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  1. After watching the two interviews with Kim Novack and Eva Marie Saint, I remembered something that Hitchcock said about not giving his stars a lot of direction, but talking to them in the dressing room beforehand. Both of these ladies talked about how the costumes that he required made them see the character that Hitchcock wanted on the screen. The grey suit that was so uncomfortable for Kim Novack and also the wardrobe that Eva Marie Saint helped to pick out with Hitchcock helped to steer the character. There was an interview on TCM with Teresa Wright talking about Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt. He made the script very real and alive just by talking and using different sounds to tell the story. He had a way of conveying what he wanted but was is some ways very subtle about it. All of his storyboarding and attention to detail where all apart of his directorial touch. I have another question that I am not sure where to pose this. I have been watching the credits and have noticed several different terms used for the costumes. Not only in Hitchcock films but in others. What is the difference between some of these terms Gowns by...... Costumes by..... Dresses by...... Are costumes just for period pieces? If it is just gowns, who does the rest of the clothes? Does it depend on the designer how the credit reads? Just curious.
  2. Many have said that this is not a typical Hitchcock film, because it is a screwball comedy, but he was all about experimentation and he was not known for comedy yet there is so much comedy in his films. There is one scene that is I think pure Hitchcock and that is at the fair. When Gene Raymond and Carole Lombard are stuck in the parachute ride and the panning down to the ground from where they are as well as the use of such a public place with the crowds is very much a Hitchcock touch. I also noticed her coat in that scene. The dark coat with the white strips running vertically reminded me of a seam in a parachute. i know that he was very particular about everything in his movies even in the costumes. It was a brilliant touch to add to the tone of the scene
  3. Just a few thoughts after looking at the daily dose and the lecture video. There is a lot of melancholy and sadness is a lot of Hitchcock's films. We always think of his films as suspenseful, or terrifying, but there are some that are just sad. The Skin Game is one that comes to mind. Downhill, while it had a happy ending of sorts there was sadness there. Having seen Notorious before and loving it. I will now look at it from a different point of view. There is a hardness to Cary Grant that you kind of over look, because of who is or his persona, but now I will look at this with different eyes. It is a wonderful film and of course Claude Raines is just magnificent.
  4. I am behind in my film and lecture watching due to being under the weather, but have been making some notes I did want to say that I just watched the first lecture video on the Selznick years and Dr. Edwards comments on the Mrs. Danvers character where so much what has always been in my mind. Thank you for reading my mind. Dame Anderson is so powerful, scary and just generally not nice that she has always stuck in my mind more so that the main characters. She seems so much bigger physically that I think she was in real life. Not sure how tall she was, but she seems like a much taller more powerful woman than she appears in other roles. I really think that the secondary characters where so much more interesting. George Sanders is always a delightful to watch and not sure of the actors name, but Mrs Van Hopper was so well played. Thanks for making me feel as if I really know what I am talking about, at least as far as Mrs Danvers is concerned.
  5. I am not going to reply to the specific questions because I think they have been covered quite well and said better than I can. One person talked about the gossip which is what the lady was doing there. That is so much of a normal habit of people and the fact that Alice is blanking out the gossip accept for the word knife makes a normal conversation that much more revealing of Alice's inner thoughts. Two observations that occurred to me. The fishwife or what ever she was said that using a knife was not very British. Hitting someone on the head with a brick was more what a normal person would do. I found this to be an example of Hitch's humor. The other thought was that I could think of two examples of using the talk as background do not come from the cinema, but from TV. When an adult is talking to one of the characters in a Peanuts show, It is just sound, but not words. The other example that I thought of was in the Jerry Seinfeld show I think it was Elaine that would say blah, blah, blah. Not exactly innovative in sound, but in some ways had it's roots in Hitch's playing with sound. In this clip it makes me think that he has a kid with a new toy and unlimited play time to play with the sound and he was taking full advantage of it.
  6. This has been an interesting experience so far. I am learning a lot about film making more than in other courses. I find my self watching other shows or movies and thinking ok that is what Hitch would have done or not done. Even a PBS documentary caught my eye with some of the editing. I was interested in the comment about Psycho. I first saw this or saw part of this movie when I was about 10. My mother was a huge Hitchcock fan and the movie had just come out. We were on vacation and thus no baby sitter. I am still amazed even today that she even thought to take me to that movie. I did not last past the second murder. I have seen it once since then but have never had the nerve to try again. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can watch it now with a better understanding of his methods. I might add that my mother was the personification of Miss Manners, but she loved mysteries.
  7. This is in some ways different from what we think of as suspense which is what Hitch is know for. I have not seen the movie so there may be some of that later. It is interesting to see the use of the mirror to reflect the emotions and actions. Also the use of movement with the dancers and how it increases as the clip moves on. When watching the use of the instruments and there spinning record. made me think of the thoughts that are going around in his head and the dizzier he becomes because he is not sure what is going on with his wife. The Wife sure did look like Betty White. Could be her twin.
  8. I am sure that most of this has been covered by other members, I am a little behind, but I found that the suspense that was created by the music and the flow of the story was riveting. He shows the progression of the the news from the murder scene to the headlines in the lights. Also the shot of the news trucks going into the streets from inside the trucks was I think and example of the Soviet montage cutting fragmented shots into one. As to the Scream of course that is from Psycho and the Golden Curls where like the Curl in the Pleasure Garden and Hitch's blondes in later movies
  9. I am not sure that this clip would translate into today's terms. It works because of the simplicity and also the split second timing that has to go into the taking of the cakes. Isn't one of the conditions of slapstick the make believe or the suspension of belief. There was one quick thing that I noticed the cook at one point combed his mustache in between all of the disappearing cakes. The dog reminded me of one that was in The Little Rascals. I think there was a scene of him stealing food also.
  10. 1. I agree that this may have been the golden era of physical comedy, but as the talkies came in I think that that added a dimension to the comedy that certainly does not exist today. 3. I like the documentaries because that do add information and some different insights to the movies.
  11. I feel as if I am learning so much all ready. I had never thought of the need for exaggeration because of the lack of sound. It was a much more visual medium than what we have today. I think that the silent movies are much easier to watch in a theater because you can focus on the movie along and not be doing something else which I tend to do at home when watching movies. The physical ability of these actors and directors is amazing. There was so much action to keep in mind to make the gag work. Someone suggested , and this may have been on another topic board, that some of the more recent comedy, slapstick movies are not as funny and I tend to agree. I think in a way the early Chaplin, Keaton, etc where a more mature slapstick with a point to them not just to make a funny movie that will sell.
  12. I am finding the definitions very helpful. I have never been a big fan of slapstick. But having seen the first lecture and reading the introduction I am getting a better appreciation of the skill and mind set that it takes to do this kind of comedy. I think the thing that struck me the most was that it is the violence that bothers me, even though it is make-believe. I enjoyed the Summer of Darkness last year and I am hoping to at least gain some insight into this very different art form.
  13. I have been enjoying reading posts and watching the movies. Still a little behind in the movies. Has anyone thought about costumes as part of the noir films. Maybe it is just me but I love the hats. The ladies all wear gloves and some of the evening wear is quite spectacular. I may have noticed because I love hats. Another thought. I have noticed some Alfred Hitchcock similarities in some films. The common man caught up in a web of intrigue and having to fight for his life. One last question I just watched "The Gangster." Loved it. Barry Sullivan was superb. In the Night club scene Nancy sang a song that sounded like something that was sung in Disney's "Cinderella" or maybe "Snow White". Did anyone else recognize it?
  14. i like your suggestions. I tend to watch the ones I know again and again. There are so many, I can see me not coming up for air all summer. I will have to set some limits because I need to cook and clean occasionally. I am excited this will be a fun summer
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