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  1. Describe how this scene uses cinematography to accentuate the brutal beating of Steve Randall (Steve Brodie). To me, I believe that how this scene uses cinematography (the contrast between light and darkness along with the camera angles) adds another layer of intensity to the scene. Even how the overhead lighting swings back and forth over the crime boss’ head adds another layer to the savage beating that we (the audience) witness in the scene. How do Mann and Diskant utilize different points of view to heighten the tension in this scene? I think Mann and Diskant utilize d
  2. Discuss how this film depicts and utilizes this "unnamed city." Additionally, why do you think the film is entitled "The Asphalt Jungle?"To me, I think that this film depicts and utilizes this “unnamed city” by allowing the audience to feel like this story can take place any where in any city. I think this film is entitled “The Asphalt Jungle” because of how the characters interact with each other. For example, in the scene where the man is supposed to identify the major character Dix from a police line up, he doesn’t because he knows that Dix is higher up on the food chain than him lik
  3. In what ways does Miles Davis' score (improvised while watching scenes from the movie) work with and contribute additional layers of meaning to Louis Malle's visual design? I think Miles Davis’ score adds a depth of expressionism and realness to the scene. Going back to our original discussions of jazz on the film noir style, what is it about the "idioms of jazz" that resonate so well with the style and substance of film noir? I believe that Jazz resonates so well with the style and substance of film noir because of the same reason that listed above. I feel that Jazz adds another l
  4. Describe the noir elements, in terms of style and substance, in this opening sequence. To me, I noticed several noir elements in terms of style and substance in this opening sequence: The small Midwestern town setting, the suspense of the man looking for the woman only to find her dead, the overflowing of the bucket in the sink, how the camera was used as the man runs away and through the train yard, and the use of expressionism to highlight the man’s mental state once he is escaping on the train. What do you make of the film opening with the Salvation Army band playing and the promine
  5. Do you see evidence, even in the film's opening scenes, for Foster Hirsch's assessment that the dialogue in this film sounds like a "parody of the hard-boiled school" or that "noir conventions are being burlesqued"? Yes, I noticed a slight parody of the hard-boiled school in the dialogue for this opening scene of the film. However, it is kind of hard to notice being form this generation because we (my generation) mostly assume that people actually talked like this during that time period. But if you listen closely to the dialogue in the scene, you can spot certain parody phrasings lik
  6. Discuss the role of time and timing in this scene. To me, I believe that time and timing are the central theme of this scene. Everything is based on how each of character reacts in regard to time and the timing of their schedules. What are the film noir elements (style or substance) that you notice in the opening of this film? To me, there are a few film noir elements that I noticed about this opening scene. First, the expository intertitles and their semi-documentary realist style stands out as this film being one of the byproducts of the film noir universe. Secondly, the fram
  7. Compare and contrast how director Karlson shoots and stages the boxing scene as a contrast of styles between cinema and television. To me, director Karlson compares and contrasts the difference between cinema and television in a few interesting ways in regard to the boxing scene. First, he uses the quick pace of film to represent Ernie’s (John Payne) live action memories of the scene. Secondly, he uses television to only represent the slow motion of the boxing scene because television was a new medium that people really didn’t trust at that time. Thirdly, he use the differenc
  8. Discuss the scene in terms of its acting and staging. In this brief scene, what do you see as the interpersonal relationships between Sam (Heflin), Walter (Douglas), and Martha (Stanwyck)? If you have seen the entire film, avoid larger points about the plot, and focus simply on what you are seeing just in this scene. Guessing from this short scene, I’m assuming that all three of them grew up together as children. However, Sam (Heflin) left and Walter (Douglas) took that as an opportunity to marry Martha (Stanwyck) and life a small town life. From this early scene, what are some of the
  9. Compare the opening of this film with other Daily Doses that began with a similar set-up on a deserted highway at night. How does this film's fateful twist differ from other film scenes we have investigated? To me, this opening is very different from the other films in the Daily Doses that began with a similar set-up on a deserted highway at night. I believe that this opening differs from the others because it is based on a bag of money being tossed into the back of a couple’s car not a woman who escaped from a mental hospital or a killer hitchhiker. I believe this creates a different
  10. How is Hitchcock's rhythm and purposes different in this opening sequence, from other films noir such as Kiss Me Deadly or The Hitch-Hiker?To me, I believe that Hitchcock’s rhythm and purposes differ in this opening sequence from other films noir like Kiss Me Deadly and The Hitch-Hiker in several ways. Although Hitchcock’s opening sequence does track the shoes and legs of the main characters like in Kiss Me Deadly and The Hitch-Hiker, Hitchcock’s rhythm and purposes are completely different. I believe that his tracking of these two main characters is to show how similar yet different
  11. Compare the opening of this film with the other three Daily Doses this week? Do you see parallels in the opening scenes of these films? To me, I believe that there are several similarities and differences between the opening of this film and the other three Daily Doses for this week. First, although Kiss Me Deadly and The Hitch-Hiker are both set on lonely highways and this film and Caged are not, all four of these films express some form of loneliness and hopelessness. For example, although Kiss Me Deadly and The Hitch-Hiker opening scenes only use a few people, they both have the
  12. Why is this opening appropriate for a film about females at a women's state prison? In what ways has the design of this scene made the audience as "caged" as these characters in this opening sequence? To me, I think that this is an appropriate opening for a film about females at a women’s state prison because I feel that it represents how metaphorically “caged” women were by American society at that time. They are forced to ride in silence as two men lead them to a strange new place and they can barely see where they are going. Then once they get there, they soon learn that it’s just
  13. What are some of the major themes and/or ideas introduced in the opening sequence of The Hitch-Hiker? To me, I believe that the major themes and/or ideas introduced in the opening sequence of The Hitch-Hiker is based on the societal fears and pressures that were going on at that time like the growing fear that Americans started to have toward one another. For example, what the two men believe is a good deed like helping a person in need of a ride causes them to meet their untimely end at the hands of a stranger. I also believe that this opening scene is an attack on the set of cor
  14. What are some of the major themes and/or ideas introduced in the opening sequence of Kiss Me Deadly? To me, the major themes and/or ideas introduced in the opening sequence of Kiss Me Deadly are: Fear, Panic, Mystery, Intrigue, Desperation, Eroticism, Neuroticism, the Characters that populate the world of film noir, and Disorientation. What do we learn or discern about the characters of Christina Bailey (Cloris Leachman) and private eye Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) in this brief introductory sequence?From this brief introductory sequence, we (the audience) learn several things about the charact
  15. What makes Harry Lime's (Orson Welles) "entrance" in this film so effective? To me, I believe the things that make Orson Welles’ “entrance” as Harry Lime so effective in this sequence is the build up in suspense before his face is revealed from the shadows. The first glimpse we see of his character is just an outline of his legs and his polished black shoes with a cat between them after Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) yells, “Cat got your tongue”. Which I believe adds a comical yet ironic layer to the scene because of Harry Lime’s shoes and the cat that is grooming its paw between hi
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