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  1. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Feel free to rewatch the clip from The Lodger (Daily Dose #2) for comparison. We get the long shot coming in, vs seeing a screaming woman. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. Hitch cameo, shots from above. 3. Using Frenzy as an example, what thoughts do you have about the various purposes Hitchcock had in mind when he created his opening scenes? In the Daily Doses, we have focused on opening scenes, so there should be patterns or strategies you have noticed ov
  2. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objects.We know she has several identities from the many SS cards, which could lead us to think she's a spy or a criminal. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene?It's very melancholic as we watch her walk, but gets brighter once she's washed the dye from her hair. We get snapped back into reality at the train station when the score ends, and the sounds of the conductor, etc, begin. Did
  3. In what ways does this opening scene seem more appropriate to a romantic comedy than a “horror of the apocalypse” film? What do we learn about Melanie (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch (Rod Taylor) in this scene?We have a case of mistaken identity, with Tippi pretending to be a clerk, while they flirt with each other. They are both well groomed, which seems to make them from the upper socio-economic classes. Perhaps used to having their way, as Tippi can't be bothered to wait for her mynah bird, but asks for it to be delivered. How does Hitchcock use sound design in this opening sequence? For example,
  4. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? Lots of lines and a very intense score which lets us know there are going to be very intense moments happening in this film. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date, and time: “FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH” and “TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.” What is Hitchcock seeking to establish with such specificity? Also,
  5. Even at the level of the dialogue, this film is playing with the idea that two Hollywood stars are flirting with each other (e.g. the line, "I look vaguely familiar.") How does our pre-existing knowledge of these stars function to create meaning in this scene. Cary Grant is seen as the attractive leading man he always is in all of his films. Eva Marie Saint is basically seducing him, which many men and women viewers would like to do. There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation from the overall pattern of focusing on the faces of the two leads will have increased significance. In t
  6. 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. I think it will involve this woman, and from the music and designs, it will have dreamlike sequences. In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful image in this title sequence? Defend your answer.I like when HItchcock's credit as director comes up. The mus
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