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  1. Man nobody knows how to smolder like Robert Mitchum. The big film noir element that stuck out to me was how we still see plenty of high contrast and deep shadow throughout the scene evin in the daylight. Particularly when Kathie walks in.
  2. Rita's performance was very sexual with lots of hip movements. and how she danced in a very inviting way. The lyrics saying "to put the blame on Mame" is very evocative of the Femme Fatale archetype, how Men are continually ruined by a strange and wild woman. The meaning I see is how she is a temptress entrancing the audience towards a path of darkness. She even jokes about stripping off her dress at the end of the song. As for music in that time Jazz was the dark underground often with drugs and music involved in that time. So Jazz added to the style and edge to keep the audiences on their toes.
  3. cigajoe is right. The noir influence is there with Veda's lust for money. I would go one step further with the second question. We start with Veda on the couch and Mildred towering over her. Yet as things progress Veda becomes equal to Mildred and by the end of the scene she is above Mildred on the stairs. Disgusted with this, Mildred tears up the check anyway even though she realizes she has less power over her daughter than originally thought. Oh and because it's Joan Crawford "No more wire hangers!"
  4. In this scene Marlowe seems more world weary. Particularly the way he handles Ann Grayle and grabs in order to get to her. I didn't get the sense that he was innocent but that he has a moral code. That code includes trying to do good and not letting emotion get in the way. To me it added to his past saying that he was burned by a female client once for being too soft and now he will not get burned again for showing emotion. Others have also said that he has more "disdain for humanity" yet I disagree. He knows the world is rotten to the core yet he tries to do what he feels is good.
  5. The post about the masks was very informative. we also find out how despite his wealth Waldo prefers to make up the details to sensationalize them. While the Detective McPherson is just a man doing his job and trying to find out the real truth with no motivation for personal gain.
  6. Ok let me stop for a moment and just say that was awesome. I have never heard of this film before but will definitely give it a watch. Anyway I do believe that the POV was successful in how it really put you in the first person narrative mode like a lot of Noir with the voice over. In this case it just takes it a little more literally. I think that the POV also makes you feel like an inmate escaping from prison. It adds tension by limiting our scope and creating suspense by adding an unknown element of how the cops could show up at any minute. This creates incredible tension particularly when we hear the radio announcement when the protagonist is getting a ride to San Francisco.
  7. I agree that it does feel a little like Sunset Boulevard. This also does establish the storytelling technique of starting at the end and having the majority of the film be a flashback like in Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity. The full moon was an interesting to start with and made me think of the Universal horror films. Especially for 1940, what a way to start a movie.
  8. the general consensus is the opening shot is like an opening or portal to Hell. However what struck me about the clip was the grime and grit and how the engineers were covered with soot. This is more than just accuracy of what it is like to be a train engineer. To me, it symbolizes in the noir world that there are no pure good guys, there are just bad guys, and comparatively worse guys.
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