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  1. Hitchcock's touches are spread throughout the film. One of the most Hitchcockian shots is the POV shot when a very drunk Ingrid Bergman is lying on the bed as Cary Grant comes into view. Lighting has always been very important to Hitchcock. One of the ways we can distinguish Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman's personalities in the film is through the lighting alone. Ingrid has a very soft glow that is always on her: it signifies her innocence. Cary Grant, on the other hand, always wears very dark clothes and has dark shadows either cast on him or he is hiding in the shadows. It shows how his chara
  2. 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. This movie has a very cheerful and light tone compared to many of Hitchcock's films. Just from the opening scene, it is hard to believe that it could possibly be the "Master of Suspense" himself directing this film. Although this is a crime related film later on, it is a very lighthearted and comedic one. From the cheerful music to the arguing Germans to the poor hotel emp
  3. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? What makes dolly shots so effective is the fact that is makes us feel a deeper connection with the characters on the screen. If the camera had been still, we would not feel as much of an emotional connection to the scene. When the camera follows these boys on the track, we feel like we are experiencing the feelings of anxiety and sympathy for our characters not knowing what is going to happen through the door. What makes a POV dolly shot so effective is that we are not simp
  4. 2. As is the case with a lot of German Expressionist films, in this scene, there are many shots that are very subjective and put us into the psychological mind of a main character. Please note the various techniques Hitchcock uses to create that feeling of subjectivity. German Expressionism in of itself is more about portraying psychological elements through the use of the set and/or camera techniques. The psyche or emotions of the character are shown through the visual. We know more about what our main character is feeling through what Hitchcock shows on the screen. The specific example
  5. 2. Identify elements of the "Hitchcock style" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Even if you are not sure if it is the "Hitchcock style," what images or techniques stand out in your mind as powerful storytelling? Or images that provide an excess of emotion? Hitchcock has never been the type of director to have a very slow exposition. Most of his films start out with some sort of crime or vice happening. In The Lodger, the story is introduced by explaining that there has been a murder. Later on, we see the same thing. In Psycho, Marion Crane steals money from her workplace
  6. 3. Since this is a silent film, do you feel there were any limitations on these opening scenes due to the lack of synchronous spoken dialogue? I did not find limitations at all. Film is not just an element of the spoken word, it is a compilation of moving pieces to create a scene or an action. Although dialogue does add to films, it does not define a film. When anyone thinks of Alfred Hitchcock in his films, most people do not think of the writing as much as the style of the moving images. I think it is possibly better that it is a silent film, so that we as the viewers have to figure out
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