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  1. If this film had been made pre-code, the lead actress would have been more scantily costumed. Also, when she returned to her dressing room after her performance, she probably would have been shown taking her costume off. Her song would have been more risque - maybe the lyrics would have been more explicit than “I want you to play with me”. One theme I might expect from other musicals made during the depression would be that everyone in show business is rich! The musical numbers within these types of films are lavishly produced and the audience is dressed to the nines. These types o
  2. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? I feel that I know that Marnie is many different people, none of whom seem to have the name Marnie. First she's got dark hair, then she's blond. She's got two suitcases, one is neatly packed while the other just has clothing and personal effects thrown into it. She has several social security cards with several different names. She's an imposter, we don't really know who she is from the opening sequence. In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction w
  3. 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? The scene seems more appropriate to a romantic comedy because Mitch initially mistakes Melanie for a salesperson and she decides to play along because he's a handsome man. People making assumptions about other people are a hallmark of romantic comedies. We learn that she doesn't know that much about birds but he does. I don't he realizes how flirty his remarks are. How does Hitchcock
  4. 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? The music is a lot of sharp, "cut off" or urgent notes; the lines move from side to side - together, I am immediately thinking of stabbing. However, as the music and lines continue moving from side to side, the lines look to me as if they are running away, which is what Marion Crane does at the beginning of this film. Also, some of the titles, su
  5. 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. From the sounds and images, I would think this film would be about hypnosis. The music seems to go in circles, getting faster as the credits progress, and the images are spinning around in circles. This all seems hypnotic to me. In your own estimation, what is
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