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Shannon.H

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  1. I would love if there was an Elliott Gould day and Oliver Reed day of films.
  2. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? The first film i remember is the wizard of oz. At the time when i was little, i thought she was just so sweet and pretty. How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? Now i am amazed by her natural and pure voice and just likableness. What films in her later career come to mind as examples of her increasing ability to capture an audience’s imagination as a storyteller when she sings a lyric? I remember feeling sad w
  3. 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? Its show a life that is not the normal but we can dream about and think that this must be what a theater stars life is. 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? I would guess that everyone wants to forget and likes to see romance an singing and dancing, nothing too tough on screen. 3. Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been
  4. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression-era musicals? 1. I cant say that i notice too much of the Lu**** touch. I am guessing that the fake gun and the lady might be Lu**** touch
  5. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. What do these clips tell you about the male/female relationships as they are depicted in the films during this era? What norms might you expect are supported under the Hollywood Film Code? 1. In the first scene there is a little light flirting between the two. He sings to her and she sort of holds her own and shows that she is not going t
  6. 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. There are just a few similarities the discovery of a body and the reaction. The obvious difference is that with Frenzy the opening is very large and grand leading up to the body, The lodger deals quickly showing the body and the main focus is on the reactions. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. The beautiful opening taking us into London, all most like we are the tourists, th
  7. 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. We see that Marie is running away from something maybe by changing her hair colour. We learn that she has multiple social security numbers and we see money most likely stolen! Also we see two suitcases - one messy and colourful the other perfect and plain. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene? ​​The score speeds use along and almost guides us to key points - mone
  8. 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? Its a cute flirty scene and we are in on it. Only the very beginning when crossing the street and seeing the birds is referenced. The rest of the opening does feel like the beginning of a romantic comedy. 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? I did noticed the friend
  9. 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 graphics show lots of straight lines, telling us that things can't always on the straight and narrow. The score is fast and at times dramatic. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date, and time: “FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH” and “TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.” What is Hitchcock seeking to es
  10. 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. Well Cary Grant is always Cary Grant he is a wonderful actor who can do drama, comedy, suspense but he is just the symbol of the perfect charming man. I find that Eva Marie Saint is very strong and likeable. There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation from the overall pattern of focusing on the faces of the two lead
  11. 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. To me it is communicating with the music a much darker tone for the film and the eye images almost seem to evoke that someone sees of views something frightening. In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful image in this title sequence? Defend you
  12. How would you describe the opening camera shot of this film? What is Hitchcock seeking to establish in this single shot that opens the film? Whose vantage point is being expressed in this shot, given that Jeff has his back to the window? ​The opening shot is really getting us ready to see what's to come, its sweeping and in depth with lots of details. What happens when someone used to taking photos of people and of events for a living. The vantage point is us the viewer. What do we learn about Jeff in this scene without any pertinent lines of dialogue (other than what is written
  13. 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 shot of the train crossing the tracks, the shots of both walking on the train until there feet touch. Even in this brief scene, how does Hitchcock create a sense of contrast between Guy (Farley Granger) and Bruno (Robert Walker)? Consider everything from camera work, to
  14. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? ​The amazing shot of Cary Grant walking towards Ingrid Bergman. It is so great and very distinct and a great Hitchcock touch!. The other is the slow set up in the early scene of giving us a hint of what could happen. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograph his two stars in this scene? What are some of the contrasts that Hitchcock trying to set up between these two characters through art direction, costume, and cinematography? ​When watching this film I really did notice the use of close ups.
  15. 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. ​We learn in the opening that there must be something that these men know are suspect and that Uncle Charlie has done something. Clues the money, the fact that when he sees them he says to himself "you've got nothing on me". ​ In what ways does this opening remind you of watching a film noir? If it doesn't remind you of a film noir, what makes the opening here different from the opening of a noir film like Siodmak's T
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