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  1. It seems to me that most of the "realistic" noir movies had something to do with government agencies. Openings such as this is in Border Incident was followed by similar introductions for movies involving the Treasury Dept, the Post Office, the FBI & local Police Dept's. It would be my impression that the documentarystyle used at this time in movie history correlated to the post-war era in which the public readily accepted the "heroism" of dedicated hard working government workers. These were not government workers on the take or turning a blind eye to the law for money or a dame but these were the government workers that saved our country if not the world from forces of evil.
  2. When posting late you get to read more before posting & after digesting many of the comments on the movie Laura I must admit I agree with a percentage of the comments but many I just don't understand. My feeling on the opening scene is twofold: it establishes that Leydecker is a collector of things & that which he collects he possesses, secondly that detective Mark McPherson is smart enough to size up this suspect as one who is sufficiently arrogant to believe (if need be) he is above the law. As much as I admire this movie and as a great example of film noir it is not without it's weaknesses. The character of Shelby Carpenter played by Vincent Price is hard to swallow. He is suppose to be weak but is he also suppose to be stupid! He says he knows only "a little about a lot of things" but he's not much on alibis, he thinks nothing of planting evidence, and in the key scene in which half the plot is explained he changes his story about the gun then suddenly spills all as to what happen at the apartment that night. He concludes by telling us he doesn't' think " he fully grasps the situation". And later he advises detective McPherson he was "incapable of thinking at all". Alas, we have the truth. And the truth is the plot of Laura is really about Shelby Carpenter as he meanders about the movie misleading everyone and hiding behind two skirts until he finds out which way the win blows and then makes his final call. Fortunately all this is lost in the battle of wits between the two antagonist and the dreamy love story between the two stars.
  3. The POV attention getting opening scene is well attention getting but it feels experimental and not fully developed. This dramatic approach remains for a good part of the movie and to some degree throughout the film but nothing on the scale of The Lady and the Lake. I admit I haven't seen the film for a while so I will view again to see if my initial impression (waste of time full of plot holes & a ridiculous climax scene) remains.
  4. Got your attention opening scene and fortunately it is followed by a great movie. I have seen this film many times and is one of the films that helps define "film noir". Once you become a student of noir you willbecome more and more confused as to what exactly defines a film noir movie. I say this one is a defining because it's early in the film noir era (1940) and it is a remake of a 1929 film of the same name. Both are taken from a play by Somerset Maugham. If you can get your hands on the original (shown on TCM) and compare the versions you are well on your way to discovering what film noir is all about.
  5. The technique is visual and the pace is headlong. These are hard working men caught up in their everyday duties and everyday concerns. We await to see where it leads and if it leads to something "in over their heads".
  6. The one word that describes the opening scenes would be- foreboding. Fritz Lang uses shots without people to set the stage; empty stairs. unexpected sounds, shadows across thewritten word. Only the most innocent would enter this darken pit.
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