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  1. Glad we have a group in our state! I'm in Pembroke Pines - not too far from Miami, anyway.
  2. 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. In The Lodger, the murder and woman's agony is immediate and in your face. The flashing marquee sign, the woman's screaming face. In Frenzy, in direct opposite to the title, here is serene, pompous and proper London and Londoners, being supremely happy about cleaning up the river, when a body floats down the current to wrest people from their artificial platitudes. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening
  3. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? We already know that she uses disguises, she's extremely organized, does nothing halfway, and she has a lot to hide. She's also comfortable when she's in disguise and "in control." In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objects. She's fastidious about her packing, her wardrobe, her hair, exchanging ID cards in her wallet. She's impeccably dressed, with hair, makeup and nails perfect. She toes the key in the grate to dismiss the fact of her c
  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? Well, Tippi knows nothing about birds, and she's willing to fake her identity in order to flirt with Rod. Rod knows very soon that Tippi knows nothing about birds. We also know that they will be a couple in this film. How does Hitchcock use sound design in this opening sequence? For example, how are the sounds of birds used to create a particular mood and atmosphere? First, there's the c
  5. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? The graphic design is sharp and its movement of lines across the screen violent and strong. Likewise the music is making "lines" into your hearing, sharp, short, violent. There are sequences of smooth violin notes being played that suggest travel and movement. Nothing is still in this movie. It's action all the time. As the titles end, we have t
  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. What a double entendre there is when Cary Grant says, "I know, I look vaguely familiar." I bet the theatre audience went crazy over that line. Eva Marie had bedroom eyes on him - all soft and dreamy. She's the open one, Cary had sunglasses to conceal himself. We're hanging on every word of what these two are saying by not saying it. T
  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. The music immediately conveys to me that this is an "otherworldly" film - on the order of The Twilight Zone or Outer Limits. The repeating flute sequence puts the audience on guard because we are about to plunge into the unknown. The close up of the various parts of t
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