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TheRut53

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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
  9. 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 scene sets Jeff's apartment as part of the complex, but also,separate and aloof. We see out, we never see in. We,are privy to everyone else's activities, but no one seems to be looking back. The lives of the other people go on without the slightest thought by them that anyone is watching. What do we learn about Jeff in this scene without any pertinent
  10. 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. Two men whose lives intersect...arriving from different back,grounds...visually shown as the cabs pull up from different directions, he men walk to the gate coming from different directions....walking to the train car..from different directions...facing different directions causing t
  11. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? The close-ups, the POV shot, the use of humor in the dialogue, a flashback, but not a visual one, this time he uses an audio flashback...a nice touch. 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? The first view of Bergman is somewhat blurry, which lets you know right off, she is not merely asleep, but in a altered state. Her first vi
  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? Obviously his trademark humor, light hearted script. We learn the couple is very well off, having spent several days in a vert nice hotel room. There is some dissonance between the two, and we find out that it is a regular occurrence. They have played this scene a few times before. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: the opening
  13. 1.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. He has money, I'm guessing he came about it in an underhanded way as it seems he doesn't care about it or material things. He is cold, calculating, knows trouble will find him so he doesn't run from it but seems to invite it. Obviously not concerned with his own welfare. In what ways does this opening remind you of watching a film noir? If it doesn't remind you of a film noir, what makes the opening here different from
  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 British films mostly opened with a scene set in a public place. A specific action is occurring with numerous people involved in the observance or participation of the action. The scene is lively. Rebecca opens almost in direct contrast; a private, deserted drive. No one is present. The overgrowth on the drive and the decaying she'll of the mansion convey a dead scene, void of any action. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this op
  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. It's light, but also multiple moods of anxiety and frustration. He seems to be setting a mood where there will be continuous tension among all the characters. 2. Discuss the characters of Caldicott and Charters in this scene. What do the performances of Caldicott and Charters add to this scene. Comedic relief! They offer a break from the tension displayed from the rest
  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? An other opening in a place where multitudes of people have gathered to observe an event of some sort...a recurring theme in the movies we have discussed so far. One notable difference in my view is the apparent early focus on who the protagonist will be. Seems no doubt to me the man in the trench coat is the guy. The camera follows him from his ticket purchase to him finding his seat and shows numerous shots
  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? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet) If I had to make an educated guess I'd say characters over plot. The opening scene hones in very quickly on the people and you learn very quickly of the relationships some of them have. 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? He appears very light heart
  18. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. Alice's mind is focused on nothing but the murder. She is mostly oblivious to any sound save that which is related to the murder. Her entry into the phone booth where she heard nothing the last was saying would end me to believe at that point the last had moved off the murder and was talking about something else, but we don't really know. Back outside the booth, the lady contines talking but Alice not hears words which relate th where her mind is fixated, namely the knife
  19. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? I am drawn into the scene, no longer a spectator, but a participant. The judgment the headmaster makes will be my judgment, the penalty/punishment the student receives will be mine. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? As we are drawn into the scene with the POV shot, we better understand the different emotions the characters are displaying, because they essentially become our emotions. It m
  20. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? As the pace of the dance and the music increased, you could see the jealousy of the husband increase until both stopped abruptly when he spoke to the room. 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 us into the psychological mind of a main character. Please note the various techniques Hitchcock uses to create that feeling of subjectivity. The couple being able to see each other, but not directly, only as
  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? Women are the central characters in both openings, although central in entirely different subject matters..one being lighthearted..the other more grim. The frenetic pace...dancers rushing down the staircase...the reporter frantically relating his story to his editor. And in both, there is the ever present element of humor...in this case a sort of dark humor,,,the young man covering half his face as the witness relates the story and description of th
  22. Yes, yes, yes! I see his signatures...the blondes, the subtle humor, the camera angles. I see the non verbal expressions of the characters, which allow you to connect quickly and deeply without any dialogue. You are able to empathize or develop disdain for the characters. That has always been a mark of a Hitchcock film to me. I am not a frequent watcher of silent film but I have no problem with the lack of dialogue. I actually don't care for the occasional dialogue pop-up. Would rather construct my own as I watch the interactions. ????
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