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  1. Daily Dose #20: Look! Opening Scene from Frenzy (1972) 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. The Lodger - No sound. There was fog- night time- the victim was shown screaming - she was alive - the audience has a clue as to who the killer is (he left his signature- The Avenger)- news reporters incites the people emotionally- technology was displayed for that time period within the newsroom. Frenzy - There is sound. It is daytime during a political rally- camera techno
  2. Daily Dose #19: Real Identities Opening Scene from Marnie (1964) 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. Marnie's character is displayed as secretive in this opening sequence because we really don't know who she is. She enters her hotel room with newly purchased suitcases, new clothing that she is packing into the cases and throwing a lot of money from her yellow bag into them as well. She not only changes wallet with a new
  3. Daily Dose #18: Love Birds Opening Scene from Psycho (1960) 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? This opening scene starts on what seems to be a very beautiful day. As Melanie is walking to the store, a little boy whistles at her which brings a smile to her face. Although she sees a huge flock of birds flying around and making a fuss, she still thinks that her day will go well as she proceeds to pick up her order.
  4. Daily Dose #17: What Do I Do With My Free Afternoon? 
Title Sequence and Opening Scene from Psycho (1960) 1. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigo and North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? The graphic design and the score reminded me of a highway or train track moving too fast and at the same time introducing the cast and entire staff. The line design even seem to be in the shape of a
  5. Daily Dose #1: Spiraling into View Opening Scene from Hitchcock's first film, The Pleasure Garden (1925) ‪1. "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence - the girls coming down the stairs and the camera looking up at them running down the spiral staircase. He changed the shot and filmed from the top down‬ ‪2. Yes I do agree. Scenes such as the lady talking and then older men enjoying the young ladies as well as the women in the audience - some sleep while others had binoculars was definitely a Hitchcock touch as well as his signature scene when the young lady was robbed of her letter of
  6. Daily Dose #2: To-night Golden Curls Opening Scene from Hitchcock's The Lodger (1927) 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? - In comparing the openings of The Lodger to The Pleasure Garden, the sound affects were very different. One was joyful music while the other was scary. In the Lodger there was a lot of emotions and fear. The title repeating itself. Joy and excitement began in The Pleasure Garden. Similarities were described as a dark evil appeared in both
  7. Daily Dose #3: Fighting For Her Scene from Hitchcock's The Ring (1927) 1. Hitchcock uses montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene by having carefully chosen close-ups of a man and woman on a chair seemly hugging and kissing. Another close-up of a man in a different room with eyes glaring at the couple. The music added to the vitality of the scene and the rhythm is when he pieces together different fragments of the shots together like when the picture of his wife and the man sitting with her are placed next to her husband face. 2. Various techniques Hi
  8. Daily Dose #4: Depends on Your Point of View Scene from Hitchcock's Downhill (1927) 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? While viewing the film I felt like I was moving along with the two mates who were entering the office in the POV tracking shot. And the headmaster appeared to be moving up to me. The POV dolly shot created a moment of fear as the young lady approached the two men. As she seemed to move closer, I felt that she was going to slap one of them. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock u
  9. Daily Dose #5: Heard About the Murder? Scene from Blackmail (1929) 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. In order to enhance the feelings of guilt from Alice after she murdered the artist, Hitchcock used surrounding sounds to amplify those feelings. As Alice is slowly walking through quick-moving crowds in a daze of shock, car horns enhance the counterpoint between the busy world and her stake of shock. Each of Hitchcock’s car horns are taunting her to snap out of it. Another was when she wakes up
  10. Daily Dose #6: Knocking 'Em Cold Opening Scene from The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 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) I believe the characters are going to be more important in this film than the plot based on the opening scene. 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? In thi
  11. Daily Dose #7: Mr. Memory Opening Scene from The 39 Steps (1935) 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 rolling sign - the mysterious approach to the story and the presentation of the angles of each shot all fit a pattern we have seen previously which deviated from other opening scenes. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than in pr
  12. Daily Dose #8: Cooling Our Heels Opening Scene from The Lady Vanishes (1938) 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. There are a lot of people sitting around in the opening of this film. The music is pleasant but does not suit the mood of the crowd. As more visitors arrive, the sounds gets louder and the clock goes off to add to the gentleman's loud chatter. Even the hotel manager talks loud but spe
  13. Daily Dose #9: Last Night I Dreamt Scene from Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940) 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? This opening in 'Rebecca' was so different than Hitchcock's British silent and sound period because the story begins with a picture of a place we soon find out is named Manderley. The voice is describing the road leading up to this place as well as describing this beautiful yet creep scene. A scene that she was daydreaming about. 2. What are the Hitchcock "
  14. Daily Dose #10: Nothing on Me Opening Scene from Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 1. As mentioned in the curator's note, this scene operates as a prelude to the main story. What do you learn about the character of Uncle Charlie in this prelude? Be specific. Uncle Charlie appears to be waiting for something to happen or thinking about what to do. His landlord seems to be aggravating him with the information she has about his visitors. He appears angry when she leaves when he smashes his glass against the wall. But then he seems to be confident that the men cannot recognize
  15. Daily Dose #11: Thought I'd Left? 
Opening Scene from Hitchcock's Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1943) 1. 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? In the opening sequence there was Hitchcock's touches of visual techniques, lighting and camera perspectives and sound. You know that by the disarray of the room and all the dishes, uneaten food, newspapers, glasses and bottles around that the couple ha
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