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  1. Anyone in or around the Birmingham area interested is starting a Backlot chapter? Please respond!
  2. I wish to echo my fellow classmates! Thanks to Dr. Edwards, Dr. Gehrig, Ball State, Canvas, TCM, Ben Mankiwicz (probably butchered that spelling), Alexandre Phillipe, and the behind the scene folks who made these last 6 weeks a truly joyful learning experience. I am 61 now and I have been a movie fan since I was about 8. I remeber watching movies on Saturday afternoon...mostly horror movies...and being enthralled. My first recollection was House on Haunted Hill with Vincent Price...????. The advent of TCM served to raise my movie interest up a few notches...and I peruse the TCM schedule dai
  3. 1. 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. In the Lodger, the news of the murder travels very quickly...and is the continuance of an already established pattern of murders. In Frenzy, you don't know if this is a random act or not...and you only see the discovery of the body...no aftermath. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. Public space, semi large gathering of people, some information that will draw you into the story.
  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 a sophisticated thief...not a common one. She is calculating and thorough. She has done it so often, the objects she steals seem to have no effect on her emotionally. She doesn't linger or study over them. She simply coldly packs them away. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene? It's a smooth and cool..does not evoke an emotion as the objects stolen have the same ef
  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? The light hearted banter and flirting between Mitch and Melanie. There is a instant chemistry between the two, a playfulness. Both know the other is flirting and both continue to encourage it by using the discussion of the birds as a ruse. How does Hitchcock use sound design in this opening sequence? For example, how are the sounds of birds used to create a particular mood and atmosphere?
  6. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? The design suggests the thought of a whole being split into. Norman..though one man has dual personalities which eventually will meld into one. A suggestion that we all are capable of good and evil...and one of those will eventually be our dominant persona. The score adds to the frenzy of someone torn between 2 personalities and doing good versus evi
  7. 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 know of their former works...so it is somewhat type casting for both. Normally that is seen as a bad thing from an actors POV...in this case ...it is what makes the scene come off so perfectly. 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 inc
  8. 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. The woman's face...all the features are shown...mouth...nose...eyes. I sense the woman will be central to the story. The spinning circles...coming out of her eyes...depicting minds spinning out of control...unable to think beyond the object which causes the mind's co
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