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  1. I apologize again for my lack of knowledge. The comments made by everyone here - everyone is so knowledgeable. I am going to write down a lot of these movies because I have not seen them or do not remember them well. What a treasure trove! Thanks!!!! My husband and I are always talking about which actor would play which role if the Alfred Hitchcock movies were to be remade. I also would love a line of clothes based on the different female characters - especially the Thelma Ritter and Grace Kelly dress lines. They don't seem to make nice dresses like that anymore. Women need clothes
  2. Wow! Thanks everyone. Thank you Dr. Edwards. Thank you TCM! I have learned so much and wish I could have added a lot more knowledge - but I am inspired to learn much more about movies. And watch a lot of these mentioned above that I have not seen. I immediately thought of Niagra, Gaslight, Dark Passage and Witness for the Prosecution. I have to mention High Anxiety. I will try to remember all the Hitchcock touches when I watch movies now! Thanks and good luck to all!
  3. 1. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the opening of The Lodger? Feel free to re-watch the clip from The Lodger (Daily Dose #2) for comparison. The Lodger opened with a woman screaming and then the crowd gathers round the dead woman. The police are seen immediately and then the movie starts going back and forth from the police and reporters. Frenzy starts with a very pleasant trip above the Thames with dramatic music. Travelogue was a good description. We s
  4. 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. Marnie is hiding something big. If I had not seen the movie I would still assume the clothes and money were stolen. She is obviously experienced changing her identity physically and with the variety of social security cards. She is really good by hiding the cards in the back of the gold case. She seems to easily go from one identity to another and prob
  5. 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? The mood seems light and it seems to be a nice day in San Francisco. A very lovely lady is walking down the street and even a boy whistles at her. I think if a man had whistled it would have taken us out of the lightness of the beginning. There is the one scene with the birds in the air - foreboding- but we are quickly brought back to the pleasant scene. However, I find th
  6. 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 staccato of the music intertwined with the broad sweeping strings made me think of stabbing intertwined with driving (not sure why driving) but the more melodic part is bittersweet to me. However, it spells danger! Very bad!! The Bass design made me think of split personality and fracturing of the brain. Since I have seen
  7. And.....the Hitchcock cameo! I wonder how long it took to figure that out. I am so interested in unusual concepts in movies. Putting a bunch of people in a lifeboat for a while movie .... amazing.
  8. 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. Cary Grant the older, handsome, sexy, suave star and Eva Marie Saint the younger blonde with the smokey voice and sexy eyes. Train travel can be dangerous and it can also be sexy. People in a situation away from societal norms. Grant's character is already in a lot of danger....what is going to happen?! There is m
  9. Thank you so much Dr. Edwards! Thank you Dr. Gehring! Thank you for everyone who worked so hard to provide this course. Thank you to all the students who have been so kind. I keep getting teary-eyed thinking of the interviews with Mr. Robert Osborne and Kim Novak and Eva Marie Saint. Mr. Osborne was such a gentlemen and did such amazing interviews. ​My husband and I are always wondering what younger people would make of Alfred Hitchcock movies. I don't know why that interests us so much. Anyway, I just wanted to say how much this course has meant to me at a stressful tim
  10. I had a a problem trying to register. I ended up using a different email address than the one I am registered with on canvas.net.
  11. 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. I felt inner turmoil both of an individual and as an individual and others. Sometimes floating and sometimes falling. A sense of a drawn out drama but definitely a psychological/trauma/drama. Also duality. The interweaving of two forms. I
  12. 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? Amazing! It is a sweeping vantage point of Jeff's world that he is stuck in for the present because of a broken leg. We see the apartments and buildings and surroundings. We even learn about Jeff. I feel like Hitchcock is showing us how the world is a theater even when we are in a city setting that isn't 100% spiffy clean. We are being shown Jef
  13. 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. The two taxis arriving. Bruno is wearing flashy shoes while Guy is more conservative. The camera cuts back and forth between them. We have the train tracks that split. On the train the two men's shoes hit against each other. We s
  14. Wow - sounds good. I'm watching it if I can find it! Interesting.
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