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  1. This is in response to the question asked during Fan Panel #1 during Chris Sturhann's presentation of "In-jokes in 'Rear Window'." The question was "What does the 'L.B.' in Jimmy Stewart's character's name, L.B. Jefferies. Of course, we don't know since everybody calls him "Jeff." However, since Chris made the point that Hitchcock had Raymond Burr purposely made up to resemble David. O. Selznick as an in-joke, I would posit that the "L.B." stands for "Louis Burt" in another in-joke about Selznick's father-in-law, Louis B. Mayer. It would be yet another dig at another controlling studio head.
  2. The 2006 book about Hitchcock's motifs that was recommended by Dr. Edwards, "Hitchcock's Motifs" by Michael Walker, is available as a free eBook from Amsterdam University Press here: https://the.hitchcock.zone/onlyamovie/2014/02/07/free-ebook-hitchcocks-motifs-by-michael-walker/
  3. Thanks to this course, I scored 100% on this Revolvy quiz on Hitchcock. See how you do. https://www.revolvy.com/main/show.php?id=119&qno=0
  4. 1. Vertigo 2. Psycho 3. North By Northwest 4. Rear Window 5. The Birds
  5. If memory serves correctly, Hitchcock remade several of his British movies once he was in Hollywood, two that I remember are "To Catch a Thief" and "The Man Who Knew Too Much." I believe Hitch wanted to remake them because he felt he didn't do the material justice the first time due to budget constraints, short shooting schedule, and his then-limited experience as a filmmaker. While I'm commenting, I'd like to add that there are some fine short-subject videos on Vimeo dealing with Hitchcock and his cinematic themes. Here are two of the best: 1. The Eyes of Hitchcock 2. The Voyeurism of
  6. The "Hitchcock touch" is prevalent in this beginning scene of his first film. His touch is voyeuristic bordering on lecherous of the female form, humorous with delightful juxtaposition, and focusing the camera on the small almost inconspicuous elements of a scene. The slips the dancers wear as costumes are so sheer that at first you wonder if some of them are topless as the bound down the stairs. The camera pans longingly up legs and to the dark eyes, blonde hair with a particularly long curl, and smile of the main dancer. The stage manager puff deeply on his cigar in front of a "No Smoking"
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