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  1. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. Touches would be the chaos of the scene. There are a lot of people, a lot to focus on, so much in fact that we do not know what we should pay attention to the most. It reminds me of the beginning of The 39 Steps.
  2. 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. She doesn't care about her objects. Her objects are just trophies for her success as a thief. She doesn't particularly care for the objects as she packs them. She throws them into her case. Did you see any variation in what Hitchcock is doing with his cameo in this film, and what do you think that variation means? He looks right at the camera and then it cuts off. I found this cameo strange and a l
  3. 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? There is the subtle but cheesy flirtation between Hedren and Taylor. The improbable and also absurd way in which they meet and which Hedren's character decides to bring him loves birds...just adds to the romantic comedy feel of this scene. 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? Th
  4. 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? I think the distortion of the actor's names and even the title demonstrates the theme of dual personalities or a distortion of people present themselves to be. The music and the lines running through the screen show a frantic and hurried rhythm that maybe these people are experiencing on the inside, but not showing to the outside world. As t
  5. There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation from the overall pattern of focusing on the faces of the two leads will have increased significance. In that sense, discuss how Hitchcock uses the R.O.T. matchbook as an important piece of acting business (or as a prop) in this scene. The ROT matchbook has several purposes, to draw the attention back on himself, to gauge her interest in HIM, and to just connect to her physically possibly.
  6. 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. I automatically feel that the film will be a darker themed film. That there will be danger, suspense, confusion, and I can't wait to dive right in. In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful image in this title sequence? Defend your answer. I thin
  7. Of the slapstick influences we covered in this class, who do you think most influenced Will Ferrell as a slapstick comedian? You can select for your answer any of the studios, directors, writers, or actors covered in this course. I think the work of Mel Brooks and but also Stanley Kramer. The use of cameos in Anchor Man were clever and make people laugh with anticipation, knowing new faces might pop up. This reminds me of Kramer's It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and all the cameos that showed up in that.
  8. 3. In the context of slapstick comedy, compare Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau with Leslie Nielsen's Frank Drebin. I love both of these comedic actors but there is something glorious about Nielsen's Drebin and his happy-go-lucky, pass the buck, absurdity. Sellers' performance seems more classical and trained. It is really difficult to describe the difference between them, to be honest!
  9. 3. Would this film and its gags have worked as well if Young Frankenstein was shot in color? Defend your answer. I think the film being shot in black and white added to the "authenticity" and credibility of this serious, medical drama...or that was the hilarious and obvious gag visually. Wilder plays the character straight /very serious and this adds to absurdity of the film. Also when we see a black and white film we generally assume it will be a classic film or serious. The decision to film in black and white was brilliant.
  10. In what ways does this scene from Bananas operate as both slapstick comedy and as parody? It's parody in that it's mocking the USA luxury of fast food/takeout. Mix that with Allen's deadpan expression and expectation that all this food will be available in this locale. The slapstick gag was the hundreds of food bags but I personally loved the coleslaw in the wheelbarrows! Genius!
  11. Describe specifically how this scene looks and feels like a "live action" cartoon. I think the bursts of color, the camera angles, silly gags, and overall concept have a cartoon feel!
  12. My mother raised me on so any comedy greats including the Three Stooges, Benny Hill, etc. I remember this scene in the rocket and this trio were so brilliant. Think about the timing, physically and verbally, that had to be correctly synced between all the actors. Such craftsman!
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