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Rebecca in NYC

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  1. I might be going out on a limb here, but in my view, one of the best creative teams these days is in TV (not film). I'm referring to everyone involved in bringing Breaking Bad (and Better Call Saul) to the small screen. I can see Hitchcock collaborating with Vince Gilligan b/c he shares his interest in dark characters, his ability to beautifully showcase landscapes (New Mexico) and his ability to create truly believable anti-heros (Walter White). I would argue that Norman Bates is something of an anti-hero. Wes Gehring (sp?) touched on this when, in discussing Psycho, he pointed ou
  2. 1. 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. Marnie is either confused herself, and/or trying to confuse others, with who she is. The different IDs is the most obvious supporting evidence of this. But I really like the use of two suitcases: one is packed very tidily whereas the other has belongings tossed in, nothing folded or much cared for. I believe it is the tidy Marnie, the fastidious version of her that’s at the train station.
  3. 1. In what ways does this opening scene seem more appropriate to a romantic comedy than a “horror of the apocalypse” film? What do we learn about Melanie (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch (Rod Taylor) in this scene? The most obvious answer is the flirtation between Melanie and Mitch in the pet store, as Melanie pretends to work there. It is very suggestive and flirtatious, far from scary. We learn that Melanie is highbrow and upper crust. Who can walk so elegantly in stilettos and a superbly tailored suit across a busy street in a major city? And what about that fabulous handbag? I can never st
  4. 1. 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 score is irritating; it grates on your nerves. The graphic design – lines going sideways and then lines going up and down – to me, create confusion. The opening leaves me in a hyper state of sorts; I find I want the music to STOP (which I’m sure is intentional). This introduces the idea of Norman’s confusion about his sexual/gender id
  5. It’s very late and I’ve had a long day, but instead of going to bed I’m posting my reaction to the title design sequence for Vertigo. This is a compliment to your wonderful course, Prof. Edwards! 1. Describe what you think this film will be about simply from the sounds and images in these opening credits. Even if you have seen the film, try to focus on these sounds and images themselves and “the story” (or if not "the story," the mood and atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. I think the film is about mental illness if I’m focusing solely
  6. LawrenceA - Hitchcock is the Master of Suspense, and you are the Master of "How to Change Your Profile Picture on the TCM Message Board"! Thanks!!
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