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  1. Hitchcock collaborators in 2017 - interesting question! I agree with many who have already mentioned Sharon Stone would be certainly be inducted into the Hitchcock Blonde club. Also Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts. Tom Hanks and George Clooney are this generation's Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant, respectively. But I sincerely hope that he would take interest in new talent rather than recasting the same archetypes over and over. Composers - Hans ZImmer, Howard Shore, Danny Elfman Editors - Thelma Schoonmaker, Michael Kahn
  2. Director Tom Holland has acknowledged his film "Fright Night" (1985) is inspired by Rear Window. A teenager suspects his mysterious new neighbor is a vampire, and no one believes him. Now that I am a Hitchcock aficionado, I look forward to rewatching this great horror film and look for all the "Hitchcock touches!"
  3. 1. There are a few differences between the openings of The Lodger and Frenzy. The Lodger victim is revealed in the night, The Frenzy victim is revealed in the day. One has dialogue, the other does not. The Lodger victim is announced by a close-up shot of a woman screaming. The Frenzy victim is discovered by a crowd. The discovery of the Frenzy victim is preceded by a slow, long, wide shot moving down the river. Very open. The Lodger jumps right into it quickly with a tight closeup of the woman screaming. 2. Hitchcock "touches" include the long, slow opening tracking shot like we saw in Reb
  4. 1. Based on this opening scene in Marnie, we learn is very smart, methodical, probably in trouble of some sort. She keeps her back to the camera or her face hidden most of the time. We were introduced to characters this way in The Ring and The 39 Steps and Notorious. He uses this "touch" to introduce characters who are more than they seem. 2. This Bernard Herman score is softer and quieter than the others we've heard. Low key energy with a touch of sadness. Sort of reminds me of the musical themes in the television show Mad Men, which we already established took cues from this era of filmm
  5. 1. The opening scene has elements of romantic comedy, in that the two leads meet and have a flirty conversation. Their relationship is based on a misunderstanding. While not related to romantic comedy, I want to note that Mitch's arrogance, his assumption that Melanie must be an employee and therefore must serve him, speaks to the larger point of the picture about man's arrogance in his relationship to animals. Judgement day looms! 2. There is no musical score, the bird noises are blended with the city noises - for now. The birds frantic chirping creates an anxious mood, not unlike the sta
  6. 1. The slicing lines suggest the slicing knife through the shower curtain we will see later. The strong black and white contrast motif will be present through the entire film. 2. The semi-closed blinds are reminiscent of the opening of Shadow of Doubt. As for the specificity of day, date, and time, I think the suspense of the entire picture hinges on time. As the tension builds with every second, especially at the end. Even the staccato violins mark time, like a ticking clock. 3. Marion Crane's vulnerability is established right away. She's doing something she knows she's not supposed
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