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  1. 1. How does the opening of Frenzy differ from the The Lodger. Aside from silent movie versus modern color movie, The Lodger opens with a woman screaming and then dead on the ground. A crowd has gathered by the river because of the murder and police are speaking with people at the scene taking statements. The Lodger portrays the fear and panic of the people upon discovering the murdered woman. Frenzy opens quite peacefully with uplifting music and a beautiful aerial view of London. The camera pans in on a crowd (also by the river) listening to a seemingly long-winded politician wit
  2. 1. What do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? She appears to have stolen the money that she empties into a suitcase - as she goes to great lengths to assume a new identity and it seems she has done this more than once by the appearance of about three social security cards. She is disposing of an old identity not only with a social security card and name but also buying all new clothes, a new haircolor and hairstyle - even leaving all her old clothes and purse in a suitcase in a locker then disposes of the key. 2. How does Hitchcock use Bernard Hermann's score in
  3. 1. Opening scene more appropriate to a romantic comedy... Throughout the scene, Mitch and Melanie play a sort of cat and mouse game flirting with each other. When she first sees him, it's obvious she's interested in him and goes along with his mistaking her for an employee of the pet shop. He's on to her rather quickly and tries to trip her up repeatedly. Both Mitch and Melanie are well dressed, attractive young people, intelligent and with style. We also learn a bit about Mitch having a bit of a softer side as he is shopping for his younger sister's birthday - getting her something
  4. 1. Psycho title design and music by Saul Bass. The score and the title design for this movie are both perfect. The music is edgy with sort of a nervous-sounding pitch to it - the use of string instruments only enhances the effect. The lines going in and out from both sides adds to the edginess. When the title of the film appears on the screen, the word splits on screen and shifts back and forth to suggest psychotic behavior of some kind and the split and shifting title of the film lingers on the screen maybe a second or two longer. The music also works well as Marion is traveling to Fair
  5. 1. The role is perfect for Cary Grant. He had played the same type of roll throughout his career - but to me it seemed fresh and new each time. I never tired of seeing him in movies. His comedic roles were wonderful. The humor in this movie seems more sophisticated and it works perfectly. I haven't seen a lot of Miss Saint's movies but in the ones I have seen, her characters didn't come across as polished and as classy as her Miss Kendall. Grace Kelly has always come to mind as the epitome of class and glamour, but Eva Marie Saint holds her own in North by Northwest. 2. The way tha
  6. 1. Describe what you think this film will be about from the opening sequence. The focus on the woman's face in the opening sequence starts to give me the impression she is being examined - especially when she looks to first one side then the other - moving only her eyes. Then her eyes open wide and the music suddenly gets louder. The spiraling Lissajous figures start and the music (that are like musical scales going up and down) become faster and you imagine the music Is spinning with the Lissajous spirals. You get the feeling maybe the woman's is spiraling out of control. Right away
  7. 1. Opening Camera Shot The beginning of the movie is sort of introduction. An introduction to the world of L. B. Jeffries as he is confined to a wheelchair to convalesce while a broken leg mends. It's the world as seen by L. B. Jeffries who seemingly doesn't have much to do but look out his window However, as Mr. Jeffries is asleep in the opening shot with his back to the window, we as viewers are peeping in on the Peeping Tom. 2. What do we learn about Jeff The beginning of the movie - without any sound other than music - introduces us to the neighborhood of L. B. Jeffries as
  8. 1. Criss-Cross First you notice the crossed railroad tracks - crossing over and over. On the train the two men cross their legs and bump into each other. 2. Contrast in appearance The first contrast to me, of course, is in their appearance. Bruno is dressed 'to the nines' and is more flashy - especially with the spectator shoes and the lobster tie. Guy, on the other hand, is casual and more conservative in his clothing as well as his manner. Bruno chatters away and shares too much information and Guy only confirms information that Bruno already knows - and does that rather reluctan
  9. 1. Hitchcock 'touches' in early scene from Notorious. What jumps out especially is the P.O.V. shot of Ingrid Bergman lying in bed, hungover, and seeing Cary Grant (in shadow), standing in the doorway, and the angle of the camera as he enters the room, the rolling image of him walking towards her makes me feel the pain of her hangover! How Hitchcock frames each scene always seems to stand out - the way he uses light and shadow; as I mentioned, Cary Grant standing in the doorway in shadow - the only light coming from the room behind him. In the first scene, how Cary Grant is not shown or
  10. 1. Hitchcock 'touches' in Mr. & Mrs. Smith opening scene - It was a little hard for me to find the 'Hitchcock touch' in the opening scene of this movie - being such a departure from most of his other films. I admit I don't care much for this movie - I hope I don't flunk this class for saying that! I'm not much on screwball comedies anymore - too cynical in my old age perhaps. I did feel that the opening scene with the camera panning the disarray of their bedroom was something he would do - giving the audience a lot of information up front but, of course, it just left you wondering
  11. 1. Uncle Charlie's character: Upon first glance, you see a very well dressed man, very neat in appearance although it seems a bit strange that he's lying, fully dressed on the bed staring straight up at the ceiling - money carelessly tossed on a nightstand spilling onto the floor as though it was unimportant. Upon the entrance of his landlady, he doesn't turn towards her, doesn't move a muscle and speaks in a quiet monotone voice throughout their conversation and only once speaks directly to her when discussing the two men looking for him. He shows no emotion until she leaves, and in a dar
  12. 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? The opening of 'Rebecca' was slower, obviously, than the previous opening scenes we have seen in the last couple of weeks, but it was also the first opening that was narrated by one of the characters. It was also different in that the childhood home of Maxim De Winter is a main character in the movie . 2. What are the Hitchcock 'touches' in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? The 'Po
  13. 1. The music is uplifting and has a lighthearted feel to it - almost peaceful. Then the wind carries the door back and the two men come in carrying luggage of various sorts and the clerk on the phone in a sort frenzied conversation gives the scene a sort of zany comedic feel. 2. Caldicott and Charters also add a comedic feel to the scene and throughout the movie as sort of a stand-up routine banter between them - and also, not unlike an old married couple. At times they seem to be in their own little world - wrapped up in the cricket game they are fearful of missing - sort of oblivious
  14. 1. Both The 39 Steps and The Man Who Knew Too Much open in very public settings and seemingly pleasant and jovial circumstances - except for the look Peter Lorre exchanges with the skier in The Man Who Knew Too Much. In that instance, you immediately get a sense of that something somewhat sinister is lurking beneath the surface. The 39 Steps is anything but that. The Ring starts out innocent enough but early on you see that the main female character is Jack's girl but is flirting with the rival boxes - trouble ahead is sense from that. 2. Yes, for the most part. In both The 39 Steps a
  15. 1. From the opening scene, you really can't tell what the plot may be, but the characters are interesting from the start. The recognition between Peter Lorre's character and the skier is palpable and you get the sense there are less than favorable feelings in that recognition. Peter Lorre (Abbott) seems nice enough with the brief interchange, but it does not seem genuine. There is something beneath the surface and the characters immediately become important before a plot becomes apparent. 2. Again, Peter Lorre's jovial character does not seem genuine and it makes you wonder what is b
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