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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
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