Daily Dose #5: Heard About the Murder? (Scene from Blackmail) in The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock Posted July 10, 2017 1. By making things sound louder, and as with the word knife it was repetitive as if that was the only word that could be heard. Also by making the word knife louder it deemed as if the woman was being accusitive to someone with that word you can see how it makes Alive get more and more scared and agitated thinking why is she saying that word so much what does she know, did she see, does she know, things in that manner we can see how it would be to be in Alice's place. 2. Whole the tone of the scene is a bit somber, it is not rushed and while the one woman does talk about the murder, gossiping away, the tone is not one of fear or panic it is well there was a murder, and they are set down to breakfast no one seems upset well other than Alice. The underlining tone which centers around Alice lets use see that while everything is going on around her, she is in a state of fear, she is scared of what people are talking about about what they know, and what is going on. So it mixes the two tones letting use know that the way people are thinking is very differant and we can feel both with the tones. 3. I think because even with sound in movies we still focus more on visual than anything else and the scenes usually speak for themselves, while when sound was first being strted in movies, having relied more on visual that anything they were just trying to get everything to mix well the sounds and the movements of the people. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. 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 visually and aurally. Be specific. 3. Why do you think this particular use of subjective sound is not used frequently in cinema?