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About jamesrspencer

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  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. I actually really love Frenzy. Frenzy returns to Hitchcock's "low British" roots of film making. Ron Goodwin's score set this up so brilliantly we get a rather 'patriotic British hymn" score with the travelogue style stroll down the Thames River. At first this set up what would first seem a travelogue style movie. It is Hitchcock paying tribute to his roots. After the pan shot under the London Bridge I notice the dark black smoke coming off
  2. 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. I have watched Marnie many times. I have to be honest, it is not my favorite Hitchcock, but I do see genius touches throughout the movie so it does engage the audience. As for Marnie's character I agree with film historians that Hitchcock slightly teases his audiences with throwback ideas from previous movies. We see Tippi's of Marnie with the things she has stolen The walking with the black h
  3. 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 Birds is my 2nd favorite Hitchcock next to Psycho. Contrary to the question I do sense a slight "horror apocalypse" foreshadowing in the opening scene mixed with dark and romantic comedy elements. Maybe that is because I first saw this movie at age 6 and was really creeped out by it. I have never been a big birds fan when it came to nature or pets. As a child, there was a a large jun
  4. 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? I'm so glad we are finally studying my favorite HItchcock movie Psycho, which in my opinion is his absolute best blend of all aspects of film making coming together: Brilliant score by Herrmann, perfect psychological development of characters, great acting and cinematography. Saul Bass's title design is perfect! It is symbolic and psychological
  5. 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. I found this scene slightly humorous because indeed Hitchcock plays with the fact that both actors are indeed big stars so the audience can get some of the inside jokes. When seated at the dining car, Eve Marie Saint is the typical cool, sexy Hitchcock blonde, she is dressed glamorous, and smokes. Cary is wearing dark sunglasses (
  6. 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. Vertigo is my second favorite Hitchcock film. It is very obvious from the opening credits that the film will be a psychological thriller. The close-up of the face and then the eye with the morbid red light filtration ads the feeling of fear and trepidation and dan
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