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  1. I imagined novels that were adapted into films. Although, films about literature could be fun, too.
  2. That may be true, but the TCM shop already stocks some titles that would be fun to start with. It may, like you suggest, require more heavy-lifting and budget than TCM or publishers care to invest. I also think the compare and contrast part could be fun, but maybe I'm in the minority. If anything, it could put somewhat put us in the headspace of a screenwriter.
  3. I don't know if it's been done before, but wouldn't it be cool if TCM coordinated a book club? One book per month, and it culminates in a discussion with a guest (academic, celebrity fan, etc.) followed by a screening of the movie. You could even sign up for a subscription and TCM would ship you the book a month in advance. Who says no? What books do you think would be great to read and then watch? Some books are really true to the source material (The Maltese Falcon, for example) while many aren't. Just a thought. I think it'd be a lot of fun.
  4. One thing that fascinates me endlessly is how people define films noir. Is it style? Substance? Is B&W a necessary component? I'd love to hear what defines one. It can be as loose or as academic as you'd like.
  5. I loved how McPherson waltzes through the place, picking up clues as he quietly observes. And then he says little, and learns even more about his suspect. Plays it very cool
  6. The combination of POV with a voiceover is great, helping the viewer saddle up with Parry. We know exactly what he is saying, exactly what he sees. It helps put us in his shoes and feel some uneasiness.
  7. I loved how the music lulls us into the camp. It's a sly, minor tune that leads the viewer to stay on their toes. I love how the moon illuminates the misdeed committed by Davis. She is startled to have her crime exposed in such a fashion.
  8. I agree with the above comment. It felt triumphant as the train pulled into the station. The tunnel, and maybe the small compartment where the two men are, are the darkest places. Everything else is well lit. I haven't seen the full film, so perhaps there are some premonitions I'm not picking up on. It was a great opening to the film, but I didn't get any kind of 'noir' vibe here.
  9. I loved the juxtaposition presented in the opening scene. The routine and banality of everyday life, mixed with children singing about murder and a child innocently bouncing a ball off of a wanted poster concerning the murder of children. There are hints of darkness in the opening, but many scenes take place in the sunlight. A dark doorway here, an ominous shadow there; Lang doesn't show the audience much, but it's "less is more," or in other words, by giving us a small morsel of darkness, it's more appetizing than as if he gave us a meal.
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