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Everything posted by Soonya

  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? We learn that Tippi has been in this shop many times and though she may look sophisticated and mature, she is not above playful tricks (maybe like the trick Hitchcock is playing on us as he leads us to believe this is going to be a screwball comedy type movie). We learn that Mitch is a sweetie who is buying a very thoughtful birthday gift, but his mind can be changed by a beautiful blonde.
  2. 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 lines and words of the title design come together and then break apart which foreshadow the coming together and breaking apart of both the young lovers and mother and son. The intense sounds of the strings create tension in the audience in much the same way the gothic styling of the mansion and stormy night foreshadow something horrible is going
  3. The scene is humorous in a sexy way. For example, the line “I look vaguely familiar.” is funny because we know they are both famous stars that are recognized wherever they go. The humor as understatement continues as she compliments his good looks. Then there is the innuendo - you are what type - that type and we all think “fast” while the auditors hear “honest” and when she denies it and he said he is glad because honest women are frightening, the keepers of the moral code should find that statement more objectionable than if she had said the other. I think of me trying to get my parents to l
  4. Until today, I just saw the opening credits as safe time to be getting popcorn. Last night my husband and I watched a movie at home together; he kept insisting I sit down and watch - because according to him, it mattered. I, in ignorant bliss, asked him not to to pause it because I would be back before it starts. Another way this class has changed my viewing habit is now I want to take notes as I watch. So I had my tablet out and was trying to record (via voice to text) my impressions. Hubbie found both the lit tablet screen and my whispering so annoying, I desisted. I couldn’t wait for t
  5. I find the topic of watching movies at different ages similar to reading novels at different ages. As a high school literature teacher and starting this fall, a high school film studies teacher, I would appreciate more comments on this topic in the hopes that it will help me help my students.
  6. I second your comments regarding being oblivious to the nuances of the opening credits. Last year I became the yearbook advisor for my high school - no one else wanted the job so my lack of any qualifications was not an issue - and one of my first tasks was to work with my editors (this was also their first year) to choose font, colors, theme, folios, cover design, etc. that would have meaning and unite the yearbook. Previously in my life, I had never considered any aspect of how these elements impact readers; therefore, I struggled on how to advise my editors so as to help them make meaningfu
  7. The opening camera shot is exposition - setting, characters, culture, backstory. The POV may be similar to what in books would be third person limited - we the audience are limited to what Jeff can know. We learn Jeff is disabled photographer. I think of what I’ve heard commented on regarding Hitch’s penchant for leading men who are damaged / incompetent / broken. We are led to infer that it happened while shooting one of his dangerous assignments. I wonder how many days we are into the accident. Why didn’t he throw away the broken camera? Does he plan to repair it or send it out or keep it
  8. 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 opening scene is in mirror image - one set of legs and feet exiting a taxi and walking with a porter coming from the right and walking left, the other (less dapperly dressed pair of legs, exits the cab from the left and walks with his porter towards the right. The next criss cr
  9. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? As I would only know from listening to Professor Edwards, the spinning scene of Grant is similar to an earlier scene from an earlier English movie Hitchcock directed. Other touches could as just as easily in my mind be what typical American audiences want as quote unquote Hitchcock touches - well-dressed older man - beautiful young woman in bed. Man speaking briskly, unsympathetically to her and trying to get her to participate in something she apparently doesn’t wish to be involved in. How does Hitchcock choose to lig
  10. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this opening sequence? Moreover, what do we learn about or know about the couple through the scene's visual design: the props, the set design or dressing, the decor, the camera angles, the lighting, etc? I’m still feeling obtuse. As I watched the opening clip, I said to myself that, “I’m starting to see, starting to feel, what it means to view a Hitchcock movie.” But then when I go to articulate what “touches” I’m seeing, I don’t know what to pin point. How do I know these aren’t just black and white period touches - I’ve not seen enough of other direct
  11. As mentioned in the curator's note, this scene operates as a prelude to the main story. What do learn about the character of Uncle Charlie in this prelude? Be specific. The character of Uncle Charlie appears to be a charmer (the landlady fawns over him), rude (he doesn’t connect with her politely), a loafer (lying in bed instead of working industriously at some important task), unappreciative of the value of money (perhaps did not come by it honestly). Doesn’t show his cards - we are left to infer what he is thinking - toying with an unlit cigar, hurling a glass across the the room, siding u
  12. Thank you for sharing your insights with the scoring. This is an area where not only have I never studied, but I also where I lack basic background knowledge and understanding of terminology.
  13. I gleaned a lot from your analysis. Thank you for taking the time to write so thoughtfully.
  14. 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. Hitchcock’s use of upbeat music and the bustle of people coming and going contrast what would be a typically serious, somber situation of stranded travelers and an avalanche. The polyglot dialogue emanating from Boris, the telephone call which can hardly be heard, the wind which blows the papers, the cuckoo clock chiming all contribute to the light cacophony. 2. Discuss the
  15. 1. Describe how this opening is different from the multiple opening scenes you have seen in the Daily Doses from the British silent and/or sound period? Earlier Hitch movies I’ve watched pull me right in with action and / or plot. The beginning of Rebecca focuses on setting and mood. Then I become interested in the mansion as I would a character and then the two characters appear who also pull me into to their as yet unrevealed story. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? Again, I do not think I am yet
  16. Thank you for helping me understand the specifics of how the scoring is supporting the scene.
  17. 1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes? As a true Hitchcock newbie - even a newbie to watching movies as a study, I am struggling to remember and keep a record of what may be considered important. My note taking style is to take a screenshot whenever I notice something worth noticing, but like a beginner reader, I am focused more on the narrative than artistic choices and common themes. I don’t even notice canted angle shots until other discussi
  18. 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet) I have read that the opening scene is a give-away to the entire movie and that experienced viewers can mine the opening scene to make accurate predictions on the themes and the plot of the movie. Based on my novice background, I predict that the characters are going to be more important than the plot because I've already become interested in several characters and as of ye
  19. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. I'm not real clear on what being put "in the subjective mind of Alice" means. Is it that I am experiencing the scene from her POV or is it that I "get" what she is thinking? I Googled it and found "A point of view shot (also known as POV shot, First-person shot or a subjective camera) is a short film scene that shows what a character (the subject) is looking at (represented through the camera). (I also found references to how it differed from objective POV
  20. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? The effect of the POV dolly shot on me is that I connect with the young man and feel like she's after me. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? Hitchcock maybe using this POV dolly shot technique to create sympathy between the audience and the young man over the traditional sympathy one may have for the female as the victim. It further shows her as the one with the power and control as
  21. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? How exciting was that dance scene and the dancing. I hear a frequent comment that the action in modern movies goes so fast that older viewers have trouble following the story, and that younger audiences don't appreciate older movies because the plot moves so slowly. I think if I couldn't go back and replay that clip several times I would miss 75 percent of the content. There's no way sitting in a movie theater I could catch all of that. Even now, after several viewings, I want to go back a
  22. I am a true newbie, so I thank you for your indepth response, citations, and explanations as they help me understand more of the topics and wrap my head around the prompts so as to construct my own analysis - which I'm sure will be heavily influenced by your posts and others who have also shared their considerable background knowledge.
  23. I am a true newbie, so I thank you for your indepth response, citations, and explanations as they help me understand more of the topics and wrap my head around the prompts so as to construct my own analysis - which I'm sure will be heavily influenced by your posts and others who have also shared their considerable background knowledge.
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