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virtualmelia

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  1. 1. Yes, the whole atmosphere is lighter than the real world at that time. The competition between the two men is almost lighthearted; and the singer's "problem" of having to choose between suitors is not really a problem at all. We can "forget our troubles, come on get happy" with the escapism of the musical. 2. I expect light hearted themes regarding dilemmas that are easy, people with money and talent, and a general happy energy. 3. Pre-code, the scene in the dressing room might have shown her already undressed. Perhaps the conversation between the doorman might have been a little risque regarding the french star everyone is talking about.
  2. One of the Coen brothers first works: "Blood Simple". Crime, Suspense and a twist ending with a noir feel.
  3. What opinion do you have on Hitchcock's alternate British version of Strangers on a Train?
  4. Maybe it was just me, but, during the lecture video of "Marnie" I couldn't help but get distracted by the bright red coffee mugs on the table.
  5. surprising that he used the banner "London" at the beginning, since the aerial view is so specifically that city and the music is so "british". it's an unusually mild soundtrack for such a violent film. the opening shot tells me that we are in a modern age in an active, large city as opposed to the idyllic countryside of other films. maybe its because i saw the film in the theater when it premiered (yes, i'm that old), but I feel like it was meant as almost an expose or indictment of how graphic and violent society had become since the beginning of Hitchcock's career. and it was in the era of "A Clockwork Orange" which is just as disturbing.
  6. the flirtatious dialog between the couple in the opening scene are like two "lovebirds" and the shopkeeper seems to be a bit of a "birdbrain". the soundtrack of the birds on the street reminds us that birds are everywhere. And hitchcock's appearance with two pets, shows us that we have supposedly domesticated animals in all of our lives. (including the "wolf whistle" on the street) one of the first horror films i saw as a kid. loved it.
  7. the title design and music have become iconic, representing suspense and horror to come. I can't count how many times it's been used since. it changed the way horror has been introduced to the audience. The titles break up the line pattern in the way the brain of a psychotic might break up. the opening scene through the window makes the audience the peeping tom. and the date/time feature is almost a documentary crime film. the character is introduced as a bad girl. and we all know what will (probably) happen to bad girls in film!
  8. A truly timeless movie. The opening scene makes me feel like Hitchcock brought the world to his lens rather than going out to see the world. He takes us with him and brings a number of other worlds to our screens. I think we are all voyeurs and thats why we've always enjoyed people watching at a cafe and now, social media. We can see from Jeff's apartment that he is an active man, but now immobile and certainly bored. I'm torn between this as the director's most cinematic film vs North by Northwest.
  9. The crossed taxi cabs and obvious train tracks stand out. As well as the contrast of music for each character; one vibrant, one focused. One of my favorite Hitchcock films. The great parallel for me is the metaphor of tennis to life. The choices each character makes to the "volleys" so to speak. The innocent sister as a casualty in the crosshairs. and then the conclusion in the "carnival" of life is so amazing. really looking forward to an entire community watching this film together Wednesday night!
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