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Russty

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  1. I'm not sure what to think about the POV. I understand they were trying to break new ground and I didn't expect it to be perfect. It kind of bothered me that the editing would switch back and forth between observer and POV. If it was all POV, I think there would be more mystery. One wouldn't know what was going on until the report came on the radio. One thing that tainted the experience of watching the clip was reading the Curator's Note before watching. I prefer to experience a movie, book or television going in not knowing anything and letting it unfold before me. Next time, I'll watch the clip then read the note and questions.
  2. I totally agree with sheriff34's statement about symbolism. A few things stood out for me visually. The pan/montage from the hut/bunks to the front of the house between 1:05 and 1:09. Quite cleverly done. Then Bette's expression in the zoom in to close up from 1:30 to 1:53. It begins with anger towards the now dying man and then when she drops the gun, a bit of horror at what she had done. Then when the camera cuts back to her, she's contemplating what she needs to do next. Finally, her right hand never closes and stays open in the same position from the moment she drops the gun.
  3. For me, the realization that Elsie's fate is sealed came when she passed the man leaning against the lamp post. He's only in the shot for seconds. He doesn't appear to be paying attention to what is going on around him and yet one gets the idea he's taking it all in. To me, the fact that he almost seems unnoticed stands out. Writers and directors don't put these details in for no reason.
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