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  1. I, too, never would have considered this to be a noir. My definition had more to do with genre than style, but I have started to reconsider after watching this clip. There is no doubt that this scene could have come out of a "genre" noir, as a prelude to a murder or blackmail. It's the intensity of the scene that gets to me. The hateful words, the slap, the mother's horror in realizing what has really been going on. That's noir, all right. Max Steiner's music adds to the intensity. Mildred Pierce also fits also fits the movement definition. Mildred could have been a soldier returning to f
  2. This is not a film noir gimmick. It was a gimmick in The Lady in the Lake. I didn't particularly enjoy it there. The POV is required by the story. Don't worry -- no spoilers here. That being said, it is interesting to watch, and adds to the clip. When the camera pans to show the road behind the car, we know it is because Bogart is checking to see if they're being followed. When we see the rolling barrel from the inside, we know that we're supposed to identify with the escapee, so it's unlikely that he's a monster. This is the first film we've seen from the official noir period. T
  3. The last time I saw "The Letter," I was surprised by how much is shown before we get to the first gunshot. I mistakenly remembered the movie opening with gunshots. I just researched the original play and learned that it began with the gunshots, and then the curtain rose to show a body on the stage. This version seems like the director is using misdirection, much as a magician would. The viewer is led to believe that something will happen in the area where the workers are. And then we hear the gunshot and the bird flies away. Watching the scene this time, I watched Bette Davis's face c
  4. I am not at all disturbed by the opening sequence. I am impressed by the way the men work together, how everything meshes perfectly as the train continues toward its destination. For a split-second, I worry about the oncoming train, but it is immediately clear that it is on the other track. I am confident that the train will stay on the tracks. It is a fun ride, like a roller coaster. I am not at all afraid. But I wonder: where are we going, when will we get there? The music begins as we approach the station. It is heroic music. Has the train completed an important mission? Is there a
  5. The children's singing reminded me of the scene in THE BIRDS in which Tippi Hedron sits on a bench outside the school while the birds gather on the jungle jim behind her and the children sing the rhythmic, repetitive, anxiety-inducing song. Coincidence? The master learned, too. Another reference: the bouncing ball. I thought it was from THE THIRD MAN, but I may be wrong. I remember a boy standing on a landing while his ball bounces down the hallway steps. It was a discomforting scene. More rhythm and repetition. Finally, the girl's mother is wearing what looks like a butcher's (or barb
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