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  1. I feel that the POV cinematography is jarring, not only because of the tense situation (the driver is, after all, really annoying), but also because it undermines the very way we're trained to watch movies. Come to think of it, it undermines the conventions of visual representation in general. Whether in paintings or movies, we're accustomed to the drama playing out before our eyes. To have the fictional characters address us personally is a but unnerving. Interestingly, it takes a medium built for mass consumption and, in a sense, personalizes it, in the sense that each viewer is placed in th
  2. I would assume that one of this film's major contributions to the development of film noir would be its use of the flashback, as there appears to be a humdinger of a back story to this opening scene. Indeed, the reactions of the other characters to the murder would seem to suggest that the protagonist is somewhat respectable. It will be interesting to watch the rest of the movie and learn what drove her to this crime, as she is somewhat of an enigma in this opening scene. While the nature of the murder suggests a crime of passion--she follows as he staggers out the door, shooting him repeatedl
  3. Based on the opening scene, it seems as though La Bete Humaine can be seen as contributing to the development of film noir in a couple of significant ways. The documentary feel certainly anticipates later films such as The Naked City and He Walked by Night, both of which featured gritty urban locales while emphasizing technological progress. The engineers in this opening scene were of greater interest to me, however, as they appear to anticipate the noir protagonist, which had yet to be developed (at least in American cinema). These characters, due to the very nature of their job, appear to le
  4. The framing, camera angles, and setting all seem to externalize the powerlessness/vulnerability of the characters inhabiting this bleak cityscape. The opening shot looks down upon the children, indicating their vulnerability. Once the camera moves away from these children, it looks up at the mother, which would appear to place her in a position of power. However, the restrictive mise en scene deprives her of such power, as she appears to be almost crushed by the railing and ceiling. The balcony becomes as restrictive as a prison cell. The interior shots in general frame the adults in such a w
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