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Everything posted by BLACHEFAN

  1. Does anyone know what is the going to happen in the month of October yet on TCM?
  2. Barton_Keyes, where do you get your information about upcoming events or schedule programming on TCM?
  3. Does anybody have any idea of when the guest programmer series will continue, even in the month of October? I am just getting a little bit anxious about all of this.
  4. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots/ POV tracking shots in this scene? The effect of watching the POV dolly shots and tracking shots gives the audience the feeling of a gliding effect in a motionless way. The effect makes the person in the foreground look larger and the person in the background is blurred out in the normal lens. It kind of feels reminiscent with Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast (1946). I also love the depth of field that Hitchcock experiments in this film. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? To give us that surrounded feeling of anxiety, and to also let the audience in on the action of the character's motivation and internal thoughts. The visual storytelling makes one feel as if they are part of the story by bringing them closer to what goes on in the narrative that drives the story out of the ballpark. 3. What connections (visual techniques, images, motifs, themes) do you notice between films that came before this (The Pleasure Garden, The Lodger) and a film that came after it (The Ring)? Please cite specific examples. In The Pleasure Garden, Hitchcock was able to use the camera to move from row to row to explore the different male characteristics and class distinctions. The Lodger, focused used the wrong man theme, involving a man who can be the criminal, but is turned out to be innocent. The Ring used an extensive montage sequence and the use of Extreme Close Up of the main character's mental consciousness and internal thoughts circling his head. One thing that I noticed that came before this was the innocent man motif, and the gliding camera effect facing backward and forward in the reverse camera shots from one character to another in the POV shots.
  5. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? To give the audience a fast-paced motion as if it were a roller-coaster ride at a theme park. He also describes the scene just like the party, out of control and using the motif of mirrors to give us a reflection in the jealousy of his wife in the arms and lap of the champion. ​2. As is the case of with a lot of German Expressionist films, in this scene, there are many shots that are very subjective and put us into the psychological mind of a main character. Please note the various techniques that Hitchcock uses to create the feeling of subjectivity. ​The filming of the party through a distorted mirror, the overlapping of hands playing the piano and the guitar, the phonograph and record playing music, the wife and the champion superimposed, and the main character's face and his facial expression showing his overall rage and fits of jealousy. Distortion is one of the techniques that is used in German Expressionist films, as well as the use of the overlapping and superimposition of different shots to give us an experimental feel in this sequence. 3. How does Hitchcock stage the action, use set design, and editing techniques to increase the stakes in rivalry between the two gentlemen? He sets the action in the spare room where the main character is looking through the mirror that can be seen from the distance visually, puts the boxing poster in the spare room to tell the main character who he is fighting up against, uses the reverse shots from the main character's POV and back to the main character in an omniscient shot and increases the tension by showing us the facial expression of the main character to show his frustration and anger as to increase the stakes in the rivalry between the two gentlemen.
  6. 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden ​- what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? The opening of The Pleasure Garden was more of an innocent and simplistic evening that features some of the later Hitchcock trademarks later found in his films that took place at an English Music Hall. The opening of The Lodger takes place in the streets of London where the crowd witnesses the body of a dead blonde and news starts to spread like wildfire in the course of five minutes. 2. Identify elements of the "Hitchcock style" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Even if you are not sure it is the "Hitchcock style," what images or techniques stand out in your mind as powerful storytelling? Or images that provide an excess of emotion? Elements of the Hitchcock style that I have noticed include: The use of the blonde, POV camera shots, use of montage, limited amount of inter titles in between shots, authority figures arriving at the scene of the crime, and the setup of the murder and the news spreading throughout London by sequencing the images visually in storyboards. 3. Even though this is a "silent" film, the opening image is one of a woman screaming. What do you notice in how Hitchcock frames that particular shot that makes it work in a silent film even though no audible scream is heard? And what other screams like that come to mind from Hitchcock's later work? The shot is framed to give a distorted view of what the audience sees in their mindset of a woman who was under the hands of a murderer. The scream is a reminder of what The Avenger is looking at before he disposes the victim and after the murder, he escapes into the night and leaves a clue behind to let them know who is committing these horrendous crimes, as a sort of warning call. When it comes to screams like that I think of: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), Young and Innocent (1937), Torn Curtain (1966), and Frenzy (1972), which I think is suitable for this film, because Frenzy had a similar sequence that was similar to The Lodger.


    This Saturday on Svengoolie, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are separated from each other. One is alive, and the other is a ghost that is forced to haunt a mansion that survived the Revolutionary War for more than 100 years. It's The Time of their Lives (1946). Watch it on Saturday at 10:00 pm on MeTv.
  8. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Yes. From the first frame of the sequence, we are already drawn in to the spiral staircase and the first use of the Hitchcock blonde which will remain central to the director's themes and motifs of his career. Other examples are the early use of the camera movement that glides from one end of the row to the other, his use of POV shots, and his takes of the English male and sexuality as part of the director's motifs. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Strauss, Yacower, and Spoto assessments that this sequence contains elements, themes or approaches that we will see throughout Hitchcock's 50-year career? Yes. I do see the use of juxtaposition in this sequence that uses elements, themes and different viewpoints that will be at the forefront of Hitchcock's 50-year career in the filmmaking industry as he becomes one of the forefathers of not only British cinema, but also American cinema as well. 3. Since this is a silent film, do you feel there were any limitations on these opening scenes due to the lack of synchronous spoken dialogue? Not at all. The scene speaks for itself, based on the setup of what is going on in the sequence from the music hall to the pickpocket stealing her money. the use of close-ups, facial expressions, and different camera angles makes it all worthwhile.


    Tomorrow on Svengoolie, they will be presenting This Island Earth (1955) with Rex Reason and Faith Domargue. It's all on Svengoolie, at 10:00 in the evening on MeTv.
  10. Are there any updates of who is going to be the guest programmer in September?
  11. Glad to see "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" doing well! https://twitter.com/DWAnimation https://twitter.com/KevinHart4real https://twitter.com/edhelms https://t.co/s1kuIBaPuY — Captain Underpants® (@UnderpantsCapt)
  12. Another movie that I wanted to see is Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie from Dreamworks. [media=Captain Underpants] [/media]
  13. Here is the link to look up the upcoming movie based on the incident from 1967. https://qz.com/956832/detroit-the-new-film-from-zero-dark-thirty-director-kathryn-bigelow-tells-the-true-story-of-the-algiers-motel-incident/
  14. One of the films that I am looking forward to is Detroit (2017) directed by one of my favorite filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow. She is a true Hollywood Maverick in the industry defying against the big studios of our time.
  15. This list from TimeOut is pretty interesting since it ranks the films that came out from 1926 to 2014 and no other animated films that came out after 2014.


    This Saturday, Svengoolie will be presenting The Mummy's Tomb (1940) a sort of loose remake/sequel to The Mummy starring Boris Karloff. Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 10/9 central on MeTv.


    One of the movies that Svengoolie screened last year was a Steven Spielberg film that had not played on television for years, Duel (1971) starring Dennis Weaver. I haven't seen the film, but I heard it was a ratings grabber.
  18. I watched both Just a Gigolo (1931) and Waterloo Bridge (1931). I felt Just a Gigolo was a little bit too forced in terms of humor and plot, but it's a great historic film that doesn't get as much notice as any other film of that year. Waterloo Bridge was a great film to watch, I remembered watching the film Gods and Monsters (1998) with Ian McKellen as James Whale, his performance as the director shows us his painful and multi-facted nature that makes you wonder what he could have been like in real life. Waterloo Bridge is a great picture to watch, from the beautiful character studies of the main characters in the film, the attention to dialogue spoken naturally by the actors, an early appearance by Bette Davis (in her last film for Universal) and Whale's commitment to the project since he knew about the war experiences himself during the First World War.
  19. The one documentary that I wish TCM would have aired on their channel is Jodorowsky's Dune released in 2013. This eye-opening documentary talks about the greatest science fiction epic never made. The journey of the making of this film is much more fascinating than the film itself. It is a great documentary winner of the cannes film festival award for best documentary. Check out the trailer below.
  20. This Friday is the premiere of Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie based on the book series by Dav Pilkey. I read the books since they were first published, and they are so hysterical. Now that the movie is coming to theaters, I am excited about seeing it. The soundtrack is awesome too. Here is the theme song to our superhero.
  21. This week's commentaries from Trailers from Hell are the works of David Lynch.
  22. What are your thoughts on the TCM Spotlight Creature Features? Please let me know with your comments.


    If you are in for comedy and terror, then tune in this Saturday at 10/9 central for Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff from 1949, from Universal Pictures. Combining two comedic icons against the king of horror from Universal.


    On MeTv, there is a horror host from chicago, his name is Svengoolie, also known as Rich Koz. He was part of the WCIU television station in the area known as Berwyn. He first started as the Son of Svengoolie in 1979 after Joey G. Bishop retired the character in 1973. Then, after the cancellation of the Son of Svengoolie in 1986, Rich Koz kept on going with the Koz Zone from 1986 to 1995. In 1995, Koz finally attributed the title of Svengoolie. He is currently one of the last remaining horror hosts from the golden age of television to continue his stance on television. He currently screens horror movies from Universal as well as monster movies from Toho Studios. To learn more about Svengoolie, visit svengoolie.com.
  25. Again, I got this information for the film that was originally released in 1930 from imdb.com and Timeout.com.
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