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  1. I think as a lot of people have already mentioned, the dark room and the stark contrast of light and dark makes for an ominous locale. Also the swinging light gives a very moody feel with the faces swinging in and out of view. The different points of view once again as in other movies contrasts the power struggle or situations. When we get the single mans POV its low and looking up. When the gangsters are beating him its more equal ground and when the main gangster is talking about messing up the wife we look down on the beaten disheveled man as he considers how he can save his wife from any pain or despair. M
  2. Some of the style and substance in this film is that the darkness of the characters permeates into a dark atmosphere. We see the man who's caught making bad choices and his femme fatale that is pulling him into a path that will most likely lead to their destruction. The fancy clothes contrasted with the ugly traits of characters also makes us see that there is more to the people than can be picked up initially. The music and the lighting adds to the tension and also the building of the tension without using action but moreso interactions is a noir style. We know so much about these characters in the first few minutes just by what they discuss with one another. The daily doses were really wonderful in taking snippets of time and thrusting me into the noir atmosphere. They were quick its true, but I feel as though there was great substance in allowing me to understand more about noir with these quick clips with the explanation and connection beforehand. I feel like they were really great tools to help us learn as we went along. Mark
  3. Wagner's music samples as a microcosm of what is occurring with the rising tension from the music and the climax occurring at the same time that the most brutal aspects of the beatings are occurring. It helps ratchet up the intensity and can cause the viewers imagination to create a vivid picture of what is happening off camera. Since this is a later noir film after WW2 there is the very strong anti-fascist sentiment that on one hand may be accurate in some of the portrayals of how they 'create' the truth that they want to hear it also seems to be very obvious that the director very much wanted that portrayal to occur. So while I don't think it's inaccurate I think people could have looked at the history of the director and decided that they felt he was mis-representing those people. It is chilling to see what could happen when governments or any type of powerful organization gets out of control and forgets the reason why they exist. M
  4. This film as mentioned almost makes the city into a character, covering for men, watching the police seemingly as they drive around. It gives the feel of what it would be like for civilized men (the police) to wander in a jungle. Predators waiting and many eyes watching to take advantage of any situation they can. The despondent nature of the city. Either giving the feeling of being watchful and wary or broken and crying out for helps echoes of a noir sentiment raging rampant. The diner owner Gus who's willing to hide a gun at the drop of a hat shows what a crooked place this is. Whether it be the police or the criminals someone is crooked. The tension and the fear in characters is palpable and makes for a great story. Prepares us for the despair and hopelessness sure to come. These opening scenes show us that this city is broken and that for sure there are men getting rich of the backs of others. We see Dix has a history and also possibly a need for that big heist to get him out of the criminal world. We also see how with no words he can force a man to lie to the police about who robbed him. It shows the mental power dix has to be able to hold sway over people. This may come in handy when you've got a lot of lying to do to pull off a heist. Mark
  5. The music adds lots of layers it brings in the romantic and sultry layers of their conversation as well as the dangerous aspect of them being together. It's cool that it was made exactly for this scene and I think that its very apparent and really flows so well with the beginning of the movie. Something about jazz just feels like there is a slow burn to it. Much like noir where the tension isn't built though action but through story and mannerisms the feel and flow of jazz is built slowly to a peak where it falls back down tumultuously. But in a way that is so riveting to watch or hear.
  6. Its funny to me that this opening reminds me somewhat of the very first daily dose. In "M" the mother waits for her daughter to come home and I couldn't help the fact of being reminded of that as he called for Mrs. Warren or whoever that was. The anticipation has a noir feel and the contrast of the man cleaning and the clean house vs a dead or dying body was jarring. I feel like his reaction too implied guilt as he just gets up and runs away. It has a noir feel that wouldn't necesarrily happen normally. Also the shots being superimposed over one another to imply stress or hallucinations feels very noir-esque. I think the salvation army band playing outside was a really good contrast in that they are there trying to save souls of people and he seems to not really acknowledge or be aware of them. Then when we see the body looking like its come from a bad situation we see how this man Howard may be the opposite or have the opposite of the SA cause in his life. This seems to have the themes of fear and terror of the unknown in it which was prominent in noir films.
  7. To me this opening did seem a bit contrived. It is hard for me to say though because I am new to noir and I have a hard time putting myself in the context of how people were back then. That being said reading into what other people have mentioned about the trite conversation and seemingly forced bits of action such as re-lighting cigars and cigarettes makes sense in my head. This seems to have a faster pace than other noir as if people were becoming impatient and so directors were trying to get into movies faster than before. I really like the discussion of who is right whether they know the girl or not and their bet. To me that brings in the element of chance or possibly fate as well. It's an interesting subject I feel. M
  8. This scene set up is awesome!! time and timing in this is almost like a character/narrator setting up the entire film for us. The lack of words causes us to focus more because we can't just listen and not pay as much attention its really good. Everything about this perfect heist is also centered around the time stuff happens and the timing at which it happens. The threatening look of the guards with their guns drawn reminded me of noir and the constant clocks brought me back to other movies where time and the idea that it will outlast us all was a central theme. I think heist is a great movie to do with noir because it forces us to view criminals from their side and allows us to see possibly why they do what they do. It also can make us more sympathetic to the cause of what is in the mindset of a criminal when they do what they do. Or why they may be forced into situations that they can't get out of. Mark
  9. The boxing is this amazing spectacle that is high energy and explosive and that is what the cinema claims to be whereas it shows the tv as being only a shadow of what was actually happening in real life. Saying almost that cinema is larger than life and tv is smaller and more mundane. The couple seems very bitter about their lots in life and feel as though they can take it out on each other to make themselves feel better about how they've failed in their life dreams and goals. The noir feel comes from the unhappiness and the emptiness that we see from the characters. Their grass is greener on the other side mentality probably will be the setup for someone's demise in this story. Mark
  10. This scene starts very casually with the men conversing but as the tension between them builds they stand up and move closer. Once the lady walks in and realizes the man is a childhood friend the husband moves away signifying how he feels pushed out of the conversation. As the man realizes he's not as welcome as before he moves to leave but also makes one last contact with the lady. To show his affection towards her. I'd expect to see betrayal by the husband towards helping this so called friend and possibly an affair and maybe a murder as well. Lots more tension between the characters. As for other small town settings I'm reminded of The Killers and Detour when he's in the diner.
  11. This film is slightly different in the intrigue that gets setup because its a seemingly positive occurrence that happens for the couple. It's not a fearful or dreadful situation that is being set up and while we know something bad will happen they don't. I think this type of situation was popular in post-war films because people were wanting hopeful situations but also situations that had a realistic picture of what can happen when you let greed take over. This looks like a classic that I am grateful to see. I love this type of movie with a crazy twist that challenges peoples morals. I really like the set-up with how Jane doesn't like the rich snotty woman because she thinks that she is a bad person. But when I bag of money is tossed into her car she immediately grabs at it and doesn't hesitate. She is obviously a very shady character and pulls her husband into any messes that ensue.
  12. Hitchcock's opening seems to be very muted. This is done in a way though where is lures the viewer into a passive submission to the happenings in the movie. It pulls us in and doesn't bore us. It's easy to see the themes of criss-cross with the men apparently walking towards eachother towards the train station. Then the track shots show all the rails crossing over and shows how they have become interlocked. It doesn't show the tension in an obvious way which is unlike the other noir films but it does have clips that show only partial clues. Such as the shoe shots. That is similar as noted and noir-esque. I think Hitchcock should be in a special category. The way people discuss him and how his films have such a signature to them I think he defies genres such as noir does in that it transcends and holds its own. Mark
  13. All the scenes this week have motion in them. This reminds me of the Ministry of fear in the allusion (more subtly here) about how time is constantly working against people and that we only have so much. in the Ministry of Fear its a clock but here in these movies it is motion or movement. I must say I agree with some people's remarks of how there seems to be more of a jovial feel to the walk in D.O.A. At least that was my opinion before seeing the man and hearing him explain his story. This film felt closed in like the ride in caged with all the halls and being indoors definitely gave a cramped atmosphere. It really seems to me that the themes of despair pop up in this along with the tension and drama of keeping things hidden. Such as faces due to angles or lighting. As for the movie opening feeling hopeless I didn't get that until I saw the main characters face and hear what he had to say. I think that this movie is extremely intriguing and I think my fiancé solved why he wanted to report his own murder but I'm definitely excited to see this!
  14. This was a great start of a movie really creative and novel compared to other film noir movies. I really liked the subtleness of not using any words. But it wasn't so drastic to the point where we may miss the connection of the title and the opening scene. Without any words we have confusion and apprehension as with the main character may have. So it helps us to be able to connect. I think the opening really explores a caged feeling and then the prison atmosphere also shows us more caged experiences to settle us into the movie This has a similar feel to WB movies that others have discussed so I feel I would only be repeating what they talk about with the urban settings' so I'll leave that alone. I think this movie has a lot of darkness and bluntness and although it may have been different in a real woman's prison it shows us that it was not a happy place. Which I think is what we can expect. Mark
  15. This film had really abrupt moments and strikes right at people's innate emotions of fear and desperation. To have someone pull a weapon after you just offered to do a kind act for them is a big fear I'm sure for lots of people. The light is prototypical noir or at least I mean to say its very common style to have the low lights and silhouetted figures. adds a lot of the mystery and suspense. Who is this guy and what's he like? Putting the camera in the front and then back of the car showed how there is a power and control situation that has evolved rapidly in the car with the men. They went from offering a smoke to having a gun in their face. I think this is contrasted to kiss me deadly because both movies really have the fear aspect as a major theme but they both do it in diametrically opposite ways. One is slow and methodical. Quiet could even be a word to describe. Whereas the other was frantic and fast paced with a girl running full speed. Both are on dark highways. Both are not happy places. Mark
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