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  1. Good Evening... A few of my favorite films that I believe have some of the Hitchcock Touches are: -"Double Indemnity" (film Noir) -"Brain Dead" (tv show about bugs trying to take over the world - "The Birds") -"The Night of the Hunter" (Robert Mitchum stars-one of my favorite actors who plays a killer- ordinary ppl in extraordinary circumstances-suspense-thriller) - on TCM this Sunday; looking forward. Just a few that come to mind...if I think of more I'll post. Gonna miss this class.
  2. Hi Everyone! Is there a possibility that we will ever see Hitch's very first films, or destroyed in some way/partially found(?) that were spoken of early in the course...AND...are we absolutely positive that Hitch never discussed why he cut the rights to ROPE, REAR WINDOW, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956) and VERTIGO for so long? Did not mention anything to any still living person, not even his daughter as to what caused him to make this decision? Was he made at the studio? Thabk you so much for a fantastic journey into the mind of one of my all time favorite directo
  3. Good Afternoon.... 1. Frenzy opens with an aero view of London, almost like a picture postcard. As the camera moves in we see a group of people on the embankment of the Thames listening to a politician talk about cleaning up the toxins in the Thames and then someone yells "LOOK!". Our attention is then focused on a bloated dead body of a half naked woman, face down, arms and legs spread out, in the water as discussions begin about what happened. The Lodger opens with a shadow of a man and then to the face of a woman screaming (only we hear nothing as it is a silent film.) next we see the dead
  4. Good Afternoon.... 1. Marnie's introduction: two suitcases, one clothes neatly packed, straight from the box; the other tossed into the case no order; the pocket book is changed out, as is the Social Security card (choice of 3); the removing of the dark dye from her hair; putting of the suitcase i to a locker and tossing key down drain--all point to Marine as a thief covering her tracks. 2. Herrmann score creates a mood of anticipation rising and comes to a crescendo when Marnie rises from the sink, smiling and now a blond! The whole mood changes once this occurs and she gets rid of the old
  5. Good Evening... 1. We learn that both are playful. When Mitch asks Melanie for help, she acts like she works at the Pet Shop and its clear when he questions about the red birds that he know she has no clue what love birds are; yet she continues in the charade. Definitely, there seems to be budding chemistry between them which makes for a great romantic comedy....at least that's what Hitch would have us to believe this movie is. Or is it????? 2. When Melanie hears and sees the swarm of sea gulls hovering over the city, its startling and set a chilling bmood. Then once in the pet shop, the sou
  6. Good Evening... 1. The music (violins) is piercing & sharp along w/ the lines moving in & out of each other: left to right & top to bottom, as they come together to form the players names and the title of the film which creates a kind of frenzied anticipation; you sense something horrible is going to happen. The grey lines revealing white letters against the stark black background also adds to this mood/tone. There is something about a black & white film that invokes an eerie foreboding that makes you curl up into a fetal position under the cover, only your eyes showing. Scar
  7. Good afternoon... 1. "I look vaguely familiar" is a line that brings home "yes, as a matter of fact, you look VERY familiar; you both do!"Cary and Eva are two actors whose faces the audience knows very well, maybe Cary more so than Eva, bit this line is funny and invites the audience in on the joke. "Of course, we know who you are, Cary, Eva!" Also, it ties into Eva's answer later on when she calls him out on the lie of who is really is in the picture. 2. The matchbook with Roger's initials is a tool Eve uses to cement her seduction of Roger. When he lights her cigarette, she takes hold if
  8. Good Evening... 1. The image of the eye, the iris and the spinning graphics: some spin to the left, some spin to the right combined w/ the colors and the repetitive sound of the violins/flutes (?) and the booming horns create an eerie, melodramatic, ominous mood. I am scared and at the same time intrigue. I want to close my eyes but don't dare look away. The music pulls me in spinning I am in the eye. Love me some Hitchcock Touch. 2. The EYE has it. It begins and ends w/staring into the EYE. The red hue over the EYE coupled w/ the music is striking; (we will revisit the image in Psycho) Onc
  9. Hellooooo.... 1. The opening shot is a pan of the set as Hitch's gives us the camera's eye-view of the apartments and the people living in them with a small glimpse of the neighborhood in the background. 2. We learn via a pan of Jeff's room that it's a hot summer day (sweat on his face even though he is in front of the open window); his leg is broken; he's an action photographer, his camera is smashed up - perhaps he was just a little to close to his subject. 3. During the opening scene, I felt like I was waking up and stretching as I looked out my window & checking out my neighbors as
  10. Hi All! 1. The back and forth/ left-right motion of the camera following the walking shoes-the train rails crisscrossing, the crossed legs crisscrossing as the shoes touch, the two men seated across from one another even the hand shake crisscrosses. 2. The camera follows them walking and even their legs seem to crisscross from the knees down as they walk. Bruno's shoes are flashing white/ black spectators against a pinstriped suit, rather ugly tie (to me) and the name tie clip and he is very talkative despite his protest that he "doesn't talk much." "I certainly admire people who do th
  11. Hi! In answer to questions 1,2 & 3: Hitch's use of a wide shot then dollying in to a CU of Alicia in bed, clearly not having a good morining yet she is lit in white light and then a LS of Devlin standing almost in silouhette in the doorway are defintely Hitch's touch. Also, Devlin is dressed in a crisp black suit (could be blue for all I know), hair perfectly combed against Alicia's messy hair (she even loses a piece) and dress not to mention the pain in her head that we see through her actions. The use of the upside down camera angle conveys the nausia Alicia feels over to the audience.
  12. Hi, I was having trouble with this yesterday so hopefully today I will be able to get it all in w/o being kicked out. Here goes... 1. The opening of the movie is a pan of the dirty dishes on the bedroom floor that lead up to Mr. Smith playing a game of solitaire. (Hitchcock's touch) The use of light, shadows & close ups. (Hitchcock's touch) The music helps to create the tone and mood of playfulness and upcoming comedic antics to come. (Hitchcock's touch) 2. So far in most of the films we have seen, Hitchcock's openings have been shadowed in darkness. The music foreshadowing up
  13. Hello! The opening of Mr and Mrs. Smith starts out focusing on the half eaten food on dishes and pans across the floor revealing more dishes and glasses, cups etc
  14. Good Afternoon, All, 1.) What I learned about Uncle Charlie is that he is being sort after by two men and apparently has charmed his landlady to tell them he is not home. When she comes to inform him of the visitors, he is resting in bed, an unlit cigar in his hand, seemingly unphased by the news; he doesn't even budge when the landlady tells him he ought not leave money lying around and that she is honest and doesn't have money problems. Once she leaves the room after telling him to rest and pulling the shades down, Uncle Charlie sits on the side of the bed, finishes his glass of water and s
  15. Hello, Everyone, 1. & 2. & 3.) The opening of Rebecca is different in that it's a POV shot and the VOICE OVER of Rebecca speaking and the camera dolly movement through MANDERLEY and then you focus on the Manderley, which reminds me of Norman's house in PSYCHO; the way it was shot, the lighting made it appear very spooky, almost like a horror film, certainly I felt suspense lies ahead. Then we focus on a window of the house and then it fades into waves rolling/splashing over rocks, (again shades of PSYCHO: shower scene). The mood comes from dark and gloomy to crashing waves as we pan
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