Cut and paste the following task and questions into your own weebly on your Knowing and Understanding page, then complete the tasks.
North by Northwest
A. First Impressions:
What did you think of North by Northwest? Explain your reaction and opinion in detail, giving your reasons. (At least 100 words)
B. Hitchcock's Style
What could you say about Hitchcock's STYLE in this film?
(Write about anything you might have noticed about the style of this film. You might comment on the visual aesthetic, the music, the editing, the complex narrative that continuously changes and surprises, the building of suspense.)
Whatever you comment on, give an example (or several) from the film to demonstrate what you mean. (At least 100 words)
C. The documentary:
The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style
Focus: the discussion of visual style through subjective camera, point of view shots, the rhythm of editing, the minimal use of dialogue.
(Watch from 3.00 - 9.30 mins)
What features of Hitchcock's visual style were outlined in this section of the documentary? (Think about camera use, point of view, editing and rhythm of cutting, and the use of sound)
Draw visual representations (on a storyboard sheet, or on blank paper) to show your response. Take a photo of these images and insert them into your Weebly, and write brief notes to explain what they're showing.
D. Pure Cinema
What is meant by the term Pure Cinema?
Present an explained definition through research and reporting.
Here's a few URLs to get you started:
E. Analysis of the Crop Duster Scene
Look again at the famous Crop Duster Scene in North by Northwest (we'll re-view this as a class.)
Show and describe how this scene is an example of Pure Cinema and Hitchcock's style. Include at least three images (found or drawn by you), and annotate to explain clearly. Insert these images into your response, accompanied by the notes.
F. Watch three well-known scenes from Hitchcock films (links to the right):
Vertigo (1958) - The Bell Tower scene
The Birds (1963) - The Crows on the Play Set scene
Psycho (1960) - The Shower Scene
(Also, remember North by Northwest (1959) - The Crop Duster scene)
i. Choose one of these scenes, and briefly write THREE dot points about how it is a typical Hitchcock scene, with his stylistic touches.
ii. Briefly write how the scene you chose uses EDITING (the sequencing of shots and the pace of the cutting) to create emotions like suspense or tension or excitement) for the viewer.
Links to Hitchcock scenes