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  1. Just wanted to say thank you so much to Prof. Edwards and Wes Gehrig. This was my first TCM class and I loved it. The pacing, the activities, the work- all perfect! I really enjoyed learning about Hitchcock. I've learned so much. I view his films so much differently now. Thank you for all your hard work. Rebecca
  2. 1. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Frenzy is color, the Lodger is black and white. Frenzy has Saul Bass- like graphic design for the title, and Lodger does not. We see more famous London landmarks in Frenzy than Lodger. Also, Hitchcock's cameo appears early in the opening of Frenzy and not in The Lodger. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. The point of view shot, the rich musical score, the bridge angle shot ( as the camera pans through the bridge, it is framed by it), the famous landmar
  3. 1.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 learn Marnie has multiple identity cards, revealing that she is fake. She changes her hair color, which reveals that she is running from something, as she also has several identities to choose from. She rather mysteriously leaves a suitcase of money in a locker and then drops the key in the grate. There is an air of mystery surrounding her. 2.How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in t
  4. 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? It is very romantic and comical in that she is mistaken for a clerk in the store and actually goes along with the facade to flirt with the man. The reference to "love birds" is also funny. At one point she asks, " what are you looking for?", as she casually flirts. We learn that Melanie is classy, probably upper middle class judging by her appearance and dress. We learn she is wanting a
  5. 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? The lines run, as Marion runs from her life, job, and boyfriend. The music is short and quick, foreshadowing the slashing actions that will come later. The shorter , high pitched notes almost sound like her screams. The graphics and music definitely suggest a darker side that we will explore in this film.The dark black lines across the screen giv
  6. 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. I think they are making fun of their stardom with lines like " it's something about my face" and " it's a nice face". Then there is the jab at acting in general, " you're not honest with them". Cary Grant has obviously met his prowess match in Kendall. She makes the advances here. Very funny, romantic, and clever all in one scene.
  7. 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 have seen the film, but a viewer just exposed to this opening scene would get the impression that this film is about a mysterious woman. The music is trance like, almost like a snake charmer's tune. The viewer is taken deep into the woman's soul as we enter her ey
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