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  1. As for composers, Hitchcock probably would have been known as the person who discovered John Williams rather than Spielberg. Hitchcock's popularity at the time would have led Williams to more willingly work with him than a 'nobody' like Spielberg. However, the late James Horner or Hans Zimmer might be a better choice as this men have worked with so many collaborators and their work has left a memorable mark on cinema already. Zimmer seems like he would listen to the director's input more than others as he has writtten so many varied pieces and for so many different types of films such as, The
  2. I can't think of many but what about... The Silence of the Lambs Poltergeist The Usual Suspects The Sixth Sense The Haunting with Julie Harris.
  3. 1. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Feel free to rewatch the clip from The Lodger (Daily Dose #2) for comparison. Aside from finding a body, I don't see how anything about these two are similar. The Lodger is more frightening and scary. Frenzy treats death rather calmly. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. The long shot from the helicopter. A dolly shot on a major scale but still the same motion. Then we continue the shot on the politician. 3. Using Frenzy as an example, what thoughts do
  4. 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. Without words we discover, that she is a criminal. She stolen money, she creates a new identity from amoung her various SSN cards, she buys brand new clothes and throws away others, she rinses out her hair color for another, she hides a suite case in a locker only to purposely loose the key so no one can ever open it. She is running from something. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in t
  5. 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) in this scene? Mistaking Hedren for an employee and her playfully manipulating the moment, allows Hitchcock to establish her character's traits. She is strong, flirtatious, non-helpless, and "knows what she wants" woman. She also shows that no matter what, she will get her way. The first scene plays like a RC with its playful banter but, I've always found it rather a demonstration of Hedren controlling behav
  6. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? With the graphics quick and crisp moment and the score producing an image of nerve-grating music, the patron gets the impression of a story of danger and suspense. The perfect score. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date, and time: “FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH” and “TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.” What i
  7. Even at the level of the dialogue, this film is playing with the idea that two Hollywood stars are flirting with each other (e.g. the line, "I look vaguely familiar.") How does our pre-existing knowledge of these stars function to create meaning in this scene. For Grant, he knows he's famous and worshiped by many fans at the time. The above line plays to that. Not to mention, Saints dialogue here is a fantasy of many women at the time. To out talk Grant. Make him feel that she is the star and he's the one who should idealize her. There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation fro
  8. Describe what you think this film will be about simply from the sounds and images in these opening credits. Even if you have seen the film, try to focus on these sounds and images themselves and “the story” (or if not "the story," the mood and atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. This film is a psychological thriller. The visual tells the viewer that this movie represents a twisted plot line. In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful image in this title sequence? Defend your answer. The most powerful is the twisted figure that a
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