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Everything posted by EffieP

  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 sy
  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
  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 e
  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
  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. E
  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 Win
  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
  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 fashio
  14. This is one of my favorite movies. 1. The criss-crossing is evident from the beginning where Bruno arrives from the right and Guy arrives from the left. It follows with a back and forth between Bruno coming from the right each time and Guy from the left. The rail road tracks enter from each side of the screen to meet only to diverge and meet again, a constant intertwining. The shoes finally enter the train from either end and meet when Guy's foot accidently hits Bruno's. 2. Hitch shows contrasts between Bruno and Guy in their clothes. Bruno is flashy: two-toned shoes, a pin-strip
  15. 1. There are a lot of POV shots and POV tracking shots. Rich mentioned that the upside down shot of Cary, Hitch used before in Downhill. The light focusing on the drink reminds me of the glass of milk in "Suspicion". The close-up of her lying in the bed, peeking out of her hair, reminds me of Carole Lombard's shot in yesterday's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". 2. The contrasts between the stars is shown by Ingrid in mostly close-ups of her face and Cary in mostly full body shots. He show Ingrid as messy and hung-over and Cary as well-dressed and upright. He shows Cary at first coming toward he
  16. 1. I saw nothing that reminded me of Hitchcock in this first scene. It does have some humor but not necessarily Hitchcock humor. What we learn about the couple is that they are stubborn and rich. The visual design is bright, airy, and expensive. 2. I see no resemblance to the other Hitchcock openings that we've seen. It is obviously a comedy and I can't think of another Hitchcock like that. Maybe "The Trouble with Harry" but I don't remember it being an obvious comedy from the beginning. 3. I thought the casting of Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery was perfect for this movie.
  17. 1. We learned that while Charlie is soft-spoken, he has anger issues. He knows why the men are there and that they are trying to prove something against him. He's bold and confident. He thinks he's smarter than they are and decides to bluff it out by walking right passed the two men. 2. The film noir aspects: It takes place in a low rent room. It's in black and white with pronounced shadows. Filmed from low angles. Glass of alcohol. He's in the dark with the sun shining shadows on the room and the curtains casting shadows on his face. Hearing his thoughts is also "noir". It is
  18. 1. The scene is different from most of the scenes we've watched in that there are no crowds or audience, not even a person, just a voice. It's not a public place but a private place, a home in a memory of a dream (they don't get more private than that!). 2. The shot that said "Hitchcock" to me was the shot of the back of Olivier's head looking down to the rocks below followed by his foot stepping closer to the edge. To me the water crashing onto the rocks shows the internal struggle of the character. The lure of just ending it all. The audience is worried for him. Our hero is in dan
  19. SPOILER ALERT! I always like to post my thoughts before reading other people's so that I'm not influenced by what others are saying. In my post last night I mentioned that I thought the tune was odd considering the circumstances. Someone else's post reminded me that the tune did fit one particular person, Miss Froy. She was the only person in the scene with the happy outlook that fit the song that was playing as she made her entrance and exit. This morning I had one of those Eureka OMG moments that only happen early in the morning or in the middle of the night.. It's the MacGuffin!
  20. 1. Even though there has been an avalanche and the people are glumly waiting for word of the next train the music is happy and light-hearted. It's an odd contrast. 2. Caldicott and Charters seem to be comic relief. Hitchcock seems to be poking fun at how "vedy British" they are. Snobbish and looking down their noses at the "foreigners" even though they are in fact the ones who are foreign. 3. Margaret Lockwood is established as the star over the other girls because: a. She speaks first as they come in b. She's in the two-shot with the desk clerk and has the most lines when t
  21. 1. This scene is similar to The Pleasure Garden and The Man Who Knew Too Much in that we start out being introduced to an audience and then by seeing things from their point of view, we become part of that audience. This way he draws us into the story. 2. I agree that Robert Donat is a more innocent character. He's definitely not a "lurking type" 3. There is humor in the music hall scene with the audience making jokes to each other. On Mr. Phillips check list, I would say that this represents both #3 and #4. Evil lurking in a place "that at first glance seem normal and unthreateni
  22. I just watched "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934) and I have to say that I thought Wes Gehring was being harsh in his commentary where he said the little girl was a brat and he would shoot her himself. He compared her to Red Chief in "The Ransom of Red Chief" Does this man have kids?
  23. 1. I think the characters will be more important. I haven't seen this version but I recognize the basic plot from the remake. In most Hitchcock movies I've seen and as mentioned in our lectures, the McGuffin is secondary to the characters. This opening scene emphasizes the characters and we don't really know anything about the plot except that the skier and Lorre seem to know each other. 2. What we learn about Lorre is that he seems to be an affable, friendly sort of person until he looks up and realizes that the skier is standing there. Then he looks startled but tries to cover his re
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