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  1. Except for the corsage on Veda's dress, the black dresses worn by both actresses become part of the light and shadow and do not distract the viewer's focus on the characters and what they are saying. They emphasize the lack of warmth, light, and gaiety that exists in this home as well as the distance between the characters. The corsage may have been intended to represent Veda's youth, her flowering as a woman but her black dress tempers these emotions in the viewer. In all the close ups both character's heads are in the frame perhaps to show that at this point there is still a connection betwe
  2. Except for the corsage on Veda's dress, the black dresses worn by both actresses become part of the light and shadow and do not distract the viewer's focus on the characters and what they are saying. They emphasize the lack of warmth, light, and gaiety that exists in this home as well as the distance between the characters. The corsage may have been intended to represent Veda's youth, her flowering as a woman but her black dress tempers these emotions in the viewer. In all the close ups both character's heads are in the frame perhaps to show that at this point there is still a connection betw
  3. Marlowe's office says it all. A bare desk, a single client chair, no family photos, no secretary. He is a man alone - forced to drum up whatever business he can to satisfy his personal needs and sense of self. This self reliance often forces a compromise in his business and personal life, a compromise between the job he's accepted and whatever moral compass directs him. As such the world he inhabits is usually on the edge or outside of the life of the everyman, forcing him to take risks, avoid trusting others, and constantly balancing his actions based on his own sense of right and wrong. Thes
  4. If the POV approach had not been utilized here Bogart's vicious attack of the driver might lead one to believe the rest of this film would focus simply on the efforts to re-capture this violent criminal. But the use of POV makes one begin to question what exactly is going on here and quickly and powerfully draws in the viewer's interest and anticipation of a more complex story to come.
  5. She fires the gun, her face expressionless and let's it fall from her hands as if in a trance which is only broken by the moonlight's sudden reveal of what she has done. And she is now in control of herself and those around her, calmly ordering her servants and preparing herself for the interrogation to follow by the authorities and we the viewers. And with only minutes into the film we know the explanation will not be a simple one but instead will be shrouded in the mystery of the violence that has just occurred and it's connection to the film's benign title.
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  7. In addition to the above observations I felt the appearance of the engineers - their smudged faces, eyes hidden behind sooty goggles and filthy uniforms - as well as their silent communications through facial and body gestures emphasized a grittiness and an almost conspiratorial atmosphere supporting noir in general. The speed of the train and the suspense associated with the engineers' activities for switching the tracks create an immediate tension in the viewer that may reflect the tension yet to come.
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