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Everything posted by Bgeorgeteacher

  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. Hitchcock certainly does pull out all the stops. How can you not be drawn in immediately from the very opening scene?
  11. In the opening scene of Rear Window, I definitely feel like a voyeur! You are looking into the private lives (even though their windows are wide open and they are right in front of those windows) of neighbors. Even when the camera pans to Stewart sleeping in his wheelchair, you feel as though you are imposing, watching something very private as the camera sweeps around to his photographs. It's like a train wreck, though. You feel like you are watching something very private, but yet you can't seem to turn away, wanting to see more. This is a film I've seen dozens of times, my absolute fav
  12. In complete Hitchcock style, the opening to Strangers on a Train doesn't disappoint. We are left with the mystery behind the introduction of the lead characters, not knowing exactly what we are going to encounter, but subtle clues are left behind to indicate there may be some conflict. We have the fancy black/white shoes compared to the average dark shoes. There's a swiftness and purpose to the black/white shoes while an ordinary, normal pace to the dark shoes. There are tennis rackets with the dark shoes, and so we know we have an athlete.... When the characters finally bump feet and
  13. Whoa! Classic Hitchcock in this early scene of Notorious! There's the mysterious figure in the doorway, and he's telling her to "drink it". Gosh... with that creepy looking figure in the doorway, even if it is a harmless Cary Grant, I wouldn't have done it! There's the POV shot, with Bergman looking up at Grant from the bed, his figure essentially turning upside down to reflect what she is actually seeing. The dark/light contrast could lead you to knowing this was a Hitchcock film, even if you didn't know the title of what you were watching.
  14. 3. I absolutely love both Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery. They are wonderful actors, their chemistry is real, and they are perfect in this comedic film. I couldn't agree more with this statement!!
  15. To be honest, I didn't even realize a Hitchcock screwball comedy existed until Mr. and Mrs. Smith came on the TCM watch list. Wow! I think the online chemistry between Lombard and Montgomery is phenomenal! When he slams the door and hides behind the couch...leaving Lombard to think he's left, when their eyes finally meet....man! These two really do connect! I think this was an excellent casting choice as both parties seem to flow through the scenes seamlessly... both their "exploring" and "remarriage" phases are completely believable. What a great find!!
  16. Great interpretation of the boarding house woman dressed in stripes!! She does seem concerned about Charlie, but there's SO MUCH MONEY lying around... how can she NOT know there is something criminal going on?
  17. Shadow of a Doubt...I love this one! In the prelude, we quickly learn that Charlie is in some sort of trouble. With money lying all over the place, there is definitely something going on! He's lying on the bed, clearly upset about something, and with that, Hitch has us drawn into the story, right from the very beginning, with a knot in our stomachs because something is wrong. This has the noir feel because of the shadows, the shady men with suits and hats that are hanging out on the corner, and the dramatic music. Those are elements that always give me the film noir feel. That musical sc
  18. With Rebecca, Hitchcock has a different opening than what we have seen before. The public places and events filled with ordinary people are gone. Instead, we seem to have a house that is the center of attention, something that has not been done yet. We can still recognize it is a Hitchcock film from a few of the signature 'Hitchcock touches' in the camera angles including the figure on the cliff, the close up as it appears as though the man will jump. There is also the comfortable feeling of the ordinary characters coming together, meeting for the first time. The flashback structure of th
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