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  1. The house is located at 1360 Montgomery Street in Telegraph Hill. Check out this website....http://reelsf.com/reelsf/dark-passage-irenes-apartment
  2. The only good use of the POV in the beginning is showing how Vincent Parry escapes from jail. Since there are no witnesses to what happened it makes sense to show it all from his viewpoint. The remaining POV shots are only necessary to drive the storyline forward until he has the plastic surgery and becomes Humphrey Bogart. This POV technique was also used in the film "Lady In The Lake" and not to good effect either. Personally I find the film flows much better once the bandages are removed as well as the POV storytelling.
  3. Having a great time today watching some old favorites (The Letter, Maltese Falcon, High Sierra), getting reacquainted with some old friends (Johnny Eager, M, Dark Passage) and seeing some for the first time. The DVR is getting a workout today because I'm probably going to go back and rewatch some of them again during the week. Great line-up and great course. I'm looking forward to some really great discussions.
  4. I love this film although I had never before considered it to be film noir, just a story of love gone terribly wrong. After watching it again and really paying attention I can see the elements of noir: the shadows, the moon, the peaceful setting of the rubber plantation disturbed by the noise of the gun and then the calm demeanor in which our murderess requests the potential witnesses to get the authorities. I just loved the close-up on Leslie Crosbie's (Bette Davis) face after she emptied the gun into her lover Geoff Hammond. What a cool character!
  5. I watched the opening and in no way did I consider this a film noir. All I saw was two men doing a job, obviously they were proficient at their job and comfortable working together. They knew each other's rhythms which was evident in the head nods and hand signals. I didn't feel any sense of foreboding of impending misfortune or anticipation that something was about to go terribly wrong. I may want to watch the whole film again to see if maybe I missed something in the beginning sequence that gave some information about what the film was going to be about.
  6. As previously stated, the shadows, lighting, the feeling of dread as depicted in that "awful song" the children are singing all add to the suspense of the film. We seem to understand that it is only a matter of time before something bad is about to happen and we are either anticipating it or horrified by the notion of whatever it might be. Interesting film for it's time.

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