the wrong time. Hitchcock dark comedy. Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) & Sarah Altman (Kristen Stewart) who plays the daughter w/ medical issue. Her medical issue ratchets up the tension...she needs her meds or she will die & not only will she die she will die in front of her mother. Her mother will be forced to watch her only daughter die because of intruder burglars who are too stupid to be there at the right time...that is when nobody is home. The criminals: Junior (Jared Leto), Burnam ( Forest Whitaker) & Raoul (Dwight Yoakam. Junor is a relative of the previous owner...this is how he knew about the panic room...otherwise how would he know? This was the set up to get the plot rolling. The two scenes I remember most would be when one of the invaders gets his fingers caught in the door & the other one getting set on fire ...also, the blinking light outdoors in the rain...creepy looking & dark & the woman & her ill child just hope someone somewhere will see this blinking light in the darkness & care enough to have it investigated. We know it has a happy ending just like Hitchcockian endings. Flight Plan: Nobody believes Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster) her husband just died & he is on the plane in a coffin & now Kyle says her daughter has disappeared in-flight...not possible ...Kyle must be ...uh...hysterical. Her husband just died poor woman can't think straight & has imagined a daughter who has now vanished. Hysterical woman plot...Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes comes in here because of one scene where the daughter of Klye Pratt Julia (Marlene Lawston) writes her name on the planes wet & foggy window...then the name disappears & so does Julia. In The Lady Vanishes the exact same plot device happens with Miss Froy who writes her name on the train window, then she too vanishes. I like this plot device...it works for me. These are all tightly controlled environments where there is not much moving around room ...just like Lifeboat. What could happen in a boat at sea? What could happen on a moving train? What could happen on a plane in-flight? though it is a BIG plane! What could happen in a New York apartment on a rainy night? Apparently a lot can happen when the movie has a great director like Alfred Hitchcock to learn technique from.
  2. TORN CURTAIN & TOPAZ ...Cold War Spy Thrillers This movie opens with a camera closeup shot of an eye that looks like the eye of Sarah Sherman (Julie Andrews). Just like in Vertigo with (Kim Novak) in the dual role of Madeleine/Judy. This is just a note about the audience being made to feel sympathy for a killer: Professor Michael Andersen (Paul Newman). This American physicist never imagined he might become a killer most likely. He is a rocket scientist, then he turns spy, then he turns killer; he has help becoming a killer. The scene in the farmhouse is where the scientist must for his own life & the life of the female (underground) spy/contact (Carolyn Conwell) become a killer...he helps kill... he has no choice. I love her face in this movie ...Carolyn Conwell. What becomes of her after the motorcycle is found on her farm? Probably nothing good & the dead body is not shown. They had no choice, they had to kill him. . This is a great scene...to me it is perfect; look what can happen to someone in the blink of an eye. It is saying anyone may become a killer to save their own life or the life of someone else. Also, a second scene caught my attention...the 'fake' bus... this scene sequence was full of tension; that other bus ... the 'real' bus just behind coming closer & closer ...scary. We know it will be bad if they are seen together. We know it will not end well. I was shocked when at last the 'fake' passengers were caught out & stopped because the 'real' bus came up behind them. When they all had the opportunity to run, run, run for their lives it was shocking to see them get shot at. Those guns with people pulling the triggers at living humans running for their lives was nerve wrecking. I'm sure many situations like this did happen according to history. Awful scene sequence of art imitating life. Later two characters said the people all made it alive...only a flesh wound. TOPAZ: The scene with the seagulls...gulls love to eat & they are trouble makers. When they fly over carrying large pieces of bread we know it will cause trouble. It costs two people their lives or they were tortured. Their lives for bread crusts. This is another incredible scene sequence. Hitchcock knew how to make people feel emotions of their characters. The image of the aftereffects of being tortured ... the loyal servants Pablo & Carlotta Manzoda played by (Lewis Charles & Anna Navarro) generated sympathy from the viewers.
  3. Daily Dose #20 ..."Frenzy" 1972 Different time, different style with lesser known actors...cheaper with unknown actors rather than A listers. The lecture provided by Dr. Edwards said these actors although known in Britain were not known or well know in the USA. I probably did see this movie years ago...very few I have missed through the years ...I am a TV watcher. Q1: Lodger zooms in on a street scene as well as Frenzy but Frenzy only after the Travelogue style aerial shot...the long shot Hitchcock wanted & did get in one of he movies because technology was now available. The Lodger opening was more of a 'frenzy' in its opening than Frenzy. Q2: Hitchcock touches & style...public crowds for one off the top of my head that I noticed right away. Q3: Hitchcock has his 'hook' shots & is a master at making the audience want to stay & see what will happen to his characters. A dead body is always a good ' hook'. Who is it? Why were they killed? Who did it? Will the killer be caught? For example, Norman bates (Anthony 'Tony' Perkins) in Psycho was caught but with what result. He is the over friendly psychopath..the name of the movie says it all...Psycho. He is a psycho killer & what is the punishment? None, because he is mentally defective ...the movie says this in its final sequence. Hitchcock likes psycho personalities...The Lodger has a psycho killer...Frenzy has a psycho type killer who left his victim...a woman... floating in the Thames river. The Lodger opens with a female victim with golden curls. The crowd peeks over the bridge at her dead & naked, exposed. Frenzy is rated "R" for the more contemporary times HItchcock was working in. The opening of Frenzy has the politician flapping his lips as they like to do with a big smile on his face & talking about pollution in the water. This has to be Hitchcockian humor at it's usual dark undercurrent best. There is a current here...the water has a current & the killer has polluted the waters currents with his dead female victim. The killer is a societal pollution. He kills for pleasure...his own pleasure. NOTE: I want to mention the TCM dialogue between Ben Mankiewiez & Alexandre O. Philippe that said Norman Bates character was tethered to his mother by the image in the final scene where the chain on the car appeared to be coming from Norman's chest or his heart. This symbolized the umbilical cord of his mother. Possibly that is true & Hitchcock uses these ideas as his 'personal touch & style' at the beginning & endings of his movies. He was a master with those ideas.
  4. Daily Dose #19 "Marnie" 1964 It's been years since I watched this movie & the reason is... I did not like it that a man blackmailed a woman into marrying him. However, staying with the opening scene: Q1: What we know about Marnie...looks like dual personalities one dark & one light...the first we see is a dark haired woman walking away from the camera...this may not even be Tippi Hedren (Margaret "Marnie" Edgar...I don't know ...may be a stand in. Assuming it is she, who suddenly becomes a blond & a different person all to the score of Bernard Herrmann. Q2: I like this music it is not over done...I do not know much about what instruments were used but it does fit the camera footage perfectly & the part where it changes as she changes her hair color is perfect timing. Q3: Hitchcock's cameo...he looks directly at the camera & appears to be following Marnie. In Marnie's room (we do not know her name at this point) she has two suitcases in different styles...more of the famous Hitchcockian 'doubles' that appear in many of his movies. The dark hair is washed out & she is now a blond. This was probably also a stand in actress or ' double' ...I'm not sure there was a reason for Tippi to do that to her natural hair. Just saying what I think about film & how these things work. Maybe TIppi wanted to do this to her hair to 'feel' the part better ...I don't know. She has become a different woman with different hair. One suitcase (rose or peach colored) is orderly... the other (gray) one in disarray. Marnie's style is also a 'double' the dark haired woman is more in disarray ...the blond more severe looking. One suitcase all the clothes are folder & in perfect order...the one she later discards is a jumble. Here through close up camera footage we see at least four different social security ID cards; all similar but still with different female names. Marnie selects one. Albert's? She has been somewhere named Albert's. This folder has a lavender cover. After re-watching the video I just realized she chose her ID before washing her hair & I thought it was the other way around. NOTE: The music changes as Marnie changes her hair color. She leaves her room, locks her suitcase away & discards the key down a drain..she won't be using that persona again. It has been thrown away. She has the money ...a lot of money...in the rose colored suitcase with her ...she intends to use it ...possibly to live on it. Looks like the scene from "Psycho" as Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) leaves with $40,000.00 in her suitcase. She intends to start a new life somewhere with her stolen money too. She had the money in a yellow purse & dumped it into the more ordered suitcase. This is like all the money in "Shadow of a Doubt"..thrown on the floor & on the bedside table by Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotton). Also, the grate is like the grate in "Strangers on a Train"...however, Marnie does not want the object back...the key...it is tossed away to never be found or used again. Marnie is moving through the station & the ticket announcer is calling out all the place available. Where will Marnie go? What is she hiding from if anything? Money & different ids can mean many things. we are lured in to see what happens with this interesting Hitchcock character...Marnie.
  5. Daily Dose #18 "The Birds" 1963 This movie is another of my Hitchcock favorites...I have been to Bodega Bay...we drove up from San Francisco & the only reason we were there is because of this movie..."The Birds". I would love to go there again. I agree that there is little on the way except scenery & then the salt flats. It was three years ago we were there. That area of California has mossy trees that remind me of the Deep South. :Shadow of a Doubt" was filmed in California & also "Vertigo": in San Francisco...a city I love. I do agree that Hitchcock used A list actors to elevate his so-called B movies ...with outstanding results. The Birds has been placed into film archives (Wiki). it should be there it is a great movie & like "Psycho" has so much in it to analyze. I have pinned some photos on my Pinterest Boards featuring the machine Mixtur Trautonium (Oskar Sala) & composer Remi Gassmann & the Special Photographic Advisor (Ub Liwerks) Disney animator .They did an excellent job just like Saul Bass & Berenard Herrmann team did with "Psycho". Hitchcock planned these things to happen...he wanted them to happen in a certain way & he hired the right people to make movie magic come together. He knew just where to go & just who to hire & he was not to prideful to hire the correct people to bring his vision to life on the screen so his movies became the enduring movies they are today. Yes, I agree this is man vs nature & I have heard "The Birds" described as supernatural thriller because we have no reason the birds attacked the people instead of each other I guess. Even if the birds had attacked each other it would still be horror. I found a note on (Wiki) that said the birds may have been suffering or influenced by domic acid (amnesic shellfish poisoning) this is not mentioned in the movie so we are allowed to speculate about the reasons. Also, in the same article HItchcock is said to have wanted the undercurrent to be about punishment . People are bad & so they are being punished by the attacking birds. This was also not developed in this movie. I love the British Daphne de Maurier & I read she wrote "Rebecca". I have one of her books that she wrote about her father: Gerald A. A Portrait. I like her writing style; no l love her writing style. I think Tippi Hedren (Melanie Daniels) is the correct actress for this part. I don't know how old Rod Taylor (Mitch Brenner) is supposed to be in this movie but he looks too old to have an eleven year old sister. I'll get back to this idea later. The opening is where we first meet Melanie & Mitch both in the pet shop. The interaction between them is lighthearted & flirtatious. Mitch is a lawyer & he recognizes Melanie from court. She is a socialite with less than a stellar reputation ...deserved or not she has that reputation to live down or live with. They flirt with each other & she is incensed that he knew her all along. She gets the idea to go to Bodega Bay with the Love Birds for Cathy's (Veroncia Cartwright) birthday. Again we are back to the age difference between Mitch & Cathy. Mitch is a lawyer so her must be how old? Near thirty maybe. Cathy is just turning eleven. Melanie is probably barley twenty or she would be more mature than jumping into a fountain. I'm getting a bit ahead of the movie. Just me doing what I do. Note: Someone wolf whistles at Melanie as she goes into the door, she stops, turns & smiles. The birds are heard above her & the birds indoors are very noisy; almost deafening. Hitchcock is seen walking his own two dogs...love his cameos. There exists 'mother' issues in this movie ...like "Psycho". Melanie's mother is mentioned & Melanie does not like her mother or she craves & longs for the idea of having a 'good mother'. Mrs. Brenner is bossy & controlling & suffering from implied hysteria over losing her husband. Do women really go crazy if their husbands leave them or die? Movies say they do. I hope not. i read the article by Matthew Steigbigel & the Ray Berwick article at the (Hitchcock Zone). I do agree with the Vimeo of Dr. Edwards this movie implies that this world is an unknown place full of chaos & no logic to help explain why the birds attacked humans. The love birds are fine they are calm & represent love & they stay that way throughout the entire movie & at its grim ending. The other birds are killers peck, peck, pecking away. They do not attack each other, they attack humans, but they do fly into objects killing themselves. Some creepy scenes in this movie with dead birds. The dead birds are harmless, it's the living, attacking birds the people have to watch out for as the movie ends. Melanie has chipped fingernails as she is escorted from the farmhouse by her latest boyfriend Mitch...Cathy with her love birds & her mother are also leaving. As a socialite Malanie would never be seen with chipped nail polish. She has had quiet a time on the farm in Bodega Bay. Her new friend Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette) was killed by these very same birds, children were attacked, Melanie herself was pecked or scratched on her socialite head by a crazed bird...she was likewise yelled & blamed in the restaurant by yet another hysterical woman. She almost called Melanie a witch! Yes, this movie plays with audience expectations..the opening is light & flirty ...then it turns into a shocker. A reporter (vimeo video provided by Dr. Edwards) asks Hitchcock if his movies are fantasy & said they have an 'air of reality' about them. Hitchcock's brilliant reply, 'so do nightmares'.
  6. Daily Dose #17...Psycho 1960 Q1: The Saul Bass (graphic title design) & Bernard Herrmann (music score) works perfectly in this movie. The 'frenzied' violin is one of the best movie scores ever made for film; not too much, not too little...just right. The gray lines moving in from left & right, horizontal & vertical say to me...a coming from all sides...that's what I see. Also, the gray lines look like a highway...maybe the one Marion Crane (Janet Leigh runs away on... Q2: Where-Phoenix, Arizona ...When-Friday December 11th...Time 2:43PM ...then we see a window & 'peep' inside like "Rear Window" we see two people in the room & realize they are maybe in a motel or apartment...we learn it is a motel ... checkout time is 3:00PM Marion says to Sam Loomis (John Gavin) this is her boyfriend she hopes to soon marry... but ...he is already married I think, but not divorced...this is why they meet in secret & Marion says 'meeting you in secret so we can be secretive'. I hope they go to different places every time or the desk clerks will remember them. Q3: He travels to Phoenix to see Marion..& she goes on her 'extended lunch hours' to be with Sam in this motel. Lots of motels in this movie. I can see where this scene would have been censored a few years prior to its making, though they are fully clothed Marion is wearing her undergarments; her lunch untouched. She is tired of meeting in this way & wants a different (married) life with Sam it sounds like. *SPOILER ALERT ...This is why she steals the money. The things we humans do for love. She also may wish to punish Sam because he is not divorced & they must meet in a secret place for a secret affair. She said she does not want to 'do this' anymore. I can't remember the first time I watched this movie, but I'm sure the audience was shocked when the main character was murdered early on...this just was not done. It's genius on Hitchcock's part. Genius. Genius & shocking. That is why it is known as a 'shock' movie & the character of Norman Bates (Anthony 'Tony' Perkins) was also shocking with his bird-like appearance & his bird-like actions ...he is a bird of prey...they kill. He is one of my favorite HItchcock villians if not THE most favorite of them all. He was perfectly cast as was all the other characters. There is so much in this movie. Just watched it not long ago & will watch it again on TCM.
  7. Connecting Hitchcockian murder weapons ... Just wanted to mention the (rope) scene in "Man Who Knew Too Much" 1956 re-make: The evil doers in MWKTM '56 intend to strangle poor little Henry "Hank" McKenna (Christopher Olsen) simple because he is no longer useful to them. In the basement a man in shadows holds a (rope) a closeup image of a shortened length of (rope) will be the murder weapon. It looks exactly like a closeup scene of the (rope) in "Rope". Noting the maternal instincts in MWKTM little Hank is saved by his 'mother's voice' & the feelings of the over-friendly English woman Lucy (Brenda de Banzie) ( who is also his kidnapper. This scene sequence happens after they move Hank to inside the Embassy. Josephine "Jo" Conway (Doris Day) sings her signature song "Que Sera, Sera" & Hank is saved. Doris sure sings this song a lot in this movie ...two times & then she also hums it at every opportunity. She sings it loudly too. Shovels: In "Rear Window" shovels appear a few times... Liusa Fremont (Grace Kelly) & the insurance nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) attempt to unearth evidence on suspected killer Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) ...they try to unearth the truth with a ...shovel. In the comedy "The Trouble with Harry" the shovels are everywhere...looks like everyone old enough to weld a shovel has one. The trouble with Harry is ...he... just... won't... stay... buried. Poor Harry Worp (the corpse) pkayed by Philip Truex...we never hear Harry b/c he is already a corpse when we first see him...shortly thereafter out come the shovels. Shovels in this beautiful, pastoral Vermont countryside where the beauty of Autumn becomes a character in itself. I noticed one of the shovels has a piece missing from its tip...like something took a bite out of it. 'this is not a painting it's a pastel' ...of poor dead Harry...the corpse who would not stay buried. Taxidermy... Two Hitchcockian scenes from two movies inspiring totally different emotions after viewing, come to mind... the remake: "The Man Who Knew Too Much" 1955 & "Psycho" 1960. In TMWKTM Benjamin "Ben" McKenna (Jimmy Stewart) is on serious mission to find his kidnapped son ...serious situation indeeed; then he stumbles into the Taxidermy shop...then it turns into a slapstick comedy routine common in Hitchcock movies. Stuffed dead animals everywhere ...they still bite apparently. In "Psycho" the mood is not humorous, it is creepy, dark & sinister...here we meet one of Hitchcock's unforgettable villains.. Norman Bates (Anthony "Tony" Perkins ...nobody who has watched Psycho will ever forget Norman Bates. He is very memorable ...he is filmed bird-like ...beady eyed, sharp nosed bird of prey. It is unlucky for Marion Crane (crane) her bird-like name (Janet Leigh) that she met Norman Bates & he brought her a sandwich in his motel sitting room. Dead birds mounted everywhere ...crows & birds of prey greeted her there. Falling scene...slo-mo falling Hitchcock style... "Jeff" Jefferies (Jimmy Stewart) falls from his 'peeping photog" window ending up with two broken legs instead of just one...but Lisa is there to care for him. Psycho has the unfortunate Detective Milton Arbogast (Martin Balsam) falling down the Hitchcock signature staircase...Arbogast falls & falls & falls then when we think he should have hit bottom he falls & falls & falls some more. Poor Arbogast...love that name Arbogast. It was his last fall.
  8. Daily Dose #16...North By Northwest 1959 From the notes of Dr. Edwards I understand the train's name is 20th Century Limited...I can hear the train on the tracks & it sounds real to me. A slowly moving train & the film behind it looks nice. It looks like an industrial area... working class area. North By Northwest is another "double chase" wrongly accused man on the run & with a woman usually. 39 Steps had the same theme & Hannay (Robert Donat) had two women for a while who picked him up then one died & that started the "double chase" scenes. I agree that this movie great filmed in the Paramount widescreen VistaVision format...probably just so the airplane scene could be made in the spectacular way it was filmed. That's my favorite scene in the whole movie. Eva Maria Saint said Hitchcock told her to 'lower her voice & look Grant in the eye'...also to hit the 'scene points' & aim for the 'points of drama'...looked like that advice worked for the actors & for Hitchcock. Kim Novak said in her interview video that Hitchcock told her to use the character from inside. Yelling & screaming did not work. Maybe more of today's directors should use Hitchcock advice. The music in the background of North By Northwest is almost non-existent...soft...soft...soft. There's pink flowers on the tables in the dining car & white table clothes...big train windows...and a man & a woman sitting together. Grant says she is honest & she says he is dishonest...she is a spy & he is a salesman with an ordinary life...Hitchcock's favorite character...the ordinary man brought into dangerous circumstances. The props in this scene are funny...the over sized sun glasses Grant used to hide behind. We would not know he is already on the run in this scene...looks like the action is yet to occur but it has already started & the plot is rolling...already set in motion just like the train is in motion ... slowly rolling along on its tracks. She is a 'spy lady' Saint called herself in the TCM interview...so perhaps she is the dishonest one. NOTE: She is supposed to be only 26 ...the actors looked older than their roles back then I think...the men too. I read somewhere that Jimmy Stewart said he was too old to play the boyfriend of Grace Kelly..I think it was Kelly ...maybe in Rear Window...I read this years ago...the studios wanted STARS already known to bring in the box office money so they used famous actors...also, Kim Novak in Picnic...William 'Bill" Holden said he was too old for the part of her boyfriend. I love the R-O-T scene with match...it's his name...is that what he said? R-O-T...poor ordinary guy having lunch with a spy. What country does she spy for? I'll have to re-watch the movie because I've forgotten these little details. Little detail like what country the main characters spy for & why. The match scene is delicious the way she cradles his hand & the flame...another character in a movie I watched a few days ago had a similar scene (...Mr. & Mrs. Smith?) & she said 'match me' Grant 'matched' Saint...'if you know what I mean'...
  9. Daily Dose #15 Lissajour Figures in Vertigo I agree Hitchcock does use cinematic experimentation throughout his film career & we should be glad he did that. His work doesn't look like everyone else's. I can see the geometry (rhizome.org) in the opening title sequence & it does make a viewer feel the dizziness of Vertigo...both the movie & the disorder. So, this is the first computer-aided imagery in the movies & the M5 military computer weights 850 lbs... that's a cool fact to know. I do like the closeup of the women's eye & the spiral within it; the spiral looks like a galaxy far, far away. spinning in its lonely orbit out of reach. The black & white eye swirl goes green...green is one of the signature color in this movie...it is everywhere & means signifies different emotions. I read this in the material provided by Dr. Edwards. I agree with it. The white swirl ( just before the BW eye I mentioned above) looks like dolphins to me... it does. It becomes pale blue before dissolving into something else. The geometry of the title sequence is beautiful & I'm glad someone was smart enough & bold enough to try it. I'll have to re-watch the opening before I can comment on the music & then come back here. As I've mentioned before I'm no expert on music. I do have an interest in learning graphic design...especially after watching this & what it can do & how it can be applied across many fields of study. Until later. I'm back....have re-watched the lecture video with the music on & I like the blip...blip...blip that sounds like metallic raindrops & what sounds like an organ with someone holding down the keys...I have no idea what actual musical instruments were used to create these sound effects. Also, the kaleidoscope effect that remind me of the a childhood toy I had...the definition is from (Translations & Word Origins) a constantly changing pattern or sequence of objects or elements...A tube containing mirrors & pieces of colored papers whose reflections produce changing patterns visible through the tubes eye hole while tube is being turned by someone looking through it. The computer-aided opening sequence is high tech...the kaleidoscope is a kids toy...what I'm trying to say is that I agree with the definition of what a kaleidoscope produces...its idea in reference to Hitchcock's movies & his 'touch' ...creating an illusion in a viewers mind...the kaleidoscope is being cinematic. The music fits the imagery that is created with the military computer. The movie is complex,...the subplot of the museum painting for example & the two characters of Kim Novak. Staying with the opening sequence however, I will end this with agreeing with the complex imagery of the spirals, & spinning out into cold, cruel space that nobody can enter & exit in one piece like the character of Scottie (Jimmy Stewart.
  10. Daily Dose #14...Rear Window 1954 I first notice the cat going up the steps meowing...morning & it is hungry...pigeons, a dog, people & the milkman...it is morning & everyone & everything is waking up. Except L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies (Jimmy Stewart) who is sweating in the mid 90 degree heat & he is asleep with his back to this scene we are watching. We are seeing it through a zoom lens on the camera ... this same camera shows us the interior of Jeff's apartment & this is how we learn he is in a wheelchair, with a broken leg...Here Lie the Broken Bones of L.B. Jefferies ...like a card in a silent film we read this on his leg cast ... we see the broken camera of Jeff ... the lens is ruined. We learn his name & his profession in this opening scene. He makes his living with a camera...watching people. We are invited to watch. How do I feel about watching other people? I am a photog myself as I have often mentioned here. Some people do not like being watched or photographed & some live for it. P photogs like the latter more than the former. We like the performers. Watching other people in their homes...that gives me the creeps...I would be afraid of what I might see. However, if someone is doing something that they should not be doing well... Is this a cinematic film? Yes... it is highly visual...not much dialogue. We see the characters first introduced like a silent film...the apartment dwellers & the photographer who watches them. Hitchcock appears in the apartment of the character "the songwriter" (Ross Bagdasarian) ...Hitchcock is the clock winder-upper. Words like voyeurism...spectators ...yes this film is based on voyeurism & we are spectators in this watching. Jeff thinks he sees a murder & we see it with him. To repeat myself, I would be afraid to watch this many people because I would be afraid of what I might see & then I would have to make a decision to ignore or act on that which is seen. Just like Jeff.
  11. Notes on: Vertigo...do not read this if you have not seen this movie & do not want to know what happens with a key character This movie is not one of my favorites because I found it to be extremely confusing & here is why: The character/s Judy/Madeleine Kim Novak...after reading (Wiki) & Robert Erbert/Scanners...Verdant Vertigo: Dreaming in Technocolor...I can get an idea of what this movie is about...that being a murder plot set up by Gavin Elster Tom Helmore an acquaintance of John "Scottie" Ferguson after they knew each other in collage. Also, I had no idea this story was taken from a french novel to begin with...no wonder I was confused & had little interest in trying to watch this movie again...years ago I'm talking about. I did not want to continue my confusion. Poor Scottie..seems like he received a rotten deal from people around him. PTSD ...suicide, murder...another suicide...seems like more than one character can handle...even for a Hitchcock character. I may return to this page and comment further after re-watching: Vertigo...now that I know what it is about.
  12. Strangers on A Train 1951...Daily Dose # 13 *SPOILER ALERT...if you have never watched this movie maybe do not read this until afterward & TY What I notice first about the opening scene is the S curve within the arch & the curb...I guess the arch is only half an S curve...being a photog we always look for natural & or unnatural S curves in man made structures & natural plants & other things within nature. I see the S curves there as mentioned in the man made arch & curbs at the train station. I have mentioned here on this forum about less being more when it comes to music...where is the music coming from? But I like the 'lilting' & light style of music when the camera is on the shoes & the two main characters waking into the train...that 's fine with me. I'm far from being a music expert. I go by what I like or dislike when it comes to movie music. I would have called the black & white shoes 'spats' it seems to fit the shoe design, but when I Googled spats it did not fit this style of shoe.... this character Bruno (Robert Walker) looks like a show off & then he bumps his foot with Guy (Farley Granger). I wonder if he did this on purpose when he saw it was someone famous?...a tennis player. Bruno is a show off & has his name on his tie saying it came from his mother so he must wear it...we have to take his word that he is telling the truth...maybe his mother did not give him the tie & he is only showing off his name there. He engages Guy in conversation & I believe it is because he recognizes Guy as being a local celebrity or more if he is a well known sports hero. Bruno says to Guy, "Oh,I do certainly admire people who do things." I have watched this movie several times in the past & it is one of my favs of Hitchcock. I have seen this story line later become used time & time again in other TV & movies...that is because it is a very good story/plot line. All types of psychological problems can be added to the characters ...just like in Shadow of A Doubt with the character of Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotton). What makes a person become a serial killer? What makes a man hate a woman so much he desires to kill her above all else? These kind of questions come up in Hitchcock's movies often. Motive; what motivates these men to kill? We later meet Bruno's mother (Marion Lorne) & she acts like she has not a clue about why her son acts the way he does or why he treats her the way he does. She probably does not have a clue. I adore the later scene with the glasses of Bruno's victim...his wife Mirian (Laura Elliott) on the ground & the camera is the eye witness...love that scene & camera trick. Also, the scene where Bruno almost strangles Mrs. Cunningham (Norman Varden) at the party. The scene at the end with the lighter is so full of tension I almost can;t stand even after watching this movie multiple times. Great movie. Pat aka Patricia Hitchcock plays Barbara Morten, Ann's sister in this movie ...Hitchcock's daughter in real life.
  13. Just a note on the actress in the movie: Blackmail 1929 the first 'talkie' Alice White character played by (Anny Ondra) I read on Wiki) she had such a thick accent (Czech)? she was dubbed in post production by Joan Barry. Her accent limited her acting after the 'talkies' came in ...I thought this was a bit sad for her; she did such a good job in the movies. Wanted to mention how much I liked the humorous yarn unraveling scene in: The Man Who Knew Too Much ... while the main characters dance... Bob & Jill Lawrence (Leslie Banks & Edna Best) the yarn scarf gets caught on someone & unravels around all the dancers...looks like this is a hint of what is to come to Bob & Jill as their daughter Betsy (Nova Pilbeam) is kidnapped. I also love the clue hidden within the shaving brush...great spy stuff here. The clue to the clue is whispered by a dying man...even better spy stuff. In the 39 Steps ...love ...the shop scene ..so much to look at The Lodger...all of it...great story/plot of the wrong man falsely accused ...beautiful lighting
  14. Just a note on: Shadow of A Doubt 1943 ..SPOILER ALERT ...maybe read this after watching the movie tonight on TCM & Thank You The dark humor in this film... I love the conversations taking place between Joseph Newton (Henry Travers) who is young (girl) Charlie's father & Herbie Hawkins (Hume Cronyn) the neighbor who loves crime fiction & crime drama; just like Joseph Newton. Joseph & Herbie love to talk about how they would murder someone ...what poison to use & how to get away with murder...I really enjoy this banter ... then away we go inside this somewhat of a hint of sub-plot of murder, although they will not kill anyone it is just talk. It is also Hitchcock dark comedy/humor. I would watch & re-watch this movie just to see these scenes between Joseph & Herbie. The dinner scene at the table when Uncle Charlie goes off on what he thinks about women is great. We get a look into the mind & thoughts of a serial killer. Emma Newton (Patricia Collinge) a sister to Uncle Charlie & mother to young girl Charlie says her brother was injured as a child & was never the same. Maybe a reason why he does what he does. An unanswerable question.
  15. Just notes about things I noticed & jotted down while watching Rebecca The opening has haunting music & I can hear a harp ...Mrs. de Winter the 2nd (Joan Fontaine) is reflecting on her past life living here with Max (Laurence Olivier). The house at the end of the over grown path looks like it is burned out. We then go over to 'monty' as another character Mrs. Edythe Van Hopper (Florence Bates) refers Monte Carlo as & her paid companion is this poor little drab looking girl wearing a tweed skirt & a sweater. This is how we meet the future Mrs. de Winter the 2nd & George Fortescue Maximilian "Max" or "Maxim" de Winter. He has a big name to live up to & lives in a big country estate house called Manderley that apparently is famous in itself. Mrs. Van Hopper is a celebrity chaser & wants Max's attention.Her paid companion meets him on the cliff trail & fearing his jumping she yells a warning & Max scolds her. This scolding pattern continues so we can see how timid & shy the (girl companion) really is. She bossed & scolded & scolded & bossed. She does however catch the eye of Max de Winter, they play tennis & go for a drive, but she is again scolded by him. They can't live with out each other however & Mrs. Van Hopper can't believe it & scolds her companion & asks her "Have you been doing something you shouldn't?" she is jealous. This continues until she makes her exit & her scenes end. Hopper is replaced however, with another character much worse than she was...Mrs. Danvers or Dannie (Judith Anderson). We find out that Dannie 'simply adored Rebecca' ...this is a warning for the new Mrs. de Winter who does not heed it. The dog Jasper likes the new Mrs. de Winter. It's a pity the dog cannot talk. This movie is long with a long drawn out plot & a lot of characters. I'm only mentioning a few things I noticed or liked about it. I always like George Sanders who plays Jack Favell a car salesman who wishes to be rich & live in the country with a few fruit trees & a nice car of his own... which leads to a blackmail attempt. He is also a first cousin to Rebecca & her lover. He does get put in his place or rather reminds a car salesman & guess he does not get his countryside life. I love the scene in the car when he tries to blackmail Max & his Mrs.... That chicken leg he is gnawing on sure looks delicious; he even washes it down with a gulp of nice wine. I assume it is nice for the de Winters would never consume bad, cheap wine not even on a break for being tried for murder of Rebecca. Max often has temper fits & he gives the new Mrs. de Winter a hankie to dry her tears on ...the tears he caused with one of his temper fits. this hankie has the letter "R" emblazoned on it as well as many house hold items. This "R" is everywhere in Manderley. It was Rebecca's doing that she put her name on everything there. The scene with the over sized door & the new Mrs. de Wuinter looks very tiny before...that is a good image. She feels so small in that house & around Mrs. Danvers, who feeds on this emotion of insecurity. Mrs. de Winter & Max watch home movies of their honeymoon when they were happy. He has another temper tantrum & more scolding of his Mrs. who never seems to mind this ill treatment. It seems to make her shrink even more into a shell. The lighting is great in this scene full on her face & the housekeeper fades away into the background...she is the one to give the warning about Mrs. Danvers 'simply adoring Rebecca'. So much yet to come in this movie. The failed party where Mrs. de Winter trusted Dannie to help her with her costume. Why would she trust her? Push the plot I guess. Another temper fit from Max & almost a divorce over a party dress! He stomps out & off to London. More tears from the silly girl who cries too much. Wonder how old she is supposed to be in this movie? I do like the plot of this movie & it keeps moving along. Max returns...we know he is anxious over the death of Rebecca & the circumstances behind it. This explains his mood swings & temper fits due to stress. This second half is delicious... we learn Rebecca is mentally ill, dying & has issues of her own...her own looming death. One of her boyfriends was her cousin Jack, the car salesman. Wonder why Max was not enough for her to be happy. Rich, nice looking...who knows. Was that part of her mental illness? Never happy with what she had...had to go looking for more until she died. The final scene/s of the movie with Mrs. Danvers going through that massive estate house with but a single candle to light her way; beautiful lighting & mood captured with that single hand held candle ...I'm sure there was another light somewhere but it worked to appear that the candle was the only light source there. The "R" is the last image on a pillow I believe. We also know from the beginning of the movie that Max & his new Mrs. will live happily ever after ...not in Manderley. Hope they still have Jasper with them.

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