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Everything posted by beantown

  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 a
  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
  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 w
  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 i
  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
  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 t
  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 grea
  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 gre
  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 chara
  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.
  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
  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
  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
  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
  16. This is a new movie content-wise for me but it definitely starts off with an intensity not normally seen in movies. I think fear is a major theme in this movie as the girl is obviously very fearful as she runs away from her trouble and also the man driving the car has a moment of great fear when he narrowly avoids smashing into the would-be hitchhiker. There is also some sexualisation to this opening as we see the woman only in a trench coat and the fact that she is barefoot makes me assume she is most likely not wearing anything underneath as well. This along with the breathing that she
  17. I have never heard of this movie before and I am looking forward to seeing it. Lots of stylistic cinematography and the noir shapes and angles that are so regular in the films. Harry's entrance is effective because of the subtlety of it. With earlier comments talking about how the cat only liked him it's a hint for the viewers and then when he's revealed its from a light from the old lady. He doesn't say a word. It allows the viewer the shock and time to collect themselves after. Then as quick as we see him he's gone. The film has very realistic elements with the setting and backdrop b
  18. This movie looks fun.. The entrances differ greatly and I really liked how it set the characters apart. Frank is a quick and abrupt entrance where the cars pulls up and he hops out. Then we get a view of him in the small boxy frame of the car window. Cora's entrance has a bit of smolder to it. First we get the legs that go on for days and then we get a slow sultry look at her entire body framed as mentioned by others by the long door frame. Contrasting styles but the characters are definitely intrigued. Frank seems much more of a pauper than of a prince to the princess style of Cora's acti
  19. After reading through I don't want to just rehash what has been mentioned before too much but I see Lorre with a casual prompt entrance and Greenstreet has a much more cautious and tense entrance into the scene which contrasts each other. This scene I saw lots of jumping back and forth between the characters in the sense that it seemed that we were being given the perspective of each character and seeing almost what they were seeing rather than the total set that would include both people. GS is shown as large and hulking in the one shot that turns into a close up and Lorre is then shown
  20. This film uses some contrasts to help set up the mood and tension of the scene. As with most noir there is less of a focus on having something happen as there is on a focus the dialogue and formalism. The white dress and black suit. The hot sun and cool cantina. Then the dialogue that is short and terse makes us wonder what will happen next. The two characters don't give us much through there interaction verbally but we see that they are both smart in not playing too many cards of the bat. Kathie has the femme fatale complex down completely and we see after she totally shuts Jeff down tha
  21. This opening scene establishes Bogart as Marlowe in a few different ways. We see that he is very observant and attracted to the daughter as she comes downstairs and that he has a playful side to him as he doesn't just brush her away immediately after she becomes playful with him. We also see he has some wits about him with his ability to banter with her. Then when in the hotroom we hear him describe himself openly even parts that may be less than desirable and more likely to be hidden. Namely his insubordination. This shows he is a man of action and doesn't wait for permission from superiors.
  22. Until the final few moments of the voiceover where the narrator describes how the story is based on real events one may not even know that this is a fictional story and they could be under the impression that they are watching an actual documentary film. The discussion about the illegal workers gives the impression of foreboding with the warning of how much of their money is stolen when they try to steal it. It does have a much more hopeful tone though throughout which helps to diversify the typical noir opening that we are used to. I think that the tone brings out both the aforementioned emot
  23. For the first question I don't have much experience with other forms of cinema but compared to M with Fritz Lang you see the contrast with the light and shadow and how that is used in the German expressionalism. I really felt the late night scene and set-up really was reminiscent of Nighthawks. Just the tension that can occur once the sun goes down in these diner type locations. The scene starts much more realistic and we're building the tension in the interaction between the killers and the diner staff. As the character jumps the fences we move more and more into contrasting pictures with
  24. Rita seemed to have this grandiose presence on the stage as she was performing. I didn't understand where the set-up was coming from but could tell the guy seemed upset that heard her singing. After we see her performance meant to titillate the male audience and definitely had that effect. She really seemed to be attempting to make the man jealous and it did that as well as he strikes her for her actions. She is singing about a woman being blamed and its as though she's transposing that onto herself because she knows what will happen for her actions. Reading other people's responses for
  25. Well everything I typed was deleted when the webpage needed to be refreshed so I'm going to only post point form There is noir style that spills into this story with the tension brought though dialogue and expression not as much action and the femme fatale character is what you may find in a noir movie. The camera starts wider to show the lack of tension and as the verbal battle closes in so does the camera. When Veda tries to escape we're are pulled out but Pierce confronts her and we're right back into closer shots pulling us in towards the tension. I think this is important to n
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