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Everything posted by Robinv

  1. I like Shutter Island. It puts me in the mind of Vertigo and Spellbound. I have really enjoyed this class and I would like to thank everyone for making this an enjoyable experience. I would like to especially thank our scholars, Dr. Rich Edwards and Dr. Wes Gehring (Ball State University). This is my fourth course I have taken with you and as always it has been an educational and enlightening experience. Now I am sorry to say I will go through withdrawal symptoms until we meet again. Also, to my fellow students it has been great reading and sharing ideas with you on this forum.
  2. 1. The Lodger opens up with a woman screaming, its nighttime, the body is not in the water and we have the blinking sight that reads tonight golden curls. Now frenzy opens up on a bright sunny day with a man giving a speech about cleaning the river, someone says look and there is out corpse. 2. Hitch establishes our location. A public place on the banks of the river. It is always a famous location in his films. His cameo in the crowd listening to the speech. The music is lively and misleading. 3. To start his story and introduce the corpse.
  3. 1. We learn that Marnie is a thief who has been at her craft for a while. She has at least 2 variations of herself. She has finished with this identity and it's time to move on. In the one suitcase she is shedding the instruments of her craft and the other case holds her other life. 2. The music seems foreboding and it also frames her transformation. She is emerging as a new person and the music is accompanying her rebirth. 3. What I see that is different about Hitch's cameo is that he looks directly at the camera. I don't know if it really means anything. Maybe
  4. 1. This scene has the elements of a romantic comedy. First you have the 2 beautiful, likeable people. Then you have the meet cute. That is the cute little way they meet. Add in the light sparring or jousting banter. Ending with the seemingly argument and the parting of the ways. There you have the beginning of a romantic comedy. 2. The birds sounds seem to overwhelm all other sounds except for the conversation between the 2 principles. I find it odd that they are in a pet shop but you really don't hear any other animals. 3. Hitchcock and the two dogs, the 2 lo
  5. 1. The music gives us a feeling of anticipation and frenzy. You know something bad is going to happen. Now bring in the fractured title sequence. The fragmented names and the music together are forming a frenzied feeling of dread to come. The violen sounds like screams to me. 2. Hitch is trying to established these 2 people getting together at a time of day when most people are at work. They are doing something they don't want people to knowand are trying to hide it. 3. It is the middle of the day and these 2 are in a dark room. She's in bed and he is getting dressed
  6. 1. These stars were known for their beauty and desirability. Putting them in this playful, flirty position allows the audience to imagine if these 2 stars really met how they might act towards one another. 2. I don't think the match book really means anything. I think it is used as a prop to continue the realization of his real identity. 3. I think all the sounds are understated so that the audience focuses on the flirtatious dialogue between Grant and Saint. There are the usual sounds that we might hear in a dining car. (Dining music, dishes and the sound of the t
  7. 1. The music is scary and repetitive and is synced to the spirals. She seems afraid. 2. Kim Novak eyes darting from side to side. This is giving me the notion that she is uneasy. Maybe even paranoid. She is not in a normal state of mind. 3. The music and the title sequence works seamlessly together. The repetitive music and spirals are evoking an uneasy, not in control sort of feeling. The character will be on an unending journey that may never stop.
  8. 1. The POV is the audiences. It's as if we are there looking out the window. Camera is showing what we would see. We are there looking at all the neighbors getting to know them. 2. We learn that he is a photographer, his leg is broken probably using the broken camera. He is probably an award winning photographer. We see a picture of a beautiful woman who is a model. 3. I don't feel as if I am a voyeur. This is a view anyone would have seen looking out their rear window. We have a menagerie of characters. I feel like I'm there. 4. The fact that this is
  9. 1. Hitchcock starts the opening sequence with the gentle arriving at the station from opposite ends, the crisscrossing of the floor tiles, entering the turnstiles from opposing ends and the crisscrossing of the train rails. Granger Walker 2. shoes one solid 2 toned Suit solid colored Pinstriped Luggage. Clean Worn dirty Walk Clean stride Snappy hand in pocket
  10. 1. The Hitchcock touched I see are POV shots, odd camera angles, survey the room and framing of Grant in the door frame. He is also using shadows on Grant giving him a sense of there being something not disclosed. 2. He frames Grant in the doorway. He is using the camera to show Bergman as being confused. 3. Grant and Bergman have instant chemistry. You can se it when he looks at her. He has already started to like her. They play extremely well together. You can see an instant attraction when they look at each other.
  11. 1. This scene opens up with the whimsical music, scanning of the room showing total disarray, a man playing cards alone and a wife playing as if she is sleep. Right away you know these two have been in this room for awhile. You find out they are pretty well off because they have 2 servants. As the picture progresses you know they have done this before. Then they speak of the rules. 2. In a sense I can see a Hitchcock opening. Scanning the room to acquaint us with the set. characters and where this might lead us. A married couple that loves and fights just as hard. 3. I
  12. 1. We find out Uncle Charlie is living on the low side of town renting a room. He is neatly dressed in a suit and he has a lot of money that he doesn't seem to care about. You wonder why is he living in this room when has money. Then the landlady tells him 2 men were looking for him. So now you figure Uncle Charlie is in some kind of trouble, he's hiding out. Landlady closes the shade and cut to shadows covering his face. Something sinister about him. I never noticed this before but in the opening the women dancing seemed to be older and more mature than the men. The men look younge
  13. 1. It doesn't open in a public place. It is a POV shot. We are being introduced to our main character Mandalay. We are walking along with our narrator seeing what she sees. The music, the darkness, the mood and the fog are setting the scene for something dark. We know there is something sinister associated with this house, but what. 2. The POV shot. The narrative is giving us mood and information of how this person is feeling as she walks through the gates, around the winding walkway until she sees it. The house. The characters we are being introduced to are a house and a wom
  14. 1. The scene opens with a look around the room and it's characters. The music is lighthearted, airey and soft. The flute stands out to me. It's a slow scene at first, then it turns into a noisy, bustling, chaotic jumble of action. 2. They seem to be giving us information. They are giving us a light banter that is telling some information to help us understand what has happened to cause the people to be in this situation. 3. From the moment the women enter the room they are the sole focus of the manager and the camera. Iris is very commanding and in the forefront of the
  15. 1. It does fit a pattern. All opening in public areas, introductions to the characters and you get an overall sense of the type of film you will be watching. 2. Yes this guy seems to be just some nice innocent more. His appearance, his demeanor and even the question he keeps asking, so innocent and unassuming. Someone the audience can feel sorry for when he gets into trouble. 3. The music hall is quite ordinary someplace we all might have gone. We get the impression that Donat is just an ordinary guy. The fact the the audience keep asking silly and humorous types of quest
  16. 1. This seem to be a character driven. We get a good look at all the possible people that will be involved. 2. Peter Lorre seems to be light hearted, jovial and a good sport at first glance. When he looks at the skier, there seems to be something sinister afoot. 3. All three of the movies start out with an action scene. Although they share some sort of action they are all different. You have the dancing ladies descending the staircase while the men lear at them. Then you have the screaming woman leading to the discovery of the dead body. The last one showing the downhill ski
  17. 1. In the dialogue the lady talks about the murder. The more she talks about it the more it is affecting Alice. All Alice seems to be focusing on is the word knife. The last time knife is spoken I think Alice's mind made it seem louder. 2. The woman is continuously talking about the murder. Alice is listening but it seems that she can hear and feel the word knife. Alice's face is full of subtle anxiety. By the time we get to that last KNIFE she is a bundle of nerves. 3. I think filmmakers have come up with more creative ways to get us to view a scene in a particular context
  18. 1. The POV shot is giving you a sense of dread, impending doom at the hands of the woman and headmaster. She looks like she is out for blood, who will it be. The boys fate is in her hands. 2. Hitchcock uses this technique to add feeling. Dark and dreadful. No control on their part. Their fate is in someone else's hands. A slow descent into trouble. 3. Hitchcock uses close ups and montages to show the actions that supposedly lead up to this moment. He used an overlay of the scenes like he did in The Ring. Just like the things weren't real in The Ring these scenes are al
  19. 1, Hitchcock uses the intensity of the dancing shots, the record playing, the wife and the man talking and the look on the husbands face. The dancing and the piano playing seem to speed up. 2. He is watching his wife talk to the man through the mirror. He is imagining things that are not happening. He is making himself jealous. 3. The boxing poster is shown numerous times while he is watchin his wife and the other man in the mirror. The party is taking place in another room but Hitchcock shows them side by side.
  20. The opening of The Pleasure Garden is light and the opening sequence of The Lodger is dark. Both focus on women. He uses over the top facial expressions to convey mood. He uses close ups to give us a mood, feeling and atmosphere. The scream in the beginning of The Lodger reminds me of screams in Psycho and Frenzy. Hitchcock uses a woman's scream in a lot of his films.
  21. Yes I see Hitchcock use of light, facial expressions and camera angles in the opening sequence of The Pleasure Garden. I agree with Strauss. The use of light, shadows and angular pieces of the set . His use of light, shadows and facial expressions convey exactly where he was headed in this story. No need for dialogue.
  22. I want to thank everyone for all of the suggestions. I won't be leaving for 2 weeks, so anything else you can think of will be appreciated. Thanks
  23. Hi, I'm new to this, but I thought if anyone could help me it would be the people on this website. I'm going on a trip to Hollywood in a few days and I want to taste what is left of old Hollywood. I don't know where to begin. Like most of you I have become fascinated with old Hollywood through TCM. I would really appreciate any help you can give. Thxs.
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