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  1. Here's an interesting bit of personal trivia. As a nine year old boy living in Running Springs, California near Lake Arrowhead, my mother became friends with the caretakers of the Selznick mansion not far out of town. It was the hunting lodge of Myron Selznick, talent agent to Hitchcock and brother of David O. Since nobody was in residence and hadn't been for years we got to to up there and spend weekends in the mansion. We stayed in the William Powell room above the main floor, but down a small staircase was the game room. In that game room was a square of wood that guests would be invit
  2. 1. As mentioned in the curator's note, this scene operates as a prelude to the main story. What do learn about the character of Uncle Charlie in this prelude? Be specific. Rather than the proposed opening beginning the film in Santa Rosa (a bucolic farm town) Hitchcock opens in an east coast run down boarding house. The furniture is worn and shabby and Joseph Cotton is dressed in a full suit apparently waiting, but for what? The money on the nightstand and floor suggests he may have pulled a heist or con of some kind and his face bears a sort of reticence. We know he’s done somethin
  3. Question: At this last TCM Film Festival I had the oppourtunity to see REAR WINDOW at the Egyptian theater and it was like I'd never seen the film before. It was truly a magnificent experience. My question is: wasn't that shown in the nitrite print version?
  4. If you subscribe to FILMSTRUCK, there are excellent restored versions of The Lodger and Downhill there. With both films I had to keep reminding myself to only judge them within the context of the times they were made and to curb my innate bias away from silent melodramatic pieces. I had to keep reminding myself to stick with it even though my 2017 short attention span wanted to hit return and move on to something else. I was rewarded for my efforts by having seen Hitchcock (who’s work I hold dear) in his infancy, when he was young, brash, and experimenting with everything. 1. In your
  5. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? a. Hitchcock has been cited as noting that montage is the lynchpin of cinema. That the smashing together two dissimilar shots to a greater effect than just the shots alone. Notice how his quick cuts during the party scene heightens the overall effect to a party that is quickly getting out of control. The cuts are quick and the shot length shortens moving the action faster and faster. By the end of the clip reality is completely distorted till even the piano keys melt from the hysteria
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