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Everything posted by rukiki

  1. 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? - Woman's Voice Narration One thing I instantly noticed is the application of a woman's Voiceover that explains about the house in her personal point of view. This makes the opening is more intimate compared to Hitchcock's previous works. The information about the story is already specific from the beginning. We know that at least there are two important elements in the films ; the woman's point of view and Manderley, the house itself wh
  2. 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) I think it's the characters that is going to be more important. Though there are many characters appear on this opening sequence, Hitchcock put uniqueness and special distinctive gestures to every character. It clearly shows in Medium Close Up shot when Abbot (Peter Lorre) appear on screen. The gesture of Abbot gives a little yet very important detail that was being put a
  3. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Here are some "Hitchcock touch" I noticed in this sequence : - He established the situation by using object with certain distinctive shape. It shows at the very beginning when the story opens with the established shot of the spiral stair. This similar approach also appears in Hitchcock's later works. - The Point of View shot. It happens when The Old Man sees The Woman through his binocular. - The humour. It shows when The Old Man tells The Woman that he adores her curly hair. The
  4. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? The effect of watching those POV shots is I can feel the tense happening in the room. The message is there's something really important going on. The situation is getting more dramatic by adding the tracking into the POV shots. Personally, I like POV shot with the tracking because it is not only giving you a time to walk on the actors' shoes, but also it feels a little bit of hyperbolic that gives another experience/journey for the visual storytelling. To me, a film should
  5. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? The montage in this sequence is a representation of The Boxer's jealous mind which started by the first mirror reflection shot. In terms of the pacing, the party sequence is more fast that it gives dynamic feeling. While The Boxer's sequence is executed in slow pace and the feeling is more tense. Hitchcock uses the montage technique by superimposing two shots consist of - The Boxer's fife and The Other Man at the party with - The Boxer's POV shot in the meeting room ; a man's talking
  6. 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden; The similarities & differences between the two films. The obvious difference between these two films is about the tonality. The Lodger is very well related with Hitchcock's later works that provide us with dramatic & intense feeling. While Pleasure Garden gives happy & lighter tonality. I noticed some similarities between the two films. One of them is the using of close up shot to open the films. It contains intimacy & how it takes the audience to get into the story. There are also some Po
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