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  1. 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. The Lodger starts with the woman screaming, followed by the sign “To – Night Golden Curls” and then the body with the witness giving her report to the policeman, surrounded by the crowd. In Frenzy, it is the direct opposite with the trip down the Themes and then the crowd listening to the speaker and then the body floating in the water. At that point the crowd moves to look at the body in the river. The Lodger also goes into much more de
  2. 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. The audience can see that by her walk to her hotel room that she is self-assured and in control. As she is unpacking the newly bought items and placing them into the new suitcase, she is changing from one personality to another. Just by looking at the colors, you can see a change from bright colors to more subdued colors. Her original purse, for instance, is a bright yellow, and she changes i
  3. 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 audience knows that Melanie is not an employee of the pet store; and although we do not know at this time who the man is, we get the feeling by the questions he asks that he is being somewhat teasing Melanie. We can feel the chemistry between them already from their body language, especially when Melanie replies to his request. We can assume that their repartee will continue and wi
  4. 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 lines remind me of bars, like prison outfits, jails, etc., In addition, the audience never knows from which direction they will come or in what order showing chaos which goes along with the title of the film. The title “Psycho” is cut into three sections and are moved back and forth, indicating the split in the “psycho” or actor/actress
  5. 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. First, we know how extremely well known and popular these two actors were at the time, so the line is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. 2. There is minimal action in this scene, so any deviation from the overall pattern of focusing on the faces of the two leads will have increased significance. In that sense, discuss how Hitchcock u
  6. 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. 1. The first shot of the woman indicates to me that it will be centered around a female. As the shot tightens to her lips, the actor’s name appears. Since the name is above the lips, it indicates that this will be the love interest of this woman. Moving toward
  7. 1. How would you describe the opening camera shot of this film? What is Hitchcock seeking to establish in this single shot that opens the film? Whose vantage point is being expressed in this shot, given that Jeff has his back to the window? Hitchcock is presenting this area as a living thriving microcosm of the city. Since Jeff’s back is to us, the shot is giving us a glimpse of who lives in the buildings surrounding Jim and that their lives go on regardless of whether he is watching or not. In other words, whatever is happening in the apartments is not dependent upon whether Jeff is w
  8. 1. 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 first criss-cross occurs when the taxis are dropping the men off at the train station. One is dropped off from the left and the other from the right. The next is the way the men are walking toward the train…again, one from the left and one from the right. The third instanc
  9. 1. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? The POV shot and tracking of Grant first in shadow and then walking toward Bergman. Since she is watching him, the angle changes since she is looking upside down at him. Before playing the record, Grant is as far away from Bergman as he can get; but as the record is played, he moves toward her and stands next to her, showing that he has gone from distancing himself from her to supporting her because of what she says regarding patriotism to her father. 2. How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograp
  10. 1. 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? The following are all Hitchcock touches that I see: The camera angles, especially the POV shots, the music which changes with the tone or mood of the scene, the tracking that is done while Mr. Smith navigates his way through the dishes to find a place to put down the breakfast tray. In addition, we learn about the following about the couple: The
  11. 1. 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. We learn that he is a solitary person who is preoccupied with a problem of some sort. When the landlady comes in and informs him that the two men had stopped by, he did not tell her what he was going to do, but mentions the things that he might do…not giving a straight answer, but skirting around the answer. We also see that even though his clothes are nice and he has money on the table, he is living in a lower-class are
  12. 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? It is a voice over describing a scene which is placed in the past, describing a dream but not a dream. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? 1. The camera angles from the sea to the figure standing on the cliff. 2. The point of view angle from figure looking down to the sea. 3. The music which goes from haunting to sweet after Olivier meets Fontaine.
  13. 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 believe that the characters are going to be more important part for each will play a role which will further the plot. 2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene? How might this introduction affect your view of the character Abbott later in the film? At first he is jovial and not angered by being knocked over by the skier; however, when he sees the
  14. 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? The electric lights, like the ones used in The Lodger, are shown at the beginning of the film. The music is happy and lighthearted. The scene seems to be innocuous to what is going to happen in the film. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than in previous opening sequences of his films? Definitely, the charac
  15. 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. At first the tone is light with the lady is smiling and happy which is supported by the upbeat and happy music while she is there, even though the characters look bored. However, when she leaves, there is a change of mood where the characters are arguing, frustrated, and noisy, which is supported by the cacophony of sounds. There is also the frustration of the passengers of
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