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Everything posted by Marnie68

  1. 1. The opening of Frenzy differs from the opening of The Lodger in several ways. The Lodger opens with the seventh victim screaming. Then we see the dead body, then we see the witness and then the crowd that has gathered to gawk at the corpse. The police arrive and then the media report another death of The Avenger. In Frenzy we are first introduced to the city of London. A crowd has gathered but for a different reason. Here the media is also present but to report on pollution being cleaned up. Here there is no scream, but more of a shout as the dead body is discovered. In The Lodger the body
  2. 1. We see in these scene that Marnie is a thief who has stolen a lot of money and purchased new clothes and accessories. She is neatly packing her new items in a large suitcase while tossing the old items carelessly in a old suitcase. She changes her Id card so we see she has done this before because she has several to choose from. She does not seem to be in a hurry. She is not moving in a frantic way, instead she is very poised and calm as she prepares for her getaway. She then rinses her dark hair to reveal her natural blonde hair. She puts the old suitcase with her old items in a locker. Sh
  3. 1.The scene opens with two people meeting each other and flirting while talking about lovebirds, denoting they too may become a pair of lovebirds in the film. There is nothing frightening in this opening scene that would make you think there is big trouble on the way. Melanie was concerned about the birds outside, but once she enters the pet store she is more concerned about picking up her myna bird. We learn from the scene that Melanie is picking up a myna bird that has not come in. She is curious about the birds gathering outside. She goes along with the ruse when Mitch mistakes her for
  4. 1. The titles are split or sliced vertically and horizontally. This suggests a splitting of the characters personalities. Norman and his mother and Marion's good girl/bad girl. The word psycho completely becomes unfragmented suggesting the psychotic break Norman goes through. The strings are very frantic and causes you to feel anxious and uncomfortable. They convey the slicing of a knife with the sharpness and speed of the strings and bow. Very unnerving. It lets the audience prepare for the suspense leading to the horror that is to come. It sets the tone that this is not going to slick and st
  5. 1. Gary Grant has one of the best faces that has ever graced the Big Screen. He is suave and debonair and by now had well established his Star Power. Like the lady says "Its a nice face. Eve Marie Saint was an Academy Award winning actress who was know to audiences as well. Here she plays the sexy spy who is picking up the man in a role reversal. Hitchcock was using the best actors/actresses to draw audiences to the cinema knowing that people would expect a high quality film as well. The chemistry between Gary Grant and Eve Marie Saint is smoldering. 2. The matchbook is used first to brin
  6. 1. At first we see parts of a women's face, lips that seem to twitch nervously and eyes that look frightened. The eyes dart side to side as the women's anxiety is increasing. Then the eye opens very wide as the women has seen something that terrifies her.The music is very dramatic and is the most intense when the eye is shown covered in red. From these images and the music it warns of dangers to come and the graphics seem to denote a spiraling out of control which makes you feel dizzy but it is also hypnotic and pulls you in. 2. For me the the single most powerful image is of the close up
  7. 1. The opening camera shot unveils the courtyard that all of the apartments share. Each apartment has other rooms but we only see the rear view of each apartment. And that is where all the action is taking place. Hitchcock establishes that each apartment is alive and the inhabitants are going about their daily routines oblivious to anyone watching them. But we the audience are drawn to them and our curiosity is piqued. We want to know more about these people and so keep watching. Our vantage point is being expressed and Hitchcock's is also. He sees the world he has created through the eye of t
  8. 1. We start off with arrival of the taxis and the two men walking from opposite directions to the station. They continue through the station still in opposite directions heading toward the train itself. The train tracks criss cross as the train goes down the track also heading toward the station. They continue to criss cross, become one track then separate and continue to criss cross again. It is fascinating to watch this sequence of the train tracks, almost like staring at a campfire. The two men enter the train from opposite directions. They both cross their legs when they first sit down. Bo
  9. 1. The Hitchcock touches I see are the POV shots, the closeup of the stars and the lighting used in the scene. The angle of Devlin entering the room as Alicia turns her head and sees him upside down reminds me of the scene from Downhill. The closeup of the drink and the stars make you focus on their interactions without alot of distraction in the background. Your eyes are on them. The way Devlin sets Alicia up by using the record of her conversation is very crafty. Record players have been used in several of the opening shots we have viewed. 2.Cary Grant first looks a little hazy, as seen
  10. 1. The Hitchcock touches I see in this opening sequence are the close up on Carole Lombard's eye, the way the scene gives us information about the characters without much dialogue. The POV shots, the panning of the room to reveal the characters holed up in their bedroom. The little touches of humor. The design of this scene shows us that the Smiths are wealthy and have lots of nice things. The room is filled with china dishes, crystal other elegant touches. The decor is soft and comfy. The couch and headboard are shiny satin. The blankets are soft fleece. Mr Smith is dressed in a cozy robe. Th
  11. 1. We see Uncle Charlie lying on the bed fully clothed during the day. He seems to be meditating on his next move. We see he has piles of money on the nightstand that has also spilled onto the floor in a careless way. He seems very calm and in control. The landlady informs of the two men who came to see him. He seems mildly interested, but plays it cool. How did Uncle Charlie get that money? What do the men want to see him about? Uncle Charlie has secrets and a past. He seems to have a way with women. The landlady is very taken with him and seems to be unaware of what Uncle Charlie has been
  12. 1. The opening to Rebecca is different from the other openings we have seen in several ways. The other openings have crowds gathered watching an event and there is lots of action and things happen at a quicker pace. This opening is slow and dreamlike. We are viewing the scene as if we were driving up to the once grand estate, going down a winding road that has become overgrown with the passage of time and due to neglect. Then with the cashing of the waves we are awaken from the dreamlike state to see how the two main characters meet. 2. The mood of the scene feels like a Hitchcock film. Th
  13. 1. The scene opens with the folk music playing setting the tone for a quaint inn in a European country. The music is lighthearted and cozy feeling as the travelers wait for their train. The elderly lady pays her bill as the innkeeper is smiling. Then as the elderly lady leaves, the wind picks up and the men carrying luggage enter they are talking gruffly as if they are annoyed. Then the clock goes off, but not with a whimsical cuckoo bird but a bugle sounding a warning of danger to come perhaps? The innkeeper has trouble hearing on the phone with all the noise swirling around him. Then the act
  14. 1. This opening fits the pattern we have seen in the other openings in the following ways. The music hall letters is similar to the "Golden Curls tonight" in The Lodger. The music playing and people on a stage is similar to the Pleasure Garden. All the openings have a crowd gathering to watch either some entertainment, sporting contest or a murder scene. This opening differs from the others by having the focus at the beginning on a male character. The Pleasure Garden focused on the blonde dancer, The Lodger focused on the murder victim and the female witness, and The Man Who knew too much
  15. 1. Based on the opening scene I think the characters are more important because we do not know what the plot is yet. We are introduced to the main characters and see them interact with each other. As the plot develops later in the movie the characters relationship with each other will become even more important. 2.Abbott seems friendly and not put out by the accident with the skier and the crowd. But he also seems too jovial, like he does not want to be seen as a person who would easily be upset. But when he sees the skier's face he briefly drops the facade he is trying to uphold and we se
  16. 1.In this sequence Alice is troubled but trying to go through her day as she normally would. Her family and neighbor notice she is not quite herself but do not know why. The chatty neighbor unnerves Alice with her constant talk about the murder. When she enters the phone booth she is cut off from the rest of the world, but seeing the word police jars her back to realty and only reminds her of the crime she has committed. Then as the family begins to eat their breakfast the neighbor prattles on. Alice can only focus on the word knife, the rest of the conversation is not important. The word knif
  17. 1. The use of the POV dolly shot was very effective in establishing the mood of the characters in the scene. The look on the boys faces denotes the dread they feel of being called into the headmaster's office. They may not know why they were called into the office, but the look on the headmaster shows us and them that it is a serious matter. The walk toward the headmaster seems to take a long time as their fear and anxiety grows. The dolly shot of the girl is like a trapper going after her prey. Even before she approaches, she drops her purse which causes the one guy to look over at her as she
  18. 1. Hitchcock uses expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to the scene by starting off the scene with the jazzy music and the two dancers entertaining the crowd. Their dancing speeds up to a frantic pace and they fall out with exhaustion and the one dancer is guzzling the champagne instead of politely sipping it. This frantic pace increases as the crowds joins in the celebration. Meanwhile in the other room the action is very reserved and the husband looks like it is hard to concentrate on his manager's words with so much excitement in the next room. The wife seems to be too comfortable
  19. 1. Rear Window 2. Rope 3. North By Northwest 4. Strangers on A Train 5. Psycho
  20. The similarities between The Pleasure Garden and the Lodger are the main focus is of a blonde woman, crowds of people gathered to watch the action, reactions of the crowd to what they are witnessing and at the end of the clip it appears that there is a group of men with one woman in the crowd. Just as there was one woman in the audience with the men who were watching the dancers. Also there was a bit of humor such as when the dancer hands her admirer the curl from her wig (The Pleasure Garden) and when the man covers his face to imitate the women's description of the killer(The Lodger). T
  21. Yes I see the "Hitchcock touch" in this film. We see a Blonde woman in the lead. The use of stairs as in Psycho and Vertigo. The ability to pull the audience into the action. The viewer watching someone viewing others. Such as the man standing offstage watching the show and the man with the binoculars watching the dancers. I do agree with Strauss, Yacowar and Spoto that elements in this sequence are used throughout Hitchcock's career. We have the Hitchcock Blonde as a lead(Grace Kelly,Tippi Hedren, Kim Novak, Eva Marie Saint and Janet Leigh). The use of a staircase (Vertigo). The use of bi
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