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About Bgeorgeteacher

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  1. No kidding! The irony of the politician talking about cleaning out the pollution of the rivers just as a woman's dead body is discovered. True Hitchcock dark comedy there!
  2. No kidding!! The longest dolly shot ever! I just love that Hitchcock was pushing the envelope, trying to outdo himself with each film. I'm gathering from all of these opening shots, that Hitch REALLY does want to draw you into the story. As a master storyteller, he is looking to grab your attention from the very beginning, whether it's the dramatic scream from The Lodger and the, "LOOK!" exclamation of Frenzy to the more subtle hooks that pique our curiosity in films like The Birds with the pet store and the romantic comedy.
  3. I haven't seen Marnie yet, but I'm getting the impression from the opening scene that she is a flat-out crook. She's clearly hiding her identity, she has multiple forms of ID, she's changed her hair color, she's even changing out her identifying suitcase and purse. Herrmann's score of this opening scene also feels a bit mysterious, waves of tones moving in and out as we think we know what this character is, and then we find out it's all a disguise. And then, there's the classic Hitchcock cameo. I guess I had seen these cameos before in various Hitchcock films, thinking he was just in there
  4. Wow!! You got a lot out of the pair of dogs leaving the pet store with Hitch. Great reflections!
  5. I've watched The Birds several times, and I always felt like there was something a bit off....and now I realize it's the lack of background music. It's the constant chirping of birds!! When the gulls are flying around outside, paired with their bird sounds, it all seems very dark and mysterious. Once Melanie enters the pet store, however, the mood changes, and the bird sounds become light and friendly. You seem to shed the air of mystery once you are inside the pet store. And then, when Mitch enters the scene, you get even more of the lightness of a romantic comedy...the delicate bird cal
  6. The title sequence of Psycho always gives me chills!! The harsh lines coming in from the side of the screen, eventually revealing the titles, the eerie music that fits those lines so perfectly...the viewer truly knows this will not be a comedy! The design of the titles are simple, not exactly what they seem at first, much like the theme of this movie. We know that things are definitely going to be a bit off, and we are the edges of our seats through the entire film!
  7. You know, I hadn't even really noticed the background music in this scene from North by Northwest until it was mentioned in this question. I had to go back and see what I noticed. The music is very low key and calming. Typically, you know something quite interesting (probably terrifying) is going to happen to two characters that meet for the first time in a Hitchcock film. This case is a little bit different...the characters are flirting, and it seems, at the moment, like that's all there is to it. The background sound/music totally fit that mood of the scene. Subtle, light, it's backgr
  8. In reference to your #3 response, I completely agree!! The music and the visual effects work perfectly, circling and weaving in and out. Pure genius!!
  9. The single most powerful image in the title sequence of Vertigo for me has to be at the beginning when the camera focuses on the single eye (clearly, there is some level of panic in those eyes), the entire frame of the eye turns red, and that panicked expression briefly becomes one of terror. Wow!! I'm frightened before the film even starts.
  10. 1. Rear Window 2. Rope 3. The Birds 4. The Trouble With Harry 5. North by Northwest The Trouble With Harry makes me laugh every time!
  11. Brooks and Wilder working together in this film created a film that is a magnificent example of parody. 1. This scene throws right back to horror films of the 1930s.... there is the colorless effect, the accents, the mannerisms.... this all comes together to make an excellent parody. 2. This film does go back and forth between quiet comic humor and broad slapstick comedy. Dr. Frankenstein goes from discussing the activity of the brain, to putting the old man on the cot and making sure he got "an extra dollar". He goes from being very passionate about the topic at hand to accidentally s
  12. I'll have to investigate Woody Allen's humor a bit more to find out what I truly think of everything outside of these brief clips. I love conceptual humor.... there is no directly delivered gag, there is something more there. Not everyone appreciates it, but I'm eager to give it a shot. 1. This scene operates as a slapstick film in the extreme exaggeration sense, really... all of those sandwiches. There is that over-the-top feel to this, and Allen just acts like he's ordering a couple of sandwiches to go. Love it! As a parody, Allen seems to be imitating a war movie, finding food for
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