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nahed nasr

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  1. thank you very much dear I am pleased somebody else is sharing the same situation and I also loved your concept of the best way a filmmaker can get the best of the course Have a best of luck and enjoyment
  2. It is the first time for me to know about such a "Silent Film festivals " thank you very much for the information
  3. 1- From the very beginning of the opening scene you are alarmed that something unusual and discomfortable is going to happen. A death alarm! The man or the dog or the girl?! And when everyone is saved you will keep thinking of What will happen to Whom? You are more concerned about Who will face the danger! There is also a repeated sentence by Louis "this is my last day. This could be my last day on earth. This is my last night here". There is also the very little moment when Abbot gazed with shocked eyes at Louis. A look that crossed his big smile and crossed your mind too.. what is between these two men? Who are they? What will happen between them?. 2. Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene seems to be a funny light hearted friendly man and also a bit carless too. And this is the reason why it becomes a surprise when we discover his reality. This is related to the motif of appearance in Hitchcock thriller pictures. 3. We saw two opening scenes from Hitchcock's silent films in the Daily Doses last week (The Pleasure Garden and The Lodger). How is this opening both similar and different from those two films' opening scenes. Both of the film groups open with information about where we are. With motion and action. With people ... a lot of them. The difference is all or some of the main characters appears in the opening of the second week films but Not the main incident or event. In the second week you don't know too much in the opening scene that evokes your Curiosity not to know how what happened will develop but what will happen to whom! Also the second week films opens with a wide shot for the place "street, mountains, theater" and then it takes you slowly to narrower shots. However the first week films opens with a narrow frame for the staircase dancers or with a vague expressionist image of a killer and a close shot for a murdered lady face. The second week films open with Appetizers but the first week films open with the main course!
  4. What I like the most about Hitchcock is his great concern of the details. He is the king of details. Though this is his first sound film he treated sound smartly to be a part of the storytelling and not an ornament. Alice is the main character in this scene. You can know that even if you did not watch the film. He uses sound to prove it from the first second. The voice of the gossipy lady is low at the beginning because Alice listens to it from another room. Once she enters the shop the lady voice comes loud and clear. As if you enter the shop with Alice. Then there is Alice anxious voice when she asks for the telephone number. You can share her uneasy feelings once you listen to her at this moment and in the entire scene. She enters the telephone cabin and there is a total silence. Even the gossipy woman loud voice could not Penetrates glass barrier like what happened in the first second of the scene. It is because Alice forgets about the entire outside world and she concentrates only with her inner thoughts and the phone book that you can hear its turning pages sound. On the dining table once the word knife is uttered the camera picks Alice face, her worry face. You can feel it not only from the facial expressions of Alice but also from the very smart use of the gossipy lady voice. She is talking and talking as she does from the beginning but only the word knife that you can catch! It is not you, it is Alice who is fully bothered and concerned about this horrifying word "knife" until the peak of her worries comes when the knife fall off her hands and the background a very loud and even shouty "knife" explodes. It happened in her mind and in yours at the same moment. At the end of the scene Alice is totally involved in her inner thoughts even the strong sound of the ring does not disturb her. She needs someone to tell her "Another costumer Alice!" But this particular use of subjective sound is not used frequently in cinema because the modern audience are sound oriented comparing to the silent cinema audience. I think one needs to make more efforts if he chose to use the Hitchcock style of subjective sound to have the viewers attention.
  5. I have just watched The Lodger loved it and like all the English audience of 1926 I would never forgive Hitchcock if Ivor Novello was not proved to be innocent at the end of the film
  6. Hello everyone, I have a question to prof. Richard Edward and I think it might be an interest for some of other colleagues as well. I am interested in film-making and this is one of my biggest motivations to join the course. I can see during the first week that I am very interested in the touch of Hitchcock technically and artistically speaking. Also his concept about cinema, the relationship between the filmmaker and the audience, how a director should work in a team etc., are very useful to know and to follow the discussions on them among many other things in the course. I got also good idea about the historical context of the cinema development during Hitchcock time. Considering the coming five weeks My question is what is the best way a beginner filmmaker could increase his learning of filmmaking by this course technically and artistically speaking. Many thanks and best regards, Nahed
  7. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? The POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots puts you in the place of the character. It also raises the Suspension. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? Hitchcock is in love of observation. He knows how the viewers/ human beings are curious and he is smartly playing on raising this Curiosity in times and satisfying it in other times. POV tracking makes the viewer more involved in the story, but on the other hand it also satisfies the Curiosity of the viewer to observe what is happening as if he is in the room which adds a sense of fast motion and Vitality. It also raise the viewer Curiosity and makes him expecting the next step. 3. What connections (visual techniques, images, motifs, themes) do you notice between films that came before this (The Pleasure Garden, The Lodger) and a film that came after it (The Ring)? Please cite specific examples. Expressing the inner feelings of the characters Visualizing the subjective ideas in the mind of the character Fast cuts and revealing the same action from different angles Using the details of the setting and locations as main factors representing the story (size, shapes, connections, mirrors, windows, doors.) Using darkness and light / focus and defocus to create moods and frames Finding solutions and experimenting new ways to reach the needed visual effects (the use of beats and music to express a human scream. The use of neon and Newspaper titles instead of title cards,..) Depending on Montage to create a completely new effect that was not there during the shooting. Using several shooting lengths to create different effects and actually to tell the story from different perspectives (long medium and close)
  8. pleasant garden opening is clear and lighted though the lodger is shadowy but gets the viewer directly involved of what is going on and not only an observer. But still in both films the camera is observing the observers. The music in the lodger is getting up and down to assure the feeling of suspense both of the films share the director interest in the cuts and facial impressions but in the Lodger there is faster cuts and wider locations and faster motion. the picture in the Lodger is blue, Misty, hazy focused and unfocused with impressive wide angel shots to reveal the inner feelings of characters as a typical impressionist. in the Lodger there is less use of title cards and in many scenes the written words are impeded in the context such as newspaper titles or neon titles as a part of the visual context of the scene and not an outsider item. For the scream the director used music with beats and it reminds me with the killing scene in Psycho.
  9. First of all thank you very much TCM team for facilitating everything for us to enjoy the amazing course of prof. Richard Edwards. I am having a great fun and value with every second I spend with The Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock! Regarding The Pleasure Garden scene it is amazing how the light and darkness made almost everything. I believe that even the title cards are not needed in such a piece. The focus on the women bodies and/ or parts of their bodies is done by the spot of light and it told everything! even a bag of a woman could be a source of attraction and exploitation so it takes all the light. I wounder if Hitchcock was a sort of feminist in a way or another! there is a similarity between the staircase scene and the scene of the bag, the same light and darkness, and framing trick. For sure there were no limitations because the director was completely able to master the visual aspects of his film. He was able not only to reveal two parallel actions happening at the same time but he was very able to reveal the two parallel life of the stage ladies. and also the double standers of how some people could receive art "now it is not a clever line" she sarcastically said to the man flattering her . The Director sums all the contradictions in the frame of (smoking is prohibited) singe on the background of a heavy smoker. In my opinion this card of smoking could have been the only written words in these few smart scenes. I can not believe how very modern is these scenes though they are made in the silent cinema era!
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