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  1. Hi Alexandre: I really enjoyed your discussions with Ben before all the Hitchcock movies last week. I have see most of his movies at least 10 times including his silent films and your pre and post move discussions were quite enlightening. I actually have a personal question? Are you one of my fellow Canadians? I grew up just north of Montreal and am curious as to whether you are from Quebec, Eastern Ontario or New Brunswick? Tony Cowan Vancouver, B.C.
  2. 1. The opening shot differs in that we see a much more graphic shot of the dead woman. 2. Common touches. Crowd scene in public place. Zooming overhead camera shot. Hitchcock cameo. Bit of irony, comedy. "we will clean up the river" just before a body is found. 3. I think the main purpose to to show the normal "optimistic" side of humanity, i.e. We are going to clean up the rivers and then the dark side. A body in that river.
  3. 1. We are led to believe that this character wants to change identities. Having a purse full of cash likely means she has stolen the money. The new clothes and changing of her hair colour combined with her multiple Social Security Cards means likely means that she is has been down this road before and is planning to change identities. 2. The score helps introduce the mystery surrounding the character. We can see that she is discarding her old identity, clothes etc, and the music sets a mood of uncertainty. 3. He looks at Marnie passing and then directly at the camera as if to say I'm here to tell a story and you, the audience, are about to go on a journey with the title character. He appears to be inserting himself more into the film.
  4. 1. The opening of the film looks like a typical boy meets girl scene. Mistaken identity, flirting,(he is looking for love birds) Both actors are obviously attractive and attracted to each other. 2. Hitchcock emphasizes the bird sounds outside and inside the shop. This is meant to be the focus of the film. Birds making ominous noises are something we rarely pay attention to. We take them for granted. Melanie looking up at the noise and noticing the large amount of birds in the sky are as result of the din. 3. The cameo of Hitchcock scurrying out the store with 2 dogs (another double) could hint that he has to move along. Something may be happening that we are unaware of by he is.
  5. 1. The opening titles and score set a mood of disconcerting edginess. The credits come from all different directions and the letters are put together to form the whole name or word. The score highlights the overall sense of urgency with its rapid sequence of heightened changes in tempo. 2. Hitchcock gives us a specific time and place to give us an idea of what and when things are going to happen. I believe he enter the hotel room through the window so that we may be a witness to the tryst. We are given a look at someone who is "cheating" and unhappy with the current arrangement she has with her partner. This will set us up for the later sequence of events. eg. Stealing the money from her place of employment. 3. I think we are being introduced to Marion Crane as main character by showing her in a pretty risque scene in order to hook us into wanting more. We get a glimpse of her in her bra and slip, (white bra early, black bra later in the film after she steals the money) in order for us to be taken aback by her attractiveness. We want to see more of Marion Crane because she is so alluring.
  6. 1. Well Cary Grant is handsome and has always played a man who ladies are attracted to. It would not be that much of a stretch to think Eva Marie Saint would be attracted to him. It is also believable to find him attracted to her. She is attractive, witty and just a little bit mysterious. 2. Well the R.O.T. is used to confirm his identity. He also uses the matchbook to initiate contact with Miss. Kendall.. 3. The music in this scene is definitely romantic. It is quite different to the music heard when we are watching the opening or other scenes where Cary Grant is in trouble.
  7. 1. To me it looks like the film will be about someone entering into the unknown. First we have an extreme close up and then we fall into the person through her eye. The spiraling rings look like the film is taking you into the abyss. The striking sound also takes us into a dark and foreboding place. The music is ominous. 2. The most powerful image is the close up on the eye turning red. Red always seem to imply danger to me. 3. The image and score work together to give the impression that something bad is about to happen. The searching eyes, the spirals and the music work well together in putting the viewer in an uncertain frame of mind.
  8. 1. The opening shot is not taken from Jeff's POV as he s shown sleeping however Hitchcock wants us to have an overview of his courtyard. The vantage point is the Jeff's apartment. Everything can be seen from there. 2. He has had his leg broken while working on the job as an action photographer. We see the broken leg, the broken camera followed by different action pictures which must have been taken from the middle of the action. 3. It makes you feel like you are a part of everyone's lives as you see them starting the day. Living in confined quarters leads you to believe that nothing is private. We see everything. It is all shot from a static location. Jeff's apartment. 4. It is his most cinematic because of the realism. It is hard to believe that this is a movie set. We even see birds flying through a shot plus other birds sitting on the opposite roof.
  9. 1. Two cabs coming into the same station. Two people exiting the cabs heading for the same train. Crossing railway tracks. Shots ont he shoes again and then the two shoes touching. They meet. 2. The contrast is created by the flamboyance of Bruno vs the conservative dress of Guy. He also highlights the outgoing nature of Bruno in their first conversation. 3. There is much more ominous music being featured when Bruno's cab is pulling into the station.
  10. 1.Hitchcock touches includes the close up on Alicia and the spinning POV shot of Devlin entering the room. 2..The Hitchcock touches seem to be the darkness or uncertainty surrounding the Devlin character and the light on the obviously hungover Alicia character. When Devlin, (name close to Devil) enters the room the camera spins him up side down to make us more confused as to what he is after. 3. I believe the main characters are challenging the personas of both Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. I always think of Cary Grant as the king of the screwball comedies and it is also hard to imagine Ilsa Lund with a hangover.
  11. 1. The Hitchcock touches are the panning camera, the mess/chaos of the apartment and an introduction of the movie's stars. We learn that this is not an ordinary situation. Dishes everywhere, one person in bed the other sitting on the floor, unshaven playing cards. Normal people tend not to behave that way. Scene is obviously shot in the morning in a bright room. Natural light highlights the mess in the room. 2. It is like other openings in that you are seeing different characters interacting and you have uncertainty surrounding what is really going on. The main characters, Lombard and Montgomery's are introduced and conversation leaves us wanting more information about their relationship. 3. Personally I am not a big Robert Montgomery fan so I am looking at this through a jaundiced eye. I have always found him to be a bit wooden. Their chemistry seems OK. The camera loves Carol Lombard and once she appears you have trouble taking your eyes off her.
  12. 1. We learn that Charlie is a psychopath. You can see him going back and forth being in and out of control. He doesn't move when a woman enters the room but throws the glass in a fit on anger when she leaves. He is paranoid and fearful of the men who are watching him and is clearly thinking about escaping from the spot he finds himself in. 2. The only thing different is that Burt Lancaster seems resigned to his fate and from there the story is told in flashbacks. Here Charlie is looking for an escape and a means of surviving. . 3.The score raises the tension level in the room until the glass is broken. It is then raised again while Charlie is walking out to face the men who are watching him. All during the opening shots the score highlights his mood and what he appears to be thinking. We watch as Charlie tries to figure out what to to all the while the chaos of the score moves with Charlie's mood.
  13. 1. Instead of the chaos of a scene in a public place we are introduced to a dark driveway that leads to a mysterious house. It is pretty certain that the commentary, the music and the look of the film on the way up the drive will lead to something important. Manderley becomes an important par of the film in the first sequence. 2. The Hitchcock touch that stands out to me is the mood setting. The mystery surrounding the house and the scene on the cliff where you are introduced to the two main characters leave you with a sense of a partial story. How do they fit together? What part will these two seemingly unrelated scenes have in the telling of the story. The shot of Max looking down at the future Mrs. DeWinter also sets up the dominance of the male leading character. 3. The opening sequence draws you into something mysterious. The dark and foreboding trip up the driveway with the narration that leads you to believe something important happened here and then the cutaway to Max standing on the cliff contemplating suicide. You know the house is important to the story. You are just not sure why.
  14. 1.Hitchcock at the beginning of the scene uses the calmness of Mrs. Froy walking through the lobby followed by the chaos of the men carrying the skis and such to give the impression that something is going on by all in things are normal, 2. Caldicott and Charters are Cliff Clavens of the hotel lobby. They are totally self absorbed without any real perception that others who are not British have any clue as to what is important. They think they are the most worldly of the group of travelers and deserve special treatment. 3. When Iris enters the room the hotel clerk drops everything to see what he can do to help her. She is the most attractive woman in the place and all eyes follow her across the lobby to the bottom of the stairs. The camera never leaves her after she enters the room. She is ahead of the three girls in the triangle and most of the speaking lines.
  15. 1. Much like his earlier films crowds are a part of the opening of the movie. Give a sense that Hannay is one of the common folk. Good Canadian....Just Sayin... 2. I agree Hitch is introducing a more innocent character. Smiling and having a good time with others in the theater. Does not look like someone who is out for anything but an enjoyable evening. 3. Hannay is shown to be an ordinary person in ordinary circumstances. He is in an ordinary setting. The opening scene does not introduce the MacGuffin and unimportant facts, like why is "Mr. Memory" there and what role does he play will not become known till later in the film. The reactions of the audience to Mr. Memory are typical of people out for an evening of fun. They play into Phillip's that the basic elements of a Hitchcock film are on view.
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