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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. ​​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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. This opening appears more like a romantic comedy than a horror picture because of the flirtatious meeting between Mitch and Melanie. There is no feeling of dread or fear, except for a foreboding from the large flock of sea gulls and their loud cries outside. Once inside, however, the birds do not appear to present any kind of threat. When we first see Melanie, it is apparent that she is stylish and sophisticated (and probably very rich). She is not used to being disappointed, which is obvious with her impatience that the myna bird she ordered is late and won't talk immediately. As she
  9. After posting my response to this Daily Dose, I started to read what other students had posted and I was surprised when I read ****' post that the horizontal lines represented a knife stabbing and the vertical lines represented a knife slashing. I felt this was a bit of a "reach" to match the graphics with the film and I didn't think anyone would see that from the opening unless they had already seen the movie. But, I went back and watched the opening again. While I'm still not sure you would think of a knife stabbing or slashing just by looking at long, straight lines, I have to admit that
  10. The straight horizontal lines of the graphic design look like window blinds, introducing the voyeur theme. The vertical lines appear to be prison bars, giving up reason to believe there will be a crime. The music definitely gives the feeling of a chase or running away, so we think that someone will be running away from a crime and being chased. The music also gives a feeling of being tense and makes us feel fear, menace, danger, and even violence. These feelings, combined with the speed of the music, (and, of course, the title of the film) gives a feeling of craziness or psychotic behavior
  11. While I definitely have pre-existing knowledge of Cary Grant (one of my favorite stars) as a suave, sexy, charming leading man, I don't have a lot of information about Eva Marie Saint (except that I have seen this movie multiple times). However, in this scene, Eve takes the initiative and makes a move on Roger, which is not what we would expect from a Cary Grant character! That juxtaposition of roles makes the scene seem so much sexier and not just another seduction scene by an expert like Cary Grant. Hitchcock uses the matchbook scene in three ways. First, it introduces the ROT monogra
  12. I just went through and read what other people wrote on this Daily Dose and I have to comment on Popcorn97's post. There is a clip from "Torn Curtain" both with and without Bernard Herrmann's score. WHY did Hitchcock choose to go without the score? The scene is powerful either way, but so much more so with the incredible score! What do other people think?
  13. From these opening credits, with the view of a woman, then close-up of her eye, then going into the surreal look with the wash of red color, the "shocked" look in her eye, and then the spirals coming from it, combined with the haunting, mesmerizing score, I would think this is a movie about a fearful woman who is haunted or psychotic and undergoes hypnosis or has hallucinations. The single most powerful image for me is when the eye (already colored red) opens to look "shocked" and then the spirals start coming from it. I can't seem to get that image out of my head -- those spirals coming
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