film journal 1 Essay

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Film Journal #1 1. How does Hitchcock introduce us to the two principle characters? Where do the scenes take place and how is the camera placed? In the case of Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), her father’s prison sentence leaves her skeptical of others, yet longing for a new companion in her life. She has a reliance on alcohol to wash her troubles away. R. Devlin’s (Cary Grant) a stranger from the party, a very mystery man. The Party takes place at Miami, FL. The camera pans right across Cary Grant’s back and comes to rest behind his right shoulder. The camera is placed behind and to the right of Cary Grant who is sitting and facing away from the camera. In the immediate foreground masking out a small portion of the bottom left corner…show more content…
3. How would you describe the mood or tone of the film in visual terms? Alfred Hitchcock incorporates multiple instances of point of view editing and cross-cutting to explore man’s intimate feeling of helplessness. He accomplishes this task by creating tense situations in which the viewer is more informed than the characters. However, the viewer’s omniscient range of narration is stifled by several occurrences of perceptual subjectivity, creating a momentary feeling of helplessness within the viewer. The first takes place after Alicia (Ingrid Bergman) has consumed a large amount of alcohol and has decided to drive a car with Devlin (Cary Grant). At first, the camera is stationary and the car is seen rapidly approaching and swerving from a distance. The next shot is from the hood of the car and has both Alicia and Devlin within the frame. It is clear that Alicia is not fit to drive, but the stationary camera does not evoke an immediate response of fear. Hitchcock understands that the scene could be more terrifying and has Alicia bluntly ask Devlin if he is “scared”. Furthermore, Hitchcock is having Alicia ask the viewer if he is scared and follows up the direct line with a point of view shot from Alicia. It is only during this shot from the view of a drunken driver, along with masking the camera with uncontrolled hair
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