mattcorrigan

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  1. YOU MUST WATCH THIS SCENE!!! Go 70 minutes into the film to see a three minute exchange between Brad Dexter and Evelyn Keyes. It's only three minutes but it'll burn a hole in your head. If only the rest of the film could have been as intense. Both actors are at their very best and show how much they had to offer. The hard boiled dialogue is awesome to hear. I saw this scene a year ago on TCM and it's what made me fixate on film noirs. Good movie with some great individual scenes scattered throughout.
  2. Yes I think that is the point of the documentary style. To create a believability to the upcoming noir drama. The more facts and everyday events you start with the greater the nightmare descent into the formalistic world that comes later.
  3. Is it as simple as looking for the beginning of the nightmare sequence? The on/off of realism vs formalism seems to be here and in the other films as when the main character enters a nightmare realm.
  4. Great observations! Your emphasis on the style of the picture making it film noir is quite on the mark. It's an interesting example because they changed it considerably from the book to make it a film noir.
  5. I don't think he was jumping to conclusions without evidence. He was going to ignore her and walked away, but when she mentioned the jade he knew she had information to give. That was the reason he invited her in and locked the door. Then when he checks her hand he knew she was lying. What has he got to lose? An angry woman calling him names if he's wrong? All the social niceites are out the window in film noir. That's part of what makes it film noir I think. He doesn't have to obey social rules on the treatment of women by men. A female reporter going alone to a man's office without a chaperone? This is still the 40's after all. There is a lot to be suspicious about here.
  6. The detective before this era was a Pinkerton man right? Strictly the resource for the ultra wealthy. Private guns for private money. The kind of gun for hire that would be used to break up the unions and guard money of the railroad tycoons. I don't think there was a representative of law and order and social good outside of the police in the movies prior to these. They were ultimately the authority and where the story ended, with their judgement on the situation be the final act.
  7. A good point. There aren't many or any (?) film noirs set in Singapore. Do all film noirs have to immediately draw in the viewer? The opening here is a shocker leaving you begging for answers to what just happened and why. Is this a characteristic of this genre because the opening of the train engineers was similar. The lack of dialogue leaves you watching them intently as they handle the train. This openings also leaves you wondering. The lack of yelling or noise before the gunshots means you don't know what happened or why. Was he a villain or a saint? Is Ms Davis the heroine or the criminal?
  8. Yes the lack of any green play area for the children was depressing. This is a poor community and the women were working hard just to keep the house orderly. The mother looked very tired, but she put extra effort into the child's lunch. A napkin ring and hot soup lunch for just the child. There was no place setting for the mom. The child is also well dressed and has a toy which the children in the courtyard don't have. She's a cherished item by the mother. The only way we can feel dread for the child is if we first see how important she is to someone else.

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