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  1. 1. Describe how this opening is different from the multiple opening scenes you have seen in the Daily Doses from the British silent and/or sound period? I would say it's different in the form of the background and the kind of air it has. The opening with the house really does sell this ethereal dream feel about the house and what's around it. It draws you in right there in that moment. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? I think the almost first person view we get with the dolly moving through the gates and
  2. 1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes? I think it fits the pattern of really trying to set the tone of the scene or drawing you into the mystery of who the main character or characters are. But its also different because you don't see the main character as a sly figure like in The Lodger as Rothman said. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than in pre
  3. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet) I think the characters will be more important than the plot. You're already introduced to a handful of them right of the bat instead of a long intro scene with scenery. 2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene? How might this introduction affect your view of the character Abbott later in the film? He has a light humor about him, but he does have a
  4. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. In this scene he uses the repetition of the lady saying knife over and over to show you how she can't get her mind off of the murder. 2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates in counterpoint to the visual track. For example, how does Hitchcock set up the shot where the knife flies out of Alice's hand so that it registers a shock in his audience? Pay attention to both what is happening visually and aurally. Be specific. Well visually yo
  5. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? The use of the POV shots really make you connect to the characters in this scene. You're set up to feel what they feel, for example with the boys you can feel how tense and anxious they are when they're walking up to the headmaster. With Mabel, you could feel almost the power she had as she walked up to the boys before she made her decision. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? I think he u
  6. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? The quick cuts in the scenes gave you a sense of the party life and made it more upbeat. 2. As is the case with a lot of German Expressionist films, in this scene, there are many shots that are very subjective and put us into the psychological mind of a main character. Please note the various techniques Hitchcock uses to create that feeling of subjectivity. Hitchcock uses the mirror to give you an insight of what the character's main focus is on besides what was going on in the room, which I
  7. 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? I think that The Lodger and The Pleasure Garden have similarities in where they both immediately bring your attention to a narrow and up close shot of something (i.e. the murder victim and the staircase). This makes you focus on that one thing. As for differences, of course The Lodger sets off a more darker tone right of the bat by showing the woman screaming at the camera. Unlike in The Pleasure Garden where in the beginning you had this more whims
  8. 1. I would guess that I could see the beginning of HItchcock's touch here. To be completely honest, I've seen a good amount of Hitchcock's movie's but I guess I never actually really gave my up-most attention what the "Hitchcock Touch" is. Although the scene where the man with the binoculars is so fixated with the chorus girl and his perception is narrowed is very familiar. 2. Yes. I do agree that the the themes you can see in this clip are definitely shown throughout his career. 3. Not at all! I think the choice of music and energy from the actors and actresses gave you enough of a
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