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Madcap Heiress

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  1. This scene contrasts significantly with the others we have spotlighted so far, mainly because of the stillness of the actors and the achievement of intensity through close-ups and a moving camera rather than through fast-paced editing and dizzying effects. The use of the moving POV shots allows surmise to grow, allows us to put the pieces together of what's coming and why along with Novello's main character. It's interesting, too, the way in which the boys move freely into the lavishly appointed room, while the waitress first waits seated in a corner and then comes in again only barely, stayin
  2. This great clip illustrates Hitchcock's inventiveness with visual narration and use of the possibilities of shots and editing. One thing I notice about his use of the set to create the sense of rivalry is the frames within the frame. The doorway between the two rooms, the mirror each one sees the other reflected in, the poster on the wall and the photograph on the mantel representing a world of fame that lies just ahead for the fighter--all of these things separate the people and elements from each other while also presenting them as things to admire, to be longed for. The superimposition shot
  3. There are obvious echoes of the opening of The Pleasure Garden, with the flashing lights advertising a theatrical revue and the emphasis on blonde women. Several things strike me in this opening. One is that the opening shot of the girls screaming (presumably as she is about to be murdered) is taken from the killer's POV. This choice implicates the audience immediately in their "unseemly" interest in the dark goings-on. Same with the sequence of how the news spreads, although this clip stops short of the "hot over the aerial" scene, in which listeners of various kinds listen with dread and
  4. Hitchcock touch? Yes, definitely. The theatrical setting, the dynamic spiral staircase, the blonde chorus girls, the blending of raciness, humor, and an edge of unsettling "ownership" from the impresario all lend Hitchcockian energy to this introductory scene. Themes, motifs, etc. This question in some ways repeats the first. I would add the tracking shot across the audience (very reminiscent of The 39 Steps), the frizzy blonde wigs on the chorus girls (The Lodger), the frankness about the artificiality of the theater in the removable curl (also The Lodger, and even an audacious 19
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