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  1. 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? The Lodger is more intense opening keeping the audience searching for the clues straight away n getting glued as the scenes move on a rapid pace whereas the other one focuses more on characterization with wry humor 2. Identify elements of the "Hitchcock style" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Even if you are not sure if it is the "Hitchcock style," what images or techniques stand out in your mind as powerful storytelling? Or images that provide an excess of emotion? He as usual focusing on the location support the story n not a mere set/background. Eg the signs/ placards/ signboards etv 3. Even though this is a "silent" film, the opening image is one of a woman screaming. What do you notice in how Hitchcock frames that particular shot that makes it work in a silent film even though no audible scream that can be heard. And what other screams like that come to mind from Hitchcock's later work? Human expressions speak a thousand words!! And sure Hitchcock knew how to milk it as that's why may be he adjusted to movies with sounds seamlessly as he may not have been overtly worried of the change and focus only on expression. Psycho and Vertigo too had captured such screams effortlessly
  2. Daily Dose #1: The Pleasure Garden 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples Yes.. His penchant for focusing on a character's mentality which may be a key aspect revolving around the story. 2.Do you agree or disagree with Strauss, Yacowar, and Spoto assessments that this sequence contains elements, themes, or approaches that we will see throughout Hitchcock's 50-year career? Agree.. He maintains such things to create a maximum impact and connect with audience. 3. Since this is a silent film, do you feel there were any limitations on these opening scenes due to the lack of synchronous spoken dialogue? Not really as expressions are captured beautifully
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