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  1. I think it is a departure from Cary Grant’s star persona to play a darker character like Devlin. If played by a lesser known actor, I think we’d be convinced Devlin wasn’t good at all based upon the opening scene. The tension that Hitchcock has created in casting Grant is that we believe, as the star, Grant has to be playing the hero – but he is not acting like a hero should; he is manipulative, without empathy and acting just a bit menacing toward Bergman’s character to create an uncomfortable edge for the audience watching.
  2. 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? Unlike Hitchcock’s British silent or sound period, this film does not open in a public space filled with a bustle of active and unsuspecting people going about their normal business. Instead it opens with an off-screen female narrator introducing a reclusive location, Manderley, which at first appears grand, but on closer inspection is a ruin. The narrator’s voice is measured and dreamy; there is no exciting action about to be introduced h
  3. 1. Using specific examples, describe how Hitchcock opens The Lady Vanishes. What tone, mood, or atmosphere is Hitchcock establishing for the audience very early on in this picture? Pay particular attention to the music. Hitchcock created a relaxed, unsuspecting atmosphere (again) to introduce his characters in a public place. Folk music is playing in the background as Ms. Froy comes down the stairs and stops to get a stamp for her letter from the front desk. Caldicott and Charters handle the hotel door for Ms Froy, closing it against the gusty wind, before sitting down with the other chara
  4. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. Alice’s selective-hearing (or point of view listening) allows us to realize that she is preoccupied with the murder. The word “knife”, for instance, is repeated frequently and penetrates louder and more distinctly from unintelligible gossiping of a female customer until Alice is overcome with anxiety/panic, causing her to throw the knife. Hitchcock also powerfully used silence - the phone booth scene - to capture Alice's effort to clear her head and tamp-down her rising
  5. 1) Based upon the opening scene, it appears character will be highly important to the film, but plot will matter as well. Hitchcock’s introduction of his characters in The Man Who Knew Too Much makes us wonder and care about who they are, what will happen to them and why they were brought together in the opening scene to set up the story-line (aka the plot). Hitchcock draws the audience in to care about the characters (e.g. scuttled ski jump to avert danger on the slopes for a dog and girl), but also makes the audience curious (a brief look of recognition quickly masked between Abbott and Be
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