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Everything posted by AaronF

  1. I think a very interesting collaboration would be for Hitchcock to work with director M. Night Shyamalan. Hitchcock would enjoy movies like "Unbreakable", "The Village" and other movies for their MacGuffin's and interesting turn of events in Shyamalan's films. John Williams is always my choice for composer, he is one of the best that ever lived. Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings), or Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean) The actor choices for me are Gary Oldman, Cate Blanchett, James McAvoy (Split), Tim Curry, Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Campbell and Chalize Theron
  2. My favorite homage to Hitchcock is Mel Brooks' "High Anxiety". Mel Brooks references Vertigo, Spellbound, North by Northwest, Psycho and Birds. Brooks is pooped on by birds and is attacked in a shower scene from Psycho by the bellboy. The film lampoons many of Hitchcock's standard plots and directorial techniques, but not in a mean-spirited way.
  3. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Feel free to rewatch the clip from The Lodger (Daily Dose #2) for comparison. The Lodger opens at night with a scream filled with horror, everyone is distraught and surprised. Frenzy opens during the day with a lazy aerial shot of London. There are no screams of horror even when the woman is found dead in the Thames, it's almost expected. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. The opening is reminiscent of the Rear Window where you get a bird's eye view of the ne
  4. 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. She is devious with numerous identities, colored hair and discards old clothes so they will not be recognized. It looks like she bought the new clothes and items with stolen money perhaps or she did something illicit to earn the money. She discards the older clothes in the terminal and dumps the locker key down the grate so no one will find them. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in
  5. 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? Melanie, seems like an intelligent, wealthy woman and is interested in Mitch. She decides to have a little fun with him by pretending she works in the pet store. She doesn't know a lot about birds and is making up information about them as he catches her in this act. How does Hitchcock use sound design in this opening sequence? For example, how are the sounds of birds used to create a par
  6. 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 is so scary that you just know something bad is going to happen in this film. The broken lines in the graphic tell the viewer something is broken/not right and it's going to happen quickly. There is an uneasiness in the combination of visual and auditory sensory, definitely an anxiety. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix,
  7. How would you describe the opening camera shot of this film? What is Hitchcock seeking to establish in this single shot that opens the film? Whose vantage point is being expressed in this shot, given that Jeff has his back to the window? The opening shot gives the viewer a look into the neighborhood and the characters within it. We get a voyeuristic view into through the windows of the other people that live nearby. We also get to see some history of Jeff as a photographer. Leaving us to ponder if he will use his camera to watch his neighbors like we just did. What do we learn about Je
  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. We, the viewer smile to ourselves as we watch and listen to this risque' dialogue between two actors we know well. We appreciate the inside joke. There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation from the overall pattern of focusing on the faces of the two leads will have increased significance. In that sense, discuss how Hit
  9. In how many ways does Hitchcock play with or visually manifest the metaphor of “criss cross” or “criss-crossing” in this introductory sequence. [For those who haven’t seen the film yet, the idea of “criss cross” is central idea in this film, a theme Hitch sets up from the opening frames of this film] Be specific. The intro scene has a lot of "criss crossing" the two men getting out of cabs from opposite sides of the screens (and cabs), one man walking to the left the other to the right. The train tracks cross each other as do the mens' legs on the train. The men's suits also criss cross as on
  10. 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. In the opening sequence the spiraling graphics appear within the woman's red saturated eye is dizzying to watch. We have the premise of the kind of film that will be mysterious, a drama, a film that will take us in circles perhaps not knowing who did what. Include th
  11. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? The use of light and shadow is well done, when Cary Grant appears in the doorway and you see the silhouette of him standing there it's a powerful moment. Hitchcock then uses the rotation of the camera to simulate Bergman's head rotating on the bed is a movement he has done in the past. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograph his two stars in this scene?What are some of the contrasts that Hitchcock trying to set up between these two characters through art direction, costume, and cinematography? In t
  12. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this opening sequence? Moreover, what do we learn about or know about the couple through the scene's visual design: the props, the set design or dressing, the decor, the camera angles, the lighting, etc? I did not see any Hickcock "touches." The opening scene is a hotel room (possibly) which looks like no one has left in days with room service dishes everywhere. This is not a loud public place like his earlier opening scenes. The camera roll across the room into Mr. Smith's face is maybe the only "touch" I see. Do you agree or disagree with the foll
  13. As mentioned in the curator's note, this scene operates as a prelude to the main story. What do learn about the character of Uncle Charlie in this prelude? Be specific. Uncle Charlie is a man with a past. He is calm and collective but someone who lays in bed in a full suit is either paranoid that he might have to run at anytime or expecting someone to come calling. He has a wad of money on the night stand and floor. Is it stolen money? Was he gambling? If the two men who came calling are police or mobsters Uncle Charlie doesn't seem to be deterred by them in front of the landlady, but once s
  14. 1. Describe how this opening is different from the multiple opening scenes you have seen in the Daily Doses from the British silent and/or sound period? The opening of "Rebecca" is not in some kind of exotic, loud, theater or hotel it is quite the opposite. The opening is set in a dark quiet forest on a path leading up to an old mansion. There is a quiet narrative of a lone woman telling of a dream, even the music score is quiet until we see the ocean and the waves breaking against the cliff then the music crescendos and gets louder. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening th
  15. 1. Using specific examples, describe how Hitchcock opens The Lady Vanishes. What tone, mood, or atmosphere is Hitchcock establishing for the audience very early on in this picture? Pay particular attention to the music. As the scene opens the music is jovial but there's a depressing mood, everyone is sitting quietly watching the Front Desk Clerk on the phone. A happy woman enters to do some business with the clerk and everyone seems jealous of her and her happy demeanor. All of a sudden the music stops when the two men come in from outside, they are loud and animated. The cuckoo clock's
  16. 1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes? Th opening is fast paced with lots of lights and music. There is a conflict between the audience and Mr Memory. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than in previous opening sequences of his films? I'm not sure how innocent the character is, he walks into a theater and we do not see his face, we find out
  17. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? I believe the film will focus on the characters more than the plot but I am not sure what is going to happen,it seemed like Lorre's character recognized the skier which leans toward the plot. 2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene? How might this introduction affect your view of the character Abbott later in the film? I have not seen the film yet but I can only assume he's from another country and doesn't get the slang terms the
  18. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. Alice seems timid and nervous, not looking people in the eye as she clerks for her customers. When Alice goes into the phone booth we can no longer hear the customer gossiping. Alice is alone with her thoughts and is in a silent space, once she walks out of the booth we hear the customer and other ambient noises. Hitchock uses harsh sounds, the bell, the customer's annoying voice and then "knife" all loud, short staccato sounds. Jarring to the audience and Alice.
  19. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? When the boys arrive in the headmasters office and approach him, we see the headmaster standing there leering at the boys. As we get closer, the viewer can imagine that the boys are in trouble just by the look they are getting. It's very dramatic. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? The scene wouldn't be as horrifying if the viewer was a voyeur watching the events unfold. Hitchcock puts
  20. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? I feel the expressive editing adds a lot of emotional expression to the story. We see a man who is watching his wife with another man. The elongation of the piano player and notes is nightmarish and adding anxiety and tension. Everyone is having fun but the boxer who is being pressured to leave his wife to train, his wife who seems to be ready to have an affair. 2. As is the case with a lot of German Expressionist films, in this scene, there are many shots that are very subjective and put
  21. 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? The similarity between the two films is that the blonde women are the targets. In "Pleasure Garden", the blonde dancer is being stalked by the rich man and in "The Lodger" the blonde woman has been murdered. Will the blonde from "Pleasure" have the same fate? The difference is in "Pleasure" it seems just that, everyone is having a good time watching the chorus where in "Lodger"no one is having fun. Everyone is shocked by the murder by the Ave
  22. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Yes, the characters seem to have a naivete' but also possibly a dark side. The gentleman running to meet the blonde, why is he so fixated on her? What will he do now that she called him out? The blonde chorus girl has been introduced to men in the past, she knows a "line" when she hears it. Who are the two pick-pockets? Do they work for the theater, they are nicely dressed. The brunette who was robbed seems to be right off the bus. Will she take revenge? The camera shots are very deli
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