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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. ​The opening has majestic music and is in full color. You feel the full glory of the UK, London Bridge, the Thames. Not a silent open mouth screaming. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. ​The shot of coming in from above, Gods' perspective is familiar in Hitchcock's work; Psycho. The photographers cameras like Rear Window, being voyeurs. The cameo of Hitch in the crow
  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. She's a thief and has been for a long time. The different SS cards, the old clothes and hair that she discards, very carefully. Not put in a dumpster, but in a locker and she drops the key down a grating. You know she's never going back there. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Herrmann's score in this scene? It sets the opening up as romantic, no slashing title cards. Title cards writ
  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? Mitch sees her standing there, in a very nice suit and very high heels. He knows who she is but gets her to pretend that she works there. Asking her about lovebirds. A bird escapes and she tries to get it back into it's cage. Screwball comedy. (Side note, the shopkeeper tells Melanie that the delivery truck hadn't arrived yet. Why? Did the birds revolt on the truck ride over and kil
  4. 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? The "split" of the title in the opening credits mirrors Norman Bates' split personality. The cutting of the credits symbolizes the literal cutting with knives that happens throughout the movie. The music sets up a stressful, manic pace for the entire movie. Which is interesting since there are moments of complete silence. Norman watching Mari
  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. Grant is wearing sunglasses and his arms are on the table. Eva Marie is drinking coffee and keeps her arms off the table. He only takes off the sunglasses, revealing his eyes, when she says that he has a nice face. I love how he his life is in danger, but he has the "umph" to flirt! It reminds me of Grants role in "An Affair to R
  6. 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. Lips. Nose. Eyes. Black & White, zooming in to one eye which goes to blood red, the eye opens wide-horrified. The music is stressful. The spinning circles are hypnotic, surreal. Not quite reality. It sets up an dream-like experience. The black opening
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