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Everything posted by edkockenlocker

  1. The nod to the first person narrative is that we hear Marlowe before we actually see him. The exchange with Carmen Sternwood shows that Marlowe is a smartass with little patience for people playing games. His remark to the butler "You ought to ween her, she's old enough" expresses his distain. During the interview with General Sternwood, we discover that Marlowe is 38, worked for the DA's office and was fired for "insubordination" which he seems to take dubious pride in. His knowledge of the Sternwood clan demonstrates that he does his homework on potential clients. Bogart as Marlowe tends to
  2. After a standard set of opening credits, the opening switches gears into something that looks like a television documentary of the time.It looks at the "big picture" with a series of overhead shots of the vast agricultural fields, then puts a human face on the story, showing the workers behind the chain link fence. When the theme of illegals comes up we find we're in a night scene with indistinct shadowy figures and posted signs. The shift in mood is consistent with Noir. The realism shifts into the formalism of the dark world.
  3. I'm more familiar with this film than the previous ones, being a huge Bogart fan. The pace of the scene is suitably frantic.The shot of the hands coming out of the barrel always cracks me up. However the opening takes the viewer from passive audience to active participant, and yes it's a gimmick, but an effective one that lasts , if memory serves, for about the first third of the movie because "Vincent Parry" isn't Bogart at this point. The driver challenges us with questions, prying for info we don't know, and is so annoying that it's cathartic when we get to punch him out.
  4. Opening shot establishes a bright full moon as a source of illumination, then the camera reveals that we're in a Rubber plantation, We float along past the trees, dripping (like blood?) overflowing into the buckets. The pace is deceptively sedate as the workers find their way to their bunks. There's also a deceptive placidity to the music underscoring the scene. Then the main house is revealed and we hear the first gunshot but do not see the source, then the victim bursts through the door followed very deliberately by his executioner. Bette Davis' face is impassive as she empties the revolver
  5. Anything I have to say has been well said before. Y'all are so smart. The dehumanization of the men. The vanishing point on the horizon. The hurtling speed towards the unknown. The open mouth of hell at the very beginning being fed. I seem to recall an American remake of this with Glenn Ford and Edgar Buchanan in these parts or am I mistaken? Human Desire directed by Fritz Lang?
  6. If you see it in context he's not singing "darkies" at all. There have just been a been a bunch of Doctors introduced. He's singing "All the Doccies am a weeping". Your ear made it "darkies".
  7. Some great choices, people! Western Supporting Judge Roy Bean in The Westerner Lead Tom Destry Jr. in Destry Rides Again
  8. The beauty of this is that you can pick more than one... I haven't done Comedy yet. Look, I'll go again. Support...Ambrose "Muggsy" Murgatroyd or Horace Pike in "The Lady Eve" (Actually any Preston Sturges supporting character, hence my nickname) Lead: Either Rufus T. Firefly in "Duck Soup", or Leonard Zelig in "Zelig"
  9. ...who would you be and why? They don't have to be the leads...In fact you can have one in each category. I'll go first... Supporting Role Arthur Keats in "The Postman always Rings Twice", because he's the smartest one in the film. If I can't have him, I'll take Barton Keyes in "Double Indemnity" or Dr. Einstein in "Arsenic and Old Lace" . They have fun but they don't get killed. Lead Don Diego Vega in "The Mark of Zorro" (1940) because he gets to fight with Basil Rathbone and make out with Linda Darnell...That and the mask thing...
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