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  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 seems to be calm and cool because he just keeps listening to the lady as she rattles on and repeats sentences. Then all of a sudden he breaks a glass. So he does not handle pressure well. 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 the opening of a noir film like Siodmak's The Killers? (Note: If you haven't seen The Killers, it is fine to answer this question in general terms about your own personal expectations). The killers took place in small town America without a care in the world. In this movie the kids are playing like they are so carefree. As we move into Hitchcock's Hollywood years, his scores will take on more importance than they did during the British years. Music will play a big role in Shadow of a Doubt. The film's score is by Dimitri Tiomkin, the first of four film scores that the composer will create for Hitchcock. What effect does the Tiomkin score have on the mood, atmosphere, and even the pace of this opening scene? The film score to me has always played a big part in setting a scene. Someone is walking towards a door and there is this mysterious music and then the door opens and it is a person that the other person likes. You can tell because the music is now light and whimsical. Hitchcock has made the use of the invention of talking movies.
  2. 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? In the past films there are close up of people in the opening scenes. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? The erieness of the scens. The low monotone voice and is suspenseful. The crashing of the sea against the rocks and the forward step on the edge Lawrence toodk. 3. How does this opening sequence use Manderley--the house itself--as a kind of character in the story? What affect does the flashback structure and the voiceover narration have on your experience of this scene? The dark outline of the house reminds me of the scary Bates motel. The voice over and flashback adds to the supense of the movie that you know you are in for a good movie.
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