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About bclarke18

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  1. Each POV shot puts the viewer in middle of the story. When the boys walk into the room, I can feel their eyes trying to convey every thought and feeling they are having as they take the long walk of foreboding towards the headmaster (me). The shot itself is interesting too because I just watched Hitchcock talk about the counterpoint of a performance. A girl who is sobbing and saying not to laugh. So it is that when we have to take a bitter medicine we want to get it over with fast, but that walk of the boys is so long and slow. I also liked the way the girl shares her memory with the superimpo
  2. 1. What stands out in both films is the ability to manipulate the audience with "the shot." Whether Hitchcock is narrowing the view to focus on something small or the large open-mouthed scream, we are forced into what he wants us to see. It's not unlike a magician with slight of hand tricks. We are looking left when all the while the manipulation is happening to the right. Then wham! We are blind-sided with what seems impossible to the human eye. Then we think him clever, as I was not looking in that direction. Of course not, he didn't want you to look there yet. That's his ability to have cli
  3. Hitchcock pulls us into his voyeuristic style through his camera. What does he want us to see? Beautiful legs, ogling men, women wise to the ways of a man, thieves. I can see his first attempts at his art manifested in his later films. His use of silent objects or scenery to make a subtle statement, but only if you are astute. He was a very sharp director telling a story for the keen observer.
  4. Are you still looking for a cabinmate? My mom would like to attend the cruise. She is 65 and is excited to attend her first TCM experience. I attend the cruise every year and the film festivals. I think she'd love it. Thank you!!
  5. 1. Using the amusement park as his set up is genius. It's a common thread for most people. Comedy doesn't work unless we can relate to the situation and most everyone has had the pleasure of going to the park. Lloyd's success at the park is due to the unwitting situations. He's not normally a winner, right? He's like the rest of us, at least that's what we think. No one wins except by freak accident at an amusement park. They're rigged, true? He wins the spinning contest? Well, there's a crab in his pocket. He wins the doll for his girl? Of course the angry guy knocks down the cans. And which
  6. As a set designer/builder for community theater, I give a big hurrah for the all the props and set build for this clip! It's the set-up before the set-up, the perfect storm. We are, for the most part, the little guy. Something is always too heavy, too long, too high and we never have the proper equipment. What makes this gag work as a visual comedy comes from the positioning of the large or heavy piano and the little guy. If he was a big guy like the delivery man there would have not been any humor in getting the piano in the house. I love the rope that was long and bound up in knots. How ofte
  7. Comedy has been around since ancient Greece and the stories of gods and heroes. Humor is intelligence and it is clever. We feel smart when we can "pull one over" on someone. And who doesn't like to laugh? It feels good and gives us a sense of well-being. It makes perfect sense that Lumiere would want to capture this feeling. Especially when trying to promote film as an art form. Nothing can be so engaging and inclusive to an audience as laughter. It is the shared experience that brings us together. What I love most about these types of comedic gags is the disposition of the protagonist. D
  8. I don't feel like the dialog in this film is being parodied or burlesqued as much as it has become ordinary. What was once unique and interesting has become standard. I found myself thinking about the hook. Where is it? What is going to make this noir film interesting. Is there a gimmick or a twist that is going to put this film on its head? For me the hook didn't come in the opening or the dialog. I wonder if it lurks around the bend?
  9. Time. It's one of those things that we wish we could control, but, inevitably, can only count on. Clocks, and watches move at a predetermined pace. We set our lives by them as does the man watching the bank. This is counterbalanced by the erratic pacing feet of the people doing daily errands, people rubber-necking to see into the bank, like chickens for the feed, the rhythmic heartbeat of the music that slows and builds as the scene progresses. We know that timing is everything for this man and that his intentions are dark and nefarious. This is a heist, a gamble where all factors need to be p
  10. This film is iconic in all of the elements of noir that we've been discussing...contrasting light and shadow, diagonal lines, the realism of a worn out European city... However, my favorite part of the scene is the Harry smile. Love it. These noir figures don't smile. They sulk, estrange and evade. He was three seconds of that scene. To come right out and smile, that was different and, yet, so in character. It's the hook to the scene along with the cat. What also makes that smile so engaging and germane is that it is accompanied by the ever-increasing zither music. It's a pointer. The cat, the
  11. Fate. The thing we all hope for, but are never ready for. I think Garfield is guy who has "itchy feet" because he's always on the take. Looking for the next best thing or to take advantage of a situation. He's never content. He's offered food and a job, obviously not having one, and doesn't know if he's ready to commit. That is until Lana enters. Lana owns it, the cafe, the scene and the beauty. It's a peep show. The anticipation builds...something falls, a rolling lipstick, bare legs and then her. She's gorgeous. He's sold. But wait, is she game? He tests her by not giving the lipstick ba
  12. I think the entrances of the two characters are in direct contrast. Lorre's entrance begins as a relaxed, slight man in a large doorway, peering low to get the key into the hole while Greenstreet, a large man enters confidently through a small archway, broadening his appearance. As the banter continues, Lorre is standing and Greenstreet, with gun in hand, takes a seat, submissive and relaxed. Lorre says he has nothing to hide and then lies down and has a smoke, also submissive and relaxed. Both characters underplaying the anxiety set in this scene of a room in disarray, a drawn gun and hidden
  13. While a generous part of the scene is shot outdoors with all the bright sunlight that is so contrary to film noir, I think the elements of noir are still present. The dark lines that trace the buildings and diagonal shadows cast upon them is stock noir. The smoke from cigars and cigarettes obscure the the sharpness of the scene and provide another color and element. There is that feeling in the shot as Kathie enters the bar that she is some type of heavenly vision. The use of bright lighting and her light colored clothing gives a celestial sort of feel. She is a vision as the dark, contrasted
  14. I think Bogart is the well-dressed man of Chandler's writing. Well-dressed to play a part as he was calling on a wealthy individual. It's hard to gain the confidence of someone affluent without the demeanor, competence and vestments that lend an air of familiarity, sophistication and sociability to Sternwood's standing. But you get the feeling that this is not how he always dresses or behaves. It's a game and he knows it. From the moment Carmen eyes him and begins her equivocating, Marlowe is the very picture of calm, cool and collected. But under the harsh scrutiny of Sternwood, in his pressu
  15. I agree that the credits at the opening of the film seem to lead us to the feeling that this is a noir film. Stark contrasts of the lettering against the background shots and the foreboding musical direction by Andre Previn. Then there's a break from that to the mood and atmosphere that is represented by the documentary style filming with long shots and an authoritative narrator. The words that come to mind are fact, truth, law, order, organization. Each geometrical shape of the land and the lines form borders and parameters. Trees like a pegboard giving us orderly content. Everything in its p
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