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  1. I've never seen this film...that noted You can tell from the opening second of the scene that Marlowe is one of those "rough around the edges" detectives that has become synonymous with Noir. The way he disregards the elevator operator and nonchalantly uses his pen, the fact that his office is located in a less than savory building, the way he struts and interacts with Miss Grayle with suspicion and stoicism...all of these factors help illustrate that Marlowe is a different kind of detective. This kind of detective fits the Noir context so well because the environment Noir is distinct
  2. So, I watched this film last night...I'll confess that I wasn't a huge fan of it (though I typically love Lang's films). Onto the opening scene: Both M and Ministry of Fear use the lack of non-diegetic sound to build tension. Like with M, the lack of non-diegetic sound forces you to focus in the diegetic sounds that exist (the clock, the creaking of the asylum gate) and gives you the sense that something creepy is going on. That said, Ministry of Fear cheats a bit with the music from the credits. After watching the credits, we already know what what sort of move it's going to be. And
  3. I haven't seen the whole film, so I can't comment on anything other than the opening sequence but I think the POV shot works well. It didn't make me feel like I was IN the film, though I'm not sure this was the point. Bogart's character just escaped from San Quentin, and the cops are closing in on him. Surely this is enough to make us feel anxious for Bogart's character. However, the fact that we can only see what he sees heightens our anxiety because we know the cops are right behind him but we can't see them closing in unless he turns around. While we want him to turn around so we can see ju
  4. The opening sequence is incredibly shocking! As far as its contribution to Noir, there are a couple of things to note. First, we are presented with the killing in the opening sequence, and then through the film we are gradually brought back to the killing as we learn more about the events that lead up to it. Second, we find out that the initial recounting of the events that lead up to the killing are false, though not all at once. It takes the majority of the movie to puzzle out what caused the event we are so shockingly presented with in the opening sequence. Both of these storytelling device
  5. I'm not sure what to say about this opening sequence in regards to its connection to noir. I also haven't seen the film, so I'm not sure how the opening sequence hooks up with other parts of the film. I will say I was fascinated with two aspects of sequence. First, I was taken aback by the proficiency of the camerawork. Some of the shots are absolutely gorgeous (in particular, when the train is going over the bridge at 2:40 and when it is rolling into the station. The introduction of non-diegetic sound here is interesting as well since it changes the tone of the sequence from suspenseful to tr
  6. I feel a sense of dread when I watch the opening sequence of M. Part of this has to do with the fact that I already know what the film is about but mostly my feeling of dread comes from the fact that the opening sequence is incredibly creepy. The high-angle shot of the children singing the song, the lack of non-diegetic sound (which only enhances the presence of ominous diegetic sounds, like the cuckoo clock and the blaring car horns), and the fact that the adults seem to be disconnected from the world the children inhabit. All of these things add up to create the sense that something bad wil
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