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  1. I never liked musicals but now I look forward to seeing many more. Thank you so much, Dr. Ament and Dr. Edwards for another fantastic Ball St/TCM course! I started with Hitchcock and regret terribly I did not take the noir class as this is my favorite genre! I learned so much about film history and about the culture each decade these films were made. Fascinating. I hope to learn more and more since I was a film major in college!
  2. Hi! I'm Carol Kusama and musicals have never been my favorite genre but I keep seeing several over and over again! I love "American in Paris" and "My Fair Lady". Talk about eclectic, I love "Jesus Christ, Superstar" - that is a rock opera but I love it and have the words memorized! I love old movies including musicals! Busby Berkley spectaculars, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland - you name it, I've seen it.
  3. How about "Foul Play"? Another parody of Hitchcock. I watch so many TCM movies that it's hard to process what I've seen. There's so many! I learned so much during this course and it will take a long time before I go into a crowded event and not think "Oh! Something could happen here.....!" "Hitchcock would love this venue!" The Third Man by Orson Welles. Dark, suspense. Wonderful
  4. After watching all the Hitchcock films on TCM and listening to your input on the movies, I'm very anxious to see "78/52". Where will we have a chance to see your film and could you give us a time frame on when we can? Really looking forward to it. Have enjoyed all your input and I feel I know Hitchcock as a filmmaker so well now! Thank you so much for all the sharing of your knowledge!
  5. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Lodger opens with a scream - this movie opens with a grandiose anthem that sure sounds British and we are swept into a crowd of people listening to a politician speaking about pollution in the water and how it will be all cleaned up when someone yells "Look!" and it is the body of a blonde in the water. Lodger opened with chaos and just kept going - very different. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. As mentioned, the humor that a man is speaking of ending poll
  6. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objects. This is a woman that knows what she's doing. She's been shopping for a whole new wardrobe and is getting ready to travel. She washes out that black hair and we get a close up of that face! She looks radiant and in charge. She meticulously packs one bag and and carelessly throws things in another. She finds the ID she intends to use next. Is it her real name? We don't know yet.....The $$ she dumps int
  7. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigo and North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? The music and the graphics are staccato and slashing which puts the viewer in an anxious frame of mind from the start. A person watching knows this will not be a walk in the park! As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date, and time: “FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH” and “TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.” What is
  8. Even at the level of the dialogue, this film is playing with the idea that two Hollywood stars are flirting with each other (e.g. the line, "I look vaguely familiar.") How does our pre-existing knowledge of these stars function to create meaning in this scene. These were both big Hollywood stars so the audience is used to the sexy banter that Cary Grant takes part in a lot of times in his prior movies. Also, the female reaction to him is predictable too and Eva Marie Saint certainly has the class to pull of the role of a seductress. They both are such classy actors that this kind of repartee
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