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  1. Life happens, even to Professors. I can't wait for my certificate!! Thanks for doing this class and for all your hard work and effort to organize
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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? The opening shot clearly is meant to show all the apartments and lives Jeff can spy on. I think it is showing Jeff's view point, even though his back is to the camera. It is interesting in that the camera pans across his face, as if we are in his apartment looking out, so it could be there to show the audience's vantage point. The opening shot is typical Hi
  10. 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. We see the train tracks criss cross and we see the paths of the two travelers criss cross. The cabs also criss cross paths. Even their legs criss cross as they sit down. Great foreshadowing technique by Hitchcock. Even in this brief scene, how does Hitchcock create a sense o
  11. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? The upside shot of Grant is a touch. There is another POV shot as he plays the record for her. The set is elaborate- she is wearing her beautiful earrings and the saucer where the glass rests is exquisite. The shadows and lighting are all touches. Flashbacks occur as he plays conversations from the past. 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, an
  12. 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? It is classic Hitchcock in the panning around, her point of view and his, the meticulous set with lavish china and decor in the room. The sun is coming in the room as seen by the camera and the camera continues to pan on her tossing in bed. His introduction of characters through implications and music that matches every movement is a touch as well.
  13. 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. Uncle Charlie appears cold and calculating. He is very calm as he learns he is being followed and he walks with confidence towards the policemen. He appears to be very manipulating. In what ways does this opening remind you of watching a film noir? It's classic noir!! There is a sense of mystery- why does he have that much money? How did he get it? Why are the men after him? Who are they? The blind closes to repr
  14. 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? We do see the main characters introduced, but there is no large gathering of people. The other beginnings have included busy scenes with lots of people, something missing here. We do see ordinary characters, but we see wealth and opulence implied, that the characters have- something missing from the previous main ordinary characters introduced. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film dir
  15. 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 very light hearted and gives an easy going atmosphere to the scene. Even though there is an avalanche, people don't seem upset or worried. The girls are not worried at all, after they are leaving tomorrow without any problems in their eyes. The gentlemen seem a little concerned , as they remark on whose fault it was that they are not stranded, but the other peopl
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