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  1. 1. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? Something bad going on with her. Sheis clearly a law-breaker by having multiple Soc. Sec. cards and very liekly the packets of cash denote something dishonest going on there - plus she completely changes her appearace; she has 2 suit cases, 2 purses - so she is someone who is changing her identity, running away from something, toward something else perhaps? In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objects? We note how carefully she treats her
  2. 1. In what ways does this opening scene seem more appropriate to a romantic comedy than a “horror of the apocalypse” film? In many ways, the opening seems very light, peppy, with touches of humor, such as the pet store proprietress with her profuse apologies over the late delivery of Melanie's birds. Then, there is the male lead (Mitch) entering the store, soon mistakes Melanie for a store employee, she plays along, and they have a whole discussion of types of bird, molting, etc. What do we learn about Melanie (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch (Rod Taylor) in this scene? They both have an interest
  3. 1. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? Wow! The frantic/frenetic music! That, along with the graphic design with the names and the very title of the film, makes me think of someone cracking up. It's heavy & stressful sounding, could be scary & hint of danger. 2. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date, and time: “FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH” and “TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.” What is Hitchcock seeking to establish with such specificity? It is a helpful foundation for the entire story.
  4. 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? I guess it creates a sense of irony in the fact that, e.g., Cary Grant's character is trying to "fly under the radar" to not be recognized/noticed. Meanwhile, we know who Cary Grant is, so we feel like saying "how can you not recognize the guy?" 2. There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation from the overall patt
  5. 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. If I had not seen the movie & just watched this opening, I believe I would think (also due to the film title) that it was a psychologically-oriented movie, a psychological drama, if not a thriller. The music intimates the same thing. I might wonder by it
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