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  1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? Absolutely. Things are sleek, clean. We have a beautiful woman in a beautiful dressing room surrounded by beautiful flowers. We don't understand the tawdry side, the side that may be sexual in exchange for a contract. Nor do we understand that she will soon become a woman who lives with Ziegfeld out of wedlock. The Production Code kept things clean and tidy so that we think the highest ideals are being enacted and upheld. What themes or approaches might you anticipa
  2. Hi all. If you live on the Eastern shore of Maryland, or in the greater Delmarva region, let's start a local chapter of the TCM Backlot. I happen to own quite a few 16mm copies of film classics of the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, and would love to see us actively meet together once a month, eat a meal, watch a movie, and have some fun times together as a group. To make this happen, we need a total of 5 people to create a local chapter. Answer here, and when we have five, I will apply for the charter. Hope we have some classic film fans in beautiful Delmarva.
  3. 1. 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. As mentioned in the lecture video, if one had never seen this before, it would be safe to say that the film seems very abstract and avant garde simply based on the opening credits. Knowing that vertigo is a sensation of dizziness, and seeing the various swirlin
  4. 1. In how many ways does Hitchcock play with or visually manifest the metaphor of “criss cross” or “criss-crossing” in this introductory sequence. [For those who haven’t seen the film yet, the idea of “criss cross” is central idea in this film, a theme Hitch sets up from the opening frames of this film] Be specific. The criss-cross introduction sets the action into motion, allowing us to become aware of a continuing pattern which we will see throughout the movie. We see two taxis entering from different directions. We see the foot steps of two characters. We see the tracks leaving the sta
  5. 1. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? The obvious one was mentioned in the lecture video. Hitchcock uses the same cantered shot that he used in "Downhill", which gives a great POV shot for Bergman's character. In addition, we see him framed in the doorway, again a POV shot. Lighting seems darker, foreboding, suggesting a hint of mystery to the Cary Grant character. Hitchcock uses sound as well, with music, and using the recording to back up Grant's accusations. Masterful scene by the Master! 2. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and p
  6. 1. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this opening sequence? Moreover, what do we learn about or know about the couple through the scene's visual design: the props, the set design or dressing, the decor, the camera angles, the lighting, etc? I see Hitchcock using the camera again to start to communicate without words information about the occupants of the room. I know they are locked in the room for some reason because of the many dishes. It is obvious that they have taken quite a few meals in the room. I believe they are a couple of some means. They are able to stay locked in th
  7. As mentioned in the curator's note, this scene operates as a prelude to the main story. What do learn about the character of Uncle Charlie in this prelude? Be specific. ​In the opening scene, we see Uncle Charlie lying in the bed. The camera pans left, and we see money on the nightstand and the floor. He seems brooding, contemplative. The landlady enters, and we find out that two men have been at the house asking for him. He seems very poised, but it seems a bit odd that he feels comfortable lying down in the company of the woman. When she leaves, his poise is gone. He becomes agitated,
  8. 1. Describe how this opening is different from the multiple opening scenes you have seen in the Daily Doses from the British silent and/or sound period? Rebecca happens to be one of my favorite movies, and having read the novel by Daphne DuMaurier as well, I love this opening. It is very faithful to the opening of the novel. In so many of the other openings we have seen thus far, we are introduced to the characters, and often times even the premise of the plot we are about to watch unfold. In Rebecca, we see setting, and listen to narration. We feel the remoteness of the location, the oth
  9. 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. The tone of the film is much lighter, thanks to the folksy music we hear. We are introduced to a great deal of characters quickly, and even see Miss From, albeit briefly. It seems as if we are looking in on a mythical, far away place that is exempt from anything but lighthearted interactions. The music does really help establish this tone. 2. Discuss the characters of
  10. 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? Hitchcock takes us into a rather ordinary and unassuming place to begin the movie, thus allowing us to see an ordinary man become the eventual focus of the series of events about to happen. The flashing lights announcing "Music Hall" reminds me of the flashing lights of The Lodger, reminding us constantly of "To-night Golden Curls". As a deviation, I believe that the camera angles differ slightly. I find i
  11. 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 my opinion from just watching the opening that the characters are going to drive the plot. We are already being given insight into the young girl, her feelings regarding others, and her ways of trying to manipulate her father. We see people on a trip, something many middle and lower class people were unable to do during this time, so we start to gain insight into the various characters in the protagonists circle of acquaintances. The plot will be important,
  12. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. By first following Alice from the room of the store, and then back to the table, the camera makes it clear that her guilt is the focus of the scene. Then, by the words all being muddled except for the word "knife", we clearly understand her character motivations. I found it interesting that when she went into the phone booth, we heard no sound at all. This truly clarifies her character for us. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates
  13. The private detective seems to fit well into the seedy world of film noir because he doesn't play by the rules. He's rough, coarse, and willing to break some laws himself in order to find out the answers to the question he is asking. He needs money, is somewhat at arms length, yet still manages to get sucked into the story, as the viewer does. You feel what the private detective is feeling, and as he discovers clues, so do we, the viewers.
  14. Waldo Lydecker... snobbish, aloof, ostentatious, and interestingly suspicious. He is quite a curious character, and I have to wonder just what does he have to do with the "murder of Laura". Again, we are introduced to a crime, the seedier side of life, despite obviously finding ourselves in an expensive apartment. Things are not what they seem.
  15. Interesting to watch this, know its Bogey, but never actually see him. The POV allows the viewer to immerse himself into the action. As I watched the driver of the car get hit over and over, I had the unsettling sense that I was an eyewitness, and needed to do something about it or stop it. This kind of opening creates the same sense of chaos and uneasiness that the character himself is feeling. Masterful!
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