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  1. 1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes? This one is similar to the others due to the bright sign lights (The Lodger) and the entertainment going on (The Ring). It deviates from the others in that it is more lighthearted; nothing to stir up emotions in the viewer. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than in previous opening sequences of his
  2. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet) Definitely the characters. 2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene? How might this introduction affect your view of the character Abbott later in the film? You learn so much about his character in this opening scene. You see that Peter Lorre is kooky which endears you to him but that changes once you see his reaction to the skier. 3. We
  3. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. Only being able to distinguish the word knife was brilliant. Every time she heard the word her facial expression changed. This showed us the extreme dread Alice was feeling. 2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates in counterpoint to the visual track. For example, how does Hitchcock set up the shot where the knife flies out of Alice's hand so that it registers a shock in his audience? Pay attention to both what is happening visual
  4. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? I loved it. It gives you the sense you are walking toward your doom as the boys felt. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? Comparing it to other points of view it would not be nearly as effective in portraying the feelings Hitch wanted to provoke. 3. What connections (visual techniques, images, motifs, themes) do you notice between films that came before this (The Pleasure Garden, The L
  5. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? The expressive editing used was the fun house mirror effects as well as the scenes where the wife and other man were superimposed over the mirror and next to the husband's manager. 2. As is the case 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 Hitchcock uses to create that feeling of subjectivity. I found the most subjective shot was the
  6. 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see It appeared to me that the murdered girl may be a showgirl, Golden Curl, which would be the similarity to Pleasure Garden. The difference would be the Lodger is darker and starts off with a murder as Pleasure Garden didn't come on as strong. 2. Identify elements of the "Hitchcock style" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Even if you are not sure if it is the "Hitchcock style," what images or techniques stand out in your mind as powerful storytelling? O
  7. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Yes I would agree that hints of what was to come in the way of Hitchcock’s masterpieces can be seen in the opening act of The Pleasure Garden. Specifically, I enjoy watching the secondary members of the cast as they bring a bit of humor into the scene. Also, the use of the spiral staircase; incorporating almost a 3D effect for the viewer as he would later do in Vertigo. Do you agree or disagree with Strauss, Yacowar, and Spoto assessments that this sequence contains elements, t
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