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  1. 1.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. The difference between the two films is The Lodger opens with a woman screaming after the credits. Frenzy opens with an aerial shot of London and a gathering of individuals listening to a person discussing the environment when there is a discovery of a women's body. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. Hitchcock makes a cameo appearance, this time among the crowd and the tur
  2. 1. 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. Based on the opening scene one can sense that the character of Marnie has something to hide and what is in the yellow bag is of significance to the character. Furthermore, the audience does not see the Marnie's face until her hair color changes. Through the use of objects Hitchcock reveals that Marnie is an impostor because of the multiple Social Security cards that she has along with the two sui
  3. 1.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? For one thing, the character of Melanie tries to take on a position as a sales person with no knowledge of the different species of birds that exist and what naturally occurs and Mitch is aware of her lack of knowledge when it comes to the subject of birds. What we learn about Melanie is that she is a character that has gotten her way and what we know about Mitch is that he cannot be foole
  4. 1.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. It creates meaning because Cary Grant was in a prior Hitchcock film:"Suspicion" and Eva Marie Saint was in the film "On The Waterfront." 2.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 Hit
  5. 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. Based upon the sounds and images in the sequence communicates to the audience a feeling of on distortion and confusion. 2. In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful image in this title sequence? Defend your answer. To me the singl
  6. 1.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? I would describe the opening shot as the point of view of the audience. Hitchcock places the audience within the film by using this type of opening shot. Hitchcock shows not only what is occurring in each of the apartments, but also what is taking place on the street and what season impacts the actions of each of the apartment tenants and the people on
  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. By watching the scene the audience assumes that Uncle Charlie is suspected of doing something of a criminal nature. The reason behind this is the closeup of the money on the nightstand and the money on the floor. The men waiting outside and as the land lady states that the men would like to speak with him are representing law enforcement or they are of a criminal nature just like Uncle Charlie. Based upon this scene, the
  8. 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? The opening scene from The 39 Steps begins with a place, Hitchcock focuses first where the sequence opens instead of first focusing on the main character. Also, the audience does not immediately see the face of the character just the character walking into he hall. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than
  9. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. Hitchcock uses the method of sound design by letting the viewer and the character of Alice to be mindful of the other female's voice in the store. Along with the bell of the door opening and closing to signify that a customer has entered which interrupts Alice's concentration. 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
  10. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? Based upon the opening scene, I believe that the importance will focus on the characters. 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? Based upon the first impression of the character, Abbott seams to be a sinister character. The introduction of the character makes me question his importance to the film and whether the character is an antagonisti
  11. The effect of watching the POV tracking shots and dolly shoots adds to the tension of the scene, along with the up close view of the headmaster and what character would be chosen as the guilty one. The connections such as the visual techniques betw÷n the three films is the building of tension and the identification of conflict within the three films.
  12. Hitchcock uses montage and expressive expression by using the mirror scene. The main character and his wife glance at one another. Also, Hithcock super imposes the image of the flirting with the other gentleman and the reaction of the other men.
  13. The similarities between the two films is the close-up on the focal point of the film. In The Pleasure Garden it is the girl chorus and in the lodger it is the scream of the woman. The differences there are no text used in the opening sequence of The Pleasure Garden and in The Loder there is multiple usage of text In regards to the elements of Hitchcock Style, the image of the dead body and the individual image of the faces in the crowd and the emotions on the faces of the men as they read the telegraph message. The opening image is a close up of terror and it reminds of the
  14. As a student of Hitchcock films in my University years I have never thought of the "Hitchcock Touch!" I am familiar with the "Hitchcock Maguffin." If the focus on the character who would like to meet the chorus girl is an example of "The Hitchcock Touch,yes I can see it. For questions number #2 and3 no at least to me not in this film.
  15. When I think of slapstick I think of the early comic greats such as Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and of course Charlie Chaplin. I also think of pie throwing, broken chairs and high jinks that turn a rather normal situation into an environment of utter chaos that ends with a happy ending.
  16. The film clip revolved around the element of surprise. The protagonist was unaware of the antagonist presence and what was about to occur. A very funny clip.
  17. Compare the opening of this film with the other three Daily Doses this week? Do you see parallels in the opening scenes of these films? What makes them similar is that the characters are going to something or someone, also the musical score has a very dramatic and threatening tone. What are some of the noir themes and motifs that are being explored in this film's opening scene? This is also a good film through which to discuss Robert Porfirio's article on Existential motifs, since he references the film D.O.A. several times in his essay. Some of the themes are the race against t
  18. * Why is this opening appropriate for a film about females at a women's state prison? In what ways has the design of this scene made the audience as "caged" as these characters in this opening sequence? The opening scene is appropriate because of the fear and apprehension that is shown on the main character's face as she is riding in the vehicle. The audience feels as caged as the characters because the only thing that that the viewer sees is the small van window with bars as the characters ride along. What about this opening reminds you of the Warner Bros. house style? And why is
  19. * What are the major themes and/or ideas introduced in the opening sequence of The Hitch-Hiker? One of the major themes is darkness itself along with the viewer not knowing who the hitch-hiker is and just using his legs standing in the dark. * Discuss the role of lighting and staging in this scene, and how lighting and staging both work to reveal the underlying substance of film noir? The role of lighting shadows the character in the back seat of the vehicle. As the suspense builds and the light along with a close up on the back seat character adds a sense of the viewer thinking w
  20. *What are some of the major themes and /or ideas introduced in the opening sequence of Kiss Me Deadly? One major theme is the feeling of suspense a girl running down the road out of the darkness. * What do we learn or discern about the characters of Christina Bailey ( Cloris Leachman) and private eye Mike Hammer ( Ralph Meeker) in the brief introductory sequence? While viewing the film clip we do not know anything about the character of Christina Bailey she just appears to be running away from someone or something as she runs down the road. It is not until after they reach a chec
  21. -Each entrance for the characters are different because the character that Peter Lorre plays is entering a room not expecting the room to be disheveled. Whereas the character that Sidney Green Street plays enters the room holding a weapon on the character who initially the room belongs to and that is the character of Peter Lorre. The scene changes because instead of feeling threatened by one another, the characters are more relaxed as the scene progresses. - In terms of the camera angles, when can see how each of the characters face one another. The camera is placed behind each character.
  22. Although the scene takes place during the day, the use of light within the cafe employs the noir style. We learn that both of these characters have an element of mystery and a shady past. The scene from Out of the Past, contributes to the development of film noir because of the title, narration and the mystery that surrounds the characters.
  23. The opening of The Big Sleep establishes Bogart as Philip Marlow by the way he portrayes the charater, the character has a quick wit. We learn about the ha rafter by the way that he interacts with the youngest daughter, the butler and the father. I see a difference between the characters. The same Spade is a more understanding character.The Big Sleep can be considered an important contribution to the noir style because of the mysterious shady characters that are introduced in the opening scene.
  24. The opening of "The Border Incident", bdgins with giving the viewer background information regarding a specific location and subject that the film will center upon. The narration of the scene heightens the anticipation of the film by alerting the viewer that something will happen based upon the the previous information.
  25. The scene from "The Killers", shift the visual design from the diner to the swedes room by first showing a brightly lit diner and then shifting to a dark mysterious room were the character of the "Swede" lays in the shadows as he responds to a warning about a threat upon his life were he does seem to care. The scene leaves you the viewer wondering and asking yourself: What does the Swede look like? "The Killers" can be an important contribution to the film noir style by the visual technique of wondering what the central character looks like and why the men are pursuing him.
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