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  1. Hitch used sound design as a "point / coounterpoint". The gossip woman droning on about the murder mad eAlice distressed, and could not concentrate on anything ("point"). When she entered the phone booth, the sounds were toatlly muted, not partially like they would be in real life. This allowed her to concentrate on a task ("counterpoint"). The scene at the table was great! Alice was clearly nervous about handling the knife, and the constant repeating of the word "knife" among the unintelligible talking was itself a form of "stabbing". Hitch wonderfully used this scene to show his penchant for humor in dire circumstances. The audience must have chuckled when she threw it in the air after the final loud word "KNIFE" was spoken. It startled me! And, of course, the humor contnued when the father stated "you should be careful....you could hurt someone!" Sound design isn't used much now because it is too easy for film-makers to use music to set up the shot. Increasing tempo, music gets louder, then WHAM! Bad guy startles the audience (and the unsuspecting woman walking through the spooky house in the film)! Hitch got it right, but it takes a lot of intelligent sound design to do right these days, and thats not happening.
  2. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? It really gave a sense of anticipation and urgency to me. Depending on the camera view, you either feel that you are one of the two male characters about to be accused, or you are the woman about to accuse. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? It gives the viewer a sense of actively participating in the shot, and therefore helps to conjure the emotions the characters are feeling. 3. What connections (visual techniques, images, motifs, themes) do you notice between films that came before this (The Pleasure Garden, The Lodger) and a film that came after it (The Ring)? Please cite specific examples. Montages and closehups are common to these films. The montages fill in parts of the story that the audience didn't originally see. The close-ups helped to increase the emotions of the characters and allowed the audience to almost feel what the actors would be feeling.
  3. 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? Similarities: Typical crowded and fast-moving scenes. Differences: No humor in this one! 2. Identify elements of the "Hitchcock style" in this sequence. Please provide specific examples. Even if you are not sure if it is the "Hitchcock style," what images or techniques stand out in your mind as powerful storytelling? The first is the close-up of the woman screaming. Second, the flashing sign "TO-NIGHT, GOLDEN CURLS", which, ironically, portends Hitch's fondness for blond-haired women in his movies. Or images that provide an excess of emotion? The woman screaming, the frantic reporters trying to get the news phoned in, the teletype machine, the newspaper presses, the car speeding through the streets to deliver the papers all give a sense of urgency and mayhem. 3. Even though this is a "silent" film, the opening image is one of a woman screaming. What do you notice in how Hitchcock frames that particular shot that makes it work in a silent film even though no audible scream that can be heard. And what other screams like that come to mind from Hitchcock's later work? The shot is framed from slightly upward-looking-down slant. This gives the impression that she is looking at her murderer as she is being killed. The length of the shot and the wide-open mouth of the woman conveys the "in-audible" scream. The most obvious analogy in later years is the shower scene in "Psycho".
  4. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Often, Hitchcock uses scenes with crowded or fast-moving people, such as the opening scene in this clip. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Strauss, Yacowar, and Spoto assessments that this sequence contains elements, themes, or approaches that we will see throughout Hitchcock's 50-year career? Yes, the ironic humor such as the man smoking next to the 'Smoking Prohibited" sign, and the woman sleeping in the audience of a show directed towards leering men are signature Hitch. 3. Since this is a silent film, do you feel there were any limitations on these opening scenes due to the lack of synchronous spoken dialogue. No. The technology at the time was state of the art, so he could only work with what was available. The movements (body language) of the actors and the shots of the faces in the audience were enough to get his point across.
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