Alfred Hitchcock's "Jamaica Inn"

SUB PLANS: Thur Nov 14 - Thur Nov 21

Note: This film was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, a "Hall of Fame" director.  As you watch, see if you can figure out why.

The film is an adaptation of a Daphne DuMaurier novel, the same author that wrote "The Birds", which Hitchcock also later adapted.

NOTE TO SUBS: PLEASE COLLECT THE WORK EACH CLASS AND PLACE IT IN SEPARATE MANILA

FOLDERS FOR EACH DAY, WITH THE DATE AND ABSENCE LIST ATTACHED OR INSIDE.  THANKS!

THUR NOV 14: Watch 0:00-27:08, and answer the following questions on a single sheet of paper with your complete name and the date on it.

1.

The text at the beginning of the film gives us the setting and situation.  Is this an inventive way to accomplish this task, or did Hitchcock cheat by using this method? 

2.

List the following, and how Hitchcock convinces you of each role:  Who is the PROTAGONIST?  Who is the ANTAGONIST?  Are there more than one of either, and if so, which characters?

3.

What is the one thing the Sir Humphrey Pengallan says he "must have".  Does this make the audience like him more or less?

FRI NOV 15: Watch 27:08-39:00, focusing on the way Hitchcock frames hie actors and has them move.  Using a single sheet of paper with your complete name and the date on it, keep a log with at least 5 entries describing what you observe about these filming tactics during the viewing.

After the viewing, at the bottom of your page, answer the following question:

Why does Sir Humphrey Pengallan keep shifting and pacing as he's engaged in conversation?  What is the effect of this on the audience?

MON NOV 18: Re-Watch 0:00-39:00, taking no notes, to refresh your memory, and analyze/appreciate Alfred Hitchcock's mastery of direction.

TUES NOV 19: Watch 39:00-1:02  By now, you should have noticed the pacing of the film.  What methods does Hitchcock employ to keep the film moving at a rapid rate without feeling rushed?  Answer that question, citing 5 tactics you have noticed regarding pacing on a single sheet of paper with your complete name and the date on it.

WED NOV 20: Watch 1:02-1:26 (The death of Chadwick)  Using a single sheet of paper with your complete name and the date on it, dicuss the casting of the film.  Did Hitchcock make good or poor choices for Sir Humphrey Pengallan, Chadwick, Jeanne and Mabel?  Why / Why not?

THUR NOV 21: Watch 1:26 - END OF FILM   Upon reflection, what were 3 chacteristics you noticed most in this film?  Answer on a single sheet of paper with your complete name and the date on it.

FRI NOV 22: Consider the following questions, and write a 3 paragraph essay that answers them, citing specific examples from the film.

1) Was the protagonist portrayed in a believeable sense - in other words, did you feel that Hitchock used camerawork, lighting, etc. to connect his audience to the main character?  How / why not?

2) Same question for Sir Humphrey Pengallon, the antagonist.

3) What did you notice the most when watching this film, from a directorial point of view?  What do you feel Hitchcock excelled at?

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