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  1. Screenwriter - Lawrence Kasdan, Paul Schrader Costume Design - open Director - Sofia Coppola, David Lynch, Lawrence Kasdan, Adrian Lyne Editor - Fred Raskin Cinematographer - Robert Richardson, Emmanuel Lubezki Actors - Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Sharon Stone, Harvey Kietel, Mandy Patinkin, Tom Hanks, Paul Giammatti, Nicole Kidman Music - Ennio Morricone, John Williams, John Barry, Danny Elfman, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer
  2. 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. There is a lack of focus on a specific character who has witnessed something horrible. This time, a group, who experience a dead corpse seem less shocked and disturbed by the incident. There is no footage of a person who is traumatized by a horrible incident. The crowd is introduced immediately and sets the tone for the locale, demographics and historical context of the story. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that
  3. 1. 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. The social security cards are an indication that she maintains several identities. The make-up and hair dye (removed at the sink) are reinforcing the image of her as a person moving incognito, perhaps in espionage. 2. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene? The music provides a sense of unfolding as the character transforms with the removal of hair dye
  4. 1. 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? Two strangers are brought together by chance in a pet store. Classic intro to a RomCom especially when the lady attempts to BS the gent by impersonating a sales person at the store. We learn that Melanie is interested in Mitch. We do not know for sure yet what Mitch has in mind. We learn that the location is a major US City (San Francisco). The two appear to be urban, sophisticated,
  5. 1. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigo and North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? In all honesty, the title intro is a bit overrated (IMO). The score on the other hand is the bread and butter of the collaboration. I see little to nothing in the title sequence that would indicate anything about the Theme. The only thing that I can see is the slightest possibility of a “slashing” movement in the way some of the Titles are
  6. 1. 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. Do not understand the question. 2. 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 that sense, discuss how Hitchcock uses the R.O.T. matchbook as an important piece of acting business (or as a prop) in
  7. 1. 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. My initial impression is that it is in the science fiction genre. The mood is established mostly by the music, which evokes mystery and curiosity. The whirling graphics look like engineering or sound recording and data measurements on a compute
  8. 1. How would you describe the opening camera shot of this film? What is Hitchcock seeking to establish in this single shot that opens the film? Whose vantage point is being expressed in this shot, given that Jeff has his back to the window? The motion of the camera takes on the role of a viewer with great attention to detail. Scanning to and fro for colors, textures, movement, sounds, personalities and construction materials that all add up to a great compilation of character, which in effect, is the environment itself. It appears to be Hitchcock’s vantage point and he is substituti
  9. 1. In how many ways does Hitchcock play with or visually manifest the metaphor of “criss cross” or “criss-crossing” in this introductory sequence. [For those who haven’t seen the film yet, the idea of “criss cross” is central idea in this film, a theme Hitch sets up from the opening frames of this film] Be specific. Crossed tennis rackets, railroad tracks, legs, shoes, walking through crowds, etc. 2. Even in this brief scene, how does Hitchcock create a sense of contrast between Guy (Farley Granger) and Bruno (Robert Walker)? Consider everything from camera work, to clothin
  10. 1. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? Calculated placement of props and characters to evoke a mise-en-scene and to support his objectives in character and plot development. Camera movement is un-orthodox, innovative as it attempts to create a unique point of view. 2. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograph his two stars in this scene? What are some of the contrasts that Hitchcock trying to set up between these two characters through art direction, costume, and cinematography? Contrast created with female character por
  11. 1. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this opening sequence? Moreover, what do we learn about or know about the couple through the scene's visual design: the props, the set design or dressing, the decor, the camera angles, the lighting, etc.? The most obvious touch to me is the way AH likes to guide the observer with camera movement around the set. He fills the lens with props and images that help one make judgements on where, when and who is occupying the space. In this scene, via props and set dressing, we are invited into what appears to be a hotel room that has been occupie
  12. 1. As mentioned in the curator's note, this scene operates as a prelude to the main story. What do learn about the character of Uncle Charlie in this prelude? Be specific. He appears to be on the “Lam” and laying low. The stash of cash indicates he may have been paid off for a nefarious deal, or perhaps came into stolen money. Clothing, cigar and cool countenance support a city boy. His decision to exit the room calls for a type of nerve that is unusually courageous for such a routine task. Apparently, he is involved in a high stakes and perhaps dangerous set of circumstances. 2.
  13. 1. Describe how this opening is different from the multiple opening scenes you have seen in the Daily Doses from the British silent and/or sound period? Thoughtful, introspective, nostalgic compared to previous efforts that profiled an event that instigates action and introduces characters with the plot taking off. Characters are the focus here with the glimpse into their thoughts and personalities. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? Skillful craftsmanship, camera movement, sound design, set d
  14. 1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes? Crowd scene in public venue, introducing multiple characters which adds interest and entertains the observer. Observer makes connection to a place they most likely have been introduced to in personal experience. Humor introduced through banter between character actors. Skillful and concise tracking and camera movement. Main characters are identified by movement into and out of scenes. 2. Do you agree or
  15. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet) The Plot. 2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene? How might this introduction affect your view of the character Abbott later in the film? Abbott is an alien. He admits he does not speak the local language well and admits to speaking German as a core language. He is anxious to move on after the brief encounter with the group. No way to dete
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