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Everything posted by joant

  1. Hi how are you doing. School has started. I’m just dealing with my MS. Good news and good doctor finally. Send me a letter. Please  


  2. You just read my mind. I love Tim Burton. And the rest of your list. I will add a titles designer category: Pablo Ferro. He worked with Kubrick quite often and my friend Douetta (Douy) Swofford. You can google both if you are interested.
  3. I imagine all of these have been mentioned but.....here goes. Cape Fear suspense originally storyboarded by Hitch David Lynch weirdness - Twin Peaks - Mulholland Drive tension The tracking shots in The Shining Brian de Palma e.g. Body Double (the film!) Killing Kevin Spacey off in LA Confidential and Alec Baldwin stars killed of early in a film to name two. I have many more rolling around in my brain but I’ve got to shut it down so I can unwind and get to sleep. It was a wonderful day today Professor. I owe you an email!!
  4. Hello again Mr. Philippe and Professor Edwards, I've been reading about Hitchcock on my time off. I have found many journalists and biographers and people on the street believe Hitchcock was a very disturbed man, because of his recurring subjects: i.e. murders, fear, taboo activities, portrayals of women (blondes), voyeurism, etc. Sometimes, I think his mind may have been a dangerous neighborhood to wander through. Do you believe he was neurotic and was able to turn his neurosis into art? I know this may be a touchy subject... Thank you both for your time and sharing
  5. Thank you all again for this opportunity. I have a quick question...What was meant: "scenario by?" It is no longer used. Did it mean something on the order of a treatment? If anyone knows, please answer here. Thank you again, Joan Tarshis
  6. It might be a Scottish name, taken from a story about two men in a train. One man says, 'What's that package up there in the baggage rack?' And the other answers, 'Oh that's a McGuffin.' The first one asks 'What's a McGuffin?' 'Well' the other man says, 'It's an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands.' The first man says, 'But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands,' and the other one answers 'Well, then that's no McGuffin!' So you see, a McGuffin is nothing at all. (Alfred Hitchcock, 1966 interview with François Truffaut)
  7. I thought I asked why Mr. Hitchcock never won a Best Director oscar despite Rebecca winning best picture. However... Why did he remake The Man Who Knew Too Much? (When in my opinion the original was so much better.) Do you imagine, if he could remake something else, what might that be? Thank you for your consideration. Joan Tarshis
  8. This is going to ramble. Just got some bad news today. I hope it makes sense. 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. My goodness, they could not be more different. To begin, the only similarity between the two is murder. Period. The Lodger opens with the face of a woman screaming. Frenzy’s opening shot is of a clear, bright, sunny panoramic shot of the City of London. The sweeping English flavored score and the time of day do not suggest criminal activitie
  9. To answer your questions “wet from the press” was explained in the lecture video as “hot off the press.” To-Night Golden Curls suggests the women he was attracted to. That’s why the girls in the show began wearing wigs or hats to cover their hair. Actually that is not where the opening scene ends; that is where our dose ended. I hope this helped a bit.
  10. I imagine everyone knows, but for some who my be like me, and learn about stuff when it’s too late... at 7 pm tonight the entire Kim Novak interview with our dear Robert, is airing right before Vertigo. sigh missing him.
  11. Hi all I hope this makes sense. I’m running a low fever so I did what I could. Don’t expect my usual brilliance. 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. Everything we learn about Marnie, comes from the objects she handles. She displays no emotion. It’s just another day, ho hum. She’s bought new clothes before and torn off the labels and packed them neatly in a color coordinated suitcase. This is an old r
  12. That was a terrific video. I got scared just listening to it. Thanks for sharing.
  13. 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? The sun is shinning. It’s a beautiful day. Certainly too nice for the world to come to an end. Hitchcock let’s most of us know she is in San Francisco with the cable car but for those who do not, he supplied a big poster that says where we are. Melanie has a very pleasant disposition, even stops and turns and smiles at the men who whistle at her. (I find this extr
  14. 1 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 themes of this film are many. 1) Psychological. (psycho is contained or hidden within that word) shadows and hidden aspects of seemingly normal (Norman?) American people, e.g. a secretary - as in secrecy. Obviously there is madness. Insanity in Norman and even Marion’s temporary insanity, which often gets overlooked.
  15. I couldn’t get the second link to open for some darn reason. YouTube could not find it.
  16. I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this I was just watching TCM and heard Ben mention David O Selznick and thought Wow! that’s what the O stood for in R.O.T. It was a dig at David O Selznick. It meant nothing (like he was calling Selznick a nothing)....and besides that, it was rot. Maybe I’m overthinking and overtired...but Hitch loved those in jokes...so maybe.
  17. Hitch_nnw has just posted a new topic entitled "What actors from Hitchcock's pre-1960 movies are still with us?" in forum "The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock". ---------------------------------------------------------------------- With the very recent passing of Martin Landau, I'm just wondering who's left among actor's appearing in movies from Hitch's "golden age." The two that come immediately to mind are Kim Novak and Eva Marie Saint. We also have Shirely MacLaine and Doris Day (an astonishing 95). So all women. Any others?
  18. 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. At first, I wasn’t clear about the meaning of this question. It’s still a bit foggy to me. Hitchcock could use Grant’s reputation as a “lady’s man” to flirt but I’m not sure how he used Saint. She was a homebody outside of her work. Of course, she has seen his face before (even with his celebrity
  19. 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 you’ve never seen Vertigo, you’re in for a treat. I saw all of Hitchcock’s “banned” films as soon as Universal released them. A friend of mine…a personal digression interruption…(who used to write those over-intellectual film
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