Pilotgirl30 replied to spence's topic in The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of HitchcockThis on line course, which took place over the summer, focused more on Hitch's prolific work of film then what went on behind the scenes. There simply wasn't enough time to go over that, although we did watch a clip of Tippi on TCM talking about Hitch from a few years ago. The professor of the course offered many resources where I am sure Hitch' s behavior w/leading ladies is more examined. However, I'm sure that the course syllabus and objectives was to avoid drama and examine the work and how Hitch influenced others, and continues to even to this day. Does this excuse his behavior or condone it? Absolutely not. But his work is important to the overall study of film.
Pilotgirl30 replied to Dr. Rich Edwards's topic in The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock1. Some similarities I noted were use of a blonde woman (but, of course!); setting up the shots so that we, the viewers, feel as if we are RIGHT THERE...in the theatre or in the crowd of people in The Lodger. Differences....The Pleasure Garden clip was in a very intimate setting; a theatre, whereas The Lodger went from on location to another (scene of a crime, telegraph printing, city). Also, The Lodger is exploring MUCH more darker themes at this point than The Pleasure Garden. 2. Hitchcock styles/themes/emotional storytelling: The opening scene!! We have a close-up of a blonde woman, screaming, clearly in distress. Lots of lights.shadowing used. Distortions used with the semi-close up of the man hiding his face (whats that about!!?? creates some mystery vs. the other man covering his face as well...whodonit??) 3. The close-up and music in the back ground and expression of the actress helps to convey the horror and screaming from the blonde woman in the opening scene. Of course, Psycho pops up in my mind P.S. I totally want to teach a Hitchcock and Psychology course! That would be awesome!