1. Answer all the prompts below for that movie.
2. Other essay requirements:
- IN YOUR OWN WORDS. I want and expect student writing. Sharing essays with others constitutes cheating and will result in a zero for both parties. I will FAIL cut and paste jobs.
- 1-2 pages in length
- 12-pt Times New Roman; double spaced
- Spelling, capitalization and word usage should be accurate to receive full credit.
- You MUST include a Works Cited page and cite ALL sources in MLA format. You must use in-text citations. Please ask the Tutoring Center (Links to an external site.) if you need help! Use in-line citations or footnotes or it will be assumed that you copy and pasted and you will receive a ZERO.
- Using your textbook, define “ostinato”.
- How does Herrmann use ostinato – what effect does this compositional technique create in the viewer? Cite your sources.
- Who was the director of Citizen Kane? Provide a brief bio in your own words and cite your sources.
- Who was the music composer for Citizen Kane? Provide a brief bio in your own words and cite your sources.
2. Find the clip “Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958)”
- IMPORTANT! Watch this clip TWICE. First with NO SOUND, second time WITH SOUND.
- ANSWER: After watching the clip without – then WITH sound – what information does the music give you about the characters that you would not know otherwise (there is no dialogue in this scene).
- Watch the entire clip.
- ANSWER: How does Herrmann’s music work in this scene? At what point in the action does the music reach its high point? How is this reflected in the visual (the lighting effects in particular?) Cite your sources.
Composer: Bernard Herrmann. Film Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Familiarize yourself with the music of Herrmann in Vertigo. How does Herrmann use ostinato – what effect does this compositional technique create in the viewer?