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  1. 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? 
Close up and profile shots, virus information makes part of the "touches" we see in the opening sequence. You learn the couple's social status and possible background thought visual design.
 2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: the opening sequence of Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a typical "Hitchcock opening" based on openings you h
  2. 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. You can see that something has happened an that Charlie is doubt of how to proceed. As more information unfolds, the character takes action to keep the audience wondering what will happen next.
 2. In what ways does this opening remind you of watching a film noir? If it doesn't remind you of a film noir, what makes the opening here different from the opening of a noir film like Siodmak's The Killers? (Note: If you haven
  3. 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 is much more melodic and moody than the previous British films which gave you a fast approach to action. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? You can instantly see the close up and profile shots which composes any film directed by Hitchcock. 3. How does this opening sequence use Manderley--the house itself--as a kind of character in the
  4. 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 music sets the easy going mood of the movie, bring a light tone to the characters giving the audience an happy atmosphere to play along with. 2. Discuss the characters of Caldicott and Charters in this scene. What do the performances of Caldicott and Charters add to this scene. Both characters bring the comic relief the scene needs with the chitchat. 3. From the
  5. 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? This opening fits the sequence of hidden details of other British films montage while it differs when it comes to showing what the characters are about. 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 his films? I agree to a certain point as the opening sequence is more focu
  6. 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) Even if you think the plot is more important, you can see that the character set up is much stronger. 2. What do you learn about Abbott (Peter Lorre) in his brief scene? How might this introduction affect your view of the character Abbott later in the film? Abbot is clearly an easygoing character, even though you see that he is slightly affected by a chance enc
  7. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. The use of chatter from a client and the the silence in the phone booth puts you directly into the Mind of Alice. Silence is used here to contrast the nervous state of Alice which no one seems to see. 2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates in counterpoint to the visual track. For example, how does Hitchcock set up the shot where the knife flies out of Alice's hand so that it registers a shock in his audience? Pay attention to
  8. Watching POV shots intensifies the feeling of the action in movement. Both dolly and tracking shots brings you closer to the characters's objectives. You can see connections between The Pleasure Garden, The Lodger and The Ring from the use of montage to show the character's description of recollections of what has happened or what would happen as explanation or motive to move forward with the picture without the use of the title cards.
  9. As it was the first time watching this sequence montage I could tell that Hitchcock used the mirror in the hallway to connect the living-room and the meeting room serving as link into what was being reflected as jealousy against a possible future, all carefully crafted to put us into the psyche of the main character and the reality of what was really happening. Again, You can clearly see from the dance sequence which served as two people fighting in The Ring (and later on each going to their corner for water), to represent the rivalry between the two gentlemen. There's no question th
  10. 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? You can clearly see a difference in pace and in action between both films. On the other hand, it's visible that in matters of detail editing, again the outsider looking in its very similar in between both movies. 2. Identify elements of the "Hitchcock style" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Even if you are not sure if it is the "Hitchcock style," what images or techniques stand out in your mind as powerful storytelling?
  11. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Yes, you can clearly see the beginnings of the Hitchcock Touch throughout the sequence. From the vouyerism to close up shots and info detail. 2. Do you agree or disagree with Strauss, Yacowar, and Spoto assessments that this sequence contains elements, themes, or approaches that we will see throughout Hitchcock's 50-year career? I do agree with all of them. The sequence showcases a lot of things that is visible throughout Hitchcock's career. 3. Since this is a silent film, do
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