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Everything posted by Tiger1318

  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 makes it sound like someone or something is "dizzying" because of the constant repeats in the music in the higher register of the instruments with the occasionally grounding of the loud chords in the lower registered instruments.
  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 wonder about the different stories of all these different people.
  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. Even in this brief scene, how does Hitchcock create a sense of contrast between Guy (Farley Granger) and Bruno (Robert Walker)? Consider everything from camera work, to clothing and shoes, to dialogue and speech, for example. The distinctions between the characters is a little bit of everything. With the start of the shoes, Guy being dark with dark pants where Bruno is in black and white with a stripped pants. When we see their ties you can even se teh difference there where Bruno is a little louder print Guy is a plainer tie design. This may say something about the characters themselves. 3. While the visual design gets the most attention typically, how does the Dimitri Tiomkin score function as part of the mood and atmosphere of this opening sequence? The music starts off light and fun until the train starts going down the tracks where it is heavy and dark. The themes are similar but different enough that you can tell something is going to happen on that train with the lighter characters theme.
  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 the luxurious feel of the bedroom. The room is messy but large and bright. Also because of the staff they have (at least 2 that we can see in teh scene) this also says that the couple is richer then most. 2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: the opening sequence of Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a typical "Hitchcock opening" based on openings you have seen so far in the other Daily Doses? Why or why not? I tend to disagree with that statement. The opening scene here is not full of action like others have been. It is very low key for Hitch. We don't learn much about what is going on until the very end of the scene and why they are in the bedroom and not coming out even for meals. 3. What do think about the casting of and chemistry between Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery? Do you think both are well cast for this "comedy of remarriage?" Why or why not? I do believe that there is a good chemistry between the actors and the characters both. Without the chemistry between the actors the characters would not make sense in a marriage.
  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? If it doesn't remind you of a film noir, what makes the opening here different from the opening of a noir film like Siodmak's The Killers? (Note: If you haven't seen The Killers, it is fine to answer this question in general terms about your own personal expectations) The opening (after the shot with the children playing) does remind me of film noir. The lighting how there is enough light to see what is around but not enough to maybe see all the details and the darkness of the mood that matches the lighting. 3. As we move into Hitchcock's Hollywood years, his scores will take on more importance than they did during the British years. Music will play a big role in Shadow of a Doubt. The film's score is by Dimitri Tiomkin, the first of four film scores that the composer will create for Hitchcock. What effect does the Tiomkin score have on the mood, atmosphere, and even the pace of this opening scene? The music starts off very light when you see the children playing but as soon as it starts to approach the house and into Uncle Charlie's room it starts to get very dark and heavy, again like the lighting and mood of the room. At first in the room the music is soft for the speaking rolls and slower. As soon as Uncle Charlie decides he is going to go out past the gentleman that were looking for him it speeds up to match his walk. It very much moves the story and makes it feel more exciting.
  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 opening sequence use Manderley--the house itself--as a kind of character in the story? What affect does the flashback structure and the voiceover narration have on your experience of this scene? Since you are introduced first to the house and the way the house is described in the off camera dialogue it emphasizes how important the house is to the story and thus makes the house feel like a main character.
  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 with a more handsome face in this case and the innocent event, you assume that he is innocent.
  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 the very beginning. Unlike the other two however this opening is trying to build the story and character background more.
  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 can tell what she is focusing on in her own mind. She is trying to put it out of her head but it is near impossible with all these "reminders" that keep coming up.
  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 being the POV shot that she wasn't happy at the outcome.
  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 the dancing woman, etc. Thus the rhythm of the scene gets faster, as does the music. 2) The use of the superimposing of the main characters wife sitting close to the man in the chair in one way that you can tell he is upset because as this moves into the scene it then gets black around them so that is all that can be seen. As this is starting the music is starting to get out of control and the spinning record makes us feel like the man's life is "spinning out of control" as well because he will have to leave his wife in this type of environment. 3) One thing that Hitchcock did very well in this scene to show the rivalry is first to have the sign on the wall showing them versus each other. Although this may not seem like it is saying much it is laying out the rivalry quiet literally for us. Also the use of the mirror and the angling between the two areas of the scene. This shows the two very different ways the men's lives are going right now. These are two great uses of the set design to help lay out the story.
  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 woman witness in the crowd jumping to the gentleman in the coat and then to the gentleman in the phone booth spreading the story. These are all ways of moving the story along at a certain pace. And of course showing the teletype machine telling the story to the audience with no need for dialogue screens to come up. This helps Hitchcock to tell his story without taking away from the "action" on the screen. 3) When the woman's face is shown at the beginning that is the only thing you can see besides fog on the screen. This means you have to focus in on what is happening to her face and expressions. Even though it is silent the music is lending itself to a "scream" type sound with all the string instruments playing in a high range. This type of shot comes back around in Hitchcock's movie Psycho in the shower scene. The women's face is on the screen and is really the only thing you can see when he shows it.
  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 what the characters are saying. For example when the gentlemen leaning against the door are first shown talking to one another you aren't sure exactly what they are saying. However once the lighting in used to show the purse the young woman is carrying you know that this is what they are discussing and you get the idea that they are going to steal it.
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