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  1. 1) The Lodger got to the heart of the matter--the body very quickly, and the repetition of Golden Curls tonight, while Frenzy had a very grand sight seeing intensive trip which showcased London on a grand scale before getting to a crowd of people who are gathered to listen to a speech and then the body washes up nearby. The reactions are similar, however the body that washed up in Frenzy is naked which adds a bit more of a reaction. 2) The tour of London putting Hitchcock back in his familiar territory and all seems well and normal...until a dead woman washes up who happens to be naked. Si
  2. 1) Marnie is a very expensive soul that likes going incognito. She owns expensive luggage, purses, etc. Also she has different forms of social security cards which she can essentially use at her own free will, and the scene in which she removes the dye from her hair is extremely pivotal to the concept on taking on other identities or personalities to cover up for criminal activities perhaps? 2) The score adds an element of mystery to the otherwise silent scene. Considering Marnie is silent during her transformation if you will the score provides us with the doses of emotions we should be f
  3. 1) The beginning of the film is very light-hearted and almost whimsical from Hitchcock's cameo with the two dogs on the leashes to Mitch's request for love birds and the assumption that Melanie works for the pet store, etc. The film's beginning is very romantic comedy(esque) except for the clouds of birds flying about out in the open sky and their cawing and noise flooding in and out of the scene. Something menacing is coming this way in the only way Hitchcock can foreshadow. 2) The birds outside are quite loud and on the verge of disruptive. Like I mentioned above their are a vast number
  4. 1) The score is abrasive, it's a grater of sorts on the senses. The back of your head like Wes Gehring mentioned during the lecture video throbs. Your head becomes jumbled and adding Saul Bass' titles with the crossing and blurring lines mimic a blurring of what is real and what is not real in an intense world adding the score only escalates the tension that is inevitably impending on the course of the film. 2) By adding the specifics to the shot--FRIDAY DECEMBER ELEVENTH TWO FORTY THREE PM provides a realism. We are with Marion on this fateful day. We are the peeping toms watching Marion
  5. 1) Cary Grant had the privilege to star in 4 Hitchcock films, and North by Northwest is his last film. Grant is perfect for the role as he tries to cover up his identity and prove his innocence to a woman he has just met. When Grant mentions a line about looking vaguely familiar it adds a dose of whimsical humor to the scene followed quickly by Eva Marie Saint quickly revealing his lie, and exposing his true identity thanks to the many photos of him in the papers. Other than her oozing charisma and flair I do not know much about Eva Marie Saint to shed some more light on her own stardom and th
  6. 1) The film is a journey down the rabbit hole all because of a woman and the infatuation with her. The music and the circling orbs if you will is extremely reminiscent of a trance and the more you look at the swirling orbs the more disorientating it becomes, and the music almost has a tunnel like effect it seems like the more you listen the more you "fall" into a hypnotic state and your grip on reality becomes lessened. 2) The woman and her lips at the beginning really stays with me, because this is the reason for all of the chaotic spiral into your sanity (or is it insanity?) she holds t
  7. 1) The opening of the film makes us the viewer the voyeur. Right from the start we are getting a snapshot into these characters lives all while Jimmy Stewart aka L.B. Jefferies is in a state of unsettling sleep in his wheelchair. The factor that Hitchcock makes the audiences voyeurs from the very beginning is a new experience, some may be uncomfortable while some may be extremely curious. 2) Jefferies is an action photographer and Hitchcock showcases this by showing some of his photos that he has taken starting at a race car crash of sorts in which a broken camera sets on the table in fron
  8. 1) Criss-cross(ing) is very apparent all throughout the opening of this film Strangers on a Train from the obvious shots of the train tracks, to the not as heavily implied. The vehicles near the train station are passing by one another in a crossing motion, the cab reads Diamond and all of the times that I have seen a diamond the light seems to radiate off of the many different faces of each particular cut. The character's bustling movements help showcase other forms of criss-cross due to the factor of Bruno's pant leg being slightly elevated there is a detail about his crossing shoelaces, whi
  9. 1) The characters have an air of mystery. The scenario is quite open as it is being housed within one room. Alicia is a well developed character from the opening of this film. It was refreshing to have an opening of a Hitchcock film where it wasn't a crowd spectacle. Just like Mr. and Mrs. Smith the set was confined to one room, and the conflict is closed off to two different people. This was a nice change of pace as one character is inebriated and the other is a sober handsome man. No violence, golden curls, spectators, etc. 2) Hitchcock's use of light in this opening is truly remarkable
  10. 1) The room had seen better days to be honest. Robert Montgomery has overtaken the floor of the hotel room, dishes, food, and discarded trash is littered all around. He's sitting cross legged on the floor while Carole Lombard is writhing around in the bed trying to remain asleep. She's more animal like in her second skin consisting of a bed spread. They have been in the room for three days straight and it definitely looks like it. What they are doing exactly is only hinted upon. 2) Yes, I agree with that. We still have sort of a mystery to uncover. Why are these two closed off from the res
  11. 1) Uncle Charlie is an exhausted snazzy dressing man. He is quite wealthy at the moment but not secretive about it considering the money just laying out in the open on the floor. He's not very expressive, focused, and quiet. He doesn't make any effort to stand when his land lady comes with a message. He doesn't know who is asking for him, and that's the funny thing he comments on. He doesn't know them but they know him. After she picks up the money and puts it back neater he proceeds to get up and eventually exit the building and walks by two curious men who look at him as he leaves. 2) A
  12. 1) The opening to Rebecca was much different than the others we have seen thus far because of the extensive voice over compliments of Joan Fontaine's character Mrs. de Winter about Manderley. This was a refreshing opening for Hitchcock because it piques your curiosity about what happened to Manderley and it wasn't opening on a spectacle. There wasn't a crowd, or a screaming woman, or a skier, etc. The camera led you down the winding misty path to the remains of a wealthy looking establishment, and then ultimately introduced us to our characters, and their impending interactions, and ultimately
  13. 1) The music in the opening scene from The Lady Vanishes paints the inn in a warm and friendly light. The music is cheery, laid back, and somewhat soothing. Until the clock starts making a sound like a horn which seems to showcase events upcoming--important events. In my opinion it sounded almost like a call for battle, or intensity to come in which our heroes may be fired upon. The desk clerk then becomes engrossed in business over the phone, and leading a group of women upstairs. News of the train being delayed is delivered and the commotion from most parties arrives in the wake of the late
  14. 1) The opening of The 39 Steps is very reminiscent of Hitchcock's earlier British films due to the spectacle unfolding on a stage. There is a crowd of anxious, and somewhat rambunctious audience members who want to know everything. This part of the opening reminds me quite a bit of The Pleasure Garden, only this time the audience wants to test someone's memory at a music hall instead of watch dancers. However, the very start of the opening with Hannay's identity remaining a secret until about two minutes or so was unique. The panning of the camera showcasing the Music Hall, and seeing only Han
  15. 1) I took a Hitchcock course at KU last semester and our class watched The Man Who Knew Too Much original version but parts of it are slipping my mind. However, the film has a great emphasis on the characters from the very beginning and the plot envelops those characters immediately and we the audience have no choice but to go along for the ride with the dastardly comical in tone character of Abbott (played by Peter Lorre). This film character wise stands out amongst most of Hitchcock's wonderful cast of characters in regards to dialogue, mannerisms, and actions that they engage themselves in.
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