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MichaelG8

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    I watch at least one movie each day, want extra acting, write for and about movies, I read a lot, am an Excellent Chef, apartment is a plant jungle, micro brews, online games, and I have an avid and ongoing interest in my Girlfriend.
  1. Hello annlib; I recommend you look into the interesting career of Edith Head. You could start on the IMDb web site. Think you'll find a satisfying search about costuming as mise en scène. Have a nice day.
  2. Daily Dose 11- Border Incident (1949) Director: Anthony Mann Writers: John C. Higgins (screenplay and story), George Zuckerman (story) Cast: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphey, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell IMDb: Mexican and American federal agents tackle a vicious gang exploiting illegal farm workers in southern California. -- What mood or atmosphere—through the visual design and the voiceover narration—is being established in this realistic documentary sequence? Squares of anything are potentially boring. This opening relieves viewers of that burden by construct
  3. Daily Dose 11 Border Incident (1949) Director: Anthony Mann Writers: John C. Higgins (screenplay and story), George Zuckerman (story) Cast: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphey, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell IMDb: Mexican and American federal agents tackle a vicious gang exploiting illegal farm workers in southern California. -- What mood or atmosphere—through the visual design and the voiceover narration—is being established in this realistic documentary sequence? Squares of anything are potentially boring. This opening relieves viewers of that burden by constructi
  4. Daily Dose 10 – The Killers (1946) Director: Robert Siodmak Writers: Anthony Veiller (screenplay), Ernest Hemingway (story), John Huston and Richard Brooks (uncredited) Cast: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, Albert Dekker --What are some of the influences you see in this sequence from other cinemas (such as German expressionism) or other art forms? For example, consider this scene in relation to the work of Fritz Lang (who also worked at UFA). Curvature is a distinct trait of expressionism. The set only hints of German expressionistic style in
  5. Hello Takoma1; I'm Michael, Fort Collins, Colorado. I know the The Killers (1946) version with Burt Lancaster you mentioned. I prefer the 1964 version. Don Siegel directed Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes, and Ronald Reagan who said he regretted playing an antagonist in his final film before beginning a political career. I like the color and brightness in contrast to the 1946 Robert Siodmak directed version with Burt Lancaster who plays Ole 'Swede' Anderson; also with Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brian, and Albert Dekker. I have to watch both versions again of Dead on Arriv
  6. Daily Dose #9 – Gilda (1946) IMDb: Johnny Farrell is a gambling cheat who turns straight to work for an unsettling casino owner Ballin Mindson. But things take a turn for Johnny as his alluring ex-lover appears as Mundson’s wife, and Mundson’s machinations begin to unravel. Director: Charles Vidor Writers: E. A. Ellington (story), Jo Eisinger (adaptation), Marlon Parsonnet (screenplay), Ben Hecht (uncredited) Cast: Rita Haywood, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia --What did you notice about Rita Hayworth’s performance when you were watching this scene?
  7. Hi PM; I don't think in terms of storytelling with characters who must choose between right and wrong. In my opinion, good stories are about characters who must choose between two dilemmas and there is doubt as to which is the best choice. Morality in a good story is what we viewers impose on our characters and enter the movie theater with them pre-established. It is in story that we may squirm while values are systematically torn apart, brutally questioned, or logically presented as utterly wrong. Noir characters must often chose to do wrong to do right and often, that is done in a
  8. Daily Dose #8 - Mildred Pierce (1945) dir: Michael Curtiz writers: Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) ; and many uncredited contract writers like William Faulkner and Catherine Turney James M. Cain (novel) cast: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth Log (IMDb): After her cheating husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful, but cannot seem to win the approval of her spoiled daughter. How do you feel the noir influence operates in this scene from Mildred Pierce? The black and white, one or the other, ye
  9. Daily Dose 2-7- Ministry of Fear (1944) dir: Fritz Lang writers: Seton I. Miller (screenplay); Graham Greene (novel) cast: Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond Log (abridged): A man released form an asylum discovers a Nazi plot and tries to stop it. I am compelled to note, because of enjoyment of her personality, easy recognition of her consummate skills, and my wholehearted professional respect, Edith Head was is credited for this movie's Costumes. She is missed. Edith Head 1897-1981 How would you compare the openings of M and Ministry of Fear? and …how Frt
  10. Daily Dose #6 – Murder, My Sweet (1944) dir: Edward Dymytrk writers: John Paxton (screenplay); Raymond Chandler (novel: Farewell, My Lovely) cast: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley log (abridged): Hired to find a former girlfriend, a detective is pulled into mystery and deceit. -- Describe some of the things Marlowe says or does that make him a new kind of private detective? I chuckled at the methods used by Marlowe to elicit facts, truth, and motive from Miss Grayle: locking the door, distracting her from her purse to search for ID by asking a deflecting questio
  11. Daily Dose #5 - Laura (1944 dir: Otto Preminger writers: Vera Caspary (novel) screenplay: Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Elizabeth (as Betty) Reinhardt, Ring Lardner Jr. (uncredited) cast: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson 1-- What examples do you see that fit with Nino Frank's contention that Laura is a "charming character study of furnishings and faces?" Literally, the lavish furniture, raised bath tub architecture, and apparently priceless artifacts which introduce a world of wealth. I consider this film’s furnishings gauche, other s
  12. Daily Dose 4 – Dark Passage (1947) Convicted of murdering his wife, an escapee must prove his innocence. dir: Delmer Daves; screenplay: Delmer Daves novel: David Goodis cast: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Bruce Bennett, Agnes Morehead The rolling barrel invokes concern for whom ever is in it as it tumbles, down a ravine, down to the level of the tumbler, and into their point of view. This successful opening creates an interest and concern for the barrel escapee and helps care that his escape is successful, too. The visual point of view of the hero immediately c
  13. Daily Dose 3 – The Letter (1940) dir: William Wyler based on 1927 play by: W. Somerset Maugham screenplay: Howard Koch cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson note: IMBD indicates this film was made in 1940 with seven Academy nominations in 1941 The opening did not surprise me but did made me want to know why the woman emptied her revolver. There’s no hate in her eyes yet she fired six shots into her victim. She was more upset from being lighted by that pesky moon than by her murder. She was surprised by the moon light as it lighted the murder scene. Her act of mu
  14. La Bête Humaine (1938) A train engineer falls in love with a married woman who has helped her husband commit a murder. dir: Jean Renoir; cast: Jean Gabin, Julien Carette, Simone Simon uncredited adaption and dialogue: Jean Renoir uncredited dialogue: Denise Leblond The noise is an uncomfortable sensation which becomes more bearable as eyes and ears begin to reason as a team. Each discern a natural relationship of locomotion noise and speed. The depiction of a real locomotive sets the tone of power, confidence, and the ability to control. The men in control of this noisy
  15. Apparently my first post did not make to the forum; so here's a re-post: TCM Classic Movies – film noir Discussion of the opening scene from M (1931) dir: Fritz Lang; cast: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut - I enjoy the suspense of film noir including newer movies in color performed and filmed in the noir style (The Horseman [2008]) comes to mind. By comparison, this noir opening is more suspenseful and intends suspense by way of a shadow asking for a name. Sometimes it's hard to understand what, or why, some action is happening like the kids playing a game of elimi
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