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    Mary Fairchild
  1. I agree with many of the comments so far and really don't have anything to add except that I have never seen this movie, or if I have it was many, many years ago so I'm off to see if I can find it somewhere to watch tonight.
  2. I couldn't decide if the ticking of the clock was marking the time that was passing, reminding Ray Milland of the time that had already passed, or if it was luring him into his future with the promise of times to come.
  3. I enjoyed the moment when you could tell that he realized that she was not who she said she was by a very minor shift. His actions were very quick and efficient when it came down to getting the information that he wanted.
  4. By opening the movie in this manner Preminger showed Waldo Lydecker's arrogance in no uncertain terms. The fact that he was impressed by the detective was an unexpected surprise and leads me to believe that Lydecker will credit him with more intelligence than he does the earlier policemen. If nothing it tells me that a challenge has begun.
  5. As has been mentioned the calm throughout the clip caught me and gave a surreal feeling to the viciousness of Ms. Davis repeatedly pulling the trigger. Her demeanor changes very little from firing the pistol to sending the men to the authorities. The moon shadowing the man's face gave a taste of the darkness to come and the moonlight reappearing showed the result of her actions to all present. Madness could be felt.
  6. While the train appears to run seamlessly on the tracks toward the next stop the engineers are constantly working and monitoring their progress reminding the viewer that there are machinations going on that are not necessarily evident at all times.
  7. The feeling of dread increases steadily for me as the clip moves from the children playing their game through the depiction of the women with the laundry. I believe that the evidence of mundane daily chores and events emphasizes that when tragedy strikes it doesn't play favorites and that there is no guarantee of safety ever. Not seeing the face of the silhouette speaking to the child at the end of the clip shows how anonymous danger can be.
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