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CathSK

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  1. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? Moving along on the dolly with the boys (Roddy & Tim) evokes that feeling of having to go see the school principal or going to your boss’ office for an unexpected talk. You know what that's like and you don't want to do it. It puts you there in the moment with them, and because you are walking with them and looking at the scene from their POV, you automatically sympathize with them. However, if the characters were ones you didn’t want to sympathize with, moving together
  2. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? The overlay of imagery is a representation of shared space and time. Things are going on simultaneously. The beat and construction of the music drives you forward, going on and on… and yet, not everyone is sharing in it/experiencing it/reacting to it. There is the room full of people, noise and activity… which almost feels as though the setting is in color… to me, it is red (anger/vitality/”stop”). And then there is the man sitting quietly in a chair in the next room, as though he cannot hear th
  3. I liked when Dr. Edwards' pointed out an opportunity to watch the upcoming Hitchcock films with the sound off... to see how it does/doesn't affect your understanding of the story. I'm certain it would be difficult to follow today's movies with their rapid-fire, close-up imagery without a strong storyline and/or audible dialogue to go with it. But, then, that does highlight Hitchcock's storytelling strength. For him, silence seems to be golden. :-) Side note: I also liked how Hitchcock (in his interview) noted that the glass ceiling was the visual version of sound effects. As the director,
  4. Hello, again. My thoughts... 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: 1) Focus on a women — as a victim and also as a heroine (woman identified the killer). 2) Large cast of characters — most are just in the background. 3) Sense of being part of everyday life. 4) Focus on/use of modern technologies — the radio and headphones in The Pleasure Garden; the communications/publication machinery (also, I love the dash cam!) in The Lodger. 5) Everyday life scenarios. Differences:
  5. Typed this up last night but wasn't able to post... :-\ So... here were my first few impressions… 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Yes. There’s that visible sense of quiet longing, sometimes despair, sometimes nefariousness, sometimes confusion and concern... and sometimes evil in people’s actions; thoughtful looks in characters’ eyes that we see in close-ups; a sense of humor in the juxtaposition of what is expected (social rules) and what is actually happening (ignoring a non-smoking sign by smoking a cigar) – whic
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