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Sue BBq

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  1. 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? I love this film. Of all the Hitchcock films, this is the one that is most familiar to me next to Pscho. It is hilarious watching the parlay between Tippi and Rod in the opening scene. She is trying so hard to answer his questions and he is totally on to her. And how about that? Mitch is looking for love birds and he knows more about birds than Melanie for sure. I believe further in this se
  2. 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? It' pretty obvious, someone is fractured in this film based on the title coming in in vertical stripes. But the music is really amazing. I have viewed this film many many times, but have missed that wide panoramic shot of the city and the deliberate time and place titles. We are in a city, someone is having an affair and we are the peeping Toms obs
  3. How would you describe the opening camera shot of this film? What is Hitchcock seeking to establish in this single shot that opens the film? Whose vantage point is being expressed in this shot, given that Jeff has his back to the window?The opening scene of this film is a trip around the courtyard that has become Jeff's life. The detail is amazing and the shot is amazing. I have watched this movie many times and did not take note of how the camera scans just as I would observing the cat, the birds on the roof, flowers, etc. in addition to the daily routines of the occupants of each apartment.
  4. Boy, I don't think I have seen a better hangover shot ever in a film. There is Hitchcock's point of view shots, the shadowy figure at the door and the camera angle of the first scene that screams Hitchcock. Once again we have refined well-dressed man in charge of the situation and Ingrid is dressed for the party on the beach. The hairpiece she finds in the bed was hilarious and I had never noticed that before. I love Casa Blanca and Ingrid Bergman and the focus is totally on them, and they are great together.
  5. As mentioned in the curator's note, this scene operates as a prelude to the main story. What do learn about the character of Uncle Charlie in this prelude? Be specific. Uncle Charlie is a sharp dressed man that has some money, although he does not seem to be overly concerned about it. It doesn't appear he is drinking alcohol. Twirling an unlit cigar and thinking, really thinking about his next move -- contemplative, cool, calm? What has he done? His landlady seems to have taken a liking to him and is concerned about his health, so he must have made a good impression on her. Uncle Charlie appea
  6. These first two silent films have been so eye-opening as to technique and sheer talent necessary to convey the moods of the charactors and the storyline... I have a new appreciation of silent film and am in awe of Alfred's ability. The way Hitchcock used the mirror and the glances to convey a growing jealousy and then the impetus to prove himself to a woman was amazing....
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