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  1. there seems to be a hint of flirtation between the two. he might be doing his job, but Marlowe also can't keep his eyes off a pretty woman.
  2. the eerie music, coupled with the eerie looks the detective gives the ornaments on the wall, set the tone for what's to come. Lydecker doesn't seem like he has much to hide, especially if he has no qualms about taking a bath in front of a complete stranger. it's almost as if he wants us to know that he's the guilty party, but doesn't want to let on too soon about it. the decor in the apartment is beautiful, so like some others have said it makes me wonder how this guy can afford such a place on a writer's salary (especially in 1944).
  3. POV can work sometimes, but fail others. it all depends on the filmmaker, i guess. in this instance, it sets up the story rather well and you really feel like you're in Bogie's shoes.
  4. - Were you surprised by what happens in the opening scene of The Letter? very much so! the scene started out so calmly, until the shots rang out and the cockatoo flapped it wings in panic. the look on Bette Davis' face shows no remorse or emotion whatsoever, and this is a trademark of many of her onscreen appearances. the workers know something is up, even though they try to pretend as if it was an accident (just as Davis' character says so). a shocking murder usually doesn't happen so quickly in a film (though there are other instances, such as Scream (1996) where Drew Barrymore's
  5. the obvious contrast between this and M is the noise. up until the 3 minute and 11 second mark, we hear nothing but the sound of the train chugging and screeching along. there is also a bit of unintentional sexual innuendo, as the train enters the tunnel and the men make gestures to each other with their hands that could be perverse in nature. the build-up of the music as the train slows down signifies the achievement in reaching their destination. but the empty platform is eerie and foreboding, and might suggest that this ride is their last.
  6. i have to admit, this is the first time i've ever seen M (or any part of it), so i suppose it's best to begin with the intro scene. from what's going on here, the residents live in an urban working class area. the longshot of the balcony railing shows a house in need of repair. but it seems like there is little money for repairs, let alone things like games and books. thus, the children must come up with their own amusement, even if it does seem a bit morbid. the mother (i think that was the woman carrying up the load of laundry) goes about her routine, fixing a snack for her daughter who is d
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