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  1. I don't watch many new movies, I'm an old soul, but I think JK Rowling would be an interesting match and in terms of TV production, I would absolutely love to see what Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould would come up with if they collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock. It would be Breaking Bad on steroids. In terms of writers, as many others have mentioned, a Stephen King collaboration would be interesting to say the least.
  2. This has been a fantastic class and I'm so glad I was able to participate. Thank you! I'm not sure these films were inspired by Hitchcock but I've always felt they had a Hitchcock feel: The Postman Always Rings Twice Gaslight Dark Passage I also absolutely love the film Foul Play and it's spoofing of Hitchcock's films. I remember watching it as a kid and at the time, I didn't understand the references but thought it was funny. Now when I watch it as an adult (which is often as I have it on DVD) I love it that much more.
  3. 1) In short we have The Lodger, a dead blonde woman by a river in London at night vs. Frenzy, a dead blonde woman in a river in London during the day. The Lodger differs most in that we start off the movie with immediate chaos and hysteria whereas, Frenzy starts off with an almost pleasant feel provided by the arial shot and the score. Both movies not only feature a dead blonde but also that odd Hitchcock humor. We all want a clear river in which we can better see dead bodies.... 2) The POV shot, the large crowd, a musical score and of course, a mystery. 3) Hitchcock's openings set the stage for us. Regardless of whether we start off with a body, a protagonist or a group of people (or all three), we are given a setting, some information, a bit of humor and suspense.
  4. 1) We see right from the beginning that she has different identities based on the various social security cards and the hair dye. She is packing new, clean, pressed clothes into one suitcase and tossing wrinkled, rumpled clothes into another. I take this to mean she is discarding one old disheveled life/identity for another new crisp, fresh one and clearly has no desire to return as she locks the old suitcase in a locker and throws the key away. 2) The score is sad yet mysterious and builds to the climax of her revealing she is now blonde and essentially a new identity/person. 3) This is an interesting cameo in that he clearly sees “us” and seems somewhat surprised at us following Marnie down the hallway.
  5. 1) The opening has a lighthearted feeling with Melanie and Mitch flirting about the birds. Melanie is well dressed, well spoken and appears to have money. We learn Mitch is intelligent and has some bird knowledge so he is wise to the fact that Melanie is actually not a store clerk but he has a sense of humor and plays along. He is also well dressed, well spoken but he has a conservative manner about him. 2) The background noise of the birds starts out as just that, background noise. As Melanie nears the store, the noise steadily increases to the point is almost drowns out the street noise and is loud enough to get Melanie's attention. It's a definite foreshadow of things to come. 3) I would say that the cameo with the two dogs indicates there is a paring or double meaning in the film.
  6. 1) When I hear the score and see the lines slashing back and forth across the screen, I visualize the shower scene. It is almost as if the music with its staccato beat is mimicking the stabbing, as does the movement of the black and gray bars. 2) When I see the location and date/time, I'm reminded of old black and white TV police dramas. To me it seems like a crime scene stat indicating date and time of death. Maybe this is Hitchcock's way of telling us Marion will die, or maybe that her decision on this day, leads to her death. The scene with the blinds is reminiscent of Rear Window but unlike the last question relating to voyeurism, I do actually feel like a voyeur this time. Clearly, this is a private moment that was not meant to be seen. 3) The scene with Marion and Sam is very risqué given the censorship up to this point. They've clearly had sex and we are seeing a whole lot of body with not much clothing. We definitely haven't seen this before. Hitchcock for the most part, has introduced us to either many characters right from the beginning or only the main character. Here he has chosen to focus just on the main characters of Sam and Marion and given the circumstances, we definitely get a feel for who Marion is. She's clearly unhappy and wants her relationship with Sam to move forward but a lack of money is preventing this. Hitchcock is setting the stage for us by showing us that she is willing to flirt with morality.
  7. 1) I've watched this scene many times and I never imagined Hitchcock was poking fun at the fame of the actors. I always assumed that these lines referred to Roger poking fun at himself for being a wanted fugitive and Eve knowing who he really is. I'm not sure if my pre-existing knowledge creates meaning but I've always had the feeling that when Cary Grant was playing Roger Thornhill, he was playing himself. I really don't know much about Eva Marie Saint outside of this film so I can't answer this question as it refers to her. 2) The use of the matchbook is interesting in that it will play such a huge part in what happens to the couple near the end of the film but it is also used by Eve in this moment to continue her seduction of Roger. As we will learn later, she is using it to keep herself out of harm's way and he uses it later for the same purpose. 3) The soft music is indicative that there is a romantic interest but it is so soft that we still hear the ambient noises reminding us of the surroundings. It seems to enhance the flirtatiousness of the scene.
  8. 1) As much as I love this film, I really don't care for the opening. In fact, all the spiral designs make me think about my Spirograph set I had as a kid. I spent hours playing with the crazy thing. I guess if I try to forget what this film is about and focus on the opening alone, I would assume that either the female in the film is hypnotized by something or she is hypnotizing to someone else as indicated by the spirals over the eyes. The spirals also give a dizzying effect and for anyone familiar with vertigo, that is how you feel - like your surroundings are spiraling around you. The eyes also look back and forth then show surprise indicating there is some hidden aspect that will shock us. The score also wavers from downright creepy to an almost haunting, heart wrenching melody and back to creepy which would indicate to me there is a romantic heartbreak but with a creep factor. 2) I guess the image that strikes me the most is the change of color from grayscale to blood red. If that doesn't tell a story, I'm not sure what does. 3) I think the visual cues along with the score tell us quite a bit. The score tells us there is a romance which we certainly wouldn't know from the visual cues yet the score wouldn't give us the clues as to the acrophobia and the hypnotic aspect as the visual cues do so both are needed and work well together.
  9. 1 & 2) Hitchcock uses a panning shot to show the venue, if you will. We see the courtyard and many of the neighbors who may or may not play a role in the film and we learn that the main character is an injured photographer who leads an adventurous and risky life. From the photos, we see that he probably travels quite a bit. We also see a negative image of a woman in a picture frame. Is it a love interest and if so, why the negative and not the actual photo? The vantage point is of the audience yet once Jefferies wakes up; it will be his vantage point. 3) At this point, I don't really feel like a voyeur because I'm not seeing anything that is "behind curtains" and I don't feel that the camera is going out of the way to show me something I shouldn't be seeing. It is daylight and everyone has their curtains open so it all feels relatively normal and innocent (although Miss Torso is a little too comfortable with leaving her curtains open). 4) I have always been fascinated by the set design of this film. It is beautiful and so realistically complicated. The level of detail is truly amazing in that each and every apartment has it's own unique flavor specific to it's tenant(s). Besides the set design, the direction and musical scores enhance the story so I would have to agree that this is his most cinematic film. Every time I see it, I see something I missed in a prior viewing.
  10. 1) The first criss cross we see are the cars moving back and forth on the street outside the train station. We then see Bruno's cab pull up and he exits to the left, followed by Guy exiting his cab to the right. We see each man make their way through the station to the train where one enters from one side, and the other enters from the opposite side. Bruno crosses his legs and then is bumped by Guy's foot from across the aisle. Those are the obvious references and I'm sure there are subtle ones as well, flooring designs, elements in the station, Guy's tie...the diamond pattern seems to be used as a criss cross reference as well. 2) Hitchcock creates a sense of contrast with shoes, luggage, the bit of suit we get to see and the music followed by the scene in the train where we confirm what the clothing and music already hinted at. Bruno is flashy, a talker and very much an "in your face" type of person. Guy, on the other hand, is more conservative, quiet and reserved. 3) The score is interesting in that it is similar when both Bruno and Guy exit their taxis, yet slightly different. Different enough that we get a different feeling for Bruno then Guy and coupled with the visual cues, it helps us determine who each man is. The music also, criss crosses, if you will, back and forth from a lighter upbeat tempo to booming brass beat that seems to reach a crescendo when the men both enter the station preparing us for their meeting.
  11. 1) The touches that stood out for me are the close up of Alicia and the rotating shot of Devlin as he comes into the room. I also like the continuation of the scenes shot through doorways with one character on each side. This is similar to the door/mirror shot in The Ring however; a bit more complicated in that both characters end up meeting in the doorway suggesting they come to an agreement or understanding. 2) Devlin is sharp dressed but shot in shadows to begin with, giving him an odd contrast of mystery or maybe danger and control. Alicia, on the other hand, is shot close up and in soft light giving her a fuzzy, disheveled, vulnerable look. 3) In the Cary Grant films I've seen, he always plays a "nice guy" and although I have not seen this film yet, I get the distinct feeling his character is hard and cold. Seeing Ingrid Bergman playing a role where she is drunk is definitely departure from her roles Casablanca and Gaslight. She has such a "good girl" image that I'm looking forward to seeing if she can pull this off.
  12. 1 & 2) The touches that I noticed are the various camera angles, the close up of Mrs. Smith, the obvious humor, and the introduction of multiple characters other than that, this opening is very different from what we've seen so far. The feel is light an airy, there is no sense of mystery - I am curious to know what the deal is with these two but I wouldn't call it a mystery. Being a "screwball comedy" it stands to reason that the opening tone would be very different and it is. 3) I like the pairing of Lombard and Montgomery. They seem very comfortable with each other and there is a believable chemistry between them.
  13. 1) He seems to be involved in something shady as he is renting a room yet he clearly has money. So much so that he doesn't even bother to put it away, giving the indication that it isn't important to him or that it doesn't matter if it is lost. He also has a temper that we clearly see when he finds out about the men that came looking for him. As he stands there contemplating whether to confront them or wait for them, he throws the glass in what appears to be anger at the fact that he is being backed into a corner. I think it would also be safe to assume that Charlie isn't afraid in that his decision is to go out and face the men to see what they do. 2) I haven't seen The Killers but this clip has a very noir feel about it. The shadows and use of light and dark, the music, the seedy room, Charlie's suit, the money and the two men waiting for him...doesn't get much more noir than that. There is a very mysterious and seedy feel about the whole clip. 3) The main thing I noticed about the music was how it built to a crescendo as the tension increased while Charlie is deciding what to do about the men outside. The music slowed and softened slightly once he stepped outside but built up again as he passed the men.
  14. 1) The most obvious difference is the single character narrating a quiet scene as opposed to loud public scenes that introduce multiple characters. This opening is also very different in that the house is portrayed as a character that seemed to have a life of its own. 2) The lighting is definitely reminiscent of Hitchcock's other films but what really struck me was the POV shot where you actually feel like you are walking through the gate and experiencing the dream with Rebecca. 3) The house is very much shadowed at the beginning of the clip and you really can't tell that it is in ruins until the end shot before we cut to the cliff scene. From the narrative and the transformation of the house to ruins as we near it, it is very clear that the house is a character that had its own experience in the film. As I haven't watched the film yet, I'm looking forward to seeing how the house is transformed and how the characters fit in to this transformation. Are they the cause of it?
  15. 1) I see similarities in the 39 Steps, the Pleasure Garden, The Ring and The Man Who Knew too Much such as public settings, a sense of liveliness and gaiety as well as spectators observing some form of activity or entertainment. The differences that I noticed were the fact that the main character is a man and this man starts out being very much hidden and mysterious as a result of the camera angles and shots. I'm looking forward to watching the full movie and seeing when and how a woman fits into the story. 2) To me, Hannay seems a bit more polished than the rest of the crowd but at this point I wouldn't say that I feel he is being portrayed as innocent. 3) Hannay definitely appears to be an ordinary person in an ordinary, non-threatening situation however; I don't feel that we have seen enough in this clip to feel that we are being let in on any secret. For example, in The Lodger, we know right away that there has been a murder. In this film, we just don't know what is going to happen - yet. I do like how the crowd interacts with Mr. Memory to provide that Hitchcock comic touch but I get the feeling that Mr. Memory might be a MacGuffin...I'm actually going to watch this movie this evening so I'm looking forward to seeing how right or wrong I am.
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