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  1. My mother is trying to recall the title of a short animated movie from late 80's or early 90's about an elf (though she doesn't think that the word "elf" is in the title.) Details are hazy, but she recalls his being in elf school and being different from the others in some way. At the end, he ends up at the Nativity. Any ideas?
  2. I just watched Hell Below (1933, Walter Houston, Robert Montgomery), a powerful submarine drama set in WW I, where people died tragically, faced impossible situations, and made remarkable personal sacrifices. However, all I can think about is that dead cat! If you've seen the movie, you know what I mean. It appears to be a real animal and it is either drugged or dead. I did a little internet research, but couldn't find any information. The movie is pre-code, so there were no animal rights advocates hanging around the set. Can anyone provide any info?
  3. 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. The long pan shot that opens Frenzy is almost like the intro of a travelogue, with bright, majestic music that would signify a completely different kind of movie. In The Lodger, we get a pan shot of the sign outisde a seedy music hall and an accompanying musical score that doesn’t leave us as shocked when we see a girl actually being murdered. 2. What are some of the common Hitchcock touches that you see in this opening scene? Be specific. C
  4. 1. Based on the opening sequence alone, what do you feel you already know about Marnie as a character? We know that this character is a con artist. There may have been other explanations for why she is using a false identity, but when she dumps that purse full of money into the “keep” suitcase, it erases all doubt. In what ways does Hitchcock visually reveal her character through her interaction with objects. She is completely discarding her present identity. While she carefully and uniformly packs the new suitcase that will take her into her new persona, she carelessly tosses all her cloth
  5. 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? Melanie and Mitch “meet cute” when she plays along with his misconception that she is a sales person at the pet shop. Her own misconceptions about birds tip him off that something is up, but he plays it with a light flirtation. Melanie is obviously a very poised and confident young woman, used to getting her own way. Consider how she doesn’t want to wait a few minutes to get her mynah bi
  6. 1. Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? Staccato string music plays as the linear title sequence presents names and then fractures them. Janet Leigh’s name appears as the last of the credits. That is usually reserved for someone being “introduced” or who may not appear in the entire movie (I never noticed that until now.) 2. As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Ariz
  7. 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 Hitch sets up from the opening frames of this film] Be specific. Just as we see the train tracks criss cross a little later in the into, we see Guy and Bruno in parallel activities that will fatefully lead to their criss crossing lives. They each arrive at the train station in almost identical taxis. They are each accompanied through the same
  8. 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 this scene. Cary Grant was the epitome of handsome elegance. Eva Marie Saint had received lots of adulation for her beauty and talent, but this was her first real role as the “cool blonde” we’d come to know from previous Hitchcock movies. Each of these characters (unlike each of us!) could be totally confident in their meeting. Each is the “al
  9. 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 atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. It’s hard to divorce my answer from my multiple viewings of this movie, but I’m trying to recapture my feelings from the first time that I saw it. The music is eerie, but the images are even more unsettling. You know that something ominous is coming. 2. In yo
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