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  1. Hitchcock uses montage to add vitality and rhythm to the scene by accelerating the music and showing the people dancing in the room. I actually like this scene because once again it shows the classic Hitchcock style. You can definitely see the influence of German Expressionist films in this scene. It is clear two different things are going on, which shows us the personality of the characters. I think the music kind of helps shows us that. In the beginning, it's very upbeat and playful as you see everyone dancing and carrying on. Nobody has a care in the world. To separate that, he cuts to the
  2. This scene is completely different from the scenes we've seen in "The Pleasure Garden" and "The Lodger." First, there is no sound. You are immediately forced to use your other senses to gain sense of what's going on the scene. You become alert of what's going on and you have to pay attention, which grabs the audience's attention. I think the dolly POV shots were brillant, putting you into the scene as always. You become part of the scene. You become a character trying to figure out what's going on. You feel like you are being interrogated and Hitchcock does just that. It creates fear and you c
  3. This opening scene of The Lodger is a different space from what we saw in The Pleasure Garden. He does once again starts the scene with a close up of blonde woman screaming. The music is much intense giving us a very dark and brooding atmosphere. Completely opposite of The Pleasure Garden which was playful and innocent. I think the opening scene of The Lodger is much closer to the Hitchcock films we are familiar with. The way " To-Night Golden Curls" is displayed across the screen reminds me of the title sequence of " Pycsho" where is just jumping out at you, giving you nothing but suspense an
  4. Yes. I definitely see some of Hitchcock's touches in the beginning sequence. First off, he has a strong "obsession" to women, particularly blonde women. That's something that flows through his movies (Grace Kelly especially and Tippi Hendren). He uses a spiral staircase giving that effect we see in Veritgo. The leering of the gentleman the dancer like James Stewart in Rear Window that represents the spectator intruding on someone's space. All these examples does have me agree with Strauss, Yacowar and Spoto assessments on this scene. I don't think their were any limitations on the scene since
  5. "Out of the Past" is such a great movie because of the particular realistic shots. Even though most of the scene is shot in the daylight it does contributes to the noir perfectly. First off Mitchum's voice over the shot automatically set the noir tone. It foreshadows the film, which gives the spectator the notion that this film is not going to have a happy ending. The daylight shot also gives it that documentary noir style which directors as we have learned were influenced by the German Expression movement. That scene adds depth and realness to the plot of the film. What I also love about this
  6. The opening scene is definitely different from the typical film noir. The agricultural shots gave the scene the realism, which you can tell was influenced by German Expression style. It reminded me of the travel reels snippets, which sort of undermines the darker undertones of film noir. The voice over does set up the fate of what the spectator will see. This realism documentary shot does show that directors were beginning to explore other magnitudes of film noir.
  7. This sequence from "The Killers" is by far one of the most richest scenes in film noir. I have never seen this movie, but I loved the way it transitions in form. You can definitely see the influence of the German Expression film style. I definitely think of Lang's "M" with the close-up shots which mainly this scene was shot. The beginning of this scene is filmed in true noir style. You have the sketchy men in bulky coats and fedoras delivering their lines in a straightforward kind of way. But what makes it more realistic is the softness of the camera giving the spectator that view realistic vi
  8. Gilda is definitely a femme fatale. She is gorgeous, charming and knows how to use her personality to get what she wants. Her dancing wasn't quite as good, but its her charm that captures the audience. Music and film noir is quite the strange mix, but in reality works well together. The musical sequence gives the femme fatale the chance to shine and show her true colors. In this case, Gilda's character is presented that chance to do just that. Gilda playfully takes her glove off and lets her hair down. Her behavior was if she unleashed herself to the world. She is unhinged and out of control.
  9. I totally agree. This movie is so amazing. I think is one of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's best film to date. There is such beautiful essence of this movie through the brutal relationship between their characters. I definitely love the outside shots of this movie. It definitely gives it a realness and depth.
  10. "Mildred Pierce" is probably one the most interesting film in the film noir. It's quite unqiue because not only is it a film noir, but a melodrama as well. I think it's the only film from 1945 in the film noir genre that embody that. The first conversation between Veda and Mildred are at a distance, where Mildred is looking at Veda horizontally. The frame of their bodies definitely signifies whose in control. It is almost the roles are reversal: Mildred is the child and Veda is the parent. You can definitely see from their body language that there is truly no respect between the characters. In
  11. The beginning scene of "Ministry of Fear" gives a different tone than "M". Lang uses the children playing to give this playful, but chilling tone. The in depth focus slowly build the tension and had us wondering what was going to happen next. In "Ministry of Fear" Lang decided to focus on the clock as it slowly moved back, but also build up tension, but in a different way. It was more of anxious tone as we did not know what was going to happen next. Lang did a great job to have the Milland sitting in the dark, barely seeing his face as he watches the clock moving back and forth slowly. His anx
  12. The films that were shown on June 5 are up on the TCM on demand until June 12.
  13. Marlowe is definitely agreesive which he its right perfectly in the film noir genre. He is a perfect example of the hard boiled dectective movies. He speaks his mind and he goes straight to the point which makes him a new kind of detective. In that following scene, he is agreesive, but he does it a very coy way. This type of detective does plays very well in the film noir genre for the simple fact they want answers. They want it quickly and will do anything to solve this case. I think "Murder, My Sweet" is one of the best detective films in this genre. It does contribute to the genre with him
  14. I absolutely love this movie. The introduction of Waldo is amazing! The screen shots of his apartment while he is talking gives the spectator an insight of Waldo as a character. You see lavish and intricate items that gives examples of his personality. We get that notion right away that Waldo is not just an ordinary person. It gives the spectator something to look forward to. I think Waldo's speech along contributes to the noir film style. It's dreary and you can hear it in his voice his reflecting upon what has happen.
  15. The use of the POV in the beginning scene was very successful. POV shots puts the spectator right at the scene of the action. The tension was definitely there because you feel as if you are the character and you're only motive at that moment is to escape as quickly and not to get caught by the police. I feel the dialogue also helped create more tension to the scene because you hear his thoughts and what he is feeling at the moment. I loved the dialogue between him and the driver. The tension builds up because you don't know what can happen. His is asking so many questions and you can see Bogar
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