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George W. Startz

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  1. 1 - In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective “mind of Alice”? Be specific. Most of the sound in the scene is fairly realistic, with an exception when the other woman talks about knives and the word “knife” is heard repeatedly and becomes the only word that registers with Alice. Prior to this, the woman was talking but could no longer be heard when Alice entered the phone booth: this reflects how Alice would have heard things. Clearly the killing is very much on Alice’s mind, and what the other woman is saying upsets her further. Hitchco
  2. 1 - In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? I think that the shots definitely tend to keep the characters separate from one another. Roddy Berwick and Tim Wakeley form a unit, the Headmaster (Dr. Dowson) is another, and Mabel is a third. It also seems to prolong the action, which is to say that what happens onscreen as Roddy and Tim approach the Headmaster takes up more time than it actually would in real life. In this particular case, it heightens the tension/suspense (for me) because I am anticipating learning w
  3. 1 - “How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene?” The scene contains a lot of shots, and none of them lasts more than a few seconds: this avoids boredom from having to watch the same shot for too long a time and keeps the action moving. Hitchcock also uses a variety of shot types, including long shots: (This is recognizable as a long shot because the entire bodies of both dancing women are visible, head to toe.) medium shots: and close-ups: The close-ups of one character’s face tend to occur when Hit
  4. 1 - Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? Both films contain a fairly large number of individual shots for a film of the era: one does not get the impression of a static camera that is merely recording the action. The way that each shot conveys a piece of information is even more evident here in The Lodger. For example: first there is a shot of what one of the characters sees (the dead body of the victim), followed by a shot of the character’s reaction as she is describing what she
  5. 1 - “Do you see the beginnings of the ‘Hitchcock touch’ in this sequence? Please provide specific examples.” Yes, I do see it. One is the stage/theatrical setting, which recurred throughout Hitchcock’s career: Murder!, The 39 Steps, Stage Fright, and Torn Curtain are prime examples. Also, a number of Hitchcock movies were based on plays and he used a lot of stage actors in his work. The “Hitchcock touch” also is present in the panning of the audience members before it settles on one specific man. Going from the general to the specific is not, of course, unique to Hitchcock but it
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