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  1. I completely concur with the course notes about having preconceived ideas of both actors’ performances. I only knew of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald as a film couple, but I had never seen any of their movies. I had only ever seen MacDonald in one other film called San Francisco, many years ago. MacDonald played a down-on-her-luck, classically trained singer who gets hired to perform in a saloon by the owner, played by Clark Gable. I don’t recall liking her character because she seemed “too good” for the saloon owner and she was clearly out of place in his world of liquor and gambling.
  2. The clip showcases people who don’t seem to have cares about money or any worries of life. The viewer is introduced to Ziegfeld as he gives his hotel doorman a hefty tip for providing pertinent info. Cut to an opulent music hall full of ladies and gentlemen in black tie attire. Ziegfeld and his nemesis Billings are each seated in their own private box enjoying the show. Musical star Anna Held is performing in a luxurious costume, singing a bright, cheerful tune as she moves across the stage with a light-hearted energy. The viewer cannot help but marvel at Anna’s beauty and how she has captu
  3. I think an interesting collaboration would be Hitchcock and Jordan Peele (writer/director of Get Out). The suspense thriller possibilities from this pairing could be prolific; and Jordan Peele comes from a comedy background which would also complement Hitch.
  4. Now that I’ve learned SO much in this course, I’m anxious to see the new movie Dunkirk because I’ve heard it has many elements that are a nod to Hitchcock... Pure suspense Hans Zimmer score More emphasis on visual imagery vs. conversation, to propel the story Bold camera techniques Nail-biting sound design over dialog Story told from three perspectives, interweaving and jumping back and forth in time I also read where they needed to solve the problem of how to shoot inside a Spitfire plane because the camera didn’t fit in the cockpit. They wanted the fight scenes to look as authe
  5. 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. Frenzy opens with majestic pageantry music playing as a long dolly shot shows aerial views of the ThamesRiver area. It's day time and the viewer gets a nice, scenic view of London, even flying under London Bridge. The camera zooms to a group of people gathered along the shoreline of the river listening to a speaker. As he expounds on efforts to keep the river clean of pollution (for over a minute by the time the viewer hears him), a spec
  6. 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. Marnie is returning to her hotel room after a very successful shopping trip, which includes a new suitcase. She is seen filling two suitcases. One suitcase is larger (we assume this is the new one) and it gets packed very neatly with the new purchases she has just brought back with her. The other suitcase becomes a storage container to discard the clothes she is wearing now, along with other
  7. 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? There’s a chance meeting between Mitch and Melanie inside a pet store. Mitch assumes Melanie is a store clerk, and this type of mistaken identity is a typical meet cute for a romantic comedy. It’s obvious from body language that Melanie is attracted to Mitch, but he doesn’t appear to be as obvious about his attraction to her. Mitch starts asking Melanie questions about love birds and
  8. 1. 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 score is suspenseful string music played at a quick pace. The tune is erratic and jarring, eliciting feelings of urgency and tension. Thoughts of being chased come to mind. The graphics are a series of horizontal and vertical gray lines cutting through the white text of the titles, splitting the words so they are unreadable. Perhaps
  9. 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. Cary Grant’s reputation in films is as the irresistible leading man, so it’s only natural that viewers would expect any character he plays to be the object of a woman’s desires. With his handsome looks, impeccable tailoring, and engaging repartee, he would have a tough time avoiding attention from females. Eva Marie Saint I onl
  10. 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. We see a black and white close-up of a woman’s lips, slightly twitching, and then we see a close-up of both her eyes looking left and right. This woman is nervous about something. Move to a close-up of one eye as the image becomes tinged with red. Red maybe
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