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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
  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)
  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 h
  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 p
  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 priva
  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 imag
  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 Montgo
  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
  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 the
  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
  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
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