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About mary_ann

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  1. The opening scenes are similar in that there is the horrific discovery of a dead body, followed by a large crowd gathering to look. In each film, the victim is a fair haired woman found on the edge of the embankment. The differences are interesting. In "The Lodger" there is a huge reflection of media frenzy, terror and shock. The music definitely is more intense here as well. With "Frenzy",comparatively speaking, it doesn't seem like much of a shock with this crowd of people. The music is not audible during the discovery of the body. Rather there is politician speaking. Its almost like a farc
  2. In this opening scene, we get to know Marnie's character while she packs her clothes in a suitcase. She is a woman of extravagance, with all fashionable, very good quality and multiple amounts of clothes. There is nothing plain or simple in that suitcase. She is like split personalities as she casts away one set of clothes into one suitcase and all new and different clothes in another. There is duality as a theme running thru this film as was in other Hitchcock films. Of course, we see her empty her yellow purse of bills into the suitcase which attracts our attention. Where did this money co
  3. This scene is more appropriate for a romantic comedy as there is lots of flirting, and smiling going on and joking around. It is tongue and cheek, very proper, not risqué. The leading characters are introduced to one another and seem suitable. It is a believable match and we are led to want to see what will happen with the two of them down the road. It piques one's curiosity. They both are at the store looking for the same thing, love birds and he thinks she works at the pet store as she plays along while waiting for love birds. They too will become coupled up like 'love birds'. At first
  4. You have the cutting of the lines and breaks in the characters names as they are being introduced which shadows the coming attraction of the film. The cutting of flesh in the shower scene. The music is extremely sensitive to the graphic design and flows so well alerting the viewer to impending danger. With Hitchcock's specificity he is most likely suggesting the set up of a crime scene. In crime scenes, one always states the date and time and it follows the city be stated as well. There are no secrets. Everything is out there for the viewer to know. I love how Hitchcock enters the ho
  5. Our pre-existing knowledge of these stars does have an affect on how we interpret his/her performance. We know Cary Grant is a leading man and ladies fall in love with him. Eve Saint Marie is also a leading lady who also attracts attention for her beauty and wisdom. I feel the R.O.T. matchbook is yes to detract from the two stars. Its a break from the intense scene playing out between the two. Its also a reminder that this is going on between them, this unfinished business of his identity and as he strikes the flame, the heat goes up not only in his quest for innocence but also their attr
  6. I listened to this clip without visual. Based on sound alone, I'd say this film is going to be both dreamy, and haunting. The continuous melody rising, and falling, suggests twists and turns to the film. Some surprises followed by the ending of the clip, lots of drama. Non-stop. Looking and listening to the clip, the sensation is further enhanced. For me, the single most powerful image is the spiral rolling out of Madeline's pupil midway and then again at the end, where the spiral rolls back into her pupil. I couldn't imagine a different score for this sequence based on my answers abo
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