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spelcastr_max

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  1. I agree with this, but I also feel like the music is a distracting. It is taking the audience away from the initial conversation and giving them time to wonder.
  2. I feel like the shadowing of the beginning adds to the idea of the city being a character within the film instead of the setting. The audience watches the police enter this dimly lit dinner and follows the action to the police line-up where more light is used, but it seems to add to the tension. You can clearly see the anger in the questioning policeman's eyes and the stress on the man looking at the line-up
  3. I love that you pointed this out because it is something I always loved about Hitchcock. The same can be said for Shadow of a Doubt, which also hangs on that edge between noir and his unique brand. The opening is all about a sleep little American town and a mundane, content family who are simply happy to have the favorite uncle home. Already the audience is aware that the mysterious uncle's sinister nature, but you forget as you see him easily slip into a home that could have been just like any other home at that time.
  4. I find the subject of "innocence" for this film a bit of a red herring. In truth, Kathy and Alan were the only 2 true innocents in the story and even Alan had a moment of moral teetering. In truth, it is more about that late 40s/early 50s illusion of innocence. It's the belief that the world was going to be so much better after WWII, when in truth it was paranoia and depression hidden behind the ideas of happy families and white picket fences.
  5. I went. It was fabulous. My niece was in awe of Barbara Stanwick, but I was in awe of Edward G. Robinson. Something about him giving that performance, especially where he is arguing with their boss about suicide vs. murder, on the big screen was so much more interesting and powerful.
  6. Honestly, I liked Cloris Leachman's performance. I feel like the fact that it was "over the top" and dramatic was what sets the events into motion. Her inability to calm herself is what leads to the driver deciding to help her. Had she been more collected, he might not have felt the urge to step up. It's one of those flaws you often see in films like this - wanting to be a hero to the person who can't be helped. The more they freak out, the more the hero wants to save them.
  7. I really have enjoyed the podcasts, although started to listen to an assigned one for a film I had not seen yet. I found myself getting annoyed that I could not visualize what they were discussing...so I stopped listening, watched the film, then listened. I have a strange feeling that this was an important step.
  8. The first time I saw this movie I was blown away. It had all of the visual earmarks of a noir in the lighting, camera angles, and tense scenes. And yet there was Lorre, this comical and reluctant hero who really just wants to write his book then get on with his life. And yet he is thrust into the world of shadows and all he can do is by annoyed by the number of people pointing guns at him.
  9. Does anyone else feel like Mitchum's attitude changes with the lighting in this scene on the Daily Dose of Darkness? When he's sitting close to the bar in the light with all of the busy bar patrons, he is more relaxed. Then, when he sits with her at the shaded table, he adds to their conversation by tightening his shoulders almost the instant she arrives.
  10. The original post for this mentions Hayworth as the femme fatale of Gilda, but to me, Gilda is partially unique through it's portrayal of events from her point of view. She is trapped, part of which is her own fault, but it is something we are experiencing with her. The scene of her signing followed by the very tense and abusive moments that follow sum this up perfectly. At first she all seduction. She is the embodiment of the noir woman, careless and sinful yet hard to resist. In the next moment she is the victim, the hero, the flawed character you identify with.
  11. Laura is literally one of my favorite films of all time thanks to my mom sitting me down to watch it when I was 12. Interestingly, my old brother did not see it until we were both in our 30s. He is a huge fan of Noir (Fritz Lang is his favorite director) so it surprised me that it took him so long to watch Laura. And when he did - he said it was good, but it wasn't noir! I was annoyed, but I didn't know how to properly back up my defense of Otto Preminger's brilliant, subtle murder mystery. Then, I listened to the Noir podcast about Laura and watched the Daily Dose of Darkness. What I love
  12. I'm sorry if someone already asked this but who sings the song that was played during this year's TCM tribute to the peole who passed away?
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