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Everything posted by JosephRicci

  1. I feel the form of comedy has evolved over the years as opposed to visual comedy disappearing. There is plenty of visual comedy being cranked out on several levels; people, places, things. We have become quite sophisticated as well as base (not the comedy I appreciate). The use of sound has exploded us into many dimensions over the decades.
  2. Great use of technology in focusing on and breaking down Chaplin's comedy! This going to be a great course. I feel like I am part of the game!
  3. Love the police car! Looks like it could be a Texaco corporate vehicle. James Whitmore AND Frank Cady - two of my favorite character actors!!! What a nice surprise. This is classic stuff! Did Frank Cady ever have hair! Definitely going to watch this one!
  4. There is absolutely nothing in this clip (other than the year showing up on the screen) to indicate this scene is taking place in 1918. If one did not know otherwise, all the action could be taking place in the early 1950s, or most any other time. What we see does not give us any indication of a "period" look. Robert Ryan's character could be seen as an "everyman" and the setting could be viewed as an "anytime".
  5. Tension! Tension! Tension! Intensity can only go up from here. I feel a slight bit uncomfortable just watching this scene. Intrigue!!!
  6. OMG! What an incredibly great movie! I had no idea this film existed. Talk about unknown film noir! This is a true classic!!!
  7. The bag gets flipped into the car. Nice shot! I almost expect the car will start rolling down the road as they get out. Fortunately not. Would have been great if they open the bag and a brilliant glow emanates! Love when Lisabeth Scott starts moving the car and Kennedy tumbles into the back seat as they speed down the road. A little comic relief amongst the noir. Intrigue abounds! How can one not want to continue watching?
  8. It may be just me, but it seems like Edmund O'Brien appeared in at least 50% of the films noir released in the 1950s. Great actor of both screen and radio. To date, the only actor to win an Oscar for portraying a character named Oscar (The Barefoot Contessa).
  9. I love the black cloud hanging in the middle of the car so one cannot see the hitchhiker's face! So obvious!!! Then William Talman leans forward and splits the darkness with his face. Classic effect!!!
  10. There's darkness and quiet. For a while all we hear is Joseph Cotten calling to the figure in the darkness to show themself. All of a sudden we see Orson Welles with this great grin! Then he disappears into the darkness! We hear steps and Harry Lime has vanished. We are left with rhe discovery of a hidden stairwell. The suspense mounts! Here we go!!! Great use of darkness and light!
  11. Turner and Garfield get into a stare down. Garfield "wins" the battle, but Turner mesmerizes and you know she'll win the war. Wheels are already turning. The hook is being set. Great clip! When you have two fine character actors as Cecil Kellaway and Leon Ames, you know the movie is a good one.
  12. Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre! It just does not get much better than this. The two of them command the scene: as always!!! The conversation is intense, but never over the top. I get the strong feeling of a great respect for each orher, even though they have only recently met. They are playing a virtual board game in their banter. "Are you drunk?" Great line!
  13. Here comes Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe looking smooth as ever. We know we are going to be infor a good ride. With Bogart we are in good hands.At this point Marlowe is very measured. No over the top here. Marlowe wants to be comfortable and in control of a situation, but the greenhouse is just a tad too warm. Note Marlowe squirming just a little and pulling at his collar. We see a brief encounter with a femme fatale. Marlowe knows better. She is a faux femme fatale (or F cubed). Enjoy the ride!
  14. Dark, dark, dark! Very evocative of Nighthawks. Tension from the very start. The Swede only adds to it with his reaction. Why is it so inevitable? What did he do in the past? Why not run and hide? So many questions!
  15. Rita Hayworth mesmerizes us from the very start and never lets go!. I could see myself as one of the guys who rushes to get on stage to help her. Glenn Ford spoils all the fun! Truth be told, his performance is as powerful as Rita Hayworth's in this classic film!
  16. Joan Crawford and Ann Blyth pull off a rare feat. They can illuminarte the scene and project the darkness at the same time! Great stuff!
  17. Philip Marlowe; what a classic! While private eyes are often "I am the one asking the questions", Marlowe asks the questions but he is also open to taking and answering questions posed to him. He is in control, but not totally in control. I see glimpses of vulnerability peeking though as the scene unfolds. Passion and compassion. The scene ends and we want more. I love it!
  18. If the rest of the video lectures are anything like the first one, this is going to be a most enjoyable summer. So far, the ride is great and the pace is not overwhelming. Lots of absolutely great insights. So much to digest! Thank You!!! Looking forward to continuing the journey with my thousands of fellow travelers.
  19. Three cheers for Ottom Preminger. As I was growing up, I always admired him as a director. WEhat imagery! Clifon Webb comes across as just a bit smarmy. Dana Andrews is the classic noir detective. A true delight of a movie! I am pulled in immmediately.!
  20. This has been a great first week. I have eespeically enjoyed the clips associated with the Daily Doses. Great stuff. Watched a little more of M this morning. Caught about 25 min of Scarlet Street. Edward G Robinson is one of my faves. Recording a couple of Summer of Darkness movies to watch later. I am pumped. This is tremendous. Honored to be part of the 14,000.
  21. In the foreground we have the workers at the plantation getting on with life: sleeping, playing music, resting, etc. In the background we have the big house just as quiet until several shots ring out. A body stumbles out the front door. All serenity is shattered. There is darkness. then the full moons starts ot real ligt on the situation. And we go on.
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