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annlib

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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
  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 m
  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
  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
  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 w
  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
  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 b
  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
  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
  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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