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  1. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. Hitchcock touches: · Sweeping vistas · Public places · Unknown evil in the midst of the crowd · Establishment shot to orient viewers · Initial state of equilibrium that very quickly becomes disrupted 3. Using Frenzy as an example, what thoughts do you have about the various purposes Hitchcock had in mind when he created his opening scenes? In the Daily Doses, we have focused on opening scenes, so there should be patterns or strategies you
  2. Even before the clip begins, the initial close-up of the suitcase envelops viewers into a scene of hyper-femininity. Marnie’s suitcase is lined in pink satin, the same color as her nails. When the camera later zooms in, we see opulent clothes and gloves and boxes, all neatly folded and—most important—juxtaposed against the pedestrian suitcase and its common garb. Here come Hitchcock’s dualities: the suitcases, the sets of SS cards, the hair colors, the purses, the suits. Once again, we see the quintessential Hitchcock trope of binaries and doppelgangers which anticipate the probing of
  3. The trope of the love birds and the flirting between Melanie and Mitch, particularly when Mitch attempts to stump Melanie with the ornithological and molting comments, establish the attraction between the two characters. Interestingly, Melanie’s assertion that they cannot simply let the birds go in response to Mitch’s dig about caged birds sets up, as the professors note, a microcosm of the film: the birds do indeed get loose and enact revenge upon their captors.
  4. The thin lines and the movement from side to side in the opening credits mime the slashing of a knife, as do the frenzied, staccato violin chords. Initially, evenly spaced and building toward a crescendo, those chords echo the sound of thrusting. As with a knife. Together, the graphics and score recall death by a thousand cuts. And of course the high pitch of the violin foreshadows Marion’s screams in the shower scene. In presenting the time stamp Hitchcock establishes that time will be important—he must construct that timeline for us to follow in the narrative. And as we saw in the vi
  5. 1. 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. Those lines about familiarity and “having that effect upon people” demonstrate H’s humor at work—of course Grant has an effect upon people, particularly women. In fact, his lines introduce the narrative naturally and launch the sequence of sexual innuendos within the vignette. Further, this banter between EMS and CG ha
  6. 1. 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. The colors red and green interplay throughout this credit sequence and become associated with the two women in the film, Madeline and Judy. The colors reference the stop/go mentality within Scottie: whenever he sees these women, he will falter and stumble,
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