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  1. 1. You can tell that he is using the woman who is talking about the murder to be one of the things that Alice is thinking about because of how the shot shows Alice, not speaking, somewhat lost in thought, but we still hear the woman rambling about the murder before the camera slowly moves to show the woman speaking. Also there is the strong use of sound later in the scene when the camera is on Alice but the word that Alice hears most from the rambling woman is "knife" and she looks more and more uncomfortable. 2. Alice keeps focusing on the customer saying the word knife, which is starting to build tension with the audience. The customer begins to get louder and louder then yells the word knife right as Alice throws the knife in her hand. Tension is building with both Alice and the customer which makes the audience equally anxious... 3. I think that today's directors think that the more effective way of instilling fear into an audience is to use very loud sounds (door slams, bangs, etc.) as tension with a character builds...
  2. 1. The POV shots used in the scene give the viewer a sense of being uncomfortable and adds tension. 2. By using POV shots, it adds suspense and uneasiness felt by the characters in the scene. 3. I noticed that both Downhill, The Pleasure Garden and The Ring show use of somewhat of a party scene (dancing, records playing). Also, all of the clips shown so far seem to have a tinge of underlying sexual tension.
  3. 1. He adds in shots of the characters viewing one another in the mirror often. As well as the same objects in opposite corners of the shot (men fanning dancing women & ukulele players on chair), which add to the vitality of the scene. 2. The use of the woman's embrace with the other man moving from the mirror into all that the boxer can see adds to a peek into his psyche. So does the melting away of the large group of dancers later in the scene, intending that he can't think straight. 3. The carryover from the mirror into the husband's mind sets the stage for the rivalry between the two men. The husband's consult with his friends in a separate room does as well. He is obviously becoming increasingly distressed while "the champion" seems to have no worries.
  4. 1. The Pleasure Garden's opening was happy with upbeat music. The Lodger's opening is frantic and suspenseful. 2. I believe that some of Hitchcock styles shown are tilted camera angles (notably the opening scene with the woman screaming). Locations set in the film also are key to the plot, which is something done often in his films. 3. As noted in the first answer, I believe the tilted angle of the woman's face helps with the scream. Also, the soundtrack to the film plays an important part as well. Be it an organ or shrieking strings as done years later during another scream scene in Psycho.
  5. 1. Being able to see the beginnings of "Hitchcock touches" were quickly noticeable. The filming of the spiral staircase, and somewhat of a fixation on a blonde character are obviously used by Hitchcock throughout his career. The point of view camera shot/peephole shot is also another "touch" which is most famously remembered in Psycho. 2. I agree with the authors on assessments. 3. I felt there were no limitations to the scene due to the lack of spoken dialogue. One of the beautiful things of silent film, in my opinion, is the actor's ability to show the audience show much through their face, especially the eyes.
  6. Test your classic film chops! I recently bought a scrapbook filled with pictures and notes of movie stars from the Silent Era-1930s. Trying to identify the following:
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