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  1. Thanks for starting this post!! Shadow of a Doubt Strangers on a Train Rebecca (when Oliver says "You thought I loved her" to Joan Fontain.....so cool...even as a child) The Birds Frenzy (what an unexpected surprise)
  2. I love this question: Top 5 (or 10) performances. Here is my two cents: Joseph Cotton: Shadow of a Doubt George Sanders: Rebecca (just for being George Sanders) Jimmy Stewart: Vertigo Robert Walker: Strangers on a Train Tippi Hedren: Marnie
  3. Character or plot: in this particular film, I believe the plot will be more important. After setting the foundation for the characters, the story builds. If I remember correctly, the British version uses a little girl and the Hollywood remake (by Hitchcock) uses a little boy. Peter Lorre will become a major star for just the reason he was cast in this role. Nice guy, jovial, but always something to be caution of. With just a brief hint, when Lorre seemed perplexed when greeting the skier, Hitchcock is letting the audience know that Lorre's character will be important to the film. The M
  4. The Lodger has all the recognizable ingredients of a classic Hitchcock film. To me, the similarities between the two films are the chaotic nature of life in the city and the innocent being preyed upon. The scene where the text/action is being provided by a typewriter is clever. I don't remember noticing that technique in any other silent film (but I could be completely mistaken). I also like how, even though a woman has been murder, life continues (vendors selling coffee, and of course, newspaper reporters rushing about to break the story). Using an extreme close-up of the woman screaming ma
  5. Although many silent films featured "damsels in distress"...often in very distressing circumstances, Hitchcock is able to capture the suspense by prolonging the voyeuristic scenes and then flattening them out with humor (not sure if they are recurring character in the film or not). For me, I appreciate 2-3 viewings of silent films before I feel I have captured everything. All of the scenes are rich in detail, which is certainly a Hitchcockian trait (and why fans typically watch his films over and over)!
  6. Although the first-person POV may have seen very inventive in 1947....I truly think the best way to get inside a character is through voice-over - to hear a character's inter-thoughts can change the viewer's sympathies. It is used incessantly in filmmaking today but still hasn't lost its appeal for me.
  7. I truly loved this opening as well. No dialog was even needed...the power of the moment was undeniable. Watching the train literally approach the "light at the end of the tunnel" was a poignant scene.
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