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About EffieP

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  1. Not a musical, but the music is very important to the movie. In the original theater release Hooker (Robert Redford) steps around the corner at exactly the same time as the chorus for Easy Winners. It's timed perfectly though I don't know if it would be the director or Marvin Hamlisch, who did the Scott Joplin songs, who was responsible. Hooker also put a blood capsule in his mouth before he leaves his room on the last day of the Sting. I bought the VHS version as soon as it came out. I was disappointed to find that the capsule is cut out of the scene and Hooker is out of synch coming around the corner. This is also true of the Turner Classic Movie version that they play on tv. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the original version?
  2. I saw West Side Story on the big screen. I loved Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn. Hated Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. I think they were put in because they were "stars" at the time. Natalie especially annoyed me.
  3. Did anyone else think that the dance sequences were badly cut? It wasn't seamless like others of that time. It was like they couldn't get the whole dance in one shot so they tried to crop it together.
  4. We were discussing editing in this class. Whoever did the editing on this got it exactly right. Every hand movement etc. is exactly on the beat. I also recognize a lot of the clips as being from the movies in our class.
  5. I don't know how many of you may have already seen this but I absolutely adore it. I thought that anyone who liked musicals would also enjoy it. I'm not sure how to do this but a search will find it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1F0lBnsnkE Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk - YouTube
  6. I've only seen Frenzy once and I hated it. I thought at the time that Hitchcock was dumping "class" to pander to the "modern" audience. Come to think of it... I still think that. 1. There were a lot of differences in the openings of The Lodger and Frenzy. The Lodger starts with dramatic music and a screaming woman while Frenzy starts with a very "Rah rah British" sounding theme that pans to a guy giving a speech. You would never know it was the start of a horror movie. The Lodger continues with word of the murder spreading across London. In the Frenzy scene, the body isn't even discovered until the end of the scene. The Hitchcock cameo in the first movie is nearly unrecognizable with his back to the camera. (I didn't see it until someone pointed it out in the comments). In the cameo in Frenzy, Hitchcock (standing in the crowd) was quite obvious. One note about the Lodger - I never understood what that flashing "to-night "golden curls" was supposed to be. I also didn't get the blinking "Murder, wet from the press" Later there was a sign flashing a message that people were reading, but I couldn't figure out what kind of signs would say the first two. 2. Hitchcock starting with a crowd, acting as an audience, is a familiar touch. The long panning shot is a familiar touch. 3. Most openings would set a time, a place and a mood. But I would think that is common in most movies, not Hitchcock in particular.
  7. tshawcross said ​I was a bit puzzled by her social security cards. Certainly, the multiple cards were meant to inform us that she uses multiple aliases or identities, but if she wanted to be careful about concealing her ruses, why does she carry the cards with her? Yes, I understand that they were hidden in her compact, but they would not have been hard to find. Also, why was she using an older card (6-9-59) for her new identity as Margaret Edgar? The identity she was now discarding (Marion Holland) was issued on 4-5-60. Also, based on the area codes on her social security cards (the first three numbers), she applied for her first identity in California, her second in New York, her third in California again, and her fourth in Arkansas! Margaret Edgar is Marnie's real identity. She is changing back into herself. That is why she keeps her old Social Security Card.
  8. 1. We see that she is changing her complete personality; her hair, her clothes and her identity. The different social security numbers could be someone on the run from something like a violent ex-husband, but the wad of money makes it seem more nefarious. She's more likely on the run from the law. 2. The music seems repetitious. Repeating the same strains over and over until the crescendo when she is revealed to be a blonde. It could indicate that this is something she has done over and over, repeating a pattern of changing her identity. 3. This time Hitch looks at the camera. Everyone is watching for him, by this point in his career. He's letting you see him, so we can get on with the story. I've seen this movie before and I admit I've never noticed the echoes of previous films. The key from Notorious or the grate from Strangers on a Train. Thanks to Rich for pointing it out. It adds to my enjoyment of the film. One thing I've always remembered from this film is the pronunciation of "insurance". Whenever my sister pronounces it differently from me, I think of Marnie.
  9. 1. As Rich said, the score is irritating and causes anxiety. It keeps time with a rapidly beating heart. The words in the title design keep shifting rapidly, also causing anxiety. The title Psycho jerks from readable to disjointed. The whole sequence in unsettling. 2. I think the time of day is very important to the plot. It shows that its the middle of the afternoon, very late for a lunch hour. The day is Friday, which is also important to the plot, a little later in the story. We come in under the shade because we're sneaking a look at something hidden unlike the Rear Window sequence where almost all the curtains are opened. They are unmarried and having an affair which was quite racy at the time. 3. Marion's having an illicit affair but she wants to "be respectable". She's pushing Sam to marry her. It shows that though she's good at heart, she is willing to break the rules to get what she wants. This is an important piece of her character that pushes the plot forward.
  10. I've got nothing on this scene but I wanted to give kudos to the lead in of the Lecture Video. Very cute!
  11. 1. The 39 Steps 2. The Lady Vanishes 3. Strangers on a Train 4. Psycho 5. Rear Window I like the first two because they include a little romance with characters I like. With Strangers and Rear Window, I like the plots. They could happen to anyone: accidentally bumping your foot against a psychopath or being bored and looking out a window. I think Psycho is the best horror movie of all time. Once again coming across someone who seems normal on the surface but has worse than normal "mother issues". I can watch all five over and over.
  12. 1. The opening sequence is unsettling, dramatic, surprising and mysterious. I would assume the movie is the same. 2. For me, the single most powerful image is when the screen turns red, the woman's eye widens in surprise and the title "Vertigo" come's toward the viewer (around 00.51). Red represents danger, the woman seems afraid and something is coming toward us. I think the sequence is set up to make the audience afraid. 3. I think the music is what sets the mood for most of the sequence. The twirling things alone would not make you afraid. It would have an entirely different vibe if the music was "The Windmills of Your Mind".
  13. 1. Well, I still think it's Jeff's vantage point whether he's looking out or not. I suppose it would also be the theater audience's vantage point. Hitch is presenting us with the setting of our story(ies). 2. The visual design lets us know that our main character lives in the city (window view). It's summer (sweat & thermometer) He's had some sort of accident (the cast). Probably hurt while being a photographer (broken camera and car wreck photo). He's an adrenaline junkie (more explosion photos). The only odd note was the fashion photo. Did his broken leg reduce him to fashion photography? 3. I would say it made me feel more like a immobile spectator than a voyeur. I've been watching movies and television all my life. It didn't make me feel like a window peeper. They were all standing in front of their windows (or even outside their windows) with no shades pulled. It's not like in Psycho where the camera crawls under the shade. 4. I'm not sure what Hitchcock means when he says this film is his most cinematic, so its hard to agree or disagree. The notes mentioned that the set is "set up" as if we were a movie audience viewing out the window so that would be "like a movie". The various mini movies were told visually with little or no dialogue. I enjoyed the factoid that "the designers even matched the size of the windows to different screen aspect ratios.” This movie is another of my favorites.
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