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  1. I see more similarities than differences between the openings of Pleasure Garden and the Lodger. First of all there is the fascination with "how things work" whether its the backstage of a show and its spiraling dancers-legs or the printing presses of a newspaper. There is also the careful construction of point of view sequences. In Pleasure Garden its the men looking at the dancers, in Lodger the crowd (mostly men) looking at the murdered woman. In the Lodger he's taken the typical point of view sequence apart, he's experimenting with it. A basic POV sequence is 1) shot of person looking
  2. I definitely feel the lack of synchronous sound when we see the girls dancing and the music doesn't match what they are doing, especially when the focus moves to the lead singer. The medium shot of her makes it easy to see that she is singing, we could almost lip-read, and the men are reacting to her singing, but the lack of sync-sound makes it frustrating, especially for the modern viewer. It doesn't help that the soundtrack at that point (which is probably a modern addition, not anything Hitchcock chose; in 1925 the music with the film would have been live) is completely out of rhythm with t
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