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Kevin Clink

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  1. I do not know if this is a hallmark of the "noir" genre, but I was struck by the idea of observation at the beginning of Laura. Clearly any "detective" film is going to include characters looking for physical clues, but noir films seem to be more interested in understanding the motivation of the characters in the story: who they are and why they do what they do? Lydecker is observing the detective to get an idea of who he is before Lydecker will speak with him. The detective, unable to observe Lydecker directly at the beginning of the scene, attempts to discover more about Lydecker by investig
  2. The thing I like about the opening scene of Dark Passage is the conflict between hiding and running as strategies to avoid detection. In order to get out of San Quentin, Humphrey Bogart's character has to hide in a barrel. in the barrel, Bogart is hidden from view, but he is vulnerable. He cannot escape if he is detected. Out of the barrel, Bogart is free to get as far away from his pursuers as possible, but he is out in the open where he can be detected. We see in a lot of film noir this push-pull between hiding and running. The person trying to avoid detection (a fugitive, an escapee, the wr
  3. Sometimes anticipation starts before a movie begins - and in no genre does this hold more truth than in film noir. We go to so many movies nowadays knowing everything about the film we are about to see. The movie is based on a famous book (or more likely a comic book...) or the film is a remake or sequel to a movie we have already seen. With the internet and a million amateur reviewers, how can a director keep secret his or her intentions from the audience? Not knowing what is going to happen in a movie creates anticipation and tension which is so hard to capture in today's information age. Oh
  4. I have to say that I just love the fact that one of the engineers on the train is smoking. As if he is not getting enough smoke in his lungs already. We see the smoke "backdrafting" when the engineer opens the engine door, we see the smoke billowing from the train engine, we see the soot marks on the bridges the train passes, we even see a general smokiness/fog at the station the train pulls into at the end of the opening clip from the movie. We sometimes forget how prevalent smoke - and smoking was - in times past. We live in a time more reliant on hydro-electric, nuclear, solar, and wind pow
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