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Femme Noir

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  1. I've learned almost as much by reading this thread as I did during the film noir class. You guys are good. I have nothing more to add but say thanks.
  2. This is a film I haven't seen before but I immediately recognized noir elements in the shadows and lighting. The swinging overhead light gave me a feeling of danger and menace as it emphasized the faces of the tough guys. They meant business and we heard every punch until the lights went out. I haven't figured out why so I'm excited to see the full movie.
  3. I might have different study habits than most but first I read the lecture transcript then I listen to the lecture...a few times during the week. I watch the Daily Dose and post it to Twitter. This brings out my partners in crime with photo stills and trivia on the movie for the day. I have found if I don't get my class answers from the lecture then I won't get it. I watch a movie and my eyes go to wardrobe and sets, hairdo's and hats. I have yet to go deep into the meaning of how or why but if I'm still thinking about this movie the next day I know it's a good one and a keeper. If I'm still thinking about a movie years later and watch it over and over, it's a Classic.
  4. Post war, trying to finding a job and a nagging wife. It's enough to make a man commit robbery or even murder. Money is tight so I'm sure more people were watching TV than going out to the movies. Films will have to give folks something they aren't getting on TV like wider screens and color. I see the beginning of the end for film noir as we know it. We'll have to splash a bit of color around and call it neo-noir but I'm getting ahead of myself in class. Lol
  5. I got a chuckle out of "the most respectable citizen is always the most criminal." [Curated by Richard Edwards] It reminded me of how true that was growing up in the post war era in midwestern towns like Kokomo, In and Grand Rapids, Mi. My mother even dressed like Martha Ivers, Lol.
  6. I don't think of Hitchcock as a film noir director all though he was but more of a noir stylist as in Rebecca and Criss Cross. He used a noir style in most of his thrillers like Suspicion and Notorious. I can't label him in the noir genre but just good old fashion thrillers.
  7. The ideal film noir to me should have a theme of danger and wrong decisions with misfit characters... the tough guy, preferably a private dick and his love interest the femme fatale. Locations would include a jazz club with the secret back room leading out to the alley. On set we'd need dark climbing stairs leading to the dame who lives above the bar. She's hired the P.I., her life's in danger. She sets in the dark smoking, waiting and peeping out those old venetian blinds. Enter the character actor who owns the bar and can solve all her problems with a promise and a bourbon because he knows people but it'll take money. Her man never comes. Someone got to him first. Now they're coming after her because she knows too much. I want Ida Lupino to direct my film.
  8. All those suggestions are great but I'm a cheap champagne and popcorn with my movies kind of girl.
  9. It was Bogie as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon and Mary Astor as a Femme Fatale to die for. The 40s style clothes, trench coats and men's fedora hats that I find at Goodwill along with the old furs that I still wear today. I've always preferred the black & white films I grew up watching on TV, maybe that's why I love film noir.
  10. I haven't seen The Killers yet, only film clips but so far what I'm taking away from this class is I'm over thinking every aspect. There's got to be a more relaxed way of watching film. I'm feeling more pressure than enjoyment on these Daily Doses fearful of not seeing what everybody else is seeing. So I've been watching/listening to the lectures over and over hoping to memorize every word I may be tested on in the quiz. This is the problem with old dogs learning new tricks. I'm still kicking myself for missing two questions on the quiz (insert cuss words) Lol.
  11. What can I say about a movie I've seen so many times but don't think of as film noir but a melodrama. I grew up with a mother who was a combination Joan Davis Bette Crawford...and the Academy Award goes to, Lol. Joan and Bette were worshiped in our house. My father looked like Humphrey Bogart. I think this started my love of movies at a very early age. Bogart is why I love film noir. Joan and Bette were my twisted role models and femme fatales. I think a lot of genres can fall into film noir style and because it was post war 40s and 50s it became a movement in Hollywood. I'll watch again tomorrow hating Veda and crying when Kay dies but always sympathetic to Mildred's POV. After all she is telling the story.
  12. I know it's wrong to make comparisons but while watching Powell as Marlowe I keep picturing Bogart in this role wondering if I'd like it better but in the end Dick Powell grew on me. I think he brings more humor and a smiling face than Bogart's smirk...which has its place.
  13. We'll never get anywhere by answering questions with questions. I want my questions answered first. Lol that dialog was my hook for watching Murder, My Sweet. Dick Powell ain't to shabby either. I see a crime thriller or a detective drama set in the 40s and I box those films in noir. After this course, I hope to do better. I'm seeing a film noir genre here... not a style or movement.
  14. as I watch Laura for the umteenth time I notice each lavish piece of furniture but the clock has a starring role. I'm looking at the clock now as a clue but for some reason I never see Waldo as a suspect. He loves Laura. I sympathize with him and not this arrogant detective.
  15. Just so yall know how serious I am about this class I'm giving up Friday soap opera clifhangers to watch every movie on TCM Summer of Darkness programming today.
  16. This first person POV is a perfect lead in for those scenes where all we see is Bogart's eyes being used to express everything to carry the story along.
  17. The opening first person POV has always been a hook for me. It draws me along for the anticipated adventure. The guy who picks Perry up is so annoying with all his questions I was ready to cheer when Perry knocked him out. On the other hand; the cab driver assures me I'm going the right way, love that guy.
  18. I've got these comments coming to my BlackBerry and I must say I'm so impressed with the vivid descriptions yall are giving me. Now I'll know what to look for when we see the film; or maybe I'm just going to enjoy without over analysing since this will be a new viewing for me.
  19. That fast moving train opening gave me a fear of danger ahead. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster; which terrifies me.
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