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About ManondelaCure

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  1. Oh what an interesting question this is and I could do a paper on this topic, but choose just three of my major interests as writers and some honorable mentions: Maya Angelou Writer, singer, actor for over 50 years and just amazing. My mother gave me, "I know why the caged bird sings" and I was hooked. She had such a rich life and was awarded over fifty degrees. Would tie into Hitchcock's humble start in life, like Maya, both of their love of music, writing, life and interesting experiences. She was friends with Martin Luther King, Jr. Nelson Algren Mr. Algren (1909-1981) is an
  2. Dear all, It is amazing how many times watching the films for this course, I stopped and realized the materials/idea had been 'borrowed' post Hitchcock, e.g., the scene in, "Sneakers" with Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Mary McDonald, Ben Kingsley, etc., where Robert asks CIA agent Sidney to get each of his team something large and what they can't afford totally in the same way as Alfred had done (sorry can't place the film just now)--even with the same film shot and positions of the leading actors and secondary actors. It blew me away! Everything ...truly seems to have some of the H
  3. 1. Frenzy - No immediate horror occurs, no woman screaming right at the start, not at night, no flashing sleazy dance club sign, full and busy location with a wide variety of types of people in place verses an empty street, nicer part of London and better dressed people. What ...specific.2. His humor - the opening is very British, upbeat and like a travel documentary; Polished modern filming - the high soaring in to a scene is so much more polished than the artificial scene in The Birds, when we have a 'birds-eye view' of the hectic town below with the fire. He has soared in before indoors
  4. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objects. She may be a criminal or a secret agent, but when we see all the unusually large amount of money we know her to be a thief. I laughed out loud at the dying of her hair from black to blonde like it would be so easy, especially to do that in the hotel sink. We know she has good taste in clothes and she spent a lot of money to create a new imagine of herself with the hotel porter having to carry all
  5. In what ways does this opening scene seem more appropriate to a romantic comedy than a “horror of the apocalypse” film? What do we learn about Melanie (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch (Rod Taylor) in this scene? Melanie is openly flirting with Mitch and he knows it. He knows more about birds in the store than she does and he goes along with it to see where this may go. We see he looks at her shoes and legs with a smile and then her face in the beginning so we know there is a sexual attraction from him. We know it from her as she looks at him and then decides to check this specimen out further by
  6. Psycho and repression comments Part Il I keep thinking about Marion and the film. It was very bold and telling that she had a white bra and white slip on in the hotel room. We could still forgive her maybe as we didn't fully know her story, only the things implied. This was before the actual bank crime, but after the affair had been in process. When Norman was peeking at her, she had a black bra and a black slip after the crime. Black vs. white, good vs. evil, pure vs. impure. Reading more about the Italian painting Norman removed from the wall to watch Marion undress and shower
  7. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann ... main themes of this film? The musical score and the graphic design are solidly married as one. If you had no visual and/or no music it just wouldn't work. You can tell the two have worked together prior as they are so in synch with what is needing to be sold to the audience right from the start. The visual is just simply brilliant (using this word a lot in this course) as it to me, represents the mind's fragility and the psychic break Mr. Norman Bates has had and continues to have in the film. Also, Marian has
  8. Even at the level of the dialogue, this film is playing with the idea that two Hollywood stars are flirting with each other (e.g. the line, "I look vaguely familiar.") How does our pre-existing knowledge of these stars function to create meaning in this scene. Cary is just smooth as glass and this role fits him like a glove. He has to be exhausted, scared and hungry, but not too tired for "a long night on the train" with Eva Marie. Eva Marie changed from her previous roles to be sexier, calmer, more demure, powerful, uninhibited. This scene at dinner is quite sensual and playful. Ther
  9. Describe ...audience. What you see as the Lissajous figures begin small and grow and that they all had a retina-like image in them--just like the real human woman's eye, but also something more. The perfect figures swirl and twist and change from a mathematical figure-to-a slinky figure-to a kaleidoscope figure ...this tells us things will be evolving in this film starting small and maybe ending poorly. The atmosphere is highly unhealthy, the mood is like you are sick. In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful ...Defend your answer. The Lissajous figure as they stimul
  10. In how many ways does Hitchcock play with or visually manifest the metaphor of “criss cross” or “criss-crossing” in this introductory sequence. [For those who haven’t seen the film yet, the idea of “criss cross” is central idea in this film, a theme Hitch sets up from the opening frames of this film] Be specific. As many as he can fit in: the taxis pull in and turn and stop; one taxi door opens to the left and one to the right; the porter's remove the belongings to the left and right; the train track (love this is a large city as the same in Paris at Gare du Nord) crosses each other; the me
  11. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? As shared in the video discussion, the camera angle that truly makes us feel like we are seeing what Ingrid is seeing from bed ...hungover, tired, crabby and bothered. Again ...scenes in the bed, very heavy into those in many films like all life evolves between or on top of the sheets. Lots of heavy discussion, actors roles that are so sure of themselves and with much fortitude and conviction. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograph his two stars in this scene?What are some of the contrasts that Hi
  12. Well ...I watched "The Killers," last night, and I believe the opening of this film and the opening of "Shadow of a Doubt," Joseph Cotten is EXACTLY like Burt Lancaster's as far as the theme, the shadows and the type of location!! Film Noir at its very best. Both dressed vs. PJs, both awake and starting at the ceiling in boredom, both men with a flat affect, both doomed and they know it, but resigned to whatever may be (ca sera sera ...where is Doris Day now when they need her?) when we first listen to their discussions with their helpful visitors. The scene similar s the dark room, the men
  13. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this opening sequence? Moreover, what do we learn about or know about the couple through the scene's visual design: the props, the set design or dressing, the decor, the camera angles, the lighting, etc? There are secrets ...the maid and the cook or head of the kitchen are wanting to peek inside and know what is going on. There is history as they had an 8-day bedroom vacation, then we learn a 6-day, a 5.5-day, etc. They are stubborn and have not a care for the outside world. We assume they have fought and are 'making-up' in the bedroom and thus the
  14. I believe it was because "he was not from around here" plain and simple. Politics are everywhere and he wasn't connected with the scene of Hollywood, so he wasn't part of the "in" crowd. If he was handsome and more connected I bet it would have been different.
  15. 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. He is posed like a corpse while in bed. He looks dead! This is VERY telling of his downward spiral that is occurring and we get to join him for most of that fall into hell. He knows how to manipulate people as he does his landlady treating him like a little boy. We know that with charm he does manipulate the fat, useless widows he hates to get their money. He has an unusual amount of cash that he doesn't respect, meani
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