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  1. I'm ready to start. Here's a little warm-up by one of the greats. https://youtu.be/KtqFEpZOfuM
  2. I liked the score for Criss Cross so much that I decided to look up Miklos Rozsa to see what else he had done. Wow, what a career! He contributed to so many films in one way or another; and a good many of them were noir. Off subject; if you missed Richard Edwards' interview of Eddie Muller, you should check it out. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will miss Fridays filled with more noir than I bargained for. With all the books written on noir, I've got a lot of reading to do. Best wishes to everyone!
  3. I can't go without commenting on The Asphalt Jungle; in my opinion, a brilliantly crafted film. Knowing where Dix is, and hearing him talk about the land he came from, I wonder... Was his a make believe past? Could it really have been as nice as he said? Then at the end of the movie, it turns out to be true. The horse farm is beautiful. Notice at the end how the music changes. It's beautiful too. He made it home. But also note the storm clouds over the horse ranch. And at the parting shot he lies dead in the field with the horses around him, and the storm clouds have moved away. The
  4. I had not seen Too Late For Tears previously, and it's a good-un. Easily my favorite among the ones I hadn't seen before. I'm glad the efforts to save it came before it was too late. Favorite line among the movies I hadn't seen before occurrs in The Racket. In response to Welsh's concern over a potentially negative newspaper report, Turk says there's no need to worry about people that read the paper; "...it goes in one eye and out the other" Prior to this summer, the strangest thing I had encountered in noir was the wolf whistle in D.O.A. It's like something out of an Abbott and Cos
  5. I just finished watching Border Incident for the first time. Not knowing what to expect, I wondered if I would even watch the whole thing; but it surprised me. If you haven't seen it yet, don't miss it. For starter's, there's John Alton's work; noir doesn't get any darker. Add to that some bad guys played by Da Silva, McGraw and Lambert. And, there's enough nail-biting suspense that you might wish you'd worn gloves! .
  6. The intro is full of contrasts, which provide tension or release: The dramatic music during the title sequence followed by the matter-of-fact narrative (which brought to mind a TV show from the 50's called Industry on Parade), the farm land and fruit trees located in a desert region, the open and sparsely populated landscape shot from a distance vs the close up of humanity crowded at the border fence, the danger sign out in the middle of nowhere. I looked up All American Canal, and found that it is considered by some to be The Most Dangerous Body of Water in the US. Sounds Noir to me.
  7. I read a lot of the posts and decided to watch the clip again to see if I could read anything into her movements, and here's what I came up with. Gilda knows her actions are not without risk, and exposing her neck at the 1:16 point is perhaps a way of showing that she's risking her neck. Removing her necklace and tossing it to the crowd is the most obvious to me. She's showing that she's off the leash, and she's not going to be controlled. What do you think; am I trying too hard? BTW, the part I love the most is very brief and occurs early in the clip at 0.48. She's just smiled at g
  8. Thanks for the info!. As I listened to the lecture, Detective Comics and Dick Tracy came to mind, but I was not familiar with Crime Does Not Pay.
  9. It was as mess. We arrived early, and the movie didn't start until 45 min after the scheduled start time. I'm not 100% certain what the media they used, but it looked to me to be streamed video. There was a very distracting magenta shift, so instead of just Ben Mankiewicz doing the intro, there was Ben and a red sci-fi looking silhouette of Ben doing the intro. The color shift never went away. It was less noticeable at times, but the picture was nowhere near as good as our home TV. On top of that, about every 10 minutes the screen would go completely blank for 4-5 seconds; nothing but bl
  10. The movie starts with a wounded Neff recording the story. That's a pretty good indication it's not going to end well. How about Cary Grant as Neff?
  11. Double Indemnity is one of my favorites; but I find myself recasting the male lead in my mind whenever I watch it. In Eddie Muller's article "Low Company, High Style: The Eternal Allure of Film Noir", he states that Fred MacMurray is better known for playing the part of Walter Neff, than he is for My Three Sons or Son of Flubber. Well, perhaps in Mr. Muller's circles that's true, but most people I know remember him as the absent-minded professor. He just doesn't fit the part of Walter Neff to me. When he calls Barbara Stanwyck "baby" it just doesn't sound right. So I try to imagine the par
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