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Everything posted by Hooraydiation

  1. Hayworth is a beautiful woman, and there is certainly a salacious element to the scene. However, she's such a glamorous figure that I had trouble seeing the final moments where she nearly allows men to disrobe her as degrading, to the point where her love interest would be so outraged. It just struck me as part of an act that would never actually go that far. I suppose that just speaks to the disconnect between times. These days the scene would be much more explicit. Anyway, it's still a gorgeous scene, and the song works very well thematically without beating you over the head too muc
  2. I like the illumination of the clock face while the protagonist remains cloaked in shadow, as if this is a room where identity is lost and the only movement is the passage of time. Then the doctor steps in and the man's face is illuminated. He's acknowledged by another person, and suddenly he exists again. I also like the mystery of why he is waiting, which leads me to imagine some kind of death sentence until I later learned he was actually being released. This, combined with the menacing gate and the outside as, optimistically, a damaged place to be shoved around by anonymous crowds, sug
  3. The Watch TCM App, which is free to all subscribers, has a few of the films available. I've watch The Letter and Nora Prentiss through it. It's a great resource for those without DVRs, or who may be away from home.
  4. I think the opening scene wonderfully captures Lydecker and McPherson's characters. Lydecker is revealed through the opulence and culture displayed throughout his home, the poetry and empathy for Laura shown in his obituary for her, and the conversely cold and casual way he discusses her death in person. He recites his whereabouts on the night of Laura's death like he's reading a grocery list. The way he explains why he wrote down his alibi as well, to prevent detectives from misquoting him, clearly establishes how far above McPherson in intellect and class. It's also interesting how h
  5. The close-up of the furnace is so menacing and otherworldly, like a mouth of hell, and then we zoom out to see these laborers calmly doing their jobs. The train itself is well-presented, powerful and larger than life yet still dependent upon these rough, humble men. There are moments of careful, precise action, though, which show how skilled they are at working together to keep the machine going. And as the music swells, we get the sense that what they do is a triumph, even if it occurs everyday. It really triggers a sense of pride and awe for this industrial age and the people who mak
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