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  1. 1. The opening of Frenzy differs from the opening of The Lodger in that Frenzy builds up to evidence of a crime, whereas the latter opens with the crime (the screaming women) and the discovery of the victim. Frenzy's opening uses Hitchcock motifs of injecting menace into a commonplace setting - a municipal presentation becoming a crime scene - and humor - a declaration to clean the river of pollution, only to have a dead body float by. The Lodger goes from the crime, to the victim, to the witness, to the mass media reporting the murder. Frenzy opens with a casual flight along the river to a
  2. One item about Marnie that I was surprised was not explored in the discussion video, was the parallels of marine to Spellbound. In both you have psychologically scarred characters, who are being investigated/examined by someone who is attracted to them emotionally and/or sexually. The genders are reversed between the two films, but both Gregory Peck and Tippi Hedren have present issues were originated from traumatic childhood events. With Peck, it is the guilt from the accidental killing of his brother. For Hedren's Marnie, it is her killing the sailor in protection of her prostitute mothe
  3. 1. This scene seems to be more of a set-up for a romantic comedy as it introduces our male and female leads as strangers, but brought together by coincidence in a public place. Mitch acts as if he mistakes her for a pet shop employee (which we find out soon after this clip that its an act he is putting on), while Melanie plays along with him, putting on her own act. This set-up of prankster-ish behavior, play acting, misunderstanding and deception are often used to create comedic situations. Add to this that her assumed motivation is only to become acquainted with this attractive man. It i
  4. 1. The title sequences to Psycho, introduce themes of the film both graphical and aurally. Bass' visuals shows each name and titled, fragmented and skewed, then readable, then fractured, indicative of attribute of the multiple sides to individuals' personality - as seen in the film with Norman's multiple personalities, as well as Marion's good-girl/bad-girl sides being exposed, as well as other characters. As every credit is handled in this manner, it defines this segmentation as being part of everyone, including the director. There is also the dissecting aspect, reflective of the method of
  5. 1. This scene parodies the classic Universal Horror films in the use of a scientist named Frankenstein (no matter how its pronounced) who is seen as emotionally defiant (perhaps even unstable) in the 'mad scientist' mold. The medical classroom setting did appear a few times in those classic old films. And of course the black and white photography is a direct motif of those former films. 2. Within the scene there is both broad comedy as well as the more subtle, as referenced in Wilder's comments. The subtler gags include the line 'give him an extra dollar', the doctor's glance at the studen
  6. 1.The cartoonish qualities of this clip are mainly emphasized by the bold colors in costumes, props and scenery. The outfits make up a rainbow palette of varied hues. The balloons bright red, white and blue. The catapult which is equipped with a bright red spear, is camouflaged in leaves, looking like something out of a Road Runner/Coyote cartoon. Add to it the boing sound of its release. 2. As homage to slapstick, you have the clear good vs evil characters (see answer #3), and the time setting of early 20th century time, and the use of an amazing stunt to heighten the absurdity of the c
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