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Everything posted by HilaryHirtle

  1. Truth be told, the opening lines from Chandler's novel seem to match what we see on screen. It's almost like a hidden narrative as we see the impeccable and confident Bogart stride onto the scene. I also think his interaction with Carmen also tells something about his character, for he shows attraction to her, but he's not about to succumb so easily to female charms, especially on the line of duty. He seems to know what his job entails and how people might try to trip him up, so he appears to be cautiously on his toes throughout the opening scene.
  2. Definitely a different opening scene! Can truly feel the documentary opening style, but I think the opening shots and the narration give us a sense of foreboding. It's like someone telling a story, which suddenly turns darker with each new word and mental image (though, in this case, with each image shown upon the screen).
  3. Haha, you know, the clock also gives us a sense that the place had driven the character mad! All in all, it heightens that feeling of craziness associated with an asylum.
  4. The way Lang uses the clock and the swinging pendulum evokes a sense of fear and of foreboding. We immediately get the impression that time is running out, that we are hurtling towards some dark doom (all of which is aided by the dark, atmospheric set). Furthermore, the character sitting there, in the dark, staring at the clock also adds to the sense of foreboding as we immediately get the impression that something is wrong with this character; that he must be crazy (of which is culminated in the fact that the character leaves an asylum). Lastly, the clock adds a sense of mystery. We sense the
  5. This kind of detective is different than the ones that we have seen so far. For one thing, he seems to not be so haunted; so brooding. He's a detective that can quickly act and play a part, yet reveal his true self when needed. For another, he seems to make himself important to us in this scene. Gone are the images of the detective just being a shadow compared to the other, more larger than life characters. He is an important feature in the clip, in the whole story, and this is what makes him stand out from previous detectives.
  6. Watching the opening to Laura, I could definitely see the similarities that it had with M in the understanding that the aesthetics of the film were closely documented. Rather though, what made this one stand on its own is that it seemed like the opening to a Sherlock Holmes film! Overall, the film seems to be an outright character study during the opening scenes, that of which is enhanced by the narrative and the "soft" opening of discussion that introduces us to the plot and characters.
  7. I've seen the film Dark Passage, so I understand why Bogart's face is hidden in the beginning of the film (sorry everyone, not giving away any spoilers!). In context, the film is quite disturbing as it goes along because of this, but it is perhaps one of the best film noir films that I have seen out there. It's rather a cross between a horror and crime film! To me, it's unique in the world of film noir and is definitely worth a watch (plus, it's Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall!).
  8. True noir opening. What separates this opening from the others that we have viewed is that death is not cloaked by words or unseen actions that have already happened in the backstory, but rather, it opens the film. More importantly, it is the fact that a crime opens the film is what all around makes it fall into the category of film noir.
  9. Without knowing it, I would have thought that this scene was actually supposed to be part of a suspenseful film and not so much for film noir. I know that film noir can be suspenseful, but this opening scene seemed to lack that overwhelming sense of foreboding that we experienced in the opening scene of Fritz Lang's M. One thing that is very characteristic of film noir in this post is that the characters are mysterious. You don't know who they are, what they are doing, and where they are going. You also don't know their fate; the train keeps speeding along - they might be being chased, th
  10. What really struck me visually about this clip is the lack of an natural imagery. Everything is concrete, harsh, unforgiving, and drab. There's nothing "soft" about the images displayed; more or less just cold harsh reality.
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