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  1. Hitch at 50!!! I have jpeg from (presumably) the set of "Torn Curtain" that shows Hitch flanked by Julie Andrews and Paul Newman with a cake that has a banner that reads "Congratulations Hitchcock Number 50!" http://pin.it/anl6Dns You made need to copy the URL and paste it into a new search bar if clicking on the link does not work.
  2. As far as a writer, I can imagine that Stephen King and AH would have been an incredible team. As regards music composer I think AH might have found some great scores with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Steven Spielberg certainly comes to mind as regards direction. I think Tom Hanks possess the "every man" quality that would have made him a great male lead. I think Meryl Streep would have made a great leading lady. Nicole Kidman would be another blond (yes she is a red head but she would look fabulous as a blond.) I would also love to have seen AH collaborate with Martin Scorsese and of course Fra
  3. Which murder scene was more difficult for Hitchcock to choreograph: the famous murder of Janet Leigh's character in the shower in "Psycho" or the murder in the farm house of the East German agent in "Torn Curtain?" Explain. Thanks for taking time to share your expertise with us!
  4. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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 during the day time. It involves a speech opening a public works project and is attended by th
  5. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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. She is a criminal, a thief. She changes her identity t
  6. I could not find the DD#19 thread (on Marnie opening scene) so I am adding my response here. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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 chara
  7. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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? The dialog between Melanie and Mitch is indeed
  8. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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? Th
  9. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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 th
  10. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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 atmosph
  11. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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? In my opinio
  12. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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 H
  13. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 1. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? Interestingly, AH uses an interesting POV from Bergman seeing Cary Grant towering over her, as if Grant is as imposing as the Statue of Liberty or Mount Rushmore. As per the video
  14. Ah, back again after watching TCM tonight. My wonderful wife is a "Hitch Cameo Freak" and she challenged me to find Hitch in his cameo. Well, I did!
  15. 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 “touch” begins with an apartment that is cluttered with trays of food. The disorganization signals us that things will be just a bit wacky. The trays (this is probably a stretch) symbolize the obstacles the Smiths face in their relationship. 2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: the opening sequence of Mr. and Mrs. Sm
  16. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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 specific. He loves cigars – he is smoking one or at least he is tasting it and he has three
  17. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 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? As opposed to a public setting, the opening begins with a dream sequence that leads to a flashback. Both
  18. This is my second post and it is an insight that I have gained. I am a fan of "Grantchester." I now recall episodes in which the episode begins with a death that occurs during some public event or in a public space. I have observed the same in another PBS drama "Murder in Paradise."
  19. 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. The tone set by the music is lighthearted punctuated by the cuckoo clock. The music sounds a bit like the intro music to Laurel and Hardy movies. I call this type of music "hijinks about to occur." But on a second view of this scene the cuckoo clock ends with what sounds lke a bugle 2. Discuss the characters of Caldicott and Charters in this scene. What do the performa
  20. 1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes? Again the film starts with a public space (this time a movie theater). It differs from previous openings like the opening of "The Pleasure Garden" (a scene of debauchery) or "The Lodger" in which the opening involves a seedy street. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than in previous opening sequences of h
  21. Further Reflections: After watching the clip, please go to Twitter (#Hitchcock50) or the TCM Message Board (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.to continue your reflections on this clip. Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 1. Based on these opening scene, what do you anticipate is going to be more important in this film--the characters or the plot? (It is fine to make an informed guess about the 2nd question if you haven't seen the film yet) Based on thios scene I think th
  22. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. First, is the sequence when the word "knife" is used repeatedly and rattles Alice. She used a knife for the murder. Second, we hear a character discussing the murder stating that it would have been better to smash a victim's head in with a knife - as if there is a "right" way to murder someone - which further unnerves Alice. Third, AH used the sound of the shop bell (which resembles the sound of the vibration of a metal like the metal of a steel knife. Fourth, AH uses t
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