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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. As is obvious...black and white to color...the opening of Frenzy has a fabulous opening score....almost lighthearted...the opening of The Lodger is nothing close to lighthearted....also as the gentleman makes his speech it is evident the environmental concern of the Thames the cleaning up....this was not even a thought in the 1920's 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. We are back in London a public place...we see the landmarks London Bridge, Parliament, The Thames....Yes in the crowd there is Hitchcock's cameo...the use of music to draw you in 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.....The victim (the woman laying face down in the water) is introduced right in the beginning...she is also a Blonde female..London is also a character....the music....his collaborative touch....no Star Power as in his previous Hollywood films....it is reminds me of his early films before he goes to Hollywood....he ends where he begins in London ....coming full circle...he is home again
  2. 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. It appears that Marnie is dishonest or hiding....taking on the persona of different people....as shown in picking different Social Security cards and changing her hair color...as well as her clothing. Why is she changing her identity?? Who or why is she hiding her identity from...Is she wanted or escaping some form of cruelty...Is she guilty or innocent?? Throwing the key down the grate she is throwing away the old life.....Even the packing of the suitcases the old items are just tossed in the suitcase ...where the new luggage is neatly packed How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene?...Haunting repetitive music as she is casting off her old image....but the music builds when she is washing her hair of the old dark dye....It is almost Euphoric as her face is finally shown with her beautiful blond new image setting off on her new identity...very moving Did you see any variation in what Hitchcock is doing with his cameo in this film, and what do you think that variation means? What strikes me is how Hitchcock...looks right into the camera very different from his other films...where there is traditionally no direct glance at the audience....there is no missing him in this film...and it is right in the beginning...as if he is saying look no further....here I am ...but what about the woman ...Who is she?
  3. 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? There is an immediate attraction between the two handsome/beautiful and well dressed couple....the playful ease between the two of them....he must know she does not work there but regardless he continues the banter..he and she wants to continue the interaction..if you had no idea about this film you would think it is about a developing love story...and what it going to happen between the two....I would definitely not think that some ominous horror would develop as time goes by! 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? Truthfully the prominent sounds of the birds throws me off....that is really not a common sound you hear in a bustling city....hearing them is almost annoying.......then right before she goes into the Pet Store....Tippi looks up and sees a mass of birds how odd...thus lending to the annoying first sounds of the birds...why are there so many....and so noisy 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.....Love looking for Hitchcock in each cameo of a film.....my immediate thought is the 2 dogs...similar to the two of each animal entering the Ark...is Hitchcock representing Noah......they need to enter the Ark... 2 of each...before disaster strikes....
  4. 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? The music enhances the splitting of the titles...the splitting of Norman Bates as himself and his mother.....the music is so haunting it immediately reminds me of the chopping of the knife into Janet Leigh....the high pitch intensity...you cringe as you hear it 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? The day is an ordinary day during the work week ....mid afternoon little passed lunch time...ordinary city nothing special....as the film pans to the open window...we become the peeping toms drawn into the intimate scene between Janet Leigh and John Gavin 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. I was surprised to see such a risque shot obviously the semi dress of the characters ...and just a couple of years prior in North by Northwest Hitchcock is censored for dialogue....this scene in Psycho really pushes it....Marion Crane is in an illicit affair...she is not comfortable with the relationship but is still with the man....Sam Loomis is much more nonchalant about the affair....they are pressed for time....2:43 ...they must check out by 3:00....she is a risk taker being with the man and also possbily jeopardizing her job ...what else is she willing to risk???
  5. 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. Just that line.."I look vaguely familiar."...Hitchcock is playing with the viewer...Who was more famous than Cary Grant....I love the cat and mouse of the actors...to me Eva Marie Saint is so in control in this scene so composed so alluring....and Cary Grant responds so well....The attraction is so subtle the dialogue perfect...seems like a lost art to me....the sexual attraction ....but it is subtle ...it does not slap you in the face 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. The matchbook draws Eva Marie Saint to him literally the lighting of the cigarette so seductive and she responds but holding his hand for just a moment then pulling him him to blow out the match...you can feel the immediate attraction ...the touch so so intimate. The matchbook is the magnet! How is Hitchcock using sound design in this scene? Consider music and other background sounds in your answer. The music is subtle and sweet almost inaudible but adds nicely to the dialogue.....I listened again and you here the click clack of the train as it rides along the track....makes you want to take a train ride...Hitchcock really did love trains
  6. 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? We are seeing the world of Jeff....yes he is not engaged at this time....but this is his world....we are initially brought into it and seeing first hand what he sees and how much his participation in this world can be is he friendly with these neighbors....what will his interaction be with them.... 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?....Jeff obviously is limited in his movement....the broken camera did he break his leg along with breaking the camera....was it from taken these action pictures....yes to that .....he is a photographer....who will not be out and about taking pictures for a while....the panning through his apartment tells us alot without the dialogue....love that opening 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? I have to say I would be looking out the window....and wondering about all the people in the different apartments....who are they.... how is there relationship (meaning the couples I see).... what are their lives about....It makes me feel like a spectator watching a show Bonus question: if you have seen the entire film before, do you agree with Hitchcock that this film is his most cinematic? I love Rear Window one of my favorites...yes as I am taking this course I would agree most cinematic....It was intriguing for me to find out that this was a completely built set....I first thought the one location of the film was probably less costly than being on location....I guess in this age we are so use to assuming things are CG...what a fabulous set
  7. In 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....As the rails criss cross they then separate.....just as the two Characters Guy and Bruno....criss cross at their first meeting...Guy tapping the shoe of Bruno but once that happens it is down hill and Guy wants nothing more than to "separate" from Bruno....why because Bruno is a psychopath and what a great one he is ....so creepy ...just a great character Excellent film!! 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....Well even with the music Bruno shoes are more let's say flamboyant..his tie..even the tie clasp with his name on it....the music is also lighthearted....where Guy is much more conservative in dress..dark preppy clothing..reserved...polite....as they meet Bruno is chatty, annoying...you can see how Guy receives the comment from Bruno about his previous tennis match politely...but then wants to get back to reading....Bruno even moves his seat to be next to Guy....increasing Guys uncomfortable feeling....you immediately get the sense that Bruno is going to be hard to shake off....That is an understatement.... I love the opening as they focus on the feet not showing faces till the tapping of shoes under the table then the characters are introduced 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?.....The music is so powerful even as the films opening credits are shown....the music is very powerful as each taxi door is open...when Bruno gets out it becomes lighthearted...as they are both walking the tempo is in sync with each step they make...as it goes to the rail scene ...again a more somber tone to the music...when they sit down the music goes ba-bump....very effective....as if in a way the music is narrating the story....Again such a great film
  8. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie?The use of two Hollywood Stars Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant.also Claude Raines....in filming the shadowing of Grant as he stands in the door way of bedroom...the close up of Bergman laying in the bed ...but most of all how Bergman sees Grant....as Grant walks in the bedroom the turning of the camera 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 shadowing of Devlin in the door way....he is neatly attired business like....Bergman is in disarray.....very hung over from her drinking....she appears not in control to Grants controlled demeanor....she is angry and he is very calm and measured 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? I do not think of Bergman as a "lush" or tormented person but she plays it well....Grant is sophisticated, handsome....I am sure many people wanted to see a Hitchcock film but having these two stars in the movie sealed the deal along with Claude Raines....finishing out the casting of the film....Perfection
  9. 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? First I noticed in the very beginning, the camera pan of the room ...the music sets the tone ....light hearted... if the music was ominous you would probably have a total other feel for the opening....you see Robert Montgomery hands playing cards as it pans to his face....Carole Lombard in bed then the fabulous close up.the camera zooms right to her face as there is a knock at the door her eye opens..his use of well known "stars"....In the very beginning I am wondering what is going on...what is the disarray for ...but by the end of the clip many questions are answered ...they had a fight and would not leave the room till they makeup 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? Well it is different from other films in that it appears lighthearted....when I think of Hitchcock I do not think of light hearted comedy....but this course is opening up my eyes to Hitchcock embracing other genres 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? Lombard was noted for comedy.....I feel the chemistry as they embrace....it seems like Hitchcock knows how to use his actors and actresses in the right movie and genra
  10. 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. He has a simmering anger....I was more struck by the music...which increased the emotion....He says to himself "You're bluffing, you have nothing on Me"....he walks out of the room with an air of confidence...and walks right by the two men almost touching them...in a way taunting them...On 2nd viewing of this scene...as Joseph Cotten steps outside the number on the front door is 13.....unlucky but for who....for Joseph Cotten or the men following him?? 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)... As I am just learning about film noir I am going to reread the lecture notes and watch the lecture video a couple of times to absorb the meaning before I watch both movies this week 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? It was the score of the opening scene which truthfully impacted me the most ....it set the whole tone of the opening from the light hearted music of the kids playing outside....to the bedroom scene and as the music builds the emotion simmers then erupts in Joseph Cotton throwing the glass....Also I noticed as the men start following Joseph Cotten there steps mimic the music tempo
  11. 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 most notable to me is the lack of a crowd as was shown and featured in other daily doses....The opening narration of Joan Fontaine and the moving of the camera up the drive...the light and shadow as it approaches Manderley...emphasizing an ominous feel ....the whole opening scene lends to the Suspense...and yes the house is another character in this fabulous movie! 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? Hitchcocks use of different locales....the South of France...the English Country side....the movement of the camera ....I love the opening scene as it travels up the drive....the shadowing of the scene..filming the back of Olivier and the step forward of his foot on the cliff..Joan Fontaine's voice the Shout "No Stop!" ...is she the heroine??...Does she snap Olivier out of his potential Suicide...?? Again the build up of Susense 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? I just love the opening of this movie...truly one of my favorites and well deserved for best picture....The house is ominous...what happened to it??? Yes they can never go back to Manderley...but why?...The house truly is the FIRST character introduced in the movie!.The best is yet to come when you meet Mrs Danvers ..she is as intimitating as the house itself...The narration also lends to the question why can they not go back...
  12. 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. Very lighthearted....chaotic....the music lends to the mood intermingled with the chaos in the lobby ...the cuckoo...is not the traditional cuckoo but a little soldier....reminds me of Attention Attention....then the clerk announces how train has been cancelled due to the avalanche 2. Discuss the characters of Caldicott and Charters in this scene. What do the performances of Caldicott and Charters add to this scene. Almost a cluelessness, "why weren't they told immediately"...a self absorption....they are in a different country...with a different language ...It is not England....there are many people it appears from different countries who are all in the same predicament 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. Firstly, Iris has the most rapport with the innkeeper a familiarity with him....a demanding quality obviously she is the leader the camera follows the ladies and innkeeper...but angle of camera is more on Iris...especially when she is on the steps with the innkeeper...no doubt star of this scene
  13. 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 music hall like the dance hall scene as in the Pleasure Garden....the gaiety of the scene ....I like the quick wit of the Brits....The very first couple of seconds the shadow as the actor approaches the ticket booth...and the shot of him walking to the seat more showing the floor then who it is ...his back as he enters the seat 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? Yes a little mystery who is this person walking into the theatre....seems like an everyday person...just enjoying Mr Memory...who is he ....and who is he to this film ...in the Lodger someone is murdered you have a sense of what that film is about....what it the plot of this film I am curious 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? Hitchock use of many people in opening scenes...a gathering ...the Brits being cheeky...do they really believe Mr Memory knows so much....a couple elements of the check list are included in this first scene
  14. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet) The characters will be more important...there interactions will help the plot development....when Peter Lorre meets the skier....they literally run into each other....there is a moment of recognition...an ominous recognition between the two...there is some kind of history between them.....what is it? 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? Peter Lorre at first seems an affable character....he is knocked over by the skier....but laughs it off....first impression he is a likable character but for the brief moment of recognizing the skier....makes you think what is the connection why his change of demeanor what does that mean? 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. Differences is the locale first two appear to be in London ....The Man Who Knew Too Much opening scene takes place in St Moritz in a different country a much more open locale.....Similar: many people are used in all 3 pictures in the opening scenes it is not one on one
  15. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. The women standing with the basket is yammering on...but all you hear is low yammering then "KNIFE"...yammering "KNIFE"....which is all Alice hears....by making the basket lady annoying...you do not want to hear her.....but by emphazing knife....it puts you in the mind of Alice and what is unnerving Alice ...the KNIFE 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. As the basket lady is droning on and you hear "KNIFE" repeatedly ....you hear it but you do not see the lady saying it ....what you do see is Alice's face and her immense unnerving...without Sound you would not understand this....at the end the last emphatic word "KNIFE" totally unnerves Alice where she throws it...this intrigues me where I want to watch the whole film to understand what happen ....what brought her to this....Looking forward to viewing it 3. Why do you think this particular use of subjective sound is not used frequently in cinema? I am not sure why....I am a little surprised by this question....is this not used as much? now that I am taking this course it will make me more aware as I watch other movies....I will say this....I thought it was very effective I kind of jumped at the last sound bite "KNIFE"

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