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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. Frenzy opens with long aerial shot of London traveling over the Thames, descending through the Tower Bridge, practically landing on the embankment where people are gathered to listen to a politician talking about cleaning up the river and the air. It's almost like a travelogue at first, with the swelling music reminiscent of tolling bells and pomp and circumstance. The Lodger opens with a night time shot of blinking signs advertising a
  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. As a character, Marnie is revealed to be a thief - all the money bundles in her handbag; deceptive - changing her hair color; and, kind of nonchalant about changing identities. I'm guessing we will have these character traits explained or, at a minimum, explored further in the movie. She is mysterious. Also, I noticed that while the musical score is kind of smooth and romantic, we don't see
  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? This opening scene does seem more appropriate to a romantic comedy because of the "cute" way Mitch and Melanie meet up in the pet store. There is the playful banter between them about the love birds, and Melanie pretending to be a sales clerk, with Mitch making fun of her ignorance. We know that Melanie is glamorous and sophisticated by her mode of dress and educated way of speaki
  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? I'm not sure what the word "Psycho" would mean to someone going to see the movie for the first time in 1960, but, after viewing the titles and hearing the music, they are going to be amped up and already in suspense as to what will unfold. The lines of the titles and their constant shifting made me think that something was broken, i.e., not w
  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. It's practically impossible to totally divorce the characters from the famous stars who portray them. The movie audience would "know" Cary Grant - and that's how Hitchcock has Cary Grant play the character of Roger Thornhill. He's handsome, suave, sophisticated, and sexy - and that's how he plays Thornhill. There is also the e
  6. I will probably not get to all of the films during the time span of this class, but, I've seen all of Hitchcock's films at least once, except for the silent films. The silents were a real treat for me. I generally disdain silent movies, but seeing the beginnings of Alfred Hitchcock's career was a wonderful opportunity. This class has really opened my mind to the art and genius of the silent film period. It's wonderful to the see the progression from those silent films, to talkies, to beautiful, lush, wide-screen movies with fabulous stars at the height of Hitchcock's career.
  7. 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. As someone who has experienced vertigo, the changes in the spirals that seemingly are coming towards me or moving away gives me a very real feeling of falling. As many times as I've seen this film, it's surprising that I've not focused on that feeling before
  8. 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? This establishing camera shot opens up a contained world of apartments all backing up on an interior courtyard. In the Hitchcock world of film, it is a "slice of life", being lived by the various inhabitants with their own joys, problems, and, idiosyncrasies. Most of them are concerned with their own lives and routines, but we, as the audience, are p
  9. Just saw this topic, but thought I'd throw in my two cents. This is the first online course I've taken, and, I think it's incredible. I appreciate the detailed notes/lectures and the vast amount of research that has gone into this subject. I'm retired (probably like 99% of the people who watch TCM), yet, my days are fairly full, so I haven't been able to stay abreast of things. Plus, I totally missed the first week when I forgot I had registered for this class. That said, I've been able to follow along at a pace that works for me. Thank you for that flexibility.
  10. 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. While the credits are rolling, we see the traffic and pedestrians crossing in the background. I do love how the shot shifts from the distant view to the lower, close-up view of the taxi arriving at the curb. We then see feet emerging from the taxi, cross cut to different f
  11. My husband and I love to visit Bodega Bay. It is about a two hour drive from our home in Northern California. There is great food, lovely hiking trails, and fun shops. The locals love the fact that their little towns (Bodega and Bodega Bay) were the locations for Hitchcock's famous movie, The Birds. I'm going to attempt to attach a photo my husband took of the little old church in Bodega that was used as the setting for the schoolhouse. And, yes, there are still one-room schoolhouses operating in Northern California.
  12. Before I go into detail on the numbered topics for this sequence, I want to say that Notorious is far and away my favorite Hitchcock movie. I've seen it many times over the years and I never get tired of it. Sometimes I find a scene or shot that I never took notice of in prior viewings. All of the things Prof. Edwards mentions in the Lecture Video are true for me as well. The casting is perfect, the acting is perfect, the costumes are awesome, and the cinematography is outstanding. In the movie, I want to point out a sequence in which Hitchcock builds suspense by just the merest effort. H
  13. 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 opening sequence of Mr. & Mrs. Smith has a few Hitchcock "touches". First of all, the music is key to our appraisal of what is happening, or, going to happen in the film. The tempo is lively and the melody is quirky, setting a lighthearted, humorous, feel to the coming film. Of course, we have a telephone sequence - somehow that always
  14. I have seen this entire movie, at least a few times, and I'll see it again for this class. Shadow of a Doubt is a great film. It's really cool how it's set in Santa Rosa, it's such a great location. I've been to all of Hitchcock's northern California locations. If you can ever get to San Francisco, there is a walking tour of the Hitchcock locations in San Francisco. Some of the locales have changed very little in 60 years. 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 s
  15. 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? To my mind, this opening scene of Rebecca is closest to The Lodger in tone and feeling, but, otherwise, it is pretty much a total departure from the British movies. The music is totally different, it's haunting and gloomy, not gay or "show business". Also, there are no crowds of people, no neon lights, no city streets. The use of a narrator is totally different, although it's exactly how the book opens, and I can't imagine anyone maki
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