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About pwest1962

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    I teach history and political science. I love photography; in fact, when I retire in four years, this will be my second career. I love to travel, visit museums and watch TCM. Oh, I love BASEBALL and have visited 16 of the 30 stadiums. All 30 is on my bucket list.
  1. The opening is very revealing about Marnie. She lives multiple lives is very neat and she steals for the sake of stealing. I like Hitchcock's use of color, her yellow purse, it means caution. The music is beautiful, haunting and has the effect of movement. We see Marnie's legs long before we see her face. We also see Hitch watching her as she goes down the hall and he looks back to make sure no one is watching him, watching her. He is a rascal. The objects he uses as nodes to his other films: the money, "Shadow of a Doubt" the hair dye down the drain, "Pyhsco", the key down the
  2. The opening of The Birds is very playful. The bird sound track is a wonderful touch and at the beginning of the film and sets no ominous tone for the audience. We see Tippi Hedren, Melanie, heading for a pet shop to pick up a Minna bird. She notices all the birds hovering but goes about her business. As she goes in the pet shop, Hitchcock makes a very early appearance with his own dogs walking out and again the audience senses no dread! Melanie asks the shop keeper about the birds and is satisfied with the answer about a storm at sea. She wants her Minna bird but it has not yet arrived.
  3. The fact that we have another EVE is funny because unlike Jane Wyman in Stage Fright this Eve is dangerous, but not in the way the audience is led to believe. Hitch is leading as a long once more. She knows Thornhill is innocent and knows who the real killers are and she is, on the one hand, Thornhill's protector, but on the other, his advisory at the same time. She is definitely a double agent. This scene oozes sex from the eyes behind the woman's sunglasses, Grant is wearing, to the smirk on both their faces to the music in the background, then the topic of what's good on the menu
  4. The music is jagged and unnerving, combined with the titles which are broken parallel and horizontal lines make the viewer tense from the outset of the film and foreshadow the stabbing in the shower. The partially open shades are similar to fully exposed or lifted shades in Rear Window. Another classmate said something to the effect the blinds, "suggest the stabbing motion of the knife." Good call! The fact that they are only partial exposed tells the viewer something is going on inside that no one should see. Sex as an "Afternoon Delight" between unmarried adults spells taboo and bad gir
  5. This opening sequence is really not much different than other openings! Hitchcock has used wheels from trains, clocks, cars, and records to not only convey movement/action but also, to convey disorientation! What makes this opening stand out is its vivid color and now, Hitchcock can use special effects like spirals and curves he could not use in the past! And, of course, Novak's lips and eyes! In all the films we've highlighted, there is a point when our hero is made to doubt his/her own senses or sanity! Am I really seeing what I'm seeing, feeling what I'm feeling, knowing w
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