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  1. 1. In The Lodger, we are directly introduced to a scene of a young girl screaming in fear accompanied with a scary intense tone of music. In Frenzy, we are introduced in such a "traveling" way. It starts off with a pan shot of the Thames River, Then the shot gets closer to the crowd gathering and listening to the speaker who talks about getting rid of waste and toxic in the river, so in the Lodger we are introduced with fear and uncertainty, but in Frenzy we were introduced to the place where the murder happened. Another difference is how the victims were introduced. In Frenzy, a naked girl was floating deadly in the river, but in the Lodger we were shown a picture of the girl screaming in fear which emphasizes and triggers the feeling of fear and uncertainty a lot more. 2. The scene is in an open public space. There's a pan shot of the Thames River. We are introduced to a murder case mysteriously without any warning. Lastly, Hitchcock's sense of humor and sarcasm cam be seen. In the scene, the speaker was talking about how to get rid of toxic and stop littering and polluting the river with dirty things. Then, the body of the dead woman appear. 3. We are introduced into various point of views in Frenzy's opening scene, a pan shot introduced us to the environment that the center of action occurs. We are immediately thrown into action without any warning which makes it a whole lot more interesting.
  2. 1. It reveals that she is a excellent, professional thief with many identities and we know it because she has a various number of social security guards. She packs her bag and arrange her objects neatly and thoroughly. The bag is use with her new identity. When is with her old identity, she just the objects and clothes in the bag carelessly. Something mysterious is happening. Her new identity was created and her old identity was left behind and abandoned. In the end, she drop the key indicating that her old identity full of rough times during her childhood will forever be abandoned and undiscovered. 2. I think Bernard's score fits and resonates really well with the scene. In the beginning, the tone of the music score seems kind of sad, slow, and melancholy. It is really settle and calm, a calmness that gives a sense of sadness. After she watch the black dye of her hair. The tone of the music score became really bright an optimistic indicating that she's happy for a new beginning in her life and is really joyful to let go of her old identity for her new one. It also shows Hitchcock's obsession and focus on the main character of a young blonde women as the victim or the one who leads the story. 3. Hitchcock acts like a guide in his cameo appearance. He comes out from the door and turns around at the audiences . I think he's trying to say that he's trying to say that the lady character in Marine has her own way, a path she might walk to. He glares at the audiences to see if we know which way she's going and what will it lead to in the end.
  3. 1. The opening scene is lighthearted and has a really lovely atmosphere. Melanie and Mitch seems to be flirting with each other, as they searching for and talking about "love birds". Mitch also flirt and go along with Melanie, knowing that she's not the store clerk but still tried to talk and make funny conversations with her. 2. As Melanie walks across the street, the voice of birds is hear in the background. As she walks across the street, the voice of the birds is getting louder and it captivates her attention, predicting what might happen in the future when chaos gets to your head. In the store, the sound of the bird is use to create a bright, joyful, and romantic atmosphere. 3. I think that Hitchcock's cameo shows his power as a director and how he will control us and the film as well as manipulating the audiences. In the scene, Hitchcock is guiding 2 dogs. The audience is one of the dog. The other dog is the character of Melanie.
  4. 1. Bernard's score and Saul's title design works with each other perfectly. Bernard's music develop feelings of suspense and unpredictability and a sense of urgency to the audiences. Saul's title design is also splendid. He designs the title by using the transition of the horizontal lines, as well as splitting and distorting some text and letters in the opening scene. The horizontal lines could represent Marion's transition to sin and she received the consequences of her sin after she was killed in the shower scene, her blood is cleanse and washed away with water. The splitting and distorting the text and letters in the opening scene depicts the split personality of Norman Bates. 2. I think Hitchcock point out the time and date specifically because it's the beginning of a series of important events in Marion's life. After this meeting, her life will change forever. The feeling of sinfulness will slowly develop within her as time pass by. She is letting sin develop and control her life. I think Hitchcock elects to enter the hotel room through the semi-closed blinds from the outside to develop a sense of censorship happening inside the room. Sam and Marion was doing an act of crime and sin, an act of sexual relationship and adultery. It is also voyeurism in a sense, we are looking at the lives of other people and their private actions, similar to Rear Window where Stewart is a absolute, bonafide "peeping tom". 3. We are introduce to what's happening in the hotel room. We see Marion's whole body and the action of pulling the pants up of a man, indicating that they just have an act of sex. In the scene, by seeing Marion's whole body, we know that the focus is on Marion, another Hitchcock story where the focus is on the blonde girl. She looks up to the man in admiration. She seems innocent and pure judging from her white lingerie ,but after spending the afternoon with the man, she slowly progressed to sin and transgressed to the dark side of human nature. Having sex with Sam is Marion's first act of sin. In the end, she received her consequences for her act of sin.
  5. 1. The line is used as an inside joke. In fact, they do look familiar as both of them are well known actors and actress, the faces that the audiences will immediately recognize. Later on, Eva will call out that Cary's character is lying about himself, an attempt to let the audiences forget who they are in reality, and let the audiences see them as other characters in a movie, the cinematic world of North by Northwest. 2. The matchbook draws Eva's attention into Cary's character in a romantic, seductive way. After Cary hand her the matchbook, she used it to light up the cigarette and suddenly hold his hand and blows the fire of the matchbook, similar to how a romantic dinner would conclude, and hinting that some romance might continue along the story. 3. He use sound design to give a tone of melancholy and softness that depicts the romance that starts to build up and develop between the two characters.
  6. 1. We see Novak's face and her eyes glaring around. deciding whether or not she will fall into the trap of desire and obsession. Then, there's a close up shot on her eyes (red) and a circular shape figure that comes out from her eyes drawing our attention, maybe she could have fall into that obsession, or maybe she is drawing a man into "the obsession and desire" I think the film is about the obsession and the desire for women in the lives of men. I believe we are seeing from a man's perspective in the opening scene. As the shot was close up to the eyes of Kim Novak, the color of the shot changes to red. She is a victim for man's desire and obsession, and she is drawn into that desire and obsession as well. When the circular spiral shaped come up from the eyes. We are slowly drawn into her eyes more and more, the soul of Kim Novak's character. More circular spiral shaped comes up, we are more obsessed and attached to the woman's character. It depicts the transition of Stewart's character from being naive to become more and more obsessed and attached to Kim Novak's character. Stewart is falling into a deep trap caused by desire and obsession, a trap where he might never escape from. A trap where he doesn't know that he is actually " one of the victim", a victim that was manipulated by the desire and obsession in himself, making him naive of what's happening to him. 2. For me, it's the close up shot where it's on Novak's eyes and the color changes to red and the circular spiral shape figure appears. It draws the attention of the audiences in such a vivid, profound manner. It seems like we are seeing from a corrupted, distorted, and kind of morally wrong point of view. The use of red color with a spiral spinning indicates that something unpredictable and dangerous might happen to the characters, the danger is occurring to character who draw us into the trap and the one who's being drawn into this dangerous trap caused by obsession. The use of color and the shot was pretty powerful, but at the same time, mesmerizing. It's like putting and luring the audiences into the trap, just like how hypnosis works. 3. The use of music score and the images worked and synchronized almost "perfectly. The music gives us a feeling of uncertainty as it was intense when Novak's face appear, and at the same time luring us into the trap.It has a different tone as more spirals appear. Some could have really loud music, some could have minimal to no music, it certainly draws us to the trap really well. The lack of certainty can be seen. The image provides us with a sense of danger going in to the movie, and how that danger would lead us to the obsession that makes us fall into the trap, same to the music that lure us in with different tone of uncertainty.
  7. 1. Hitchcock is putting all of us (the audiences) as voyeurs. We are now seeing and exploring the lives of others people as well as the environment, and we are introduced to some characters (the odd couple, the musician, and the ballet dancer) and their different lifestyles. We are now exploring and start to voyeur into the private lives of other people. Hitchcock makes us the voyeur, and it definitely raises the curiosity and intrigues the interest of the audiences. It is definitely an interesting thing for Hitchcock to makes us feel like voyeurs. I think it definitely draws the audiences in to the "cinematic world" in the movie. 2. We learn that Jeff is a photographer, a pretty courageous daring photographer. In the scene, Jeff is wearing a cast in his leg.We know that he is a photographer when we saw pictures of racing cars on the wall and then the picture of the car full of flames, then we saw a broken camera. After we see, the broken camera, we see a various amount of photographs and cameras.The broken camera might be related to the car accident, and it could also be uses as a symbolism for the film. It could symbolize the aftermath/ending of voyeurism in this film, because the camera is probably broken after Jeff decides to take the picture of a broken car I assume, which was obviously a dangerous thing to do. Voyeurism draws attention to people when you become more and more curious about it. This curiosity could lead you to destruction and danger. This is what is harming and destroying Jeff's life: his nonstop rising of curiosity that leads him to the amount of excessive and over the line voyeurism, and I think the use of the broken camera describes the results of his crazy, over the line voyeurism pretty well. 3. Definitely, and it was well put as well. I think the voyeurism part in the scene is that we are "peeping" and getting a glimpse of the lives of other people in their various apartments without them knowing that we are looking, hiding, and peeping in to their lives. When Jeff is suspicious of a murder, his focus is on the guy who he thought was the murderer. When a case of murder is involved in this film, voyeurism was use to represent and emphasizes our focus on the "murderer" guy. It provides a bigger picture narratively, as well as providing a bigger picture for the murderer. 4. I'm not sure if I should say that Rear Window is his most cinematic film as a director, but I've seen some of Hitch's film and I think that this one is pretty cinematic. In the film, We are looking in such a subjective lenses, through the lenses of Jeff and the camera he use to peep on other people living in other apartments. Hitchcock put us in the seat of the main character in such a genius way. We peek into different rooms, and we see major differences in the characteristics and lives of other characters. As we're peeping into the lives of others, they are not peeping into our life. We are isolated from the world. Nobody is seeing or peeping In Jeff's life, while Jeff (and us the audiences) are seeing and peeping to the lives of other people. I also think that the character of Jeff resembles Hitchcock's attributes and character. Jeff was put in a "director's seat" where he sees everything and seem to control everything in his own mind, but doesn't really have too much control due to his broken leg. I think this is a really cinematic film, and Hitchcock draws us in to a world of voyeurism in such an exquisite way. He draws us in to the world of voyeurism so fast that we became so immerse and focus with the film.
  8. 1. Hitchcock used many ways to express the metaphor of"criss crossing" in the opening scene. The two characters walking in different directions, and they come out from the taxi in two different directions and ways. The complicated train rails or ways that seems to criss cross each other, and going in different direction, symbolizes how these two characters have a distinctively different ways of life and personality. Lastly, Both characters crossing their legs and when their legs slightly hit each other, it is a point of change that symbolizes conflict between them, their ways are not the same. 2. Bruno and Guys were really different. Bruno wears a shoes with white of it. Bruno's shoes seem flashy and it makes him look like a fun, crazy, chaotic person, while Guy's shoes looks really simple and neat like what a true calm gentleman would wear. For Guy, the camera work seems more settle. It is more slow and steady, while the movement of camera in Bruno's shoes seem more fast paced. Bruno seems talkative and really confident in his way of speaking and dressing, while Guy seems more quiet and innocent, as well as not that confident with himself and it can be seen through his simple style of dressing and minimum amount of speaking compare to Bruno. 3. The score/music certainly has different tone. When Bruno is in the scene, the drums sound comes up and the music became more upbeat and intense. When Guy is in the scene, the music became more softer and light hearted, as well as calm. The music was use in such a profound, subtle manner to represents the "criss cross" between these two contradicting characters.
  9. 1. The opening shot in Rebecca is different from his previous British films In various ways. The setting is not located in an open public space full of people, but it is now at a mysterious, creepy rural place far away from the people and the city life. The pacing is way slower than his previous films. The music was slow and creepy and the were no fast cuts/ transitions during the opening scene. It takes and draw us to Manderley slowly and slowly as we walk down the pathway, causing a sense of mysterious fear in the audience. As we get closer and closer to Manderley,walking down the way slowly and slowly. It slowly builds and sets up a tone of fear effectively. 2. Close up shot of the man. A young, naive blond lady. The camera shot closing up closer to the window, similar to the shot in Psycho, which introduce us to the character's world and point of view. The plot still involves a "mysterious" and a "death-related situation". 3. It seems like Manderley is the main character/ figure of the story. The narration and voiceover personifies Manderley.The story will start and end in Manderlay, as all the path, events and decisions will be link and related to this one place (Manderley).We walk along through pathway to Manderley since the beginning, indicating that a disaster will happen. The environment of Manderley and its surrounding also look like a cemetery place, which evokes and develop a sense of "death" that has happen and might occur later on.
  10. 1. In the opening scene, we are introduce with a calm and light heart atmosphere accompanied with a very bright tone of music. Then, we heard the cuckoo sound from the cuckoo clock. After the cuckoo sound was heard, things were change. The atmosphere became loud and chaotic. The music isn't hear anymore and know all we hear is the voices of people shouting in dissatisfaction. The opening scene from the Lady Vanishes is also located in an open public space full of people. In other's film, the location starts off with place full of people (and their attention) such as a theater/ musical stage or a crime scene in the Lodger that people gathered around to see the girl's body. Almost all of the opening scenes were located in open public spaces that draws the attention of the people, similar to how Hitchcock will draw us into his film. 2. The performance was such a great addition and definitely a scene-stealer! In the midst of chaos, the addition of the duo apply a decent amount of comedy and laugh to it. The duo definitely steal the scene, even though the focus was more emphasize on the character of Iris.The comedy applied during the scene of chaos related to Hitchcock's messages in almost all his films. "Sometimes you don't have to take life or things seriously, you have to be calm and let go of certain things." "Life is a joke." 3. An opening public space full of people that turns chaotic. The warm, bright music. When Iris comes in, the hotel butler/clerk drops all the chaos and focus on taking care of Iris, a single individual. Like all other Hitch's film, the focus is on the blonde girl yet again.
  11. 1, The pattern I see is that it involves a setting with an open space, an open space where the people/ audiences can be engage to. In the Pleasure Garden and The 39 Steps, the opening scene starts off at a musical hall. In the Man Who Knew Too Much, it starts off at a skiing place where people is focusing their attention on the skater. Hitchcock also use extreme close up shots in such an overpowering way. In the 39 steps, they use extreme close up shots on some audiences, maybe for indication that this audience might play a role in the film. Extreme close up shots were also used in The Pleasure Garden and The Lodger. In the Pleasure Garden, the close up shot was use for the girl's blonde curl hair (fake of course) just for some slapstick comedy. In the Lodger, Hitchcock's use an extreme close up shot on the girl's face screaming in fear, pain and agony which emphasizes and sets a mysterious, fearful, and scary tone in the film. 2. Agree! In the beginning of the opening scene, a shadow of the man was seen. We don't know who it is yet, but people assume something disastrous is gonna happen due to the appearance of a creepy dark shadow. Instead, we are introduced to a more innocent character. When the camera moves, we now see the body and face of the man. His face looks like a kind person as he slightly smiles. Another indication that the the character was introduce innocently is the location he was in. It was a delightful and bustling environment with joyful music to start before Mr. Memory comes to the stage. The environment was full of people laughing and having a good time. Hitchcock's use of this opening scene was amazing. It introduces a scene of happiness and joyfulness, causing the audiences to be confused how the film is gonna be and how it's going to turn our. Will it be a suspense thriller like Hitchcock usually do, or will it have a different tone this time. In the end, we still don't know how it's gonna be, but judging from the opening scene it doesn't seem like a tragic, suspenseful, thrilling film. 3. The "pan shot" in the word "Musical Hall", Extreme Close Ups on some audiences, the setting is set in an open place full of people (a public open space), Audiences/People are engaged to the environment and what's happening in front of them, Starts off by focusing and introducing on a single, main character in such a mysterious way (intrigues the audiences attention profoundly). A mix of people mocking Mr. Memory and the ones who ask him "real questions which represent and contrast the good and evil of society and people.
  12. 1. I have never watched the movie before, but I believe that the characters will be more important than the plot. In the opening scene, the focus is on the character of a girl, and some few other characters were involved and introduced (The girl's father, The skater, and Abbott). I feel like the character's action will results in the plot having more continuity, and more suspense will be created. The character's action determines how the plot is gonna be. 2. In the opening scene, Abbott was introduce in such a mysterious manner. He acts kind of peculiar, like something weird is going on in his mind. From the attributes displayed, he seems sly, sneaky, and crafty. He was introduce shortly and the focus was on him for a while in the scene. It indicates what role and how important he might be towards the film later on. 3. The similarity between all these films is that it centers around the character of a young, blonde girl. They are the main character in the opening scene, and it seems like all of them could be victims to the corrupt nature of men. (In the Pleasure Garden and the Lodger, both girls are victim. In the Man Who Knew too Much, the girl seems like a victim. She looks naive, vulnerable, and unexposed to the world) The differences is the tone. In the Pleasure Garden and the Man Who Knew Too Much, both of the opening scene seems to have a warm and joyful tone. In the Pleasure Garden, it is joyful because of the delightful music that goes along with the women dancing. In the Man Who Knew Too Much, it starts of with people watching and cheering for the person skiing, and it's also the girl's vacation. It's a sense ,maybe the last sense of happiness and joyfulness before disaster happens. In the Lodger, it starts off with a girl screaming in fear. The movie starts off immediately with a tone of uncertain fear. It's dark and scary. The cuts in that were fast to show the dire nature of human, as well as showing how this case of murder is a matter of urgency, a thing no one wants to witness.
  13. 1. They have a conversation and suddenly the old lady starts talking about knife. The first time the lady says the word "knife". The camera cuts back to Alice, showing signs of fear and insecurity. Then, It slowly draws us and build our suspense to Alice's psychological mind when the whole conversation is heard distortedly and the word "knife" is emphasized clearly and repeatedly. This makes us feel scared and fear like Alice as we are now in Alice's psychological mind. In the end, Alice throw the knife away in shock and fear. She can't cut the bread with the knife , because she used it to kill a person before. 2. Hitchcock builds up the tone slowly, but shows how it effects Alice crucially. As the word "knife" was mentioned, it cuts to Alice immediately to show Alice's emotions of fear, as well as building up the tension, as well as getting the audiences to be in Alice's mind. When the word "knife" was repeatedly, it surely effects Alice in a disturbing and annoying manner, as it was directly related to her. As a result, it cause her fear and annoyance, because the word "knife" gets her attention, an unwanted attention. In the end, Alice's guilt and dismay was shown when she can't even cut the bread with a "knife", a simple job that does not harm anyone, but it effects her tremendously. She throws the knife away, showing how this trauma has gotten a hold of her in her daily life. 3. I think that subjective sound is not used widely because almost all movies in the present- day use sounds a lot in dialogues, music, score, and etc. I still think that subjective sound is still being used in films, but it's gonna be harder for the audiences to identify than it used to be during the silent films era and maybe it's kind of peculiar to use subjective sound, so that's why it is not widely used today. Sound in films nowadays is mandatory.
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  15. 1. The effect of the POV dolly shots and tracking shots was communicated powerfully. In the scene of the boys moving closer to the principal, the principal's emotions become more apparent through his face, sensing signs of destruction and the problems and conflict that might be apprised later on in the story. The shot also portray a sense of suspense psychologically, as we are now seeing in the boy's point of view. We can see how the principal's emotions were expressed towards them; a scary, thrilling sense, as well as suspense will be develop in us as we sense that problems might occur later on. We are now seeing a boy's point of view getting into trouble with the lady and the principal, and it makes us feel that we are also in trouble as well, which cause the feeling of suspense, thrilling, and unstable emotions to be develop in us as we go along the story. Hitchcock's use of a subjective POV portray is so effective that it puts us on the story, as if we were in the scenario. We are now seeing in the boy's point of view slowly creeping in and getting closer to trouble and conflict. It makes us feel troubles and the feeling of "suspense" and emotional instability will be develop on us. 2. To cause intensity and anxiety in our emotions. The POV shot portrays the character's emotions and psychological thinking. By putting us in the character's point of view, we feels like there's a "bond" or a feeling of "relationship" connection between us the audience and the point of view we are in , which is the boys. 3. The themes are similar and the stories in the films all related to the corruptness human nature. In the Lodger, it explores the theme of human cruelty involving around the murder of a young blonde girl. While in the Ring and the Pleasure Garden, it explores human's sexual desires and lust. (Pleasure Garden: the man looking at the girl dancing through the glass lens (or some sort of binocular) depicting his interest and sexual desires for a particular girl. In the Ring, there was a scene where the girl was kissing the other man (not her husband) . It was a visual interpreted in just the husband's mind, but the actions of the girl to the other man in reality was full of interest, desire and happiness which depicts how she's ready to be with other man when her husband is not around as she express so much interest in the other man. In all films, the use of montage can be seen to depict what's on the character's mind visuall ,psychologically, and internally. We also see through the main's character point of view subjectively in all these films, which builds up the tension. There's also use of a girl dancing and blonde girls in the Pleasure Garden and Downhill.
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