1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Absolutely, for example, I see (sic) voyeurism as a vehicle which results in "us" seeing what the voyeur (Hitchcock) wants us to see...which is to see through their eyes. Once the binoculars are in place, you are transformed into that person...seeking...viewing. You want to see what they see...it transports you.
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? Yes, the blonde of course...calm, cool, collected.
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? For its time, it was not limiting. The viewers were still trying to understand the concept of movies, including complex story lines.