Not a big fan of silent films. I do enjoy Charlie Chaplin ones though. I've seen some of Hitchcock's early British work, but not this particular one. I wonder if this is on TCM's schedule for July. If so, I shall try and catch it.
From that clip, I could definitely recognize some of his style from his peak days in the 40's and 50's. When I saw the picture before reading the notes, what I immediately went to was the staircase shot. What is a Hitchcock movie without a staircase shot? It was really great to see that this is something he started early on and never got rid of it. And I am glad he didn't and I'm glad he perfected it, because that is one thing I always look forward to in a Hitchcock movie: staircase shots.
I also caught something Hitchcock does pretty well in his movies, which is always making sure the audience knows the details of the plots with certain shots. In this clip, you could see the camera shot to the lady's purse when the gentleman is stealing her money, much like the key under the rug shot in Dial M for Murder. Hitchcock always wants you to be in the know of the plot, even the things the protagonists don't.
Lovely start of what I am predicting to be an amazing course, and I look forward to learning so much more from this. I took a few Hitchcock master classes with Guillermo Del Toro a few years ago and it absolutely opened my eyes to how to watch Hitchcock movies. I can't wait til we get deep into this course so I can absorb even more as I watch more Hitch films.