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  1. 1) I agree with others, between the two pov shots you switch back and forth between the fear and nervous anticipation of being accused and the smug arrogance of the accuser 2) He uses it to build tension by putting the viewer in the position of the subject, with the fear etc that they are experiencing. By doing that the viewer has a more personal and vested interest in the story 3) The montages. The succession of clips to quickly tell the background story.
  2. 1) the quick shots full of frenzied action build the anxiety which leads in to the equally anxious thoughts of the boxer 2) the quick shots and the superimposing of images (real and imagined by the boxer) 3) I think the physical separation of the two rivals, one in each room directly across from each other, and with the wife of the newcomer clearly on the other side
  3. 1) the main difference I noticed was the mood. The Pleasure Garden starts very light-hearted and comedic while The Lodger drops you right into the crime and the terrorized victim. 2) Images that stand out for Hitchcock technique are the sheer horror on not only the victims face but the observers/bystanders as well. The lady that found the body was so distraught she could barely tell her story. Very Hitchcock, reminds me of The Birds (restaurant scene) as well as others. 3) Hitchcock often does the open mouth scream. Of course Psycho comes to mind as well as Frenzy (the only Hitchcock movie I do not like and never want to see again). I disagree you cannot hear the scream in this silent movie though, he captured her terror in that close up so well I don't think anyone could help but hear that scream.
  4. I have to admit I wasn't sure if the "Hitchcock Touch" was specifically referring to technical aspects (camera focusing on objects he wants us to observe i.e. the purse) or his recurring themes (mistaken or in this case stolen identity) but both are present here. I absolutely agree there are already elements here that he uses throughout his career (see above). I suppose there are types of limitations due to lack of spoken dialogue but there are also advantages visually, I love to seek out and observe cues in silent films.
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