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Tess D

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  1. I think that the usage of POV was indeed very successful in this opening scene. One could feel the palpable panic, once the camera, switches and you start to see things through the eyes of Bogie's character. You are no longer seeing/feeling things vicariously. And in a span of those four minutes, you are Vincent Parry. His thoughts, fears, become yours. And in that scene where he finally gets a ride from a stranger, and the news breaks over the radio, one could also feel the surge of desperation and anger as he begins to beat the driver repeatedly. I think the fact that we saw things throu
  2. In the opening scene of Laura, the audience is given the view of an expensively furnished room. Momentarily, one is given to ponderings and presumptions, as to what sort of a person could be inhabiting such opulent surroundings. But all notion of half-formed assumptions disintegrate, once a voice breaks over the silence with the words, 'I shall never forget the weekend Laura died.' The character of Waldo Lydecker, was well introduced with the precise intention of giving the impression that he was incredibly pompous, sarcastic, sardonic, and highly self-absorbed. And yet, like the mask
  3. The seemingly peaceful shot of the moon as it illuminates onto the plantation, can surely lure one into a false sense of security. The languid music resonates in the air with an almost soporific rhythm, yet it underscores perfectly the underlying tension that is laying dormant in the air. As though someone was taking a very long breath, and was waiting for the precise moment to exhale. Then from a still silence, the sharp piercing sound of a gunshot, instantaneously followed by another. And a horrific scene suddenly takes place as a man is gunned down mercilessly by a woman. The darken
  4. The opening scene has a sense of gruff realism that seems to drraw one's attention instantaneously. From the screeching of the train's whistle, to the hellfire that eminated from the train's furnace. I also thought the shot of the train wheels added an element of tangibility, as profoundly as the roar of the train itself when it passes by. And the interaction of the two men who monitored and manuvered the train, gave a good contrast between man and machine; between flesh and steel. Perhaps the shot that captured my attention the most, was the train's entrance into a long black tunnel, and the
  5. The first word that came to my mind, when I started watching the opening scene, was the word - ominous. What added all the more to the eerie aspect of the scene, was the chanting of the little girl. And in spite of the seemingly mundane routine, the scene was supposed to display; one could not help but feel the insidious danger that was lurking in the streets as the little girl left her school. Perhaps the haunting quality, that perennial fear that makes one look behind their back to make sure there was no one following you; is what makes it fit into the noir genre. Its not so much as what
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