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  1. Veda rejects the typical role assigned to a woman during this era and stands as our femme fatale in this film. She is ruthless and depends on herself, but interestingly while securing her financial freedom she blackmails a man! She is in stark contrast to her mother, who has also shed her past, who seems to follow conventions. The director makes good use of intense close up shots to really gauge the characters emotions. The shot on the stairs is superbly shot and it looks almost as f Veda has slapped her mother down to the depths of hell!
  2. Both openings are both sinister and captivating. The dark and Gothic feel from MOF makes for a gritty atmosphere and the music is ominous. The pendulum gives a sense of impending doom! The shadow play is superb. We barely notice the protagonist in the room. When the doctor speaks we can imagine the shadow cast on his face mirrors some internal struggle in the character. The camera shots, the slow zoom and the panning shot again give us the information at exactly the time the director wants us to have it. This opening leaves us questioning what has happened, but I feel M has t
  3. If Noir is famous for cynical, gritty detectives well Marlowe fits the bill perfectly. He was one step ahead and really caught her off guard. The dynamic between the pair will make for a very interesting relationship as the film progresses.
  4. The setting is superb, really emphasizes the eccentricity of the character. It is in stark contrast to the down to earth detective. We can infer that there will be a good lighthearted feel to all of their conversations, with evasive answering and witty retorts. The narration at the beginning is droll and really makes me want to see what exactly is going on in this situation. The panning shots show the classic noir mansions and, I assume, this will be in contrast to a darker and grittier abode shown later in the film.
  5. I agree with others. This was good, but not as captivating as the other intro's we've seen. While the acting of Bogart was good, the questioning by the driver was tedious. The POV served it's purpose well, but I think it could have been over used. It was a good technique to connect us to the main character, but I felt it lacked the intensity of other clips.
  6. The Letter encompasses a lot of the classic noir styles. The traveling camera, the cold hearted femme fatale, the contrast between good and evil and the dark sinister shadows. The music gradually becomes more tense to mirror what's happening in the scene. The animals all flee, as if they can sense the danger and we the viewer seems to slowly, tentatively approach the scene of the crime. The zoom in on her face as she shoots show's, in true noir style, that she is detached and unfeeling in the act of murder. Another superb, en-captivating opening scene.
  7. There is sense of anticipation in this opening scene. The train noises gain momentum and I felt as if the music shatters a silence of sorts as the train rounded the bend. The two engineers were moving in such synchronization and grace it was as if they were dancing in rhythm to the trains beat. I like the pov shots, it made me feel as if I was along side the engineers. The triumphant entrance into the station was uplifting, it made me feel as if I was just starting on a journey like those passengers on the train.
  8. The rhythmic sound of the bouncing ball creates an echo, almost like a heartbeat. It really makes time stand still and makes the viewer feel nervous for what is about to happen to the innocent young Elsie.
  9. The way the camera follows the characters really draws the viewers into the scene. We're intrigued and feel a sense of unease at the same tome. The contrast between the innocence of the children and the sinister words of the rhyme in captivates the audience. We hope the children aren't drawing danger upon themselves. I also like the way that the safety of the little girl, Elsie, while with the police officer is shattered moments later while innocently playing with her ball. The use of shadow is very effective when we see the outline of the man appear over the poster appealing for help
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