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|Submitted by edithh on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 - 12:51 |
Analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s Filming Techniques
Alfred Hitchcock is an ingenious director who has entertained his audiences for ages with his daring and clever thrillers as well as other masterpieces. Two particular movies he directed, North By Northwest and Spellbound are very different in their stories but they both fit the general category of his works and inhibit many of his typical filming techniques and styles. Each is a unique and fascinating work of art that keeps audiences enthralled until the very end when the plots are resolved.
North by Northwest was made in 1959 and it is a typical suspenseful thriller that Hitchcock is known for. This film is one of Hitchcock’s most famous suspense stories of his entire career. The film starred Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint; Cary Grant collaborated with Hitchcock in Suspicion, Notorious, and To Catch a Thief in addition to North by Northwest. This film contains many themes typical of Hitchcock’s other suspense films such as mistaken identity for the innocent, ordinary ‘Wrong Man’ hero, false pretenses, and survival in 20th Century during the Cold War. The Leo G. Carroll character in the film that was the head of the American Intelligence Agency was probably modeled after two 1950s real-life figures: Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen W. Dulles, head of the CIA.
|Submitted by edithh on Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 15:35 |
|Submitted by edithh on Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 15:31 |
This seems kind of random but I was just wondering what people were thinking about the whole Duke Lacrosse guy's situation...There is so much controversy and debate, everyone has different stories and theories on it and I was just wondering what you'll thought about it. Yesterday our women's Tennis Team played Duke at Duke and going there made me think about the whole awful situation. Anyways I am just interested to know what everyone's opionions on it are so respond if you have an opinion you would like to share. I personally think that they did it and it is shameful that the guys that did it are not stepping up and taking blame so their whole team does not have to suffer.
|Submitted by edithh on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 15:36 |
dance like a white guy.
This video does not reprent the dumbing-down of American culture. Many people might think that it does represent this but I believe that it doesn't. With so many horrible things happening in our world we need some humor to cheer us up and I believe this is exactly what this video provides. It appeals to reality and that is why it is so funny. People think they are so clever and look so hot in their dance moves but as this video shows "white people" in this video look awkward and pretty stupid. But that is what dancing is all about, having fun and looking stupid. Many people do not have rythm but they think that they do which makes watching people dance very funny. The author of this video appeals to everyone's past experiences of dancing and probably making a fool of themselves and that is why people would enjoy this video. We need humor to keep us going when bad things happen.
|Submitted by edithh on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 15:13 |
For the second movie I chose to watch Spellbound which is a movie about a psychiatrist who falls in love with a supposed killer posing as another psychiatrist. In order to prove that he is innocent she has to use the much popular in that time period Freudian technique of psychoanalysis to get into his mind and figure out what he did to cause his amnesia and mistaken identity. Pscyhoanalysis has been used since the 1940s as a way of overcoming the plot in many movies. Psychiatrists performing this technique would prevail instead of the detectives, but Spellbound was the first movie of its time to use this as a central plot.
|Submitted by edithh on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 - 15:11 |
I enjoyed North by Northwest very much. I thought it kept the audience guessing and at the same time humored the audience with the ridiculousness of some of the situations such as the main character who finds himself at the wrong time and the wrong place bascially the whole time throughout the movie. The only Hitchcock films I am familiar with are The Birds and Psycho so I will be interested in exploring some of his other films.
|Submitted by edithh on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 17:05 |
I have really enjoyed the photoessay assignment. I thought it was pretty cool to be able to get free reign on your topic and for once be able to discuss something you are passionate about. So many times in school we are assigned topics that we have no interest in and we are never able to express our personal views. That is why I liked this assignment very much.
|Submitted by edithh on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 17:02 |
Here is my photoessay
|Submitted by edithh on Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 17:07 |
here is my website to my photoessay:
|Submitted by edithh on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 16:20 |
I think that this is actually a harder assignment that I first thought. Putting yourself into a collage requires you to look into your life and really determine what is important to you. As of right now I can think of obvious things about me like tennis because I am on the tennis team but I am having trouble thinking of images that reflect me in a more deep way.
|Submitted by edithh on Monday, February 13, 2006 - 23:24 |
I have just read the articles and have not found an image yet but before I find my image I want to comment on the articles. The primary article that we read was fascinating to me and unfortunatly it hit close to home. Everything that was in that article seems very true to me. It is sad that I can name atleast a dozen people I know that currently have an eating disorder or did in the past. Body image is something that has taken over our culture. Girls and even guys now are becoming dissatisfied with the way they look and this makes them become anorexic or bulimic. Pressures from the media, friends and even family force people into a hole where they feel the only way out is to do something about it the very unhealthy way.
|Submitted by edithh on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 02:08 |
Ok so here is my playlist. Just to give you a run down its basically the process of a relationship gone bad. You start off loving the person and thinking that you'll are perfect for eachother then you realize that this person is still doing the same old crap that you are entirely tired of like treating you badly etc. Once you realize he or she is not going to change you make the break but then suffer from a broken heart. The latter part of my playlist portrays how it is difficult to be strong and it still causes a lot of pain, also in accepting the fact that your loved one is not going to change or mature for you. The last two songs correspond to the fact that there is hope and eventually everything will be okay and one's heart will heal. The last song is a particular favorite of mine because it is by Garth Brooks and talks about how long after the breakup you meet someone new and realize that it all happened for a reason.
|Submitted by edithh on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 00:02 |
I defintly think that songs tell a story. When I think about particular songs Kelly Clarkston's new album comes to mind. These are basically all love songs and a lot of artists use their music to vent about break ups or talk about how happy they are about their new loves. Kelly Clarkston's song Since You've Been Gone describes how she is handling a break up and it gives women hope that they can go on and actually do better on their own than with a particular partner that brings them down. Because of You is another one of her songs that talks about moving on after a brea
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