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  1. Thank you Prof. Edwards! I myself do not always have things in my life all together "on time" so I am not upset at all if things are not right on the dot! I just go with the flow. As you have said, we have until Aug. 7, so it is very flexible. Bravo to you and Wes!
  2. Someone mentioned Niagara, it reminds me of Hitchcock. We fear for the "crazy" husband, Joseph Cotton. We know his wife is fooling around on him. He tries to tell people his wife is trying to have him killed. The audience knows it. Like "the wronged man". When the wife wakes up from her sedated sleep, there is a famous bell tower playing a song. (Hitch used famous places). It's a vacation spot where everyone is supposed to be happy, but we know that isn't true. There is a twist, where the wife is disappointed and almost driven mad. I do love Niagara. Another film that reminds me of Hitch is
  3. I love Rope! I love the interaction between the characters. I like Granger's acting so much, his tension is almost coming off of the screen! He freaks out finally, and what a performance. I think it may have been neglected because of the gruesomeness of the cold-blooded murder in the beginning. I remember my mother saying how awful that was. Almost as bad as the shower scene in Psycho, just to think that someone would kill someone like that may have been troubling to some viewers.
  4. I like almost all of the Hitchcock films! I have watched them with my son when he was about 10 years old. At that time, I thought there were only a few Hitchcock movies! (The Birds, Psycho, you know~ the "biggies") Boy, was I in for a surprise! And this was before internet, so it was tough to know how many films he did unless you went to a library. Ok, here goes, my top 5: 1. Psycho (always watch it when it's on) 2. Strangers on a Train (love Guy and Bruno interacting, also Bruno's mom is so hilarious. The plot is so inventive! The creepiness of Bruno "stalking" Guy in Washington, D.C
  5. 1. Uncle Charlie seems careless about money, as mentioned before. Brooding, intelligent. He is well-dressed, has a cigar, and seems to enjoy the finer things in life. he is handsome and stylish. it seems unusual for a man who looks so well-bred to be in such a "seedy" place. he seems nonchalant about the fact he is being followed. But, has some inner anger which shows when he throws the glass. We get the idea he must have done something wrong, but maybe not too serious. Maybe stole the money. That landlady must have gotten on his nerves! He seems sinister because of his quietness and calm, whe
  6. 1. The opening scene is different because it's not a public place or someplace where people are screaming (The Lodger). It's just a winding road, though a bit ominous. 2. The foreboding house, deep in shadow, is a Hitchcock touch. We know something awful happened there. The Olivier character standing over the sea, we almost get his POV of the sea. The ordinary, plain girl is about to be thrown into a very mysterious situation. For example: husband is secretive and moody, housekeeper malevolent, plus Fontaine's character knows "nothing" about being a "great lady" (insecurity) . She has no
  7. 1. The film opens in a public , raucous place. It is a place for fun, and as mentioned before, a lower class of people. It is different than The Man Who Knew Too Much because the opening scene is indoors, not outside at a posh ski resort. Robert Donat is immediately known by the viewer to be different, set apart, by his gentlemanly manner. The opening scene reminded me of a film noir. 2. Yes, I agree. The opening character in The Lodger was the murderer and the frightened townsfolk. The opening characters in TMWKTM were various innocent folks but we still didn't know which one to focus on. Al
  8. I like the part of Strangers on a Train where Bruno laughs at his mother's painting! Also when she asks if he has taken his vitamins, he says , "Yes, mother, a whole fifth!". Their relationship was sort of a dark comedy.
  9. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific I think Hitchcock was very creative using the gossipy woman's use of the word "knife", having it repeated louder and louder, with the other words sort of a visual blur. Sound had just begun and Hitch already knew some tricks! He was showing us how she heard the gossip's words in her head. Alice's eyebrows would rise very slightly every time the woman said "knife". So the viewer knew what nervous strain Alice was under, just by the use of the dialog of the gossip, who also had
  10. I noticed the materialism/consumerism theme when Jane Palmer tells her husband that her family was "white collar poor". That explains why she had that hunger for luxuries that she had seen and knew existed, versus "really" poor people who didn't know about what the "haves" really had (except through films). Even today, I see children who have never seen a mailbox or a closet or a doorbell. To them, those items are not even on the radar, because they live in such poverty. So they would not be as greedy as Jane Palmer. On another note, I was born in 1959, and I loved my childhood. My
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