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  1. 1. Unlike most of Hitchcock's films, this opening scene starts with a flashback. There is an ominous feel to the house and grounds on which the house is on, heightened by the focus on the moon, gate, fog, and dark sky. I agree with other users who say that the house itself is a character that we are coming to get to know in this film. The opening focus on the house is set up ominously and seems eerily silent, different from the openings in movies like The Man Who Knew Too Much and The Lady Vanishes. 2. The shots are similar to that of the older Hitchcock movies. There are POV and movement
  2. 1. The scene is opened with a woman checking out, and with everyone who is sitting in the lobby contentedly. The tune that follows this is cheerful, and ultimately reminds me of something Disney-like. But this quiet tone changes when loud German guests bring in chaos to the scene, complete with a wind blowing them into the hotel. This wind shows that something disorderly is going to happen and the German guests do attract attention. This chaotic mood is furthered with the chiming of the cuckoo clock. This is Hitchcock telling the audience to pay attention to the news that is going to be reveal
  3. 1. The opening of The 39 Steps, like The Pleasure Garden, begins in a theatre with the entertainment of Mr. Memory. There is a light feel in this film that also can be found in The Pleasure Garden - joyous laughter, fast cuts between the audience and Mr. Memory, humorous dialogue presented with the questions presented. And there is definitely a suspense in the beginning of the clip, with Hannay's shadow and trench coat. This is present in other Hitchcock openings, like that of the girl screaming in The Lodger. 2. The character is innocent, as presented by Hitchcock, and likable. He asks an
  4. 1. From the few Hitchcock movies I've watched, I've noticed that his characters and his plots work in tandem to deliver a story that is suspenseful, meaningful, and poignant. While the characters are an important part of the story, Hitchcock creates a movie that the audience cares about through complicated plot twists and action scenes. For example, North by Northwest has characters that the audience cares about, but the motion of the story is not created by Grant's inner changes or desires. Rather, it is created when evil spies mistake him for George Kaplan. The same could be said for a numbe
  5. 1. Alice hears the sound of the scene differently from the other characters, and it shows in the way that she reacts to the repetition of the words, such as that of "knife." As an audience, we are fully delved into Alice's mind because we are hearing what she is hearing -- and thus, somewhat thinking what she is thinking. 2. The visual focuses within the clip complement the aural ones. As we hear the word "knife" repeated, we see Alice's worry and fear at the repeat of the word. We also see the knife being dropped, which happens when "knife" hits the loudest volume in Alice's head. Alice'
  6. 1. These particular shots are effective in drawing me into the story and in connecting with the characters' experiences. It makes me feel as though I am with the boys walking shamefully towards the headmaster. I also believe that the shots help to encourage me to continue watching because the suspense of the shots makes me wonder what is going to happen next. 2. It helps to connect the audience to the characters -- and it helps to engage the audience into what is happening in the characters. As others have mentioned, it is harder to simply "watch" the movie with shots such as these, rather
  7. 1. Hitchcock used fast action in the beginning of scene where the women were dancing, alcohol was being quickly downed, and the boxer's wife was getting closer to the champion, to show that the party was full of life. It reminded me of the carefree attitudes of the flappers during the era, effectively mirroring the social mood. Vitality was also seen in the later images where the husband was experiencing doubt about his wife's loyalties with the instruments superimposed on each other. 2. Superimposed images and montages show what the husband is feeling about his wife's attraction to the ch
  8. 1. The Pleasure Garden and The Lodger have similarities in that they both display blonde female characters as their centre piece. Both films also both have camera angles that attract the viewer and that propel the storyline forward. However, the tones and moods of the two are quite different - The Pleasure Garden has a lighter feel, while The Lodger seems dark and suspenseful. 2. Though I am unsure if this is "Hitchcock style," I admired the use of phrases (such as "to-night golden curls" and "half of face") that appeared more than once throughout the clip. I believe that this effectively
  9. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Not having seen very much of Hitchcock, I’m not sure if I can comment on his specific touch present within the clip. However, I’m looking forward to identifying his touches as I see more of his work through this class! 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? Again, I’m not quite sure. It would make sense that Hitchcock’s first piece
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