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Posts posted by JosephRicci

  1. 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".  

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  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. 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!  

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  5. 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!

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  6. 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!

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  7. 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.  

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  8. 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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