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Everything posted by iceiceblondie

  1. Right, this is why I said I have tracking on, as in settings to block it are turned off. So my settings to block tracking are off. I don't know. I'm pretty computer savvy and it looks like I have all of my settings correct. Pretty frustrating as I've been trying to watch the musicals!
  2. I really enjoyed this scene. It was very evident Waters' character loved her husband and was so happy he was ok. I agree with the others who said it was very much a song about someone she is in love with, so it wouldn't have worked if it was sung to a child.
  3. Any ideas if I can't get the movies to load even with tracking on? I have Chrome. Also tried clearing history and rebooting.
  4. Garrett is definitely the aggressor in this scene, and the filming highlights this. She is the focus of the scene; Sinatra's character doesn't even start singing until almost the end. I enjoyed this scene, but I love Betty Garrett so that's probably why!
  5. Like many others, the first Judy Garland film I saw was The Wizard of Oz. I thought she was beautiful and lovely and my impression has not changed. After seeing these clips, I realize that she was also a fantastic dancer and a great actress. Obviously we all knew she could sing, but she was a great all around performer.
  6. I thought starting the movie in the Oval Office emphasized the fact that it's a biographical film. It kind of set the stage for what was coming, and gave a feeling of reminiscence over how everything started.
  7. I would agree with the others saying I don't really see a battle of the sexes here. Astaire challenges Rogers and she matches him step for step, showing she is equal, but he still leads. Either way, it was really neat to see this clip and to see them dance in a different way than their usual.
  8. I loved the breaking of the fourth wall. It made the character more humorous and relatable. The Lubitsch touch definitely added to the scenes for me, especially the garter in his hand while talking to the ambassador. I also enjoyed when he opened the drawer and we saw all the other revolvers!
  9. The interaction between the two characters is pretty typical of the romantic stereotype of the man pursuing the woman straightforwardly with the woman "playing hard to get." She didn't show interest until he started singing, and I found it refreshing that she didn't hide that interest. I expected her to say something like "well, you're all right I guess," but instead she complimented his voice. The interaction was very humorous as well with the name switching.
  10. I would agree that this clip shows a brighter view of life. It's light and frivolous, and Anna Held, even though she is going to make a huge decision, jokes about it. I enjoyed the clip and am adding this film to my list to watch for sure! I noticed the theme of men fighting over a beautiful woman, also seen in Broadway Melody (and obviously many other films). In this case it was light-hearted. Ziegfield didn't seem that upset at first about missing Anna Held, and the way he smirked at Billings in the audience was pretty funny.
  11. It definitely feels like a romantic comedy with the meeting of Melanie and Mitch. They're both very flirty, and it doesn't feel like something terrible is going to happen. It feels light-hearted. The lack of a musical score to me sounds very eerie and foreboding. You'd think music would help make it feel this way, but you know what's coming with the birds, so it adds to the feeling that there's something wrong.
  12. The title and credits run across the screen in a frenzied way, and the music definitely adds to that feeling. This isn't going to be a relaxing film. Going through the window into the hotel room shows the voyeuristic nature of the film along with so many other Hitchcock films. The characters are in a hotel room in the middle of the day, establishing that they maybe don't care about social norms. Marion is saying she needs to go back to work but obviously doesn't really want to, and maybe these sort of character traits contribute to her deciding to run off with the money.
  13. The ROT matchbook is one of my favorite minor touches in this film. It shows Cary Grant's humor and ability to laugh at himself, and even though he's in a dangerous position now it's really ludicrous. The music definitely adds a feel of romance to the film, which is nice considering it's a spy thriller!
  14. The opening titles are communicating that this is not going to be a straightforward film. There will be questioning of reality on both our part and the characters' parts. It's meant to put us on edge, and it definitely works. The score helps immensely in this area as well. I thought the most powerful image was the word vertigo coming from the woman's eye. Is the woman experiencing vertigo or the cause of it? We aren't sure yet.
  15. One thing that stuck out to me with the opening shot is how we are introduced to characters who are important throughout the film. So many of Hitchcock's earlier films gave us background on characters we would never hear from again, but with this movie it's more purposeful. It also threw me looking at the POV shot and then noticing that Jimmy Stewart is actually asleep. We're the only ones seeing the scene. We can see that Jeff is a risk-taker, someone who always has action or something going on in his life. He seems exciting, due to the exciting photographs. But then of course he's stagna
  16. I loved rewatching this scene with these questions in mind, because I noticed the criss cross much more! The men coming from two different directions and eventually meeting shows that they will have something in common even though their backgrounds are different. The differing styles match the characters' personalities, with Bruno being flashy and Guy being more in the background.
  17. The obvious Hitchcock touch is the POV with the camera tilting on Cary Grant, showing Ingrid Bergman's view. There was a contrast between the two stars, with of course seeing Bergman is feeling awful, while Grant is put together and has the upper hand in the scene.
  18. I did see some Hitchcock touches, the opening with several characters, music matching the scene, POV shots. Didn't really like Robert Montgomery in this role for some reason. I don't know if he's a good fit for Carole Lombard's character.
  19. We learn that Charlie really is a bad character. At first you kind of wonder if he got into some trouble, but the breaking of the glass indicated an anger instead of a desperation. I paid much closer attention to the music while watching this clip than I did watching the movie when it aired, and it added so much to the scene. First it was playful with showing the kids in the street, then it got much more sinister showing the money on Charlie's table. The last thing I noticed was it played in time with the walking of the two detectives. I thought that really helped emphasize how they were c
  20. The opening scene differs from some of Hitchcock's earlier films in a couple different ways. The one that stood out to me was the lack of character introduction. You could say that the character of Manderley is being introduced, but in previous films there are many characters you see, a whole lot of activity. This is more solitary and introspective. I think it fits with the mood of the film. I see the Hitchcock film in the shadows and mists, and in the way the camera moves along the drive. It makes you feel as if you are walking along the drive yourself, approaching Manderley. The voiceove
  21. The scene starts out light-hearted and happy with the music, but once the two men with skis come in all flustered, the scene starts to get a little more chaotic. Iris is clearly the star of the scene with the hotel owner going straight to her, the camera framing her front and center, and how she sort of dominated the conversation.
  22. It does fit a pattern of opening in a public place and slowly introducing characters, but it deviates because there isn't yet a feeling of dread. We can't really tell something bad is going to happen. I do agree that Hanney seems a likable character. He does seem a little serious with his question, which makes me wonder if it matters.
  23. I'd say it's going to be character driven. Instead of the first scene being important to the plot, like in The Lodger, in this one we meet the characters and learn a little about them. Peter Lorre's character seems humorous but you can tell there's something off with the way he looks at the skier.
  24. The sound is being used here as a great plot device, emphasizing how Alice feels like she's in her own world thinking about the murder. The sound device where the word knife is heard repeatedly shows that's all she can think about, even though everyone else is acting normally. I thought it was a really neat way to use sound, and I'm not sure why it isn't used more. Maybe we use visual effects more, since it's more dramatic, nowadays.
  25. The POV shots are great at increasing the fear and trepidation as the two characters walk toward the headmaster. It definitely helps you see things from their point of view, but it also helps you think the thoughts they're thinking, and feel the feelings of dread.
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