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  1. Rita’s performance is so electrifying. I love everything about this clip. I love the dance she does and the way she flips her hair. She really seems to let herself melt into the music and let loose. You can tell that she’s doing this to get Johnny’s goat. The faux strip tease in the end is Gilda’s way of getting back at him for how he treats her. This musical sequence serves to spotlight the seductive power that Gilda has and the ways that she is willing to use her feminine wiles. The swing of the jazz band goes along perfectly with the swing of Rita's hips. On a slightly off topic note, I’ve always thought that they drew inspiration from this clip for Jessica Rabbit from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
  2. This is one of my favorite movies. I love how, although this isn’t technically a noir film, Veda is kind of like a femme fatale. This scene proves that she is willing to do whatever she has to do to get whatever she wants, no matter what it costs. I think it’s interesting that Curtiz has Mildred stand in relation to Veda in this particular scene. The slight difference in height allows her to stand by her daughter and stare down at her while she’s cutting her down. Mildred’s facial expressions are so wonderful in this clip. When Veda turns and goes to the stairs, you can almost anticipate Mildred shooting her in the back. She does so with her words and stares of disapproval instead. The slap definitely elevates the tension between them.
  3. I think that the opening of “Ministry of Fear” is a great example of noir. Like Lang’s “M”, the ticking of the clock and swinging of the pendulum creates suspense and a sense of counting down to the impending drama that is coming up. In “M”, the children made up a “clock” that showed who will be next and there was also the ordinary chiming of the clock that normally is an insignificant daily occurrence. In both movies, the clock seems to evoke a sense of dread coming up. The atmosphere of the room is foreboding and gloomy. The steady ticking of the clock seems to amplify this feeling. It makes you feel like you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. I think the fact that the clock is running slow adds to the tension of the scene. When the doctor comes in and sets up the scene, we find out what is going on and a hint of the complications that are set to arise for the protagonist. The end scene with the shadowy, dark scenery are elements that are very familiar in film noir. I love how they zoom in on the asylum sign. It’s the perfect way to set the stage for what's to come.
  4. From this clip, you can tell that Phillip Marlowe is a different detective than we’re used to. He is very astute and seems to lure “Miss Allison/Grayle” into a false sense of security by the way he addresses and interacts with her. It’s almost like he lets her do a bit of questioning before turning the tables on her and letting her know he’s onto her. He cross examines her and gets to her sore spots, which seem to involve her stepmother. Unlike other detectives, he gives her the rope to hang herself with instead of just jumping in and questioning/accusing her from the start.
  5. I've always loved the opening line to "Laura." What a way to introduce a movie! I love how the opening camera shots sweep across the room and show you all sorts of interesting facts about the setting. I could definitely see what Nino Frank meant by this being a "charming character study of furnishing and faces." Just by looking at the surroundings, you can tell that Waldo Lydecker is going to be an interesting character for McPherson to interact with. You can tell that he is a very observant detective by the way he examines the objects in the room. I love how Preminger introduces the character of Waldo Lydecker. The interview in the bathtub with the typewriter is so memorable. It tells you that Waldo is a very eccentric character who is probably uninhibited and will be interesting to watch in the film.
  6. I really enjoy the first person pov in this movie, although I have to say that you don't really get the first person POV until after the barrel falls off the truck. I realize that was probably done because you need to set the scene so it's not really that big of a deal. I love how you really do feel like you're in his shoes and running from the cops. Filming the movie this way makes me feel like i'm in Bogie's shoes. I definitely think it adds to the tension of the scene- what could be more tension filled than running from the police and hoping you won't get caught?
  7. I haven't had the pleasure of watching this movie yet, but this opening scene has convinced me that I have to watch it the next time it comes on. I love how the camera pans over the scenery in the shadows. It lets you know that this movie doesn't have a usual setting. The people working in the shadows also kind of gives you the feel of anticipation that something is going to happen. In future noirs, we will see people working in the shadows when they're up to no good. While the workers in this scene aren't the villains, it does give you a sense of foreshadowing that something bad is about to happen. The gunshot was a great way of grabbing your attention. Suddenly you know that this movie is starting off with a bang. You wonder who got shot and why. I love the look on Bette Davis' face as she shoots the guy- it's a look of quiet determination and even coldness. The sight of the smoking gun is very iconic for film noir to me. I love the visuals of the clouds moving over the moon to fill the scene with darkness and then how it reappears to illuminate the dead body. Fabulous, fabulous opening.
  8. The scene that jumped out at me the most was, I think, the one where the train goes into the tunnel. I loved how the train was in total darkness except for the light at the end of the tunnel. That seems like great metaphor for some of the storylines that come up in noir later on. The sound of the train clanging against the tracks and the whistle are also pretty big later on in the film noir style. What I mean by that is the fact that a lot of later film noirs that involve trains use these sounds to build up anticipation on what will happen next. The scene from "Double Indemnity" where they throw the husband off the train and onto the tracks comes to mind. I loved seeing how trains operate and even the conductors gave me an uneasy feeling that something was going to happen later on. I think it was the way that they glanced at each other and their gestures while doing their work. It made me wonder if they were going to derail the train or something.
  9. The first thing that comes to mind for me is the words "innocence" and maybe "ominous." The fact that the children are happily playing a game that involves a song about a serial killer that has been terrorizing the city is a great way of foreshadowing things to come. The little girl running into the (presumed) killer by a post that offers a reward for him is a pretty fantastic way to set the tone of the movie. I loved the silhouette of the killer in the shadows and I think that's definitely one of the hallmarks of a noir film. The dark lighting and the shadows play into the mysterious sense of dread that overwhelms you from the start.

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