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  1. Thank you Prof. Edwards! This course was amazing - I also learned SO much! I thought of Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. Here is an interesting talk he did a few years back - Guillermo Del Toro talks Alfred Hitchcock in Studio Q
  2. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. It is interesting how the sound mimics what we would be hearing if we were in the scene. The woman's voice is muffled until she opens the door. You can't hear the woman once Alice enters the phone booth which allows us to focus on the phonebook. The woman talking is unsettling since she never stops talking, adding to Alice's anxiety. 2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates in counterpoint to the visual track. For example, how does Hitchcock set up the shot where the knife flies out of Alice's hand so that it registers a shock in his audience? Pay attention to both what is happening visually and aurally. Be specific. The visual track is a seemingly normal morning for the family, but the woman's dialogue heightens Alice's anxiety and tension that seems to only be felt by Alice and the audience. As you start to only hear the word "knife" the tension mounts. The unexpected knife flying through the air is the culmination of the tension giving the audience a shock. 3. Why do you think this particular use of subjective sound is not used frequently in cinema? Possibly because it is not what we are used to seeing in movies. I think it takes a lot of psychology to make scenes like this effective, if not done correctly people might walk away scratching their heads.
  3. 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? Similarities: Opening scene immediately draws you in. Differences: Pleasure Garden opening does not hint of the macabre, while The Lodger jumps right in. 2. Identify elements of the "Hitchcock style" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Even if you are not sure if it is the "Hitchcock style," what images or techniques stand out in your mind as powerful storytelling? Or images that provide an excess of emotion? The film immediately puts you in a state of disruption. You feel anxious and interested in what is happening on the screen. The images that stand out to me are the ones of the witness, her emotions are over the top but help tell the story, especially since it is a silent film. The sound/music also is essential in setting the mood. 3. Even though this is a "silent" film, the opening image is one of a woman screaming. What do you notice in how Hitchcock frames that particular shot that makes it work in a silent film even though no audible scream that can be heard. And what other screams like that come to mind from Hitchcock's later work? The opening image is close up and the movement of her mouth makes you believe that you can actually hear her scream, especially with the synchronization with the sound/music. Psycho!
  4. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Yes. This sequence shows how he used the camera to create a story for his audience. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Strauss, Yacowar, and Spoto assessments that this sequence contains elements, themes, or approaches that we will see throughout Hitchcock's 50-year career? This was the first time seeing this clip so I don't think I would have identified it as a Hitchcock film, but focusing on this question I do begin to see elements, themes and approaches that we see developed in other movies. Mainly the unique way the story draws in the viewer using suspense. 3. Since this is a silent film, do you feel there were any limitations on these opening scenes due to the lack of synchronous spoken dialogue? No. The visual aspect of the media does a great job in telling the story. The cues given in the Curator Notes, prior to viewing the film also helped as I kept looking for the scenes described.
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