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Everything posted by Darbster1

  1. The opening of Frenzy has more graphic evidence (the naked dead body) as opposed to the media headlines in the Lodger. The public is also less chaotic in Frenzy and gathered together ironically to clean up the river. The Lodger was a little more straightforward in that a murder had taken place where Frenzy took it's time before revealing the victim. Lastly the way London is shown in Frenzy is much brighter in its opening than the foggy dark setting of the Lodger. Hitchcock does like to open his film with a crowd, brought together usually for an event of some sort. He also likes to introduce the world we are in for this film before introducing the lead. In this case we get the dolly shot tour of London. His cameo is a typical Hitchcock move; this time it's clear when you see him that he knows something the rest of the crowd doesn't and that something is amiss. Immediately after you see him the dead body is noticed. Hitchcock definitely has a pattern of bringing us into a world that is not what it seems. Most of his openings indicate the setting as jovial and a place to relax; Frenzy opens with a touristy shot of London. Lady Vanishes opens as a vacation, like Man who Knew Too Much. Rear Window opens with meeting the fun happy neighbors in the Greenwich Village apt. But we know that very soon something very wrong is about to happen.
  2. Though Jeff is asleep during the opening shot, it still looks to be from the POV of his apartment. We learn that Jeff has a sense of humor with the writing on the cast (or someone in his life has a sense of humor). We also can guess he's a photographer. The opening scene definitely makes you feel like a voyeur, especially when he focuses on the girl changing in her apartment because you know that she is unaware that anyone is watching. Also that the home is considered a safe space to all the people shown aren't thinking anyone would be watching them. I plan on re watching because I definitely consider Psycho and North by Northwest to be more cinematic. However I do find that set to be pretty cool.
  3. 1. The opening scene differs from the films made in the British period in that it's much more intimate and isolated; not so public. 2. The setting is very important to the films, which is a popular example of the Hitchcock touch. I've noticed he also likes to build suspense from the moment the film opens. Within two minutes there's the suspense of the leading man committing suicide. 3. The house is really the first character the audience is introduced to. We know much more about this mysterious house than the character speaking. The house is considered a character cause we are shown the relationship between it and the people inhabiting it.
  4. Based on the scene alone I can see how Blackmail is labelled as a dark comedy. The sound elements helped me see how emotionally distraught she was. From when she went in the phone booth (and not hearing anything so she could focus on her next move) to when she was sitting at the table only hearing the word knife. I don't quite know why it's not frequently used in cinema but I appreciate Hitchock's use of sound to get in the mind of the character. I imagine that audiences tend to understand it better when the sound is just normal as opposed to an artistic approach. Or mainly that it's easier and a safe bet for audiences.
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