Elainel

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  1. I guess I love the late Barry White and his love unlimited orchestra. I believe he may have the ability to direct an orchestra and provide the creativity to Mr Hitchcocks masterpieces if given the opportunity I love Vera wangs driven beautiful lines and I also think she is mature enough to allow for the beauty that Mr Hitch. would demand
  2. 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. The opening scenes of the Lodger and Frenzy are an interlocking perfectly fitted puzzle. (In my mind). Hitchcock provides genius continuity throughout the span of time I see the connection between the murdered woman. So obviously linked are the two dead bodies and of course the public reaction to the carnage. The woman are horrified. The men are first reacting then planning for their own families and safety. You can also feel the palpable plans to help save both communities from this predator or cause of the deaths. Thirdly the need to communicate the issues at hand is causing a "frenzy " 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. Obviously I notice the music score and the clarity of which the scene is presented. I feel immediately connected as I do with Hitchcocks work. There are commoners all around and they witness an uncommon sight- a dead body. Mr H also had that brief cameo I. The introduction on the pier. It was my first view of that and I truly enjoyed it. All of these things are part of his "touch". And of course the indescribable feeling of Hitchcock permeates the entire opening. Can't adequately describe a feeling. You must feel it. 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? I believe these opening scenes are exactly what Hitchcock intended. (Even with all his films ). Curiously at its peak ! That's what !! His films cause my mind to question everything in his films. That is the reason I never ever get sick or tired of the master. Initially we are asking "wow. I wonder if they could really clean up the water there coming in to London. ?? Wonder if the environment could improve enough and have no laundry detergent polluting the channel. Why is the girl floating ? Is she dead ? Where are her clothes ? Were they ripped from her or was she swimming ? Who is she ? Etc etc etc. 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 patterns and strategies are endless. I am an amateur I feel inadequate to describe these delicious delicacies. But I'll try. The knowledge he imparts to us is special. We feel privileged to be "above the events" he is trying to depict. We see trouble and violence (or possible violent activities ). But we are the voyeur. We are helpless but on occasion we feel influential just by the "viewing". Patterns actually old time movie art such as the lodger shows the murder and the plot is revealed. Nothing much changes as Frenzy is shown as the murder and plot revealed. But of course the newer movie is much more graphic.
  3. Marnie carries herself as a real lady. She has a bright yellow handbag which is loaded with money. We do not know where the money came from but it is easy to assume it is Ill gotten gain. She washes the dark dye from her gorgeous blonde locks and sashays away to begin her treck to her destination. Marnie puts the key down the grate. Forever hidden. 2. Hermanns melodies are in minor key haunting driving. They drive us on and on in elegance toward hunger for discovery. They are classic yet unique ---they call us toward yet another place and circumstance. 3. Hitchcocks cameo has now become my very favorite. Although I love to look at my master of suspense (I think he is fascinating all the time ) (wish I could have met him in person). But the brevity of this Marnie cameo does not minimize its importance. Don't good things come in small packages ? Hitch comes out of the door on the obvious right. He peers briefly. He has exited ready for the next step ! He is ever ready and I anticipate greatness because he has entered the hallway. Hmmm. Ummmm
  4. 1.Thos opening scene feels just like " Please don't eat the Daisies ". With Doris Day and others of that day. Lovely young attractive woman (Tippi Hedren) light heartedly bouncing down the street into the pet shop. Prior to entering she reacts briefly to a wolf whistle. Then quickly turns her attention on the gathering of the birds in the sky. They are flirting and interacting, smiling and teasing each other just like a comedy. Rod Taylor initially appears to have no clue that Tippi is not a salesperson. She tricks him and carries it further by selling him on a different bird . He was looking for love birds then she encourages him to go for the canary. It's light hearted banter with the true flavor of a comedy. The real sales lady also appears as a secondary actress in a comedy. 2. The entire segment has the implementation of birds chirping, chiding and scolding. The sound grows in intensity with harsh sounds ominously reverberating in my ears. I'm creeped out but I don't really know why. There are several facts revealed about the characters. They appear wealthy and confident. Rods character has a sister (so he reveals). He wants to give her love birds as a gift. Tippis character appears to truly enjoy putting him on. Also showing her ignorance (and she doesn't appear to care ).
  5. 1.Thos opening scene feels just like " Please don't eat the Daisies ". With Doris Day and others of that day. Lovely young attractive woman (Tippi Hedren) light heartedly bouncing down the street into the pet shop. Prior to entering she reacts briefly to a wolf whistle. Then quickly turns her attention on the gathering of the birds in the sky. They are flirting and interacting, smiling and teasing each other just like a comedy. Rod Taylor initially appears to have no clue that Tippi is not a salesperson. She trucks him and carries it further by selling him on a different bird . He was looking for love birds then she encourages him to go for the canary. It's light hearted banter with the true flavor of a comedy. The real sales lady also appears as a secondary actress in a comedy. 2. The entire segment has the implementation of birds chirping, chiding and scolding. The sound grows in intensity with harsh sounds ominously reverberating in my ears. I'm creeped out but I don't really know why. There are several facts revealed about the characters. They appear wealthy and confident. Rods character has a sister (so he reveals). He wants to give her love birds as a gift. Tippis character appears to truly enjoy putting him on. Also showing her ignorance (and she doesn't appear to care ). 3. Mr Hitchcock himself comes out of the pet shop with his darling dogs. He is literally exiting the shop with all those disconcerted birds ( could that represent the virtual release of the forces ). Also the outdoors contains the others
  6. 2. The exact date and time are provided to us . Viewing this as it flashes on screen is with deliberate importance Plus we are entering as peeping Toms throughout this entire movie. We peep. We peep. We don't stop peeping. Long after the movie ends we are left with the everlasting feeling of peeping. We see Marion and her adulterous lover. They are beautiful and seductive. They are also sinful We peep at them. We peep at Normans massacre of Marion. We peep at Normans pain and suffering due to the sad, twisted upbringing. 3. Marion was an adulterous woman. She was the object of Normans' mothers hatred . " Loose women " The vision of Marion and her lover evokes visions of Marion and Norman. She is the main character and we have been given lots of background to fan the flames of interest empathy and even some possible contempt.
  7. 2. The exact date and time are provided to us . Viewing this as it flashes on screen is with deliberate importance Plus we are entering as peeping Toms throughout this entire movie. We peep. We peep. We don't stop peeping. Long after the movie ends we are left with the everlasting feeling of peeping. We see Marion and her adulterous lover. They are beautiful and seductive. They are also sinful We peep at them. We peep at Normans massacre of Marion. We peep at Normans pain and suffering. This daily dose is like the others as we can
  8. 1. First. I need to say that I never ever tire of this opening. I get super chills ever time. Bernard Hermann and his exquisite masterful music belong with our master of suspense. The score is an awakening that doesn't depart. The music is played simultaneously with the stark in your face "face up to this horror " fest. I'm there ! I'm in !!! I'm in from the very beginning. The very first note and graphic is solid purposeful as it expresses the evil the innocence that was polluted in Norman. (b&w) normans psyche. Etc etc etc.
  9. I'm not even qualified to make an educated guess. My thoughts are that perhaps in his intelligence he chose to make them scarce. He would know that that would only make the hunger for the films grow.
  10. Alfred Hitchcock has touched my life in hundreds of ways. He has provoked many thoughts , activities and believe it or not precious moments for me . His droll sense of humor is just the start of my acclamations. Giggle giggle giggle. For fifty plus years I'm giggling. At the man Hitchcock at the stories he has written and even while reading his monthly publications. I am nearly 60 and my grandmother who helped raised me loved him too. We watched a daily dose of black and white Hitchcock. During those episodes we laughed and peered into the tv while watching for the inevitable climax. We compared it to jumping or falling off a cliff. So I have continued loving him (yes I state it that way) with my aunt who is 85 years old . We love Mr.Master of Suspense and will continue until we go on. Never a year has passed that I have not enjoyed many of his films and his tv show. I watch them unfold afresh each time. As my maturity level increased so did my appreciation. North by Northwest seemed even more of a masterpiece. And how I indulge in The Man who Knew too Much I'm closing for now because I could go on for hours .
  11. 1. Even at the level of dialogue the idea of two delicious Hollywood stars flirting creates instant meaning. The chemistry, the familiarity is immediately revealed . They speak the same verbal and nonverbal language. We automatically believe that combination is not only possible but believable. 2. The matchbook identifies him as Roger Thornhill ROT the 0 = nothing. He uses the matchbook and the lighting of her cigarette to introduce further flirting and to TURN UP THE HEAT. 3. The train sounds provide a continuum of the plot the soft music in the background enhances the romance and provides appropriate backdrop of elegance. Also the sound of the match being lit is clear. Just an addendum. The self control of Rodger (Cary Grant) after he has been called on his purported crime should be ledgendary ! He just relaxes muscles and demeanor. Wooooo hoooo
  12. 1. Red lips- shifty eyes of a female are images of impending deception. The riveting blood red eye -the hypnotic swirl again implying the woman is somehow involved in death or causing suffering. This intro creates and fans the flame of curiosity. 2. Watching the distorted eye figure as a connection to a distorted point of view. They spring they gyrate then they turn red again. This reminds me of more blood more suffering maybe a prolonged suffering. The figures are a photo of Succumbing to the confusion or loss of self . 3. The music itself spins and whirrrs. It whirls with the shifty eyes. It abruptly starts and stops giving the air of uncertainty. Then the eerie sounds go to and fro leaving a lump in my throat. Also the most powerful image to me is not the obvious. The obvious is the vision of the bloody eye. To me it is the "Spirographic" image. It reminds me of a childhood craft using colored pens. Could this insanity pull me in ??

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