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Bill Holmes

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  1. At the risk of sounding like an echo, I too must tip my cap to the wonderful work from all involved. I wasn't sure what to expect when I signed up for Film Noir last year, but one interaction with Dr. Edwards showed that we would not only have expert guidance, but also be led by a fellow fan of the subject matter. Improving the video segments this year by incorporating more visual tools was a nice bonus. And it was a great surprise to see my old sports reporter fave Vince Cellini was a slapstick buff! Like noir, I had already had broad exposure to a large portion of the filmography, but wa
  2. 1. There's a phrase that comes to mind - "everything but the kitchen sink" - but ZAZ will also toss in that sink as well. The broader the joke, the better. Nielsen's car almost running him over is funny enough, but then the bullets, the dozen airbags, the fire hydrant, the explosion, and then finally the deadpan "Did anyone get the plate? Did anyone see the driver?" makes it that much more absurd. (One of my favorite sight gags of theirs is Robert Stack whipping off a pair of shades - ala David Caruso - for dramatic effect, only to reveal a smaller pair of shades underneath!) 2. I think th
  3. 1. How does this scene successfully parody the old Universal Horror films of the 1930s? Be specific. Where to start? Black and white, protagonist starting out distanced from the main premise (a doctor disavowing his past here, a relative summoned to an obscure location) but eventually succumbing to the issue at hand. A situation (about to arise in the very next scene) where this now vulnerable man is pointed towards the old house and laboratory. And they did use many of the original sets, of course, as well as many of the classic lines ("Alive...ALIVE!!"). Or to paraphrase a certain Corleone.
  4. (FYI - seeing some are having trouble, but perhaps it's fixed now. I was able to link and view from the email without issue). I'd have to re-watch Bananas again to form a final opinion, but I disagree with Mast - I find The Great Race to contain far more allegiances to Sennett - much more physical comedy like pie fights and crashes, and Professor Fate is basically Wile E. Coyote come to life. Maybe a touch of Roach, as even the villains turn out to have elements of humanity when the **** hit the fan. This clip from Bananas is more funny for the deadpan and droll delivery of an absurdis
  5. The Third Man and Night and the City qualify, as might The League of Gentlemen, Brighton Rock, Odd Man Out and Obsession (not the Brian DePalma film). It depends where you draw the line on the definition of noir (which I am trying to learn here!) as the latter four might be merely suspense/crime films to some people. Regardless of how they are categorized, they're all great films well worth a viewing. Enjoy! (If you are looking to branch out even further may I recommend some French titles of the 40s and 50s that I have always considered noir like Bob Le Flambeur and Rififi...as directo
  6. That's great...if you want to leave out the *quality* of the elements. Has a twist ending - is it lame and/or a red herring or was it carefully woven? Shadows, lighting, focus, zoom - hypnotizing or run of the mill? Screenplay - there's good and then there's GREAT Good poster? Really?? And then there's the direction, the casting, the performances...I could go on. It's as flawed as saying the biggest box office hits are the best films made that year. Now I have no argument with the three pictures mentioned, they're all classics and arguable top tier. But a layman would look at that "che
  7. Although I respect the concept of letting the community "create itself" to a certain extent, I think it would make sense for a daily thread created by the instructor as the "official" thread to reply to the Daily Dose. That still leaves the ability to create new threads on related or unrelated topics. For example, my reaction to the "M" clip could be posted in the "official thread", but if I wanted to discuss the use of silhouettes as plot devices, that could be a tangent and a separate thread.
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