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  1. 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? It seems to in that it has different focus points on various people in the film. Kind of gets your curiosity up to see what happens next. 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? I agree so far, the character seems innocent, but then again, when is anything as it seems in a Hitchcock movie? 3. Reflect on the role of yet another public space opening a Hitchcock film--this time a music hall--the prominence of a performer (Mr. Memory), and the reactions of the audience in the film to Mr. Memory's act. How does these on-screen elements play into the Hitchcock touch as described by Gene Phillips? I would think it sets you up for thinking that nothing could happen to someone in a public space-that one is safe. But underneath, there's quite a sinister element.
  2. 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) Hmm...the characters I believe. I think their natures are going to be integral to moving the film along. 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? He seems to be a lovely man unless you anger him or disrupt his life in any way. 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. A seemingly innocent set of scenes, with an underlying tension that gives the viewer the sense that something terribly sinister is going to happen..
  3. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. That nosy woman just wouldn't shut up, and I think that by emphasizing the tone of her voice and then just the word "knife" in the conversation (and the bear inaudibility of the rest ) it played up Alice's nervousness. 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. You have low conversation and the only part audible is "knife" which gradually gets louder, playing up the fact Alice gets more and more nervous the more the woman talks, until the loudest "knife" where Alice hits the edge of her nervousness and jumps, flinging the knife out of her hand, perhaps foreshadowing her involvement with the murder? 3. Why do you think this particular use of subjective sound is not used frequently in cinema? It grates on your nerves after a few minutes.
  4. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? Very menacing. You can sense the fear in the room. #Hitchcock50 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? It heightens the suspense and adds to the visual cues from the actors. #Hitchcock50 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. I've noticed that you can tell when emotion is meant to be amplified in the scene, like when the girl gets her purse picked in TPG, or the guy is mad about his wife's conduct in TR
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