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  1. I agree with the people who suggested that you should probably see a movie twice and, if possible, at different points in your life, before you write it off as bad. That makes sense to me. I have seen movies that I thought were terrible and then, saw them again at a later date and saw or understood things I hadn't before. Having said that, I'm not going to follow that advice completely. First, I really don't like silent films. I could see from the Daily Doses and the one silent film that I did watch for this course, that Hitchcock probably handled the silent films very well given the rest
  2. I teach at the college level, also (but, not in a film-related subject). I can't say how impressed I have been with this course. The level of preparation here is incredible! There has been a tremendous amount of material presented and it has been in great form! I am incredibly picky (could say obsessed) with things being presented correctly and in good form. I realize Dr. Edwards had students helping him with some of this material, but I'm sure the majority of the material came from him, plus he also had to oversee the students' work. This had to take a tremendous amount of time and effo
  3. (1) Cary Grant - Suspicion (but I really think it is comparing the four roles he played in ​Suspicion, Notorious, To Catch a Thief, and North by Northwest that you see how he brought four very different characters to life so brilliantly) ​(2) Jessie Royce Landis - North by Northwest and To Catch a Thief​ ​(she stole every scene she was in!) ​(3) Thelma Ritter - Rear Window ​(she also stole every scene she was in!) ​(4) Robert Walker - Strangers on a Train ​(such a departure for him -- he was always such a good guy) (5) Anthony Perkins - Psycho ​(I'm still not really a fan of
  4. I didn't have any technical difficulties with the lecture videos or the Daily Doses (except a couple of the old British films were too dark to see clearly and the British accents and slang were hard to understand). I thought all of the technical aspects worked great. And I don't have a very new or powerful computer. Also, I thought the games were great! I especially liked "Hitch or Hike."
  5. It seems like the directors, actors, and composers that I would suggest have already been discussed. And I have to admit that I don't really stay up-to-date on fashion designers. Besides, I don't think anyone could compete with Edith Head! Someone stated that Edith Head's clothes were never pretty -- Did you see Grace Kelly's dresses in Rear Window?​ Absolutely incredible!! As far as writers, in addition to Stephen King and some of the other suggestions, I would love to see what Hitchcock would do with some of the books written by David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, and Lisa Scottoline. And
  6. OOPS! I forgot to mention in the message I just posted -- I made a mistake in my earlier post (Aug. 2). I listed four movies and said they starred Ray Milland, but they actually starred Van Heflin. The movies were: ​Possessed Act of Violence ​Black Widow The Prowler Sorry for the mistake!
  7. This has been a great course! I was lucky enough to be raised by two movie-loving parents, so I've been a life-long movie addict, but this is my first experience taking a course on films. I definitely should have started sooner because I thoroughly enjoyed it! And I learned a lot! I've seen a lot of the films previously, but I can't believe how much more I noticed in them after some of the "lessons." It has really opened my eyes and ears to have a new appreciation of some of these films. Thank you Dr. Edwards for a great class -- hope there will be more soon! And I'll register early nex
  8. ​​Frenzy​ starts on a sunny day with a long (rather regal) view of London, traveling down the river toward the bridge and, then, through the bridge (like we went through the window in ​Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, and Psycho​). The music also has a bright, rather regal, and definitely British sound. In The Lodger,​ it is very dark at night and we see a terrified woman screaming. Then, there is a crowd discussing the murder from the night before. In ​Frenzy, ​there is also a crowd, but they are listening to a politician until someone yells "Look!" and everyone turns to see the naked body
  9. This scene opens with a woman in a tailored tweed suit and heels walking down a hotel corridor with a bellboy carrying a large stack of boxes and what looks like a new suitcase still wrapped up. While the suit looks of good quality, the style and color are a little dowdy. Then we see her in the hotel room in a robe with two suitcases on the bed. She is unwrapping new clothes from the boxes and packing them in, what I assume, is the new suitcase. She is also tossing her old clothes and shoes into another suitcase. She takes a wallet, compact, and some other items out of her large yellow pu
  10. I've loved reading through these posts and remembering so many movies that definitely are Hitchcockian! Here are some more! The Big Clock​ with Ray Milland and Charles Laughton is on TCM tonight at 8 p.m. and its a good one! Also starring Ray Milland: Possessed with Joan Crawford Act of Violence​ with Janet Leigh and Robert Ryan ​Black Widow ​with Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney The Prowler​ with Evelyn Keyes I don't remember seeing anyone list Double Indemnity​ with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. Then, as I thought about Barbara Stanwyck, who is one of my favorite actre
  11. I liked both "Torn Curtain" and "Topaz," but I agree "Topaz" is probably the stronger of the two. Maybe it is because there are not any major movie stars in it, but other spy thrillers have worked with major stars. As far as Newman and Andrews not being believable as spys in "Torn Curtain," they are NOT spys!! That's one of the main factors in the story! They weren't even recruited for this mission -- Newman's character came up with this plan and managed to find someone who had a contact to the spy network in East Germany. Washington doesn't even know what he is doing, they will assume he
  12. I agree also!! I have been able to catch a couple of missed Hitchcock films On Demand, but most of the ones I missed (like "Rebecca") were not available! It's incredibly frustrating! I was able to borrow "Rebecca" from the library, but they didn't have any of the others I missed. I agree that TCM should have considered how difficult it would be to watch movies from 8pm to 6 am twice a week for a month! Not everyone has a DVR or, like me, their DVR may not be working! TCM should have either spread the movies out over the month better and/or put them all on the On Demand channel.
  13. I've been trying to watch all of them, but my recorder is broken, so its been hard! Also, I started the course late, so I missed the first week altogether. Luckily, I got to watch some of the silents and British spy thrillers on "Open Culture." I'd seen a couple of the early British films, but really enjoyed seeing them again and seeing some others that I had missed. I have to admit that I don't really enjoy silent movies, but Hitchcock's are better than most that I've seen. For the rest of Hitchcock's films, I'm lucky enough to have seen all of them in the past, except for "Frenzy." I'v
  14. I agree with you -- I've always liked "Topaz." I remember seeing it at the theater when I was about 12 and the purple dress scene always stuck with me! Years later when it was on TV, I'd forgotten the title, but I started watching it because I liked John Forsythe. It seemed familiar and when they got to Cuba, I knew it was the movie I remembered with the purple dress! I still always watch it when its on TV and I agree that it is similar to Hitchcock's earlier spy thrillers. I particularly like "The 39 Steps," "Sabateur," "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (both versions), and "The Lady Vanishes.
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