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  1. Thanks so much for your help on this guys. I really appreciate it. Now I can at least sleep a bit more soundly at night! All the best Ben
  2. It's been on TCM a few times. It's a British film probably from the early to mid 1960's. The film opens with a partially nude woman being fished out of the Themes River with a necktie around her neck. The main character has an ex-wife who runs a dating service. His best friend owns a green-grocer, who loans him money to play the horses, but he doesn't. Instead he spends the money in the pub, and later finds out that the horse wins the race. The final victim is found with the killers stick-pin in her dead hand (I don't want to give it away for anyone who hasn't seen it). I thought that M
  3. It seems that the opening of The Letter can be considered an important contribution to the film noir style in that the climax of the film, in this case the murder of Mr. Hammond, occurs within the first few minutes of the film. It then becomes the job of the screenwriter and director to take the viewer back in time. To show what lead up to this murder, what the character's motivations were, and finally after understanding these motivations, what the logical conclusion to the story would be. To me, this is analagous to the opening of D.O.A., in which Edmond O'Brien shows up at the police s
  4. The opening of La Bete Humaine is one of the most powerful and frenetic I've ever seen. Renoir's use of sound, visual timing, and framing, one has a feeling of both speed and the overwhelming character of the train itself. The use of the sounds of the train on the track, the engine, and the sounds of the machinery used by the engineers, and at a very loud volume, Renoir centers the viewer's attenion on the train itself, rather than the two drivers. Other than the two lines of dialogue spoken in the first approximately four and a half minutes, the only other sounds are those made by the t
  5. Visually, the one thing that strikes me, is that Lang uses a very stark set to begin his film. There are really no added decorations, or props that are involved. The lighting from above and right allows for long shadows. There are also on ambient sounds which we would expect to hear (birds, traffic, other people, etc.) Also the camera angle seems to be a medium shot above and to the left, opposite the lighting source. This gives the viewer an "oppressive" feel, as well as emotionally limiting the viewer to the action on screen. It then leaves us to wonder what is happening outside of the
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