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Everything posted by TheRealSuzyQ

  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 s
  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)
  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
  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
  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
  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.
  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'
  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
  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
  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
  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 h
  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
  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 th
  16. 1) Based on the opening, I would say that the characters will be more important than the plot as we were introduced to many of them right from the start. 2) Abbott seems jovial enough until he sees the skier. It is almost as if he recognizes him, and not in a good way, then his facial expression returns to the jovial mask. 3) The opening seems more similar to the Pleasure Garden in that the tone and feel is one of gaiety and includes spectators, a panning shot of the crowd, and a touch of humor. There is a close up shot which is similar to the Lodger but with the addition of sound
  17. 1) & 2) The way Hitchcock set up this scene, it is difficult not to be in Alice's mind. We hear the relentless drone of the lady in the store discussing the murder yet when Alice steps inside the phone booth, the silence seems to calm her and give her the opportunity to think about calling the police. When she leaves the phone booth the fast paced drone returns and seems even louder adding tension to the scene. The drone is somewhat hypnotic and Alice seems overwhelmed by the continuing conversation and almost seems to tune out the conversation with the exception of the word "knife."
  18. 1) For me, the POV shots help me feel the dread Roddy and Tim have making the walk into the Dean's office and well as feeling like I'm actually making the walk with them. 2) The POV shots definitely give you the feel of the scene and work very well in lieu of dialogue not to mention the fact that we are feeling exactly what Hitchcock wanted us to feel and in a way we are "being treated like cattle." 3) The montage is used in both Downhill and The Ring, but we also see close ups in all of the films and we are definitely beginning to see a theme about the interactions between the sex
  19. 1 & 2) Wow, there is a whole lot of emotion packed into one short scene. The scene starts out at what I would consider a normal pace but as the party goes on and Frank sees his wife with Bob through the mirror (awesome touch), the party increases to a frantic level. Eventually, various frantic images are superimposed and morphed to the point that we clearly feel how upset frank is and how he feels like his life is spiraling out of control and his only focus, be it distorted or not, is his wife's feelings for Bob. I also like the use of the mirror in that it makes one wonder, is Frank s
  20. 1. The similarities that struck me were the use of a blonde actress and no need for dialogue as the facial expressions and body language told the story. They were also similar in the use of unique camera angles. It seems to me there were far more differences than similarities for example, the foreboding staccato music, the shadowy blue hue and the increase in close up shots which gave the picture the overall feeling of foreboding negativity whereas, the Pleasure Garden had a light feeling. 2. The elements included Hitchcock's macabre sense of humor when the bystander is making fun of t
  21. 1. The beginnings that I see are the unique camera angles, like the shot of the dancers from above, and the staircase with the blacked out sides, the odd humor and the panning shots of the characters whether they are main characters or not. It reminds me of the shot in "The Birds" where the people in the diner all think Melanie brought the birds with her and the camera pans around the room on each person. I also see this theme in Rear window although, it is presented in a different manner - through the binoculars of Jimmy Stewart's character. 2. I agree. The themes that I see are the c
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