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  1. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Feel free to rewatch the clip from The Lodger (Daily Dose #2) for comparison. Though both openings involve murder, the crowd in Frenzy are fairly calm. Lot more panic and chaos in the opening of the Lodger. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. Some common elements found here are a famous landmark, a crowd setting and of course murder and a cameo. 3. Using Frenzy as an example, what thoughts do you have about the various purposes Hitchcock had in mi
  2. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objects. We discover that Marnie is a dishonest person. Stacks of cash, multiple identities & changing hair color adds up to something fishy. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene? The musuc creates a mood of suspense or perhaps intrigue. Upon fist seeing Marnie's face, the music accentuates the reveal. Did you see any variation in what Hitchcock is doing with his ca
  3. In what ways does this opening scene seem more appropriate to a romantic comedy than a “horror of the apocalypse” film? What do we learn about Melanie (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch (Rod Taylor) in this scene? Seems just a casual day in a pet shop with friendly flirtatious dialogue. Funny Melanie is trying to mess with Mitch yet he is onto her and has a little fun of his own. How does Hitchcock use sound design in this opening sequence? For example, how are the sounds of birds used to create a particular mood and atmosphere? I suppose with a film called the Birds, what better soundtrack
  4. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? It's no secret that Herrmann used an all string score to emmulate screaming or screeching. The Bass titles come in with a stabbing motion which of course we see later in the shower. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date, and time: “FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH” and “TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.” Wha
  5. Even at the level of the dialogue, this film is playing with the idea that two Hollywood stars are flirting with each other (e.g. the line, "I look vaguely familiar.") How does our pre-existing knowledge of these stars function to create meaning in this scene. Perhaps since we are familiar with the stars, it feels like we are out with a couple of friends. With their flirtatious conversation having us think "get a room already" There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation from the overall pattern of focusing on the faces of the two leads will have increased significance. In
  6. Describe what you think this film will be about simply from the sounds and images in these opening credits. Even if you have seen the film, try to focus on these sounds and images themselves and “the story” (or if not "the story," the mood and atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. With the repetitive creepy music accented with dramatic horns and the trippy visuals I would guess that the film would be a mystery and deal with hypnotism. In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful image in this title sequence? Defend your answ
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