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  1. Hi! You can find the estimated budget of some movies on IMDb. For instance: Broadway Melody (1929): $379,000 Gold Diggers of 1933: $433,000 Top Hat (1935): $609,000 The Wizard of Oz (1939): $2,800,000
  2. 1. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Feel free to rewatch the clip from The Lodger (Daily Dose #2) for comparison. The opening of “The Lodger” is more straightforward. The murder is the first thing we see, and the score is suspenseful since the beginning. In “Frenzy” we have a nice score, that makes us feel welcome to London – it’s a very English-like score – and a speech. The dead body is something that breaks the pace of the speech – after all, the man was talking proudly of how the river was going to be clean, and suddenly a dead body appears floating.
  3. By the way, here it is the full line-up of the films covered: http://doriantb.blogspot.com.br/p/best-hitchcock-movies-that-hitchcock.html
  4. Years ago classic film bloggers wrote about "the best Hitchcock films Hitchcock never made". My film was Truffaut's Confidentially Yours and there are some Hitch references: http://criticaretro.blogspot.com.br/2012/07/de-repente-num-domingo-vivement.html
  5. 1. 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. Well, she’s fake. She has four social security numbers, with four different identities. She is changing her clothes from one messed up baggage to another, tidier, and selecting only the best clothes We can imagine that she has multiple personalities, and Margaret ‘Marnie’ Edgar is the fancier one. We can definitely tell something is wrong with her. 2. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrm
  6. 1. 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? The shopping windows remind me of a romantic comedy that came out the same year as “The Birds”: “A New Kind of Love”. The architecture of the pet shop reminds me of the bookstore Audrey Hepburn works in “Funny Face”. The tone is playful, and Melanie even smiles when someone whistles. A mistake about schedule makes Melanie meet Mitch. He mistakes her for a clerk, and she plays along. Th
  7. 1. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigo and North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? The score is a tense one, and makes me think of running away and being sought after. The title design reminds us of windows, of dismemberment – maybe of a dead body – and of putting the pieces of a puzzle together. Together, they gave us a sense of voyeurism and of suspense – we’re about to witness a crime and we’ll be invited to help the cops
  8. 1. 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. The playful sequence is possible due to the amazing star power Cary Grant had – one that would impress even an Oscar winner like Eva Marie Saint. After “I look vaguely familiar”, he continues the joke with: “You have the feeling you’ve seen me somewhere before. I have that effect upon people, it’s something about my face”. To whi
  9. 1. Describe what you think this film will be about simply from the sounds and images in these opening credits. Even if you have seen the film, try to focus on these sounds and images themselves and “the story” (or if not "the story," the mood and atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. The woman’s face makes me think of obsession. When it turns red, I can think of tragedy, doom. When the spirals come to the screen, I think about falling, being trapped, entering a labyrinth. From then on, I only feel dizzy, like I’m falling into a pit without
  10. 1. How does the spoof style of Ferrell and McKay differ from or compare to the styles of Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, or the team of ZAZ? Be specific. I think Ferrell’s style is closer to ZAZ’s style. It’s the spoof of a genre, a very broad spoof – from gang fights and “West Side Story” feels – and not a particular spoof like Mel Brooks often did. Woody Allen also does a bit of satire early in his career and spoofs the Bergman style in “Boris Grushenko”, from 1975. 2. We first saw a portion of this clip during our Breakdown of a Gag on Cameos – in the full context, what do the cameos add t
  11. 1. How would you describe ZAZ's approach to film parody or film spoofs in this scene? Cite specific examples. The scene starts with a voiceover narration, something very common in film noir and police procedural films. A common procedure, taking note of a car’s license plate, is mocked, because the car that tries to run over Frank Drebin is his own. And when in the lab, the shoe weapon demonstration is very similar to what we see in spy movies, like the 007 ones, and also reminded me of the TV series Get Smart. 2. How is ZAZ's approach to spoofing similar to or different from Mel Brook
  12. 1. How does this scene successfully parody the old Universal Horror films of the 1930s? Be specific. I saw more references to the old Universal Horror films in other scenes of the movie, especially in the lab, that is the same set as the 1931 film. In this scene two 1930s black and white films came to my mind: “Horse Feathers” (1932), from Paramount, that has three of the Marx brothers in an anatomy lesson, and Groucho assumes the position of the teacher, with Harpo and Chico helping him. The other movie I was reminded of was “All Quiet on the Western Front”, a 1930 war film from Univers
  13. 1. In what ways does this scene from Bananas operate as both slapstick comedy and as parody? We see it as a parody (or, better said, a satire), of the modern American custom of getting take-out food. Allen asks for take-out at a bar, but he asks food for a whole platoon – and there lays the exaggeration in the sequence. Exaggeration is the main slapstick quality in the scene. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Mast in his view that Bananas more closely captures Sennett's style or spirit than The Great Race? Even if you haven't seen either film, you can base your analysis on today's Daily
  14. 1. Describe specifically how this scene looks and feels like a "live action" cartoon. In special, because it is a very colorful scene, especially in the beginning, with the colorful balloon and the man making an announcement with colorful clothes. We also have the obvious contrast between hero and villain, black and white. And we have the gag of the villains camouflaging in a bush, and walking around with it. 2. In what ways does this scene function as an "homage" to earlier slapstick comedies? The scene is more an homage of the imaginary around early slapstick. It plays with the s
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