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  1. 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. As is obvious...black and white to color...the opening of Frenzy has a fabulous opening score....almost lighthearted...the opening of The Lodger is nothing close to lighthearted....also as the gentleman makes his speech it is evident the environmental concern of the Thames the cleaning up....this was not even a thought in the 1920's 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. We are back i
  2. 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. It appears that Marnie is dishonest or hiding....taking on the persona of different people....as shown in picking different Social Security cards and changing her hair color...as well as her clothing. Why is she changing her identity?? Who or why is she hiding her identity from...Is she wanted or escaping some form of cruelty...Is she guilty or innocent?? Throwing the key down the grate she is throwi
  3. 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? There is an immediate attraction between the two handsome/beautiful and well dressed couple....the playful ease between the two of them....he must know she does not work there but regardless he continues the banter..he and she wants to continue the interaction..if you had no idea about this film you would think it is about a developing love story...and what it going to happen between the two..
  4. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? The music enhances the splitting of the titles...the splitting of Norman Bates as himself and his mother.....the music is so haunting it immediately reminds me of the chopping of the knife into Janet Leigh....the high pitch intensity...you cringe as you hear it As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date,
  5. 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. Just that line.."I look vaguely familiar."...Hitchcock is playing with the viewer...Who was more famous than Cary Grant....I love the cat and mouse of the actors...to me Eva Marie Saint is so in control in this scene so composed so alluring....and Cary Grant responds so well....The attraction is so subtle the dialogue perfect...seems lik
  6. 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? We are seeing the world of Jeff....yes he is not engaged at this time....but this is his world....we are initially brought into it and seeing first hand what he sees and how much his participation in this world can be is he friendly with these neighbors....what will his interaction be with them.... What do we learn about Jeff in this scene without any pertin
  7. 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....As the rails criss cross they then separate.....just as the two Characters Guy and Bruno....criss cross at their first meeting...Guy tapping the shoe of Bruno but once that happens it is down hill and Guy wants nothing more than to "separate" from Bruno....why because Bruno is a psy
  8. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie?The use of two Hollywood Stars Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant.also Claude Raines....in filming the shadowing of Grant as he stands in the door way of bedroom...the close up of Bergman laying in the bed ...but most of all how Bergman sees Grant....as Grant walks in the bedroom the turning of the camera 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 cinema
  9. 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? First I noticed in the very beginning, the camera pan of the room ...the music sets the tone ....light hearted... if the music was ominous you would probably have a total other feel for the opening....you see Robert Montgomery hands playing cards as it pans to his face....Carole Lombard in bed then the fabulous close up.the camera zooms right to her face
  10. 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 has a simmering anger....I was more struck by the music...which increased the emotion....He says to himself "You're bluffing, you have nothing on Me"....he walks out of the room with an air of confidence...and walks right by the two men almost touching them...in a way taunting them...On 2nd viewing of this scene...as Joseph Cotten steps outside the number on the front door is 13.....unlucky but for who....for Joseph
  11. 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? The most notable to me is the lack of a crowd as was shown and featured in other daily doses....The opening narration of Joan Fontaine and the moving of the camera up the drive...the light and shadow as it approaches Manderley...emphasizing an ominous feel ....the whole opening scene lends to the Suspense...and yes the house is another character in this fabulous movie! 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you i
  12. 1. Using specific examples, describe how Hitchcock opens The Lady Vanishes. What tone, mood, or atmosphere is Hitchcock establishing for the audience very early on in this picture? Pay particular attention to the music. Very lighthearted....chaotic....the music lends to the mood intermingled with the chaos in the lobby ...the cuckoo...is not the traditional cuckoo but a little soldier....reminds me of Attention Attention....then the clerk announces how train has been cancelled due to the avalanche 2. Discuss the characters of Caldicott and Charters in this scene. What do the performances
  13. 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? The music hall like the dance hall scene as in the Pleasure Garden....the gaiety of the scene ....I like the quick wit of the Brits....The very first couple of seconds the shadow as the actor approaches the ticket booth...and the shot of him walking to the seat more showing the floor then who it is ...his back as he enters the seat 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in th
  14. 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 characters will be more important...there interactions will help the plot development....when Peter Lorre meets the skier....they literally run into each other....there is a moment of recognition...an ominous recognition between the two...there is some kind of history between them.....what is it? 2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene? How
  15. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. The women standing with the basket is yammering on...but all you hear is low yammering then "KNIFE"...yammering "KNIFE"....which is all Alice hears....by making the basket lady annoying...you do not want to hear her.....but by emphazing knife....it puts you in the mind of Alice and what is unnerving Alice ...the KNIFE 2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates in counterpoint to the visual track. For example, how does Hitchcock set up
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