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Posts 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 is clothed but in frenzy the body is  naked.  We do not know at the point how many victims there have been or the name of the killer. 


    2.The Hitchcock touches I saw in this scene are:

    Opening dolly shot as we see a pan of the city of London.

    POV as we pan in on the crowd gathered to here the speaker.

    A crowd gathered.

    Humour as the speaker talks of cleaning up the polluted waters, but a dead body floats by.

    Hitchcock cameo.

    Blonde victim.

    The feeling that things are not at all what they seem. 


    3.I think the strategies that Hitchcock used in his opening scenes was to invite the audience into the various worlds he created. By allowing us to become voyeurs watching the situations he has created for his characters. To whet our appetites for the suspense or shocks to come. To introduce us to the main characters so we immediately feel something for them and are drawn into the story.

    Our curiosity is piqued and we want to see more.

    The patterns I have seen in the opening scenes are the gathering of crowds, POV shots, the introduction of the main characters, giving the audience information that the main characters might not know yet, the build up of suspense, the foreshadowing of events to come, the feeling that something is not quite right, a few Hitchcock cameos and the mention of a MacGuffin that will propel the story. 

  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. She then drops the key down a grate. she does not plan to come back for these items and doesn't want them found easily. She is leaving this identity behind and putting on the new as she makes her escape.


    2. Bernard Herrman's score starts out as quiet and builds in intensity as Marnie is packing her new items. It picks up the tempo and gets louder as Marnie is rinsing her hair and builds up til her face is revealed and we see a beautiful blonde.


    3. In this cameo Hitchcock looks directly at the camera, as if to say "Who was that?" He is telling us "You better keep your eye on that one".  

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  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 an employee of the pet store. She continues to flirt with him and we see she can think quick on her feet as she tries to help Mitch pick out the two lovebirds. Mitch mistakes Melanie for an employee and is enjoying flirting with her as he questions her about the birds. We start to see a romance begin the two of them.


    2. The bird sounds used instead of a musical score sets the mood that the birds are a major part of this film. They draw the attention of Melanie as she enters the pet store. The  sounds of the birds inside the store continue the theme that birds are an important part of this film. Even though it is a pet store, the birds seem to stand out more because there are so many of them in the store. Which foreshadows the gathering of a great many birds in the movie. Here in the pet store they are caged and are not a threat. But the ones gathering outside are noisy and denote the danger that is to come later.


    3. The cameo of Hitchcock leaving the pet store with two dogs is lighthearted and continues his theme of doubles used in many of his films. The fact that they are his dogs makes it even more endearing. It also sets of the them of twosomes. Melanie and Mitch as a couple, his wanting two lovebirds for his sister, etc.  

  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 stylish like North by Northwest, or hypnotic and dreamlike as Vertigo. 


    2.The date and time sets the scene up as a time of day that most of us would still be at work and not having an "afternoon delight". It also sets up facts you would see in a police procedural  letting us know that Marion's time is is running out. She has not eaten her luch which lets us know that was not her priority. Check out time is 3 PM so again time is running out for her long lunch break and her time with Sam. 

    Hitchcock enters the window from the outside through the mostly closed blinds to let us know that what is happening in this room is private and the people inside do not want to be seen. It reminds me of the shot in Shadow of A Doubt as we enter the window of a seedy room and Charlie is in bed. He looks through the blinds to see outside but does not want to be seen. In Rear Window we look out of Jeff's window to see his neighbors, but their blinds are open suggesting they are not trying to hide what they are doing. So as we peek through the blinds we become the voyeurs and are even more of a "Peeping Tom" because it is one thing to look out your window and see your neighbor doing something like Jeff in Rear Window but it is a different story when you go up to your neighbor's window and peek in. And this voyeurism is seen throughout the movie Psycho with Norman.


    3. Marion Crane is seen as a main character because she is seen first, she does most of the talking and we learn more about her as she converses with Sam. It is kind of like how the main character was established in the scene at the inn for the Daily Dose we saw for The Lady Vanishes. It is interesting to note that as we are introduced to Marion she is wearing white undergarments denoting she is a good girl who wants a serious relationship with Sam and she doesn't like the fact that she has to meet him in "places like this". Then when we see her in the lecture video after she has crossed the line becoming the bad girl by stealing and running from the cops she is dressed in black undergarments. 

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  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 bring these two characters together. It gives them the opportunity to touch each other as they flirt with each other. Eve blowing out the match adds to the sexual tension that is heating up between them. It also establishes that the matchbook belongs to Roger so when it is seen again later in the movie it will be remembered that it belongs to him. Many people can pick up a matchbook at places they have visited, but this matchbook has Roger's initials on it.


    3. In this scene we here the sounds of the train going down the tracks, dishes clinking in the dining car and soft music in the background. These are the sounds one would expect to hear as one is traveling on a train and having a meal in the dining car. The music is subtle so it does not distract us from the conversation between the two characters. There is no need for loud or suspenseful music to add tension to this scene. So we can focus on the witty and flirty exchange between the two of them.

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  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 of the eye as it opens very wide and the color red dramatically covers the eye and the music is at its most intense. It make me wonder what that eye has just seen and what will happen to the women now that she has seen this terrifying sight.


    3.The music and the graphics work very well together. The music gets louder and more intense as the image of the women's face shows her nervousness and fear. The music becomes more hypnotic as we see the spirals changing shape and colors.  

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  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 the camera and we are seeing what he sees also.


    2. We learn that Jeff has had an accident due to his being in a wheelchair and his leg is in a cast. From the words written on the cast either Jeff or someone  close to him has a good sense of humor. We also know he is a photographer by the various photos that are framed, the negative of one that is next to the actual cover on  of magazines. The content of the photos shows he has a love of danger and likes to take risks. The broken camera and broken leg lets us know what can happen when we get to close or take too much of a risk.


    3. At the beginning I would say I feel more like an immobile spectator because I am watching the events unfold just as I would in a theater or cinema. But the more we watch these people in their homes the more I start to feel like a voyeur. I have always liked to people watch. When I would go to the mall or some place with crowds, I would watch how people would react with each other even though I did not know them. It was always interesting to me to see these little vignettes played out before me. In the movie the people do have there windows open so they are not trying to hide what they are doing, and without this invitation we would not have the story to enjoy.


    4. I would agree in the sense that we are a captive audience and just as if we have sat down in a theater or cinema the action is confined to this one set and we are watching everything unfold right in front of us. We can not look away even as we peer deeper into the characters homes and lives. It is like a play within a play. And each apartment is telling its own story but at the same time these separate stories all weave together to tell the whole story. The characters although living apart are connected to each other. 

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  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. Both sitting on opposite sides of the table.


    2. Bruno arrives first, fancy two-toned shoes, flashy striped suit walking with a pep in his step. As if to say "Look at Me, Here I am."

        Guy arrives second, dressed conservatively in a dark suit, dark shoes walking purposely toward his destination. 

       Bruno strikes up the conversation while guy silently listens. Bruno crosses over and continues the conversation as invades Guy's      personal space. Drawing more attention to himself with the loud tie and personalized tie pin with not just his initials but his full first name in cursive letters. Guy is just trying to read his book and is relieved when Bruno say "I don't talk much, go ahed and read your book". But we know this conversation is far from over.


    3. At first during the credits the music is loud and very dramatic with lots of powerful notes. As the taxis arrive and the men start walking the intensity of the music changes and is more lively. 

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  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 through Alicia's eyes because she is reeling from her night of overindulgence. His lighting is softer even a little shadowy. Ingrid Bergman's lighting is more harsh, like when the lights come up in a cinema after viewing a film. She feels the glare, her hair is mussed and her clothes are wrinkled from being slept in. Cary Grant look suave and neatly dressed. His head is not befuddled at all. He seems to have the upper hand in the situation. 


    3. Both were huge stars. The both were very classy people. Ingrid Bergman was very elegant and poised. She had a face that could invoke a wide range of emotions and this film has lots of close ups which capitalizes on her many expressions. Cary Grant was always debonair and sophisticated in his films. He always looked good on camera despite what his character may being going through. Together these two stars make excellent eye candy but have the skills of seasoned actors to add substance to their roles.

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  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. They have a leisurely way about them as they are imprisoned in their bedroom of their own choosing. 


    2. It is not the typical Hitchcock opening we have seen because there are no crowds, no threat of danger, not much action going on. 


    3.I think they have great chemistry. Even though they have been fighting for three days, when she thinks he has left the room she is hurt. But when she realizes he has not left they begin to cuddle and you get the feeling that they really do love each other.

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  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 up to. When the landlady leaves he show a violent streak as he throws the glass across the room. He decides to confront the men outside, daring them to follow him.


    2. It is filmed in black and white so the use of shadows is very important. At first the shadows hide most of Uncle Charlie's face as he and the landlady converse. The way Uncle Charlie is dressed although in his bed, makes us think he is prepared to make a quick get away if needed. The two men waiting outside makes the scene suspenseful as we wonder who they are and why they are waiting for uncle Charlie. The scene takes place in the city, where the criminal element is more likely to be prevalent.The whole scene has a very Noir feel to it.


    3. The score starts off very light and cheerful as the children play in the street. As we see Uncle Charlie on the bed thinking the music slows its tempo. When he moves about the room gathering his belongings the music intensifies and the mood is one of tension and action. It gets even faster as prepares to leave and meet the men outside. As they follow him the music sounds like a march.

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  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. The slow winding path, the foggy weather, the full moon lighting up the house all make for a suspenseful atmosphere. As we go down the winding road towards the abandoned house we are the voyeurs and Hitchcock tempts us to want to see more. As we listen to the narrative he pulls us into the world he has created  and we wonder what history this house holds and what led to its demise.


    3. Manderley is a character in this sequence. It is introduced to us first with the narrator reminiscing about the grand mansion it was in the past. It has a spirit of its own. It was alive and had a heart and flourished. But now the house is desolate and neglected and is a shell of its former self. The flashback sets up the beginning of the story and even this is stormy with the crashing waves and the possibility of a suicide. 

  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 action picks up as the avalanche is announced and the travelers are thrown into a less than cozy situation. 


    2. Caldicott and Charters provide a comic touch to this scene. Their facial expression when they believe the innkeeper is directing his attention to them only to be snubbed for the American girls is delightful. Their lively banter about why they missed the train shows the comedy of traveling and not always knowing the customs or the National Anthem of a country. They are more concerned about the cricket match than the politics of their day. They are very British but charming at the same time.


    3. Iris is established as the star in the scene in several ways. The innkeeper shakes her hand only, Iris speaks first, her dark hair makes her stand out, as the innkeeper and the girls walk toward the stairs Iris is in the lead, the camera stays focused on her the whole time while the other two girls are slowly left out of view. As they near the stairs, Iris goes ahead of the other girls when going up the stairs denoting a loftier position. She takes charge in ordering their meal and giving the innkeeper  more instructions.

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  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 focused on the young girl with the dog. It has a lighthearted feel and no sense of danger yet.


    2.I agree with Rothman's assessment. The main character buys a ticket to a music hall show. The crowd is rowdy but not leering like the men in the Pleasure Garden. The main character is polite and lets others jump ahead with their questions waiting his turn to be called on.Nothing sinister is happening as far as we can tell. No sense of danger as in the murder at the beginning of The Lodger or the near accident and sinister feeling between Abbott and the skier in The Man Who Knew Too Much.


    3. As The 39 Steps opens we see a crowd gathered at a music hall, another public place where there does not seem to be any danger lurking yet. Mr Memory is the main attraction just as the blonde dancer was the main performer in The Pleasure Garden. He seems to be nervous and is sweating. The crowd are shouting out their comments as he waits for a serious question to show them his talent of remembering various facts. The crowd just wants to have fun. 

    As Gene Phillips described the Hitchcock touch we have an ordinary man out for the evening. He is in a public place, nothing scary about a music hall. The crowd seems friendly and nonthreatening. Mr. memory used as a MacGuffin.

  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 see a glimpse that all is not so rosy. The skier also recognizes him also, making us wonder where their paths have crossed before. It makes us wonder what really lies under the surface of this seemingly jovial tourist.


    3. All three opening scenes have a crowd gathered watching either the dancers in The Pleasure Garden, the murder scene and the police investigation and the witness account in The Lodger and the ski jump competition in The Man Who Knew Too Much. The Pleasure Garden had dancers coming down a staircase and The Man Who Knew too Much has skiers coming down a hill. All three films have a blonde with curly hair. There is a close up of the murder victim in the Pleasure Garden and a close up of the skier in the Man Who Knew Too Much. All three films start off with action that draws you into the story.


    The differences in the opening are the The Pleasure Garden and The Man Who Knew Too Much have a less sinister beginning. The characters are gathered together to be entertained. The Lodger starts off with a murder and the characters are frightened and anxious because a killer is on the loose. 

    Also the first two films were silent pictures and the third one has sound. 

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  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 knife is accusing, jabbing her in a sense and she feels every prick a little deeper with each mention of the word knife.


    2. As the neighbor continues to talk while Alice's family is eating breakfast, Alice is only hearing the word knife over and over. It is like an accusation in her head. The word knife gets louder and she is trying to handle the knife and you can see and feel her anxiety grow. Until the word knife is so loud she throws the knife and we the audience get a jolt making us jump.


    3. Today the mood of a scene is often achieved by the music in a scene. Hitchcock used this effect with the music used in Psycho during the shower scene. And we all remember the music during the first shark attack in Jaws. In Blackmail there is no background music so the actors expressions convey the tension and the use of sound  conveys Alice's thoughts.

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  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 bends over to  pick it up. She has the upper hand and as she approaches the two guys she is in control. She can choose either one as the accused. They are helpless and must wait to see which one of them she will catch in the trap she has set for them.


    2. The use of the the POV tracking shot puts the viewer in the character's shoes. We see what they see and the action is focused on just what their view is. It conveys the suspense that is built up as the characters and us the viewer wait to see the outcome. Especially since this was a silent film the technique helps tell the story without the need for words. And watching it with no sound you have to rely on what you are seeing to tell the story instead of words or dramatic music.


    3.In all the clips we have seen so far the theme is the relationships between men and women.

    In The Pleasure Garden, The Ring and Downhill there are scenes of dancing. The Ring and Downhill both have a shot of a record player. In The Lodger and Downhill we have the close up of a women's face. In all the movies the eyes are used to express emotions. The leering men and the flirty dancers in The Pleasure Garden, the anxious boxer in The Ring, the victim and the witness in The Lodger and the accused men and their accuser in Downhill. The use of eyes to express emotion will continue to be used in later films even when sound is used. The theme of voyeurism is always present. The men watching the dancers in The Pleasure Garden, the crowds watching the victim's body and the witness telling what she saw in The Lodger, the boxer watching his wife in The Ring and the girl watching the two men walking towards the headmaster in Downhill. This theme will continue in later films such as Rear Window and Psycho.

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  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 being that close to another man, even worse her husband's rival.

    Especially when her husband is in the next room. 


    2. As in German Expressionist films we see the anxiety on the husband's face as the party gets wilder and he sees his wifr flirty and getting closer to his rival. But what he see is subjective. The piano keys begin to distort and look like legs of the dancers, long and sinewy. The piano players hand are moving frantically like the dancers hands were during their dance. The spinning record show the thoughts spinning around in the husband's head as he imagines the worst. He finally can take no more and rushes into the room, only to see he was mistaken.


    3. The room where the party takes place looks inviting. Plenty of room for dancing. A lively crowd gathered for some fun. Couches with pillows and lamps give it a warm glow. A wide view to show all the action.The other room is small and very business-like. The furniture is rigid and the action is very calm. The shots are tighter giving the feeling of being cramped. Which denotes the pressure the man feels as he contemplates leaving his wife behind whiles he goes to train. The use of the mirror to reflect what the wife and husband see is great. When she looks in the mirror and sees her husband watching her she looks ashamed and a little uncomfortable at what she is doing. When the husband looks in the mirror he is distressed at what he thinks is going on between his wife and his rival. But then when he bursts into the room and he sees that was not what was really happening we know that the previous montage was all in his head. Brilliant!

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  19. 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). 


    The differences between The Pleasure Garden and The Lodger are that the crowd gathered at the club are happy and are there to be entertained but the crowds gathered in The Lodger are there to find out about the victim and they are fearful. 


    The "Hitchcock Style" in The Lodger can be seen with the close up of the woman screaming (Psycho, The Birds). A blonde as main focus in the scene emphasized by the name "Golden Curls" the press has given the victim. The fear of the town's citizens increasing as the story of the dead woman spreads (Frenzy). Also the truck that is delivering the newspapers has two round windows and as it drives down the street the viewer appears to be watching the scene through binoculars (Rear Window). 


    Even though this is a silent film, the expression on the women's face as she is screaming conveys the fear and terror she is experiencing. No words are needed. The close up draws you in, so all you can focus on is her and her fear. You do not see what is happening so you have to imagine what is happening. That is the true "Hitchcock Style". The suspense is built up and because you don't always see what is happening your imagination can conjure up all kinds of horrors and anticipation of what is to come pulls you in deeper to the situation Hitchcock has created for the characters. Hitchcock puts the viewer on the edge of their seat and makes you squirm until the end of the ride. The not knowing can be scarier than if you could actually see it. In later films which do have sound Hitchcock was able to emphasize that fear even more because now you have the visual and the audible of the screams. But with the close up you still can only focus on the the one who is screaming and what is happening to make them scream. Such as in the shower scene in Psycho, when the birds are attacking Melanie Daniels in The Birds, or when the thunder and lightening strike during the storm in Marnie.



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  20. 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 binoculars (Rear Window). Voyeurism as a theme with the man offstage and the men in the audience (Rear Widow and Psycho). The women's purse being robbed by a thief (To Catch A Thief, and Marnie and Family Plot).


    No. The body language used by the actors and the action taking place was easy to follow. I was able to follow the plot as the sequence was played. Facial expressions really set the tone for silent films,

    and both the dancers and men in the audience were able to convey their feelings. So even without words you can understand what is happening on screen.


    Huge fan of Hitchcock. Glad to be on board.


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