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  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. First, while in both we have the discovery of a dead body, the method of attracting attention to it is different. Because The Lodger was a silent film, Hitchcock had to use visual cues and extradiegetic sound, such as the "To-Night Golden Curls" and the scream. In Frenzy, we have the basic action of the man yelling "Look!" Also, the discovery of the body is right at the beginning of the film in The Lodger, while in Frenzy, it takes three and a h
  2. 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. First off, we see that she has two separate suitcases. In one are thrown haphazardly old clothes. Newer clothes, taken from the boxes with the price tags still attached, are laid gently into the second suitcase. As she is unpacking her shopping, she carelessly throws the boxes in a pile. She is obviously someone who is constantly cycling through clothing and insists on it being the best. We al
  3. 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? One way this opening scene seems more appropriate to a romantic comedy is the fact that it seems more like a "slice of life" than a prelude of things to come. It seems like your classic "boy meets girl" kind of story. Another way is the focus on the love birds in the pet shop. Melanie sees other birds (more ominous ones) as she walks into the pet shop, but there is no lingering on the
  4. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigo and North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? Immediately the score sets the audience on edge. It is evident from the very beginning that this will be a film that works on people's nerves, as the score continues its intensity throughout the title credits. The movement of the lines for "PSYCHO" intimate (at least to me) the blurring of the line between psychosis and normalcy. The black and wh
  5. 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? Cary Grant is just the consummate debonair, slick gentleman. He tends to play characters that (in my opinion) make you swoon and then before you know it, you're hooked. He is almost too attractive to be trustworthy, and so the comment about honest women and how he's not exactly honest with them strikes a cord. Eva Marie Saint is
  6. 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. My guess would be that the film is about some woman who is under some kind of trance. The spirals immediately make me think of hypnosis or psychoanalysis. Then, based on the track, I would imagine that something terrible happens to her, or at the very least she is
  7. 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 opening camera shot is one I love because I feel like you get a great sense of the scene without the need for someone to describe it. It sweeps over the apartment buildings, and gives us some insight into some of the (albeit minor) characters' daily lives. I believe Hitchcock is trying to establish the scene for the audience. While we get more in-depth
  8. 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. 1. The criss-cross of the train tracks (to determine which direction the train will go in)--there are several diverging and converging sets of tracks 2. (Obviously) The accidental touch of Bruno and Guy's feet 3. The criss-cross of Bruno from one side of the train car to the oth
  9. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? An immediate "touch" is the POV shot. When Ingrid Bergman looks up at Cary Grant, we see him at an angle, which is probably how she would have seen him, and then rotates as he comes closer to the room until he's upside down. Another touch is the ordinary person being brought into extraordinary situations. Bergman seems like a typical society woman, but here is Grant bringing her an opportunity to help in a sort of spy scheme. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograph his two stars in this scene?W
  10. 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? One of the "touches" I noticed in the sequence was the way Hitchcock cued in the audience on what was going on in the room, to the exclusion of the domestics and other characters. In a way, the audience knows more about what is going on than the other people in the house. We learn that the couple isn't sleeping together. Robert Montgomery is sitt
  11. 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. One thing we learn about Uncle Charlie is that he is being sought out by two men, two strangers, and his reaction to the news indicates that he is expecting that. However, he has specifically told his landlady that he is not in to anyone, indicating he is hiding from someone. He also has a large sum of money laying out on the floor, and that would only make sense if he either had been quickly moving from place to place or
  12. 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? My first thought is that the opening focuses much more on the place than on the people. It is as if the house is the most important piece of the story. Another difference is the lack of music in the scene. I feel like in some of the other openings we've seen, music or crowd noise has been the primary introduction to the scene. However, in Rebecca, the music feels less important, with the voiceover taking control, until we leave Manderley.
  13. I was out of town, so please excuse the late response: 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. My first reaction was to that of the music. The folk music is so light, one would think it the introduction to a comedy, not a thriller. The atmosphere is almost light-hearted, different from other opening scenes we've seen so far. There are also little things that introduce humor to the film, such as the old woman. Firs
  14. I've been out of town, so please excuse the lateness of my reply: 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? I agree with both Rothman and Phillips in their assessment. The opening shows a mysterious man, who draws the audience in because they are curious who he is. It also shows the audience that the strange events can happen anywhere, such as (once again) taking place in a music hall. There is also the introduction of humor into the opening, with t
  15. 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) Based on the opening scene, I feel the characters are going to be more important in the film. There is a lot of focus on developing the backstory of the main characters. 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 seems to be an easy-going type of fellow.
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