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  1. Rebecca differs from the majority of Hitchcock openings because it lacks frenetic action and cast of multiple extras we have come accustomed to experiencing in earlier film openings. Instead, it gives is a moody scene of solitude with overgrown foliage that suggests Manderlay is in disrepair and seen better days. It has a quiet gothic feel that we have previously seen. Hitchcock touches include use of POV tracking shots and an efficiency of storytelling that creates the mood of film along with the introduction of the two costars. The mansion itself both in its reveal and shadowy dark
  2. In my opinion, Hitchcock opens THE LADY VANISHES more in the manner of an amiable comedy of the era than a taut suspense/thriller. The opening music adds a carefree mood as does complete absence of any element that is remotely mysterious or threatening. The introduction of Caldicott and Charters add the gaiety of the scene in satirizing the the steadfast British egocentric view of the world, while at the same time providing a somewhat reliable commentary on the other characters for British moviegoers. Iris and her friends are the focal points of the scene. This is demonstrated both by
  3. The opening of the 39 STEPS fit well into the pattern we have seen in previous film openings. As in the MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, it is public setting where people have gone to amuse themselves. The setting is benign and even the heckling is good natured. There is no sense of menace. It is the calm before the storm. Like the PLEASURE GARDEN, it begins setting of live entertainment. It differs from THE LODGER in that it is lighthearted. I believe Rothman is essentially correct with his assessment of the more "innocent" opening. Unlike THE LODGER, which opens on a brutal murder, THE 39 STEP
  4. The clip of MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH appears at first glance to be character driven. The director quickly and efficiently introduces the main characters through occurrence of the ski jump accident. Abbott appears initially as an amiable person who literally "rolls with punches." However, the seeds that this conclusion may be premature comes from girl when she says "he has too many teeth," suggesting he is insincere. I believe this opening scene demonstrates a more experienced director who uses the opening scene not only to only for visual effect and interest, but also at the same time t
  5. The director uses sound to show that Alice is totally disengaged from her immediate surroundings. As the other characters continue discuss mundane manners, Alice remains essentially aloof from the dialogue. It is not until her inner thoughts and preoccupations intersects with the others conversation that the sound became forefront in the scene...to jarring effect. It seems clear that her obsession with a knife is in a very different context than the breakfast table, thus creating a powerful counterpoint. This type of technique is not often used because its subtlety may be misconstrued by a
  6. While watching the clip, The POV tracking shots forces the audience to identify more strongly with the characters. It also creates an empathetic sense of dread and anxiety as the camera moves ever closer to the headmaster. Hitchcock uses the tracking shots to quickly involve the viewer into the drama. It also creates a dynamic sense of something happening and emotional interest that would be absent if it was shot with a standard static camera. It seems that with each film Hitchcock is expanding his range of available storytelling techniques. For example, the montage technique in DOW
  7. Hitchcock used montage to create a frantic mood. The utilization of the montage bombards the viewer with a series of surreal and expressive images. It gives the audience a glimpse into the fears and emotions of the boxer. The director employs a variety of distorted images including the keyboard, mirror, the superimposed phonograph, etc. to heighten the feeling of tension and fear of the main character. The stark contrast of the party room and the room with the boxer provides a contrast between the two characters. Having the two protagonists in separate rooms that are linked with a
  8. Similarities between THE LODGER and the PLEASURE GARDEN include Hitchcock's instant communication of mood: from the gaiety of the music hall in the first film to dark images of body being discovered in the second. Also, in both movie clips, most shots contain a flurry of motion and activity. The clip reminded me of the scene in FRENZY where another neck-tie murder victim is discovered floating in the Thames (gaping bystanders, serial killer of the loose, etc). The shot of the sceaming woman works well because of the extreme close-up of the woman's contorted face. It wouldn't work as
  9. Yes, I think there were many elements of the "Hitchcock touch" in the clip. Notably, the contrast of the bright interior of the theatre and the quick transition to the dark street outside and particularly the menace of the the the two pickpockets lying in wait. The inventive use of camera also seems visible in a embryonic stage. I don't think the scene is limited by the lack of sound. Already, it seems Hitchcock was pushing the limitations of the current technology. Even though an inexperienced director, he tells the story quite well visually.
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