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  1. I like the thought you gave about Hitchcock forcing us into the character's position. That is how I feel when watching any of his films and I think it's important in filmmaking to make your audience feel that way.
  2. Daily Dose #4: Downhill 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? I think it was so smart to replace the music in the scene with the effect of the POV dolly shots. It really adds the drama to the scene and makes me feel the tension in the scene without there being any dialogue or music. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? It adds a lot to the visual storytelling because the POV technique is what is used to convey a lot of different emot
  3. I totally felt the same way about the mirrors. It gave me a feeling of disorientation and anxiety as well!
  4. Daily Dose #3: The Ring 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? Besides the editing, you can gain a lot of sense of vitality and rhythm from just watching the way the protagonist (the boxer) is worried about training for his competitions and the anxiety of what to do with his wife. He worries that if he leaves her to go training they may end up in divorce. Editing wise, I loved the shots of the mirrors and the quick shots from the dancers to the couple sitting and chatting about going to see their next show. 2. As is the case wit
  5. I agree a lot with you about the Norma Desmond quote because in those days the character's an actor's really needed to show emotion in their faces to get their point across due to lack of sound. I wish this was more prevalent in today's cinema because I feel there is a constant lack of emotion.
  6. Daily Dose #2: To-Night Golden Curls (The Lodger) 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? Some of the differences between The Lodger and The Pleasure Garden are easily recognizable in the first few seconds. For example, The Pleasure Garden starts out a little bit more upbeat with the dancing girls and a lot of shots of them coming down a spiral staircase to an audience full of men who are definitely giving the "male gaze" to the women. The Lodger starts out way differently with a man l
  7. I think it's pretty exciting that you've never seen a Hitchcock movie before! This class is totally going to open you up to some incredible films! I do agree with you in that I was also surprised by the music in the clip. There are different types of silent films depending on the time they were made (some include music while other's don't) and I think I liked that this one included music because it delivered the dark feeling of the movie.
  8. Daily Dose #1: The Pleasure Garden 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Watching this clip from the "Pleasure Garden" reminded me a lot of some of the sequences in "Rear Window" specifically the woman's legs showing in the beginning. It's not quite the same but it has the same kind of vibe that would've been found in "Rear Window". A lot of the beginning shots with the dances and the spiral staircase also feel very Hitchcock and they seem to be identifiable to a lot of people that have participated in this discussion thu
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