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About Reegstar

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  • Birthday 12/02/1949

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    Northern California
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    Books, Movies, Hiking, Dogs, Cooking
  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. 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
  7. 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.
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