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Everything posted by ThePaintedLady

  1. I have ATT U-verse. I tried watching some programming on TCM app, through my Fire Stick but I keep getting an error message. Nothing will play. So I tried the Watch TCM app on my web browser and it says that it can't verify my account. What's the deal here?
  2. Same. Except I woke up super early (California) only to meet a blackout screen with "Content Unavailable". Moments like these make me hate Sling. I've also seen Force of Evil before.
  3. You're not the only person. I, too, am a HUGE Hitchcock fan, and I border on "not caring for" and "hating" Vertigo. I love the cinematography, the set location (I'm a San Franciscan), and the fashion. I just really hate the plot and the idea that a man has that much control over a woman to fulfill his selfish desire. I actually come out of the theatre angry each time I see it. My top Hitchcock films: Rear Window Foreign Correspondent Shadow of a Doubt Strangers on a Train Why do I stop at 4? Because the fifth one often changes.
  4. It has been a long time since I posted. I hadn't been watching too many modern films as of late. Let me clarify, I haven't been watching any modern, American films as of late. I've been on a Korean drama kick, and I just watched one film that blew me away. I would add this title to the list of international neo-noir. Inside Men (Korea, 2015) Director Woo Min-ho This film stars Lee Byung-hun, who has crossed over into Hollywood films (Terminator Genisys and Magnificent Seven). I might add he is one handsome man. He stars as the thug/gangster in the film. Cho Seung-wo
  5. Agree completely. I think Tippi Hedren is just an awful actress. It's her performance that makes me dislike The Birds, too.
  6. 1. Using specific examples, describe how Hitchcock opens The Lady Vanishes. What tone, mood, or atmosphere is Hitchcock establishing for the audience very early on in this picture? Pay particular attention to the music. Judging from the facial expressions of the seated guests, the mood seems to be that of frustration contrasted by the light hearted charm of Ms. Froy. In a way, she is already set apart from the rest as someone to pay attention to. After all, she is the lady who vanishes later in the film. The clock seemed like a cattle call which indeed it was as the innkeeper gathers all g
  7. 1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes? Pattern: Angled shots, long tracking shots, large crowds/spectators, entertainment/sports venue Deviations: In all previous openings, a crime and/or victimization occurs. (I believe Luis is a victim of the young girl's disrupting his ski jump). 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than in previous opening seq
  8. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet) Considering this is an espionage theme, characterization is most important and we really have to pay attention to each character's persona and motivation. Who can be trusted? Who can't? Is there a red herring? 2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene? How might this introduction affect your view of the character Abbott later in the film? He s
  9. It's Doris Day's singing that makes me dislike this film. I felt it was completely out of place and a bit ridiculous.
  10. My tope of five. I feel that each of the characters had very strong character development and growth from beginning to end. Well, except for Robert Walker. He just gave a great performance as the charming psychopathic murderer. 1.Teresa Wright (Shadow of a Doubt) 2. Robert Walker (Strangers on a Train) 3. Robert Cummings (Saboteur) 4. Eva Marie Saint (North by Northwest) 5. Grace Kelly (Rear Window)
  11. Shadow of a Doubt as I am a fan of Joseph Cotton. I also like seeing Santa Rosa in the 40s. I also enjoy The Trouble with Harry for its black humor and the set direction.
  12. I had that problem, too, on my mobile device. I attributed it to being on the ferry as I was commuting to work. On my laptop, it played normally.
  13. I have to say that this is my first time seeing Blackmail with sound. I'm not sure I like it. I've seen it three times before as a silent picture, so it's a bit unnerving to hear the voices so high pitched. Anny Ondra actually had a deeper, huskier voice. Anyhow, on to the daily dose... 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. In this scene, we have two different "worlds". That of the public world (the shop and customer) and the private world (Alice's home and mind). The public world is noisy and the priva
  14. My favorite moment has always been the long shot in Young and Innocent. The song "No One Can Like the Drummer Man" has always brought a smile to my face, and it makes me get up on my feet (I'm a swing dancer). It was never released as its own single. The only copy of this song is in the film itself. The only other time I hear it is a rendition of it at a Hitchcock film festival. Both Castro Theatre (in San Francisco) and Stanford Theatre (Palo Alto) have the Wurlitzer organ and the organ player usually performs this song.
  15. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? I immediately had a feeling of anxiety; I felt what the two students were feeling; a sense of dread, concern, wonder of what the problem could be. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? As others have said, you are immediately pulled in to the action both physically and mentally. The audience becomes the characters at that moment. This is precisely what Hitchcock wants of his audience; to empa
  16. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? The flappers create the rhythm with their high energy Charleston dancing. The vitality is shown through the guests' having a grand time, the drinking, the excess, etc. 2. As is the case with a lot of German Expressionist films, in this scene, there are many shots that are very subjective and put us into the psychological mind of a main character. Please note the various techniques Hitchcock uses to create that feeling of subjectivity. The use of doorways and mirrors. This puts us in the pla
  17. I don't think it's been released to the home market, yet. A couple years ago, there was The Hitchcock 9 film festival here in San Francisco, and I was able to see most of the films. It travels around the U.S. and England. They're probably trying to generate interest with a Hitchcock 9 tour before creating a home release DVD set. Sometimes, Silent Film festivals will show case Blackmail.
  18. I agree, Craig. I, too, felt it was out of place, and it's at that moment that I make my eyeroll. The Birds is actually among my least favorite films by Hitchcock mainly because I think Tippi Hedren is a horrible actress, and I really hated her character. I also thought that many of her scenes were ridiculous. What was the point of her leaving the diner to be barricaded in a phone booth only to return to the diner again? I also didn't like the children's chorus as she's waiting in the school yard. So annoying! Other than that, I love the Bodega Bay location. I often visit as its only a 90
  19. 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? The Pleasure Garden is more uplifting. There are singing/dancing chorus girls and an audience that is enthusiastically engaged. In The Lodger, it is clearly a darker tone where the onlookers are more curious and shocked by the murder. There is more use of colors/hues in The Lodger with blues and sepia tones. One similarity I noticed is an assembly line. The chorus girls as they descend the spiral staircase and the newspaper press as the latest editi
  20. Also a favorite. It is part of my DVD library. I wish, though, there was a recording of No One Can Like the Drummer Man. I really love that tune.
  21. Hello all. A little late to this thread, but it's been a busy work week. On to the dosage... 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Yes. The concept of the viewing audience as voyeur is evident particularly when wee see through the gentleman's perspective as he's focusing his attention on a particular chorus girl. We see this concept repeated in Rear Window when we see through Jeffries's eyes and in Psycho through Norman's eyes. From a technical standpoint, the high angles as we view downward at the chorus line. This is
  22. My Top 5: 1. Rear Window 2. Shadow of a Doubt 3 Foreign Correspondent 4. The Trouble with Harry 5. Sabotage
  23. I, too, like that shot. Reminds me of Edward Hopper's Night Windows
  24. Schindler's List - only seen once. Imitation of Life - both the '34 and '59 versions. I'll Be Seeing You - even just seeing the film poster brings me to tears. Apocalypse Now - for one particular scene that was not staged.
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