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  1. A major theme introduced in this opening sequence is one of desperation. Within this topic, one can ponder what a person will do/won't do out of sheer desperation? "You almost wrecked my car!" Private eye Meeker exclaims as Christina throws her whole being, body, and self in her desperate act. But, really, she doesn't care about his car. She only cares about getting herself out of trouble, away from the cops, etc. Even with her highly audible panting, alluding to sexual and/or neurotic innuendoes, it's sort of like her "Twix moment" for her....giving herself a little time, choosing her wor
  2. This point is off topic, but I couldn't help thinking about the opening to "Casablanca." The voiceover narration in that movie and in "Border Incident" helps set the mood and tone. Honestly, I kept thinking about Casablanca's opening rather than this one. I found it somewhat boring, until the camera cut to the desolate-looking faces of the braceros. The voice narration sounds monotone to me, which can add to the despondent, desolate feel the movie is going to take (most likely). **I know I'm probably opening the biggest can of worms (i.e. there's debate about whether "Casablanca" can be co
  3. How does this sequence shift its visual design from realism to formalism, as it moves from the diner to the Swede's room? As the scene begins with a realist approach, one can notice the minimal use of artifice to set the mood. However, the low camera angle sets a somewhat "crooked," and "sketchy" feeling with the two gentleman that talk with the old diner keeper. The use of shadow and lighting really sets an eerie atmosphere, too. I haven't seen "The Killers," so I was wondering "why the two guys wanted to kill the Swede?" Why was Nick instructed to go warn the Swede first, instead of going
  4. I know this has been said numerous times by many others, but I love how the movie opens with a serene, tranquil feeling...dripping sounds, men laying in hammocks, etc. Then, the jarring, unsuspecting gun shots reverberate. The sounds almost go through you as if you were the one being shot!!! But, is it just me, or is it interesting to note that not after the first shot heard, but the following ones did the camera shift to the others (i.e. the workers, animals). Why did W. Wyler cut to the people after the first shot was fired? But, waited until Bette Davis fired a second, and a third, and
  5. The use of specifics sounds in this opening clip caught my interest. In the beginning minutes, when the train operators are in the countryside (from what I saw), the use of sounds such as train whistles, the train's engine, wheels clicking on the tracks, shoveling coal chunks in to a roaring fire, etc...i think add "darker touches" to this opening. For example, why doesn't the audience see more people? But, then, in the 90 seconds-ish, the audience sees the train approaching a quaint village, and classical music begins to play. I know there is probably some significance in this....
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