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  1. I do agree that the clip does exhibit a brighter perspective of life that might be realistic for this time period. The joke that Mr. Billings makes when he hands the money to the doorman is a great explain of this. Money in the depression was obviously something that was not taken lightly and when the doorman asked if Mr. Billings realizes he gave him 5 pounds he jokingly says yes I am trying to lose weight. This is a much much lighter take on a time period where not many film goers would have that kind of money to just throw around.
  2. Describe what you think this film will be about simply from the sounds and images in these opening credits. Even if you have seen the film, try to focus on these sounds and images themselves and “the story” (or if not "the story," the mood and atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. From the opening sequence and the musical score on this and the title of course, the one major thing that I think this could be about is heights or something to do with heights. That or this could be about someone who's life is spinning out of control. The music
  3. Does this opening scene make you feel like a voyeur or, at a minimum, remind you of being a an immobile spectator? What feelings does Hitchcock elicit from you as his camera peers into these other people’s apartments? Yes I feel like a immobile spectator since we have no control over what direction to look at in the scene. There are different things to look at in scene as the camera peers into the apartments but generally we will notice any action that is going on (ie the cat walking, the man shaving etc.) Hitch elicits a feeling of curiosity as he peers into the windows and makes me won
  4. 1. In how many ways does Hitchcock play with or visually manifest the metaphor of “criss cross” or “criss-crossing” in this introductory sequence. [For those who haven’t seen the film yet, the idea of “criss cross” is central idea in this film, a theme Hitch sets up from the opening frames of this film] Be specific. Besides the train tracks crossing in the opening scene Hitch also uses the criss cross by having the gentlemen's paths crossing as well as them crossing their legs before the their feet touch to introduce the characters. There is also the crossing of the musically themes. 2
  5. 1. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this opening sequence? Moreover, what do we learn about or know about the couple through the scene's visual design: the props, the set design or dressing, the decor, the camera angles, the lighting, etc? One of the Hitchcock touches is the POV shot. This is a very popular type of shot for Hitch and he tends to use it especially in the opening sequences so that we maybe connect to the characters more from the beginning. We learn from the visual design that the couple Mr. Smith probably has a high paying job or they have money from family due to t
  6. As mentioned in the curator's note, this scene operates as a prelude to the main story. What do learn about the character of Uncle Charlie in this prelude? Be specific. You actual don't learn much about Uncle Charlie other than he looks like he has money but why would he be in a run down boarding house. From the way he is acting you know something has happened and it has something to do with all the money laying around. He is almost rude to the woman that runs the boarding house like he thinks he is better then her. 2. In what ways does this opening remind you of watching a film noir?
  7. 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? This is a very different opening for Hitch. With most of the other opening scenes we have watched there is some kind of action or immediate introduction to a character or something that has happened to said character. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? The POV shot is the major "touch" that will tell you that it is a Hitchcock film. 3. How does this
  8. 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 previous opening sequences of his films? I do believe that Hitchcock has focused on introducing a more innocent (seemingly of course) character at the beginning. There is no murder or action sequence as it starts. Just what seems like a regular scene out on a Saturday night for someone of that time period. You may feel like the character isn't innocent at first because of the way that the face is not visible as he comes into the music hall but wi
  9. 1) I believe the characters are more important in this film. This being said it is the way that they interact that I think will help to drive the story/plot forward. 2) Peter Lorre's character seems to have a sense of humor while still have a dark side to him. The way he reacts the skier's face at first and then laughing it off and even waving goodbye gives you a strange sense about the character. 3) Hitchcock definitely likes to open with action in all like in ​The Pleasure Garden and The Lodger he opens with things that will catch your attention and keep you in the movie from th
  10. In this sequence he puts us in the "mind of Alice" by the lack of other sounds in the room including the speaking of the woman at the counter when Alice closes the door to the phone booth. When there is something weighing on your mind people tend not to hear or notice what is going on around them. You can tell from the lack of Alice "hearing" what is going on in the room that there is something on her mind. Alice tends to hone in on the word "knife" while the woman is standing in the doorway because of what has happened the night previous. This again outs us in the mind of Alice because we
  11. I believe that Hitchcock used the POV tracking shot not only for the dramtic feel of the shot but also for the facial expressions. In some of the past shots that he has focused on you can't also see the facial expressions which can be so very important in a silent film. You may not be able to hear all the words but with the different motifs/themes plus the facial expression you can get the whole story. This is especially true with the females story of what happened. You can't hear what she is saying but you can tell fro the overlay of the story shots and the facial expressions you get from
  12. 1) Because Hitchcock used the montage in this scene you can tell the party is going on longer and there is more going on. If it would have been a regular shot it should have been a much longer scene and therefore it would have seemed slower. In the main characters mind he is seeing the party escalating faster and his wife (or who I assume is his wife) getting closer to the gentleman in the chair. From the second the main character looks in the mirror to see what is going on the rhythm is increased with the montage of first it being just a couple of people in the room to the whole party to t
  13. 1) the biggest difference between the two openings is the mood. The Pleasure Garden was very fun and light hearted from the scenery to the characters. The music was very bouncy and fun which helped with the mood since it is a silent film. The Lodger opening was very dark and there were few characters at first. The music in this opening short matched the sequence being almost scary to a point. 2) The Hitchcock juxtaposition is evident here. The way he is showing the difference moods of the characters and jumping between them to tell the mood and to help move the story along. The wom
  14. Hello All! Sorry this is a little late been a nutty week. 1) Yes I do see the beginning of the "Hitchcock touch" in this short film sequence. The fact that he jumps from the face of the men to the legs of the women or the juxtapose of the scene and the mood of the characters shows that he is really trying to tell the story well especially in a silent movie. 2) Yes I do agree because of the way Hitchcock tells a story in all his movies you can definitely see how he is showing the elements and themes in this early clip. 3) There are some limitations because you don't always know
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