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  1. I love titles that tell a story. The opening seconds with the title of the movie show barbed wire. Where is this? It's not going to be a romantic comedy at the border between Canada and the U.S., that's for sure. The rest of the scenes in the title sequence establish more: fields, mountains. This could be an adventure film, but by the time we get to the producer's name and the director's we have the harsh shadows of noir--but, we are not in an urban environment. Is it Film Noir? Before taking this class, I wouldn't have classified this film (based on the clip only) as noir. My idea of Film
  2. Few paintings exemplify "noir"to me as much as Nighthawks, so it was a delight to read that Hopper said his painting was influenced by Hemingway's The Killers, and to see the influence of the painting in the diner scene although the diner scene being brightly lit evokes a bit of ambiguity: does trouble lurk or is the cook just sick? It isn't long,though, before we are clued in via the gangsters and the threat to "the Swede." But it still could be just another gangster movie. Everything changes though, when Nick leaves the diner. Now we are in the noir universe of darkness and shadows. Now
  3. The opening scene of the children in the courtyard may be a bit more ominous to modern audiences than to the audiences of the time. Many urban families, particularly of the lower and low-middle socio-economic classes in the U.S., lived in buildings we called flats or tenements, much like the one in this German setting. Usually not much light came through, stairways were on the outside of buildings (as in the scene), people, particularly the women, yelled at each other's children. Until the woman carrying the laundry upstairs speaks of the murderer, this is just an ordinary day. She is the
  4. I agree about the opening scene counting game. Just listening to the rhythm without paying attention to the words doesn't really instill or portend dread. Hearing the words (or in my case reading the subtitles) does shake the viewer's equilibrium—which is what Noir is supposed to do, right? This is just a child's counting game. But wait, listen to the words. But wait again, we did that when we were kids " My mother punched your mother …." It isn't until we hear the shrill voice of the woman on the staircase that we know we know we are in for something—shall I say?—unpleasant.
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