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  1. Here are a few-- Still of the Night- (mentioned by dweigum). Love this movie! Has a great dream sequence, a blonde and an art auction. Niagara- (mentioned by someone else too) Love this movie. Has a national monument, a blonde and a recurring musical theme. Stoker- This movie really seems to directly rewrite or reference Shadow of a Doubt. Knife in the water- Polanski's first movie? seems relevant. The Skin I live in- Pedro Aldomovar. The use of Antonio Banderas in this movie seems so Cary Grantish to me. The Sea of Love- Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin. Love this movie!
  2. 1. -Frenzy utilizes a panoply of modern filmmaking innovation such as color, sound & aerial shots to present traditional commercial representational filmmaking- whereas the Lodger utilizes cruder technology to achieve a more stylistic, experimental type of filmmaking. -The Lodger opening starts by showing murder and discovery of the body and Frenzy's opening ends with discovery of the body & realization there has been a murder. -Frenzy starts from very far away and The Lodger starts from very close in. -Frenzy starts with the pomp and circumstance of official business occurrin
  3. 1. -Marnie is secretive -She is alone in the world -She is an expert at disguise or transformation using cosmetics, nail polish, lingerie, fashion. -She's extremely organized and a precise, deliberate planner. -She's able to discard things, let them go, almost wastefully. She's formed no attachment to them. -That she's carrying lots of cash implies she's criminal or illicit in some way. -That she's not in a hurry implies she's in no immediate danger but is control of her situation. -She seems to only choose identities with first names that start with "M". -The last name she used was "
  4. 1. Meet Cute The characters meet cute and exchange playful banter with sexual undertones. They're clearly a match for each other- both attractive- both have strong drives and wants. He thinks he wants a woman who will fit into his lifestyle (his description of the love birds- not too demonstrative or restrained). Already we see that Melanie is pretty demonstrative- attracts attention and is a little bit of a minx. She thinks she wants a man who's the perfect fit- not a "chick" and already trained to talk and will be delivered to her house in a cage. (The my
  5. 1. Grey bars The grey bars of the title sequence evoke the noir shadows of window blinds, prison bars, highway dashes. They echo the bars of the headboard in the hotel room. They create the staff upon which notes of music are plotted and strung. The bars open and close with a mechanical, ruthless speed, like cutting blades of industrial machinery. They also remind me of the serrated stairs of an escalator or quickly closing elevator doors. The screen itself becomes bisected into what could resemble a type of bar graph indicating life or levels of volume. The bars throb with life force and
  6. 1. We get to enjoy archetypal Cary Grant suaveness under pressure. He's being chased for murder and yet he still looks great, orders a cocktail with lunch, woos a lady, lights her cigarette and even manages to leave a tip. Also, Cary Grant liked roles where gals chased him. He didn't like the idea of his character being sexually aggressive towards a woman. By having Eva Marie Saint- a new young actress whose name sounds like that of a young catholic virgin! and
  7. 1. Visuals At first I think the movie will be about obsession or infatuation with a woman. I think this because the camera is SO close to her face that it represents this desire to get as close as possible to a love object. It's like there's this inappropriate closeness. (I remember seeing Psycho on the big screen and feeling that the close ups of Janet Leigh were almost claustrophobic for me- like bad boundaries or something). Then when I see the red tint on her eye I get the sense it will be a movie perhaps having to do with photography or a dark room- since dark rooms have that red lig
  8. Hi! Here are mine, in order, although this is totally impossible. 1. Shadow of a Doubt (I love Theresa Wright and this movie is almost perfect) 2. Notorius (gaaa, this movie is so hot) 3. North by Northwest (also almost perfect movie and Cary Grant) 4. Vertigo (a perfect movie but exhausting) 5. Rear Window (perfect too but secretly wish Cary Grant was in it) ALSO I have to add that I LOVE the 39 steps, Foreign Correspondent, Dial M for Murder, Sabotage and the first version of The Man Who Knew Too Much and Rope. Also Strangers on a train. I'll always watch those when they're o
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