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  1. From these opening credits, with the view of a woman, then close-up of her eye, then going into the surreal look with the wash of red color, the "shocked" look in her eye, and then the spirals coming from it, combined with the haunting, mesmerizing score, I would think this is a movie about a fearful woman who is haunted or psychotic and undergoes hypnosis or has hallucinations.


    The single most powerful image for me is when the eye (already colored red) opens to look "shocked" and then the spirals start coming from it.  I can't seem to get that image out of my head -- those spirals coming out of the eye (with that hypnotic, spiraling music playing)!!


    The images and music are perfectly coordinated.  They are both edgy, uneasy, creepy, menacing, haunting, and mesmerizing!  I can't imagine this sequence working without the two working together.


    Note:  After the spirals, when the next images appear, does anyone else think about the Spirograph they played with as a kid?  Those images actually reduce the effect for me (away from creepy, menacing, and fearful) because I enjoyed drawing and coloring with that Spirograph and it wasn't the least bit scary.  When they move away from the circular Spirograph-looking designs to the more irregularly shaped designs, combined with Herrmann's brilliant score, it turns more creepy and haunting again.



    To add on, I actually interpreted it as the woman being manipulative and causing fear in others using hypnosis rather than her being the fearful one. 

  2. 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?


    Later in the scene, we found out Mr. and Mrs. Smith have been in their room for three days, however, I was able to ascertain that they had been holed up in their room for quite some time based on the camera movement, set design, and props. Right at the top of the opening scene, the camera pans across the room showing lots of used dishes around the room as well as the general messiness of the bedroom.


    I could also tell the couple was in the middle of an argument or separated somehow based on their blocking in the frame. Carol Lombarde was in bed, hidden under the sheets, while Robert Montgomery played cards away from the bed. I also noticed a sheet on their couch in the bedroom, which could imply they weren't even sleeping together for the night. This furthers the idea that they are in the middle of some couple argument. 

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  3. In regards to Hitchcock and Wilder's tacit nod to Hemingway's short story, "The Killers," Uncle Charlie's initial calm reaction to hearing about the men waiting outside for him parallels the way in which the doomed man in "The Killers" just lays in bed, waiting to be killed as the killers approach. It's as if Uncle Charlie was expecting the detectives or even that he was waiting for them as well. 

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