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  1. Both Torn Curtain and Topaz have more than a few very good moments. I was surprised that I enjoyed them as much as I did. For me, Hitchcock put a lot of his touches together to make them really good stories on film. They were not as intricate as his Golden Years but, it was as if he just wanted to have fun making these films. I'll include Family Plot and The Trouble with Harry in this group. These two especially deal with the fun of the situations. I swear Barbara Harris is a whack job. The ride down the mountain and her climbing up Bruce Dern was the stress in the dumbest, Jerry Lewis,
  2. I would also like to express my thanks for my first TCM class. To Dr. Edwards and Dr. Gehring please accept my thanks and appreciation for activating a lazy mind. I never really bothered about who did what in making films. The only name I looked for was Ern Westmore who did the cosmetics in some films. He once had a TV program. Funny too, I saw his name a couple of nights ago and can't remember the movie. Dumb right! But, I've learned more than I expected and enjoyed the course more than I expected. Thank you very much. I look forward to our next course together. I hope it is as know
  3. Lamb to the Slaughter, if it's the story I think it is I think it the best. However, I really haven't seen many of the TV series shows. As I recall, the wife hits her husband in the head with a frozen leg of lamb during an argument and kills him. She then pops the leg of lamb into the oven. The detectives arrive and look for the murder weapon that killed the husband. The detectives have been there a while, at least long enough for the roast to be ready to eat. The wife politely asks the detectives if they would like to stay and have dinner. They are still trying to figure out what kill
  4. 1&2 The clear calm view of the River Thames is like a travelogue. The music amplifies the grandness of the River and swells as we pass under the London Bridge. Slowly the music trails off, replaced by a politician rambling about cleaning up the River. Hitchcock pops up in the beginning, as he has been doing in several pictures. The politician is still speaking on banishing the pollution in the River, when a woman spies something in the River. A few more people turn and see it's the body of a woman. No panic. In fact, in the cut we are shown, only these few people turn and behave
  5. 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. Marnie is devious. She is also beautiful and intelligent. In a few minutes, she will be someone else. She has two suitcases. One she puts her "discarded clothes" in, and the other, she packs with new, out of the box clothing. She misses nothing including a new social security card and new name. Then there is the money. Lots of money, new money, still in its wrappers. She puts all but the w
  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) through their interactions in this scene? Melanie is beautiful, looks great and knows it. She appreciates a whistle by stopping. She turns and gives the whistler a big smile. She arrives at the pet shop at the appointed time and asks relatively logical questions about the myna bird. She has to wait for the shopkeeper to make a call. The bird has not arrived. She starts to write her phone numb
  7. 1. The graphic design of fractured lines moving in different directions to a soundtrack that literally puts, not only the visual but, the audio senses into a very disconcerting aura of anxiety. If the film begins this way, one cannot but wonder how intense the film will be. In this case, the title design sequence is a prologue to a very intense and reality altering film. 2. This sounds silly, but Hitchcock is specific about the place, the date, and the time of the point we are starting the film because he wants his audience to know these facts for whatever his reasons which he may or m
  8. 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. Uncle Charlie is thinking about something. He is playing with something in his hands, when the landlady comes in. We learn his concern about anyone looking for him. He has been on his bed and doesn't move even when she comes in. He knows something is waiting for him to face, but he appears not very concerned. The money carelessly on the floor lets us know a lot of money is involved by his lack of respect for it, espec
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