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Sue Anne

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  1. It seems to me that there was a lot more chaotic elements in the opening of the LODGER. A large crowd had gathered at night after the murder. Making the situation all the more disturbing and creepy. In the Opening scene of FRENZY we get a sweeping travel log of the beautiful city of London. However,a large crowd has gathered, in the seamier side, during the day, to hear the local politician expound on cleaning up the city and the river. When lo and behold a nude woman's body, lying face down, has washed up amid all the murky, polluted water. Hitch uses this technique frequently t
  2. First off I have to say that up until now, Marnie has not been one of my favorite Hitchcock movies. Haven't seen it in many years and had forgotten most of the plot. But, with taking this class and trying to identify different elements of the opening scene, I feel there will be a definite air of suspense and mystery, as the story unravels, which always garners my attention. Especially, when she changes her identities, which happens frequently. Having seen the many social security cards. What identity shall I assume this time? We know she is a thief and con artist as we watch the mone
  3. As Melanie looks up and sees the gulls she wonders what is happening. The pet shop lady says there must be a storm coming, because the birds are moving inland. This is a foreshadowing of the chaos to come. In the opening scene Melanie tries to put one over on Mitch by pretending to work at the pet shop. Mitch knows what is going on the whole time and tries to teach her a lesson. The lighthearted banter between the two is another touch of Hitch's to throw us off and then bring us back to the main story line. The soundtrack is pure genius by Hitch, because it makes the bird
  4. The music is so startling to me. The high pitch sound of the strings. It truly makes one feel nervous, and invokes great anxiety. There are skewed lines in the title sequence, to announce the cast, showing us that for now everything might seem to be fine. But when we look closer, as the story develops, there is a feeling that something is not right, or has broken down. Then as we enter the opening scene through the blinds, it reminds me of the voyeuristic nature of Rear Window. As the story progresses in PSYCHO and Norman Bates character is revealed as the voyeur; looking at Marion
  5. To me Eva Marie Saint is more in control of the scene. She is the perfect Hitchcock blonde, very sexy and a spy. There is immediate attraction between the two characters and the dialogue is subtle yet very suggestive. Cary Grant ever the movie star, his eyes first masked behind sunglasses. As they become more familiar and comfortable with each other, the glasses come off and their sexual banter,going back and forth becomes more intense. When he offers to lite her cigarette, she draws him in and touches his hand to blow out the match, you can just feel the attraction. The mu
  6. The mood is so intense. Dizziness sets in, catching you off guard. The swirling of the graphics puts you in a trance. The close up of the eye, made me feel panicky, and fearful. The intense red color, obviously reminds me of blood. I believe this film will be one of mystery, intrigue, and murder. The music is magnificently BOLD! The music and the graphics work well together to make us feel like we have been swept off our feet. We know this film will definitely hold our attention. The on location shooting lends authenticity and excitement to the film. The uneasiness of San
  7. Even though Jeff's back is to the window and he is asleep in his wheelchair, we get a glimpse from being voyeurs looking around his apartment at the broken camera, the pictures on the wall of accidents, and the glamour magazines, that he is indeed a photographer, and that he has had an accident. We can surmise that his profession is a rather dangerous one. When Jeff wakes up,he will be the voyeur and peek into the lives of the people across the courtyard. As the audience, we are invited to see how the neighbors live, how they interact. Knowing that nothing is private, and we are looki
  8. We see the opening scene with the two sets of train tracks criss crossing, leading us to believe that there will be two different paths taken. The two cabs also cross paths. We follow the footsteps of the two main characters. Bruno with his flamboyant spats, and the tie clip with BRUNO spelled out, for all the world to see; like he is showing off. His suit is more garish and loud. I see Bruno as the "Ne'r Do Well". Guy as the more famous of the two, being the renowned tennis player. He dresses more conservatively. A nice suit, and plain shoes, not drawing any attention to himself.
  9. NOTORIOUS is an absolutely brilliant film. The upside down camera angle POV shot is reminiscent of the film Downhill. Bergman is so stunning even playing the party girl down to the loud stripes on her high midriff blouse. Edith head is to be commended for the creation of the costumes on this film. The odd turned camera angles lets us inside Alicia's hangover. The stray lock of hair, that is caught awkwardly in her mouth adds to her vulnerability,and believability. The lighting is much brighter, to show off her face, which again emphasizes her condition. Cary Grant is devastatingl
  10. Hitchcock's amazing camera work as the scene opens up to the room in disarray, with food plates strewn all over. We get to see close-ups of the major visual images. And are left to contemplate what is happening with the storyline, but it's looking like a major standoff is brewing between Mr. and Mrs. Smith. There is not much dialogue in the first part of the scene, and it could be characterized as a silent movie. As we are introduced to the two main characters, we see Robert Montgomery walking around in his bathrobe, unshaven, disheveled, and probably drunk. We view Carol Lombard
  11. I have seen Shadow Of A Doubt a few times,but I had not thought of it as Film Noir. Now that I understand more of the Film Noir genre, this movie has quite a few of the elements that one looks for. Black and white, shadows, the intense music, policemen and detectives. These are some of the clues that I watch for. The scene starts out very happy and care free, with the children playing outside, and then when we view inside the rooming house, Uncle Charlie seems to be rather confident and calm, lying on the bed in his quite formal attire. He doesn't even take off his jacket. But as
  12. The narration voice over by the Joan Fontaine Character (the 2nd Mrs. Dewinter). Almost with a dream sequence, introducing us to the isolated, gothic, mansion called Manderley. We immediately realize that the mansion, will be treated as one of the main characters of the story. Giving us a true sense of eerie foreboding. Hitchcock uses the camera to pan up the drive to the front gate. The amazing use of the miniature sets give us a close-up of Manderley. The lighting in the house making the scene come to life. Also, The use of shadows, fog, mist. The introduction of the two main charac
  13. I love how the German Polka folk music introduces the elderly lady into the opening scene. A light and breezy tone, making the scene open up into a truly delightful atmosphere. The Cuckoo clock sounding adds to the merriment. The audience is also a part of the lively chatter of the other hotel guests. Caldicott and Charters totally steal the opening scene with their amusing character dialogue about the impending doom of war, and their obsession with the Cricket matches. The camera follows the three ladies from the door into the room focusing on them as the center of attention. The hot
  14. The opening scene of the 39 Steps is light and happy as in The Pleasure Garden; and altogether different from the woman screaming in the Lodger. I agree with Rothman's view as he introduces Hannay. He seems very ordinary and relatable, the (everyman) giving us a feeling that this scenario could very well happen to any one of us. But on the other hand, I feel that all is not what it seems, reminding me of all the spies in North By Northwest. This could very well invite Hannay and the viewing audience into a very dangerous adventure. The Music Hall is deemed a fun loving place and it
  15. I really believe the character development will be more important than the plot throughout the film. Abbott does come across as fairly laid back, although the initial look that he and the skier exchange leads us to believe that something sinister is going to happen, and we wonder where their paths may have crossed before. The three films are similar in that the opening scenes were quite lively and grabbed the attention of the audience, right off the bat. The Lodger with the close up shot of the woman screaming. The pleasure Garden with the girls coming down the staircase. The Man Who K
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