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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 scen
  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
  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 t
  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
  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 sub
  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 off
  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 th
  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 w
  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
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