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  1. I see a lot of Hitchcock in various horror films that have been released over the years. Many directors are influenced by him including horror master John Carpenter. Halloween not only starred Janet Leigh's daughter but the doctor was named Loomis after the boyfriend in Psycho. It Follows one of the better horror films in recent years was greatly influenced by a variety of films and it appears that Hitchcock may have been an influence on him as well.
  2. 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 set up is reversed to what we saw in The Lodger. The girl is killed, she is found and the crowd looks down on her. The opening scene in Frenzy ends with the crowd finding he girl in the water. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. ​Starting early on with a crowd of people and one person as the focal point (the person giving the speech). The scene doesn't give me a sense of voye
  3. 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 doesn't have an identity that is her own. She has a very proud look on her face. She is very precise and this is something she has been doing for a long time. Her movements seem very ridged and put together. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene?Romance and Mystery are the key words that pop into my head when I hear this score. It has a much lighter sound than many of h
  4. 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?The scene between Melanie and Mitch resemble a meet cute. They are more like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail. That is even more the case the further you get in the scene. Some of the aspects of the opening do resemble a horror film opening. The foreshadowing the birds and having the birds play such a prominent role in these two characters meeting. The sound of the whistle before she
  5. 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?This score gets to me. I can feel someone as they follow me. There is a sense of paranoia in the song. This song definitely plays into the search for information and the need for answers. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date, and time: “FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH” and “TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.” What
  6. Even at the level of the dialogue, this film is playing with the idea that two Hollywood stars are flirting with each other (e.g. the line, "I look vaguely familiar.") How does our pre-existing knowledge of these stars function to create meaning in this scene. Even Cary Grant wanted to be Cary Grant. Roger Thornhill definitely did not want to be George Chaplin. I always think its fun when Grant plays with his persona in films. I even love it when others play with it. There is a real sense of who "Cary Grant" is in this scene and a lot of that plays out in the interaction between these characte
  7. Describe what you think this film will be about simply from the sounds and images in these opening credits. Even if you have seen the film, try to focus on these sounds and images themselves and “the story” (or if not "the story," the mood and atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. Much of the opening title focuses on a girl. Seeing this, I automatically assume that a women is going to be a focus of the film. It stars a man and a women and a women is when we see, I see the film focusing on her from the males perspective. The spirals and colors gi
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