Sgtmgarv

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  1. The opening of Border Incident looks and sounds like a 50's industrial film. There's no hint that a noir is unfolding. While I love documentaries as a rule, I don't think this style of film making holds up as well over time for noir genre films. I suppose we have become so accustomed to Ken Burns' style of doc's that the clipped voice over narrations of yesteryear sound dated. Update the clothes, hair styles and cars of many classic noirs (Laura, Double Indemnity et al) and they would still play well today. By contrast the documentary style, I feel, might leave modern audiences unengaged.
  2. The rhythmic ticking of the clock in opening sequence of MOF echoes the counting song of the children in the opening of M. The overhead shot of Milland leaving the asylum also says "Fritz Lang" and mimics camera shots in the previous film. The lighting and composition in Lang's work make the most seemingly mundane scenes fraught with drama and foreboding.
  3. Who would have thought that song and dance man Dick Powell would make such a great private eye? It's interesting to see how his portrayal of Marlowe differs form Bogart's. I love how he his suspicious right from the start and locks the door after Miss Gayle enters the office, she doesn't stand a chance. Powell's Marlowe seems a bit more smooth and polished on the surface but he proves to be every bit as tough and wise cracking as all the great noir PI's.
  4. The Letter is an important contribution to noir canon because it shows how a lush and steamy tropical setting can be just as oppressive and tension producing as any gritty, urban setting. Through lighting and camera angles we know we are in for a interesting and twist filled ride. At the end of the scene, though outwardly calm, Bette Davis' right hand is held stiff and a little bit out from her body like it is in shock or she is trying to distance it (the hand) from her self.
  5. Love the contrast of the bright day and dark tunnel. Not your typical noir lighting. The lack of dialogue emphasizes the power of the train, power, speed and momentum. Though controlling it - the engineers seem superfluous. No idea where this opening is headed.

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