PiercingMildred

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  1. Ditto on all the 'Thank you' sentiments. I've enjoyed this class, Professor Edwards, Eddie Muller, TCM and the films noir tremendously. ???????????????????????????????????????????????? I hope that this is only the beginning of many online courses through TCM... ❤️
  2. It was lots of fun! Thanks for getting in my question about what happens to the original film print in the process of film restoration. Quite a relief to know they don't destroy the original.
  3. exactly! I too feel like this class taught me that I was not out to pasture that I could actually learn something new! Congrats to you n your accomplished kids!
  4. ya. That's why I said that it would be "closed to discussion."
  5. I feel like I was just starting to get into the Summer of Darkness when it's just about over and I would like to stay in touch somehow with you guys...
  6. Would any of you like to continue discussing film noir or other topics after this course has expired? If so, I noticed there's a "Film Noir-Gangster " thread under the "Genre Forum" on this TCM Message Board. Mayhaps we can continue there?
  7. PiercingMildred

    Summer of Darkness Host

    Raincheck stepback n catch a reality check. Eddie Muller is probably the best authority on film noir and is certainly the csar of noir. Without his foundation which repairs film noir films that we would otherwise not get to view, we would be left with destroyed and unwatchable scraps of unintelligible film footage. So thanks yes thanks to you Eddie! I hope to read more of you contributions to film noir.
  8. I like your line about the credits not being the only thing that's backwards.
  9. The major theme here is the changing face of the woman in society in a changed society. A woman is running like hell on the unforgiving street barefoot and naked under a raincoat. As she stops dead in front of the second car she sees, we don't know from whom or what she is running except that she's willing to risk her life to get away from it. Her breath is primal. It is loud, heavy and wild as she pounds the pavement in search of help. In this post-war world she is not the usual picture of femininity which is perhaps that of a wife and mother, modest, safe and secure in her domestic position. She is not "barefoot and pregnant" and content in her quiet way rather she is barefoot and alone. She is stark, raving, hysterical, naked lunacy of a woman who is unashamed of her sexuality as witnessed in her nudity and continuous panting which carries on well after she is picked up. She goes on like that without explanation for 2 minutes and 45 seconds of the 4 minute scene. In fact the man who picked her up has to guess why and from whom she's on the run. "Let me guess," he says, "You were out with a guy that thought no was a three letter word." He's obviously turned on by her state of duress as he turns on sexy music and asks her if she had to "use her whole body" when she waved him down than questions if she "always goes around with no clothes on." He turns down the sexuality of the scene by turning off the music, she takes his hand, puts her head on his shoulders telling the questioning officers that she's his wife as they role onto their universe of darkness and absurdity.
  10. The creed of film noir as spoken by Nick, the dying husband in The Postman Always Rings Twice: "Everything went dark. What happened?"
  11. PiercingMildred

    Yay! 4th of July Break

    Excellent point. Thanks.
  12. Glad we get a break this week from June 28 - July 4. As it gives me time to do the supplementary readings on how to analyze and articulate what I'm seeing as a film noir aficionado. I've wanted to post more about the films we're seeing but I'm rather new to the language of film noir and film in general. Hopefully this will help me be less intimidated to post. It may or may not but either way I know I am learning a lot in this class (film noir stylistic elements are now infiltrating my dreams, which are getting scarier thanks a lot ????). In case you missed these supplemental readings, they're listed on Part 3 of "The Means."
  13. Sucks that it's always the woman that brings these freaks down. Where's Zachary Scott when you need him?

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