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Shannon.H

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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? ​​We see love and humour. Lots happening to set up the scene to introduce us to the couple. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: the opening sequence of Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a typical "Hitchcock opening" based on openings you have seen so far in the other Daily Doses? Why or why not? I would say this is typical opening in
  16. 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 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: the opening sequence of Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a typical "Hitchcock opening" based on openings you have seen so far in the other Daily Doses? Why or why not? What do think about the casting of and chemistry between Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery? Do you think both are well cast for th
  17. 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 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: the opening sequence of Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a typical "Hitchcock opening" based on openings you have seen so far in the other Daily Doses? Why or why not? What do think about the casting of and chemistry between Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery? Do you think both are well cast for th
  18. 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? This scene is more slow and quiet compared to the usual more action or allude to something that has already happened. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? The almost false look that things might not be as they appear. We start to see the house and it looks big and beautiful then when you get closer, you see that its not what you thought at all.
  19. 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. From the start the hotel is loud, busy and crowded. It sets the mood and tone that this film with be full of characters and quick. 2. Discuss the characters of Caldicott and Charters in this scene. What do the performances of Caldicott and Charters add to this scene. They add a bit of normal in the busy scene. 3. From their doorway entrance to their stairca
  20. 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? In a lot of the early Hitchcock films we see an image and then we enter a public space to meet new set of characters. 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 sequences of his films? ​I agree. Although I have yet to see the film. 3. Reflect on the role of yet another public
  21. 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) ​​Just based on the opening this film looks like it will involve many characters and be more character driven film. 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 comes across as normal but the strange look he gives the skier sets us up to believe t
  22. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. The fact that at the dinner table she keeps hearing the word Knife, Knife , Knife over and over again. 2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates in counterpoint to the visual track. For example, how does Hitchcock set up the shot where the knife flies out of Alice's hand so that it registers a shock in his audience? Pay attention to both what is happening visually and aurally. Be specific. There is the nervous tension and bu
  23. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? ​It adds a build up of suspense. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? ​Its a great way to build up tension especially with out having dialogue. 3. What connections (visual techniques, images, motifs, themes) do you notice between films that came before this (The Pleasure Garden, The Lodger) and a film that came after it (The Ring)? Please cite specific examples. I
  24. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? ​I found that the dancing , record playing and piano shots went along so well with the music setting the fun tone then the shots back and forth with the mirror stood out. 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 shot of the spinning record, mirror i
  25. 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? ​I see the similarity with reaction shots that reminds me of the Pleasure Garden. 2. Identify elements of the "Hitchcock style" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Even if you are not sure if it is the "Hitchcock style," what images or techniques stand out in your mind as powerful storytelling? Or images that provide an excess of emotion? ​I noticed the eerie music that helps to build the terror and fear in the openin
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