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karenod1

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About karenod1

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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
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