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  1. This opening scene must have knocked the critics' socks off at the time. Extremely original rendering of a first person POV. What if the very first image had been the sky seen from the wobbly barrel?
  2. This opening scene is amazingly efficient in that, in less than four minutes, it perfectly sets a tone with the plantation workers resting at night, and then smashes it with one shot that startles everyone, the characters in the film and the audience. Then another five shots are fired and the victim is in full view at on the ground. Bette Davis's character is almost indignant at the moon for suddenly shedding so much light on what she has done. Wonderful. Dying to see more! This is the first time I've stopped to smell the flowers as far as film noir ir concerned, and I can say that I am
  3. The furnace in the opening scene is like a great eager mouth into which coal is fed in order to keep the formidable creature thundering along. An atmosphere of a certain intimacy is created in the small working place, a camaraderie of soot, sweat and shared duty. The engineers go about their specific tasks earnestly, with ease and human-eye precision. All this is perceived in a dynamic, almost coreographic way through the men's movements and actions. These engaging technical details are soon eclipsed by the beauty of an almost moon-like apparition in the dark, when this gr
  4. The children's song immediately reminds us of every infant's instinctive fear of being torn away from the safety of their homes. "The nasty man in black" is first introduced to us by this group of joyless children who stand stiffly in a circle, seen from above, each casting a long shadow that is characteristic of the film noir genre. The camera moves away from the children and then upwards, showing us a tired, irritated woman who demands that the singing be stopped, as though the weight she is carrying were increased insupportably by the horror ellicited by the song. A second woman ope
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