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terranightangel

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  1. 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. There is a level of control to the scene and being we know both are well known actors/actress, it adds to that control. At the time, leading gossip papers would have loved to link the two as a couple to sell papers so if one might have seen that before hand, this scene sells that idea. There is minimal action in this scene, so
  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. It makes you think the film is going to be about mystery and people lost in their own mind or running in circles without figuring out what really is going on at the time. Though the beginning shot on the female and the end shot on her, leads one to think the film
  3. How would you describe the opening camera shot of this film? What is Hitchcock seeking to establish in this single shot that opens the film? Whose vantage point is being expressed in this shot, given that Jeff has his back to the window? Hitchcock is establishing the view from the bedroom which is the vantage point being expressed in the opening scene. You get to see the people Jeff will come to know from that window even though currently his isn't looking at them. You also get to realize they don't seem to care that others are watching them as they go about their day. No one pulls a blin
  4. 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. He uses the cabs pulling up in different directions, the men are walking from two different angles and even sit down as if they got on the train from two different doors. He also does something I would think people might miss and not even think about if they weren't paying attent
  5. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie?The camera angle is Hitchcock trying to show Alice's hangover. The fact he uses the record to do back story, the male lead is a cop and the female is in trouble is like many of Hitchcock's other films' opening scenes. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograph his two stars in this scene?What are some of the contrasts that Hitchcock trying to set up between these two characters through art direction, costume, and cinematography?​The male is in a suit and there on business while the female is weari
  6. 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? The mess and the amount of dishes suggest the couple doesn't care about cleaning, has a wait staff, has money though they don't have regular jobs as they must have been in the room for a long time. The couple isn't the most honest with each other as the wife is faking being asleep and the husband fakes leaving the room. They do seem to actual care ab
  7. 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. ​ He has been staying at this location for long enough for the land lady to feel okay walking in his room, telling strangers he isn't in, touch his money and pull his blind down. The land lady seems to feel for him but doesn't call him by his first name so they are not a close relationship. When Charlie talks about the two men, he seems not sure how he wants to approach them and his eyeing them from the window gives us a s
  8. This short film was done for the YouTube channel Film Riot but after seeing it and our last week of silent/sound film study on Hitchcock, I really think everyone here will love it. It lacks some story but overall I really just love the use of sound and a few other key moments in it. Let me know what you think?
  9. 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? ​Common things I noticed in the opening would be the danger to a character even though in this film it is more implied than actual and there is the girl watching the guy which is much like the crowds watching a sport. The differences is there is a house which is far more center stage than people and there are only two people in the whole opening. Also no one dies, there is no comedy and other than the voice over, sound seems almost second
  10. 1. Using specific examples, describe how Hitchcock opens The Lady Vanishes. What tone, mood, or atmosphere is Hitchcock establishing for the audience very early on in this picture? Pay particular attention to the music. ​The music is light hearted and not very serious though the matter at hand could be as delays can be bothersome. Hitchcock avoids being drowned in the tension of the train delay by using the music, the wit of the other characters and the lack of dialogue given to the extras in the scene. 2. Discuss the characters of Caldicott and Charters in this scene. What do the performa
  11. 1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes? The opening scene fits the pattern of an audience much like the ones watching 39 Steps is watching a show on a stage. It's very different in there is no female victim and there is far more interaction even more than The Man Who Knew Too Much. The interaction though is more like the early films with less intimate conversations between characters since it's done with a crowd. 2. Do you agree or disagree wi
  12. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet) ​Characters based on the opening scene. There is a bit of action but far more interaction between characters for me to fathom it might be the plot. I worry though this is another moment of Hitchcock gives you something at the start like a good character but shows you in the end it isn't what you thought it might be at all. 2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lor
  13. I like you am just getting into making film. I took this class because it isn't best for me to go to college and get a degree in Film. If I went, I would have to take film study courses like this one. I think, the best thing, is to take the class and learn from Hitchcock things you might like to try or avoid as he even had his pitfalls in film. Learning about the great people in film can help form which kind of film maker you will end up and may stern you into one artistic idea or another.
  14. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. ​ ​Instead of using the double exposure to reshow the murder, Hitchcock uses the rambling woman. There is talk about the police and how using a knife to murder someone is wrong. 2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates in counterpoint to the visual track. For example, how does Hitchcock set up the shot where the knife flies out of Alice's hand so that it registers a shock in his audience? Pay attention to both what is happening
  15. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? ​When the POV tracking shots are used to get the girl closer to the boys, this builds tension and suspense. It allows the audience to walk closer with the female but at the same time allows the audience the view of the boys reaction to it. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? ​It not only adds the suspense Hitchcock is know for in his movies but gives the audience the two sides to the story
  16. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? ​After hearing the music slow down and speed up, I did start to see the characters were doing the same thing. When the wife looks into the room at her husband, her actions slow down. Hitchcock also edits this way so as to create more suspense in spots. When the husband can't take his own imagination, the edits speed up like the suspense is a pot being brought to a boil and the relief on the husband's face there is no kissing going on is the suspense pot being turned down to a simmer. 2. As
  17. 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? There is less dialogue cards and no names attached to them. Also to keep the audience in the scene, he used the typewriter instead of more dialogue cards. I think that was very cool. A similarity would be they both focus on women. He even has it be the old lady telling the group what she say and not some random hobo or man passing by. 2. Identify elements of the "Hitchcock style" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Even
  18. I agree. Sometimes you might get a response and other times you might not. That isn't to say people didn't read what you wrote or found it interesting in some way. I find even the answers which are 'parrot' in nature help to confirm my own answers.
  19. note to self...must watch more silent films! thanks. I didn't realize they were doing it as a standard way to do the cue cards.
  20. and did you realize it's using the actors name, not the characters? I wasn't sure until I went over to YouTube and checked out the film which was a restore one. Not sure the original you can watch. I don't think using the actors actual names was a standard at the time but maybe an issue with the restore.
  21. That is a good point. I watched the film in bits and pieces due to lack of time and there are tons of people in it that don't end up being what you think they might be at first.
  22. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. I have never watched a ton of Hitchcock before so I'm not sure. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Strauss, Yacowar, and Spoto assessments that this sequence contains elements, themes, or approaches that we will see throughout Hitchcock's 50-year career? ​One thing I think it did lack which few ever talk about is the lighting Hitchcock used later in his career. I took the quiz and based off lighting in the black and whites, got 7/10. Does anyone who is more familiar with his
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