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    I am a photographer. I am also an actress/director/singer.
  1. I believe that since this is the early fifties, the character of Calamity almost mirrors what is happening in America. Women who worked mens jobs during the 40's while the men were away had a hard time adjusting to giving up their jobs and going back to life as housewives. I think this movie might have been appealing to women because Calamity only gives up some of her toughness and doesn't ever end up totally subservient or as a housewife. She still gets to do the job she loves and feels important.
  2. The African American servant speaking of patriotism speaks to the fact that all Americans were being called upon to defend and protect America. The paintings of the past Presidents on the walls of the staircase show an appreciation and respect for the history of America. The proliferation of flags in the parade scene and just the fact of a parade with soldiers and young people and small town America all speak to patriotism. The conversation with Roosevelt where the President brings up the fact that Irishmen were known for their love of country and how Cohan talks then about his family's love f
  3. Singing In the Rain, On the Town, Mame, Funny Girl, Meet Me In St. Louis, Holiday Inn....so many I can't possibly choose.
  4. I find it interesting that the opening scene of "Frenzy" is anything but frenetic...... 1. The opening of Frenzy differs from The Lodger in many ways. The Lodger opens with a close up of a woman screaming and a dead body and the view of the crowd from the body...the scene is dark and scary right away with people staring in shock, the quick camera cuts to police, and newspapers etc make us feel disoriented and nervous. In Frenzy where one would expect that we start with a long aerial view of London.....which eventually brings us into the scene....the music accompanying the aerial shot is a
  5. Watching Daily Dose #19 I am surprised that I now want to watch Marnie. I have been hesitant to watch it....it didn't sound like the best of Hitchcock, and my husband who is a film historian and teacher said he was surprised by it being one of the top recommendations because it wasn't that popular among Hitchcock buffs. So now I'm going to watch it tonight and I can probably say it is in large part due to this opening sequence and to Bernard Herrmanns' music. 1. Based on the opening sequence I learn that the lead character is extremely well dressed, she has obviously gotten a hold of a l
  6. Daily Dose # 18 The Birds opening scene Although I have feel that I have seen "The Birds" multiple times....I do not recall this opening scene so it seems that i tune in when I notice that the film is on tv but have never really watched it from start to finish. 1. The feel of the opening scenes from seeing Melanie smile when she gets whistled at to the romantic game that Mitch and Melanie participate in with each other is that this is a nice romantic comedy. Two people, he mistakes her for a store clerk, she takes him on in a playful way and goes along with the joke. He quickly realiz
  7. Daily Dose #17 Psycho 1. The titles combined with the music set the scene right away for action, suspense and thrills. The lines slicing through the titles...is a the perfect way to set up the Knife scenes....the music enhances it with it's pounding rhythms like a knife stabbing over and over. The combination make us feel uneasy, apprehensive right from the very beginning of the movie. 2. I believe the specific place, date and time bring us to reality...it's an ordinary day in an ordinary place in the middle of the afternoon but then we enter through the window (a la Rear Window
  8. Daily Dose #16 North By Northwest 1.. How does pre-existing knowledge of the stars function to create meaning? I actually think that having very well known stars in a scene like this distracts the viewer from the story because we are watching the actor not the character. I think that Hitchcock handles this getting it out of the way in the beginning of the scene with the line about "you look vaguely familiar". He is telling the audience he knows that we already know these stars and to forget about that now and concentrate on who they are in the movie....which happens pretty quickly. 2.
  9. Daily Dose #15 Vertigo. 1. From just the credits, I am expecting a psychological thriller, a mystery, a mind game of a movie. Something that will make my heart pound. 2. For me the single most powerful image in the credits is the initial image of the woman's eye and seeing a spiral emerge from the pupil....It sends the message of "psychological chaos) 3. I think the score works to make the credits seem more suspenseful....more indicative that the audience is in for a mystery ride. I am a firm believer in music creating mood. I teach a class to children in acting based on the El
  10. I watched Rear Window last night and it was interesting. As I sat down to watch it with my husband I said "I already have seen this a few times but I guess I'll watch it again for the course". Well, watching it this way as a student of Hitchcock was like watching it for the first time. I noticed so many more things than ever before. So here are my answers to the questions 1. a. The opening camera shot is a POV shot, panning across the courtyard from the distance of the window and then into Jeffries apartment and then back out to the courtyard but moving in close to see inside the apartme
  11. Watching Daily Dose #13 Strangers On a Train....makes me want to see the movie very much... #1 The use of criss crossing is very interesting in this opening scene. Along with the obvious crossed railroad tracks and the train crossing to enter the right track, there is the criss crossing as the two men walk in different directions toward the train platform, on crosses from upper left of the screen to lower right and the other crosses from upper right to lower left. There are also the crossed legs as each sits down in a seat. #2 We see a lot in this opening sequence to let us know that
  12. In watching Daily Dose #11 Mr. and Mrs. Smith, I noted 1. That though there are some Hitchcock touches they don't knock you over the head. The long opening shot of the messy dishes, silence, the man playing cards and the woman in bed completely covered up with just her eye exposed...let us know that something is amiss and because it is in a bedroom we assume they are a husband and wife. Hitchcock's musical touch is also noticeable...the music comes in after the initial quiet scene panning...the panning of the camera, the close ups of the dishes and of the wife are all Hitchcock touches
  13. In Daily Dose #12 "Notorious", 1. The most obvious Hitchcock touch is the pot shot of Grant where he becomes upside down in Bergmans view...but also the play of shadows and then camera angles...the view through doorways and the closeups. 2. The way the film treats the stars in evidenced with all the close ups...how frame is almost filled with the actor....and when it's not, the actor is in focus but the background is blurred. Also the movement into and out of light. The contrasts I see are that Grant is dressed in dark clothes and presents in shadow, he is always in focus which indic
  14. In the opening scene of "Shadow of a Doubt" we learn that the character of Charlie is a shady one. We know simply from his demeanor in the bed...fully clothed lying on a bed does not indicate that a person is relaxed. The money all over the nightstand and on the floor indicates that he has done something wrong to get all that cash. His way of speaking to the landlady is sinister. We learn that this is a man who has most likely done something wrong to earn that cash, that two men are after him and that it makes him nervous but that he is reckless enough to confront them. The noir signals c
  15. I was away on vacation all last week so now catching up with all the lectures and daily doses from then. 1. The opening to Rebecca is different in several ways from the openings we've seen before. There is no public place with lots of noise and freneticism or quick camera movement. We meet our characters right away but don't find out yet anything about them. 2. The Hitchcock touches are there. The camera angle on the man on the cliff, the dolly shots and the pov as the voice over character is walking down the path to the house, the close ups of the mans shoes at the edge of the cliff a
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