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  1. What Hitchcock "touches" do you see in this early scene from the movie? The upside-down viewpoint shot of Cary Grant.​ How does Hitchcock choose to light, frame, and photograph his two stars in this scene?What are some of the contrasts that Hitchcock trying to set up between these two characters through art direction, costume, and cinematography? His framing is close on his stars most of this scene. The background becomes unimportant. Devlin is dressed sharply in a tailored suit. Alicia is frumpy with bed head and wearing yesterday's dress.​ B​ased on this scene (or the entire f
  2. 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? ​The humor is the "touch" that stood out to me. The dirty dishes everywhere show that the couple have been in that room for a while now. And the maid trying to get a look at what is going on and the other maid's comments about running out of dishes reveal that this is not the first time this couple has holed up in this room. Do you agree or disagr
  3. 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. Uncle Charlie is a loner and in some kind of trouble. With the police perhaps? The scene doesn't really say but Uncle Charlie is accepting his fate. He tells the lady to let the two men in next time. Later, he boldly walks right by them. 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 lik
  4. 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? Most of Hitchcock's opening scenes are in public places. This film differs in that it is in a lonely, desolate location. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? The tracking shot down the long overgrown driveway and the sense of mystery. 3. How does this opening sequence use Manderley--the house itself--as a kind of character in th
  5. 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 a whimsical tone to the opening scene. Add to that the general confusion and the cuckoo clock and we have a sense that the film is a comedy. 2. Discuss the characters of Caldicott and Charters in this scene. What do the performances of Caldicott and Charters add to this scene. Caldicott and Charters' banter lend a comedic touch to the scen
  6. 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? The bit of mystery at the beginning of the film fits in with how Hitchcock starts other films such as The Lodger. Other opening scenes such as The Man Who Knew Too Much, reveal the characters right away. 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? It'
  7. 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) My guess would be plot. I don't have a good reason for that guess. 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? He is a foreigner who doesn't understand local sayings. He appears to be wealthy because of his attire. The look between him and skier sugges
  8. 1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific. As the customer babbles on about the knife all her words become gibberish except for the word "knife," which keeps getting louder in Alice's mind. The customer is practically screaming it, which freaks Alice out and she throws the knife. 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
  9. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? The first shot conveys the boys' feeling of dread and fear in meeting with the very stern-looking head master. The second shot conveys a sense of anticipation as we wonder which boy she will pick. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? POV tracking shots make the audience look at the scene through the character's eyes. We feel what the character is feeling. I think that's one of the thin
  10. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? The party scene cuts between shots showing drunken clumsiness, wine being poured, music being played on an instrument and a record player, and dancing. This gives a carefree merriment to the scene. 2. As is the case with a lot of German Expressionist films, in this scene, there are many shots that are very subjective and put us into the psychological mind of a main character. Please note the various techniques Hitchcock uses to create that feeling of subjectivity. The scenes be
  11. 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? I struggled to see any similarities between the two movies, but the difference that really caught my eye was the tone: one was playful and fun, the other was frenzy and fear. 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? Or images that provide an excess of
  12. I'm just getting started on this course and hope to get caught up soon. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. I've only seen a handful of Hitchcock films so I'm don't know what Hitchcock's touch is. Hopefully I'll learn more about it as I progress through this course. 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 never new that Hitchcock started in silent films, but
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