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  1. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. What Hitchcock does is use silence at the beginning of the scene where there is no other distinctive sounds besides Alice and the other woman chatting which indicates Alice is in deep thought. As the scene progresses and the woman goes deeper into the murder details Alice minds becomes more unglued and the sound because more distorted which reflects confusion / frustration/nervousness on Alice's part. 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 Visually he shows us Alice nervously picking up the knife why trying to drown out the distorted voice of the woman saying knife . Which gets lower and lower and as Alice goes to cut the bread the knife goes loud shocking alice which sends the knife flying and scares the audience.. 3. Why do you think this particular use of subjective sound is not used frequently in cinema? I think it's not use because it could seriously cause health related issues in movie goers and it some audiences may feel it's to gimmicky.
  2. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? ​the effect makes me feel as if I am an intruder on the scene. There is this sense of being immersed in the action of this highly charged emotional situation. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? ​I think Hichcock uses the POV technique because he wants the audience to feel they are apart of the story. IE in Dial M for Murder there were scenes were you literally felt as if you were standing or sitting in the living room with the characters as they discuss the previous nights events. I think the POV visually makes his films more immersive. as a member of the audience you feel you are more emotionally involve with what is happening on the screen. 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 noticed there is a sense of dread in all the movies. There is theme of who is really innocent and whose not.
  3. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? ​ ​What Hitchcock does well in this scene is shows how both the wife and husband are reflecting each emotions by using the mirror to reflect what they are thinking internally. 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. What I noticed while watching the film is that as the jealously or rage grows with the husband... so does the speed of the music and the frantic pace of the ladies dancing and the constant need of checking the mirror from both spouses. 3. How does Hitchcock stage the action, use set design, and editing techniques to increase the stakes in the rivalry between the two gentlemen? He has one man sitting in a room with enjoying himself with a lady on his lap watching other ladies dance while the other gentleman is pinning over his wife through a mirror while he is being told he is not good enough yet.
  4. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? The opening of the The lodger is frantic...visually you know from the beginning there is something awful going on...you are immediately put on edge. The opening of the Pleasure Garden is the total opposite you have the sense of being lead into a forbidden room of depavitiy where immoral behavior is the normal...it is expected..yes you may feel sickened by it but you want to know what is going on...with the lodger its the exact opposite..you want to be protected from the unfolding scenes. 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 You immediately see the Hitchcock blonde...theme with the titles...tonight golden curls....then there is the heighten sense of urgency ..the women grabbing her throat Even though this is a "silent" film, the opening image is one of a woman screaming. What do you notice in how Hitchcock frames that particular shot that makes it work in a silent film even though no audible scream that can be heard. And what other screams like that come to mind from Hitchcock's later work? I notice he framed it with her looking upward and to the left screaming for dear life. The scream from psycho is a carbon copy of this one . it is shot the exact same way. with a blonde woman looking like she was caught off guard by her attacker. that is what makes it work. it is the element of surprise scream.
  5. There no was rushing of the scene. There was no tension. You have the potential robber watching from the window to see how the usual daily activity occurs around the bank. We are immediately shown a clock because the robbery is a precise event. It has to be timed perfectly . The cops , the florist both may potentially play a part in how the event goes down. Yet again there is no score in the background which gives us the audience a feeling of being active participants of the entire act. It's actually quite effective.
  6. Like many, I've never seen this film either..if we didn't know this was a noir...I'd think it was the beginning of a horror film with the frantic running down the dark highway....and heavy breathing... then you notice she's not really all there because she's not screaming for help, she's not throwing up her thumb...she throughs herself in front of a car!! Then we are introduced to the male character who is indifferent not the least bit interested in really helping because he's **** he almost total his car. Then she's still not giving us much but we get a hint of what were in for with the subtle soundtrack from Nat King Cole..... What stood once she got in the car was her breathing became almost erotic sounding. She was not scare but turned on. He was angry. The credits rolled like we were watching the ending of the film not the beginning. The filmmaker seems to be setting us up for a story which will be told backwards. That's just an observation.
  7. Rita Hayworth's performance was somewhat scandalous given it was during the Hayes code days of Hollywood. She literally was during a strip tease in front of a male and female audience. Her dress was very close to having a wardrobe malfunction . The musical number began as an unveiling of sorts. She starts out by throwing done the illusion of the pure wife ( the white cloak) to unveil her sexy siren in black dress. She then proceeds to sing a tune which she sung earlier in the film acoustically in a fobading kind of way as Johnny who was at that not her husband watch from his upstairs office listened. now she puts the blame on mame is a huge way. She drunkenly performs this tale of a women who leaves a path of destruction in her wake in the lives of men she knows in a big way. Johnny is no longer watching from upstairs , he has a front row seat to this display. Put the blame on mame is GlidA's theme song and she wants everyone in that room to know it and she does a good job of letting them know it. The music in film noir often allows us as the audience to gain insight to main characters, it can heighten the emotion of a scene( act as a supporting player respects) or perhaps the music can allow us as the audience to can some sense of relief from all the buildup of a story.
  8. What I loved about this scene is that you have this detective who completely unaware that he is being watched by this somewhat slightly unbalance rich man who knows all about him. Both knows more about the other then they pretend to. They are sizing each other up. The old guy clearly wants to see what the detective reaction will be by asking him to not only hand him a wash towel but to hand him his robe. The detective does both without giving it a second thought. He only reacts when the old man mentions his bad leg which is his sore spot so to speak. This film starts out providing the viewer with all the elements of the backstory of what is to come. We know there was a murder, we know who the victim is. What we don't know is why she was murder or what she looks like. we need to see a face. That is a classic style of of noir...a faceless victim must emerge from the darkness or shadows...or the viewer must be taken on a journey of discovery. that's how this film contributes to that.
  9. eerie. I had never heard of this film prior to this course so I'm thankful for that. The one thing I notice about foreign film makers in general is that they don't rely on gimmicks , they don't use a lot of cliched speech. In the opening scenes that really could have been in room of children anywhere playing a silly little game, yes the song was demented and twisted but I good imagined kids today doing the exacted same thing. The woman screaming at them to stop it, did we all have the one neighbor as a kid who didn't like kids being foolish? The talk between the women..any concern parent would say those words as long as I hear them I know they are alright. Foreign filmmakers tacke tough targets sometimes with a realism that aren't scene in an American film. I thought M was an excellent noir but also serves as a benchmark for later crime dramas. Anyone else?
  10. The movies should be available within a few hours after they air on both coasts on demand. So if you miss it on the east coast , you could actually watch the film live when it comes on during the west coast time frame . Or you can wait until it airs on the west coast and then catch it on demand. They are. Usually only a available for a week or so. I do this often as I have directv so I can't say if other providers allow the different time zone streaming with the app but directv does.
  11. If you are subscriber of TCM and have an Internet connection you shouldn't have any problems watching the films. I access the channel via the App on my phone when I'm on the go often without any issues. They are usually available within a couple hours after they air on both time zones on demand. Or you can always watch live on either time zone if you get the chance!!
  12. From what I noticed from viewing this genre of film the voice overs are usually used to either give us the viewer some idea as to what the character is thinking as what was done with Vincent in dark passage or its used as a means for the character to provide us with background information that will support the eventual main plot of the film such as in Mildred pierce. Normally when it's to provide background information , the audience will find itself thinking at some point later in the film when did the character do this thing that I'm seeing and usually we were told via the voice over. It's a great way to really for film makers to sneak something pass the audience without us really knowing it because we are watching and not listening.
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