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  1. 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. Unlike other openings, this film doesn't show people right away, but rather slowly pans along a path and uses narration to welcome the viewer to the story. Again, it is an ordinary location, but for the first time I had the sense that the house was going to be just as important as any other character. There is more emphasis on location, and a slowing down of pace. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identi
  2. 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. Hitchcock opens the film in a very relaxed manner - upbeat folk music is playing in the background, people are chatting and laughing. When the hotel manager starts to tell everyone what has happened, the music stops and everyone is more frantic. 2. Discuss the characters of Caldicott and Charters in this scene. What do the performances of Caldicott and Charters add to t
  3. 1. Based on this opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film - the characters or the plot? I think the characters are going to be more important, and the film will be carried by their stories and motivations more heavily than just 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 haven't seen the film besides this clip, but from Abbott's brief scene it appears that he is a jovial and good-natured person, but at the end there is
  4. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you in the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. Hitchcock puts the viewer in the mind of Alice when she is in the telephone booth - we can no longer hear the conversation happening outside of it. Also when the lady is talking about the murder when the family is at the breakfast table - the audience is let into Alice's mind which is only focusing on the word "knife" and hearing that instead of everything else that is being said. 2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates in counterp
  5. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots/POV tracking shots in this scene. The POV tracking shots almost made it seem like the students were walking towards the headmaster in slow motion, and it created a great sense of unease. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? As Hitchcock is the "Master of Suspense," this was an early way to subtlety add suspense to the scene. I think he used it to bring the viewer more into the story and up the stakes. In the moments whe
  6. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? Hitchcock used montage a couple times - the girls dancing, the musical instruments blending together, and the wife talking to and then finally kissing the champion. Through these montages, he was able to convey the passage of time and move the action along. He also added a vitality to the dancing, because the viewer really went on a musical journey throughout the montage. 2. As is the case with a lot of German Expressionist films, in this scene there are many shots that are very subject
  7. 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? Similarities: They both begin with the camera holding still on the scene and the people being the only source of movement. Differences: The Pleasure Garden had a much brighter and happier start. The audience could sense the mood would eventually change and conflict would arise, but it was foreshadowed in a much more light-hearted way. The Lodger was also missing the humor that was present in the beginning of The Pleasure Garden. 2. Identify elem
  8. I have to confess that I have only seen about 4 Hitchcock films (which will change throughout this course) - The Birds, Torn Curtain, Marnie, and Psycho. I think The Birds will remain in my top 5 at the end of this course because it's one I'll never tire of watching, and I notice something new each time. Torn Curtain is another favorite (which is probably an unpopular opinion), but mostly because of the actors in it.
  9. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Yes, I see it in the opening shot - a still frame that acts as an anchor as the characters are milling about in it. It was reminiscent of opening scenes in his later works such as The Birds and Torn Curtain (probably others as well, but those are two that I have seen that sprung to mind). I could also see it in his making the showgirl a blonde (which would become his signature protagonist), the man smoking in front of a sign that prohibited it, and the dry humor that was already present.
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