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  1. Watching the opening scene of Border Incident I get feeling that the mood being portrayed is one of hardship and suffering… a cruel existence. The documentary realism adds to the noir style by it’s insistence upon real events which are often far more cruel, mean and nasty than any writer could invent. The opening to Border Incident adds to film noir via it’s use of rural settings, the implied impartial, truthfulness of a voice-over narrator, and the darknening skies even in full daylight.
  2. A character study eh? I see it. With Noir it's all about tone. There is quite a bit going on here from the very open. All clear glass gives an illusion of transparency, as if we are going to be able to see into the contents of the story... Maybe we will. Maybe we won't . The ticking clock makes clear the unstoppable force of time. The narrator’s VO speaks of the oppressive heat and death (Camus anyone?) . Very quickly the tone is established. The introduction of Lydecker through VO puts us in his head. He is the seeing and hearing force through which we are observing the en
  3. A character study eh? I see it. With Noir it's all about tone. There is quite a bit going on here from the very open. All clear glass gives an illusion of transparency, as if we are going to be able to see into the contents of the story... Maybe we will. Maybe we won't . The ticking clock makes clear the unstoppable force of time. The narrator’s VO speaks of the oppressive heat and death (Camus anyone?) . Very quickly the tone is established. The introduction of Lydecker through VO puts us in his head. He is the seeing and hearing force through which we are observing the en
  4. This one doesn't work for me. Ironic considering Bogart would come to an integral part of defining the Noir genre as Sam Spade. The biggest problem I have with this opening is that in the beginning we go from third to first person to third person and back again. It's an interesting idea, but as we've seen in some of the other openings, the way to keep tension is to stick with a POV... eliminate cuts. So in this instance I feel it would have been more effective to stay in first person POV once there. Ordinarily I don't like VO, as I feel it's a lazy bit of writing .. not being clever
  5. Starting with the loud, constant dripping into the bucket we are reminded of Chinese water torture. The long continuous shot. We are in it. No looking away. Peeled bark on the tree looks like flayed skin. Just the word plantation invokes thoughts of cruelty and torture. The white bird (peace) flies off when a gun shot is heard. The dogs bark. The workers stir. The music is ominous. We see the woman in a house dress, fire repeatedly into the man until her revolver is empty. She is stone faced the whole time. She even has contempt for the moon when it dares to shine on her crim
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