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  1. The opening to this film is what I think is a typical noir style. The long hallways that keep going and turning with small over head lights creates a trapped feeling. The detectives dressed in stylish suits. The mystery of not seeing the main characters face until the scene is well underway. The lighting created large shadows. The line " I'd like to report a murder" followed up by him saying its his own murder he is reporting is so intriguing.
  2. The lighting is what really caught my eye in this scene. Especially when the mysterious hitchhiker sits in the back of the car there is a dark shadow cast over his face. The driver and the passenger up front have their faces illuminated. The uneasy feeling this creates you know the hitchhiker does not plan to play nice.
  3. The opening scene is very suspenseful. With her heavy breathing and gasping for air, the different camera angles and close ups show her running barefoot and wearing nothing but a trench coat down a dark highway. You expect to see someone creepy come out of the darkness after her. When she gets a ride and they are stopped at a police check point we see why she is running and it is a little unexpected.
  4. Garfield's character is shown to be a drifter. That is made very clear from his arrival to this town and new job. I like how they introduce Lana Turners character with the lipstick rolling towards John and him bending to pick it up to see her legs and the camera follows them all the way up. She is staring at herself in the mirror. She is sexy and knows it but John's character will not be a push over he makes her come get her lipstick and plays it cool.
  5. Greensteet's character seems to be very important the way he was introduced in this scene. The camera looks up at him while he speaks to Lorre's character. Hard for me to say much about Peter Lorre's character. He doesn't seem to nervous to have a pistol pointed at him as he lounges talking to the man with the pistol.
  6. Even though this film is shot with bright lights (sun) there are still dark contrasting shadows. Robert Mitchums character sits alone in a shadowy corner when she walks in. The lights cast large shadows on the walls...like that of the plant when they are leaving the restaurant.
  7. Bogart's Marlowe looks very well dressed and confident. He is witty. When one of the daughter's says "You're not very tall," he replies "I try to be.". He is a ladies man. He is also polite. He is a private eye, and has been to college.
  8. I have never heard of this film before. I am very intrigued. I love the old 40s and 50s documentary shorts that TCM will show occasionally. That is exactly what this reminded me of. The aerial views of the farm land, the close up shots of the Braceros, and the narrator really made for a documentary feel for the beginning of this film.
  9. German expressionist films are some of my favorite. I can see their influence in many film noir films including The Killers. In this scene the first thing I noticed was the camera angle when looking into the coffee shop while the men were speaking to the man working the counter. It was angled to capture the all the action. Through out this clip, the camera captured a large amount of the set and action. Also, the lighting created large distorted shadows. The building where the young man was running past in the dark to tell the Swede the bad guys plan looked very expressionist with its dark arches.
  10. I think film noir is all three. It is a genre, and definitely its own style with low key lighting, dark story line, night time scenes, murder, crime, femme fatale...etc. I also see it as a film movement. At this time in history with WWII, the cold war and other trying moments, many were done with the happy song and dance of the 30s. Other countries like Italy with their neorealism were making movies about real life...raw, and without happy endings. That is just my opinion.
  11. Rita Hayworth is so stunning in this scene. My thoughts are it goes with film noir because of the sexiness, the pushing the limits. Film noir is dark but very sexy. So was this song...the lyrics, music, performance. Also though Gilda is both a victim and the femme fatale. Trying to get back at Johnny she was going to let any man who could undress her.
  12. Wow! What a scene! What a film! Mildred Pierce has a lot of film noir qualities in it. In this scene between Mildred and her daughter Veda, to me it is a good example of film noir. The way Veda sits and talks so coldly while kissing the check from her husband's family while Mildred looks at her in disgust with a cold stare. When they are face to face the way Veda talks through her teeth with her eyebrow raised how her mom is a common frump. Mildred rips up the check and Veda smacks her so hard. The close ups show the hatred from Veda. The music adds to the tension. Their wardrobe also makes me think film noir with the form fitting tailored skirt suits and the hairstyles too.
  13. I can see the similarities between the opening of M and Ministry of fear. The camera in both films is focused on one thing (children singing about the murderer in M) (the clock's pendulum moving back and forth in Ministry of fear). The sound is eerie in both openings with children singing and the clock ticking. As the films get going the camera moves out and we see more of the background (the mothers working and caring for their children in a run down apartment building in M)(the man sitting in a dark corner as an important man comes in to talk to him in Ministry of fear). Both films have eerie openings. I can see the expressionist influence on this film.
  14. Dick Powell's character Phillip Marlowe seems to have his own agenda and way of doing things. In this scene he starts out sweet and gently touches Ann's hands. Then he grabs them roughly and dumps out her purse to find out who she really is. He is more intense now.
  15. The introduction of Waldo Lydecker in this scene is very intriguing. The scene starts with him narrating what happens Laura is murdered as the camera scans through his extensive collection of priceless belongings. The detective looks like one out of a 1930s gangster film. When we are actually introduced to Mr. Lydecker he is in a fancy bathtub with a typewriter and papers. He is a very interesting character at this point.
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