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Franklin

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  1. Darkness and light seem to be the theme throughout this incredible picture - one of my favorites for many reasons. The darkness of the murder and the mind set of the murderer which is played out throughout the movie and the moonlight with its clarity,also seen throughout the film, are juxtaposed together until the final scene. Noir captures this eternal struggle between the darkness of evil and at times the tortured search for truth.
  2. I was thinking of the many train scenes from film noir movies of the forties and early fifties: "Narrow Margin", "Strangers on a Train",the end scene in "Shadow of a Doubt", etc and how this early film reflects the origins of the romance of the train hurtling into an unknown destiny. The scene where the two trains pass each other are replicated in so many films - noir and other wise, but always creating tension and a sense of anticipation.
  3. The opening scene creates the darkness and angularity so familiar to noir. Shadows, dark stairwells, the vertical lines of the railings mirroring the linear circle of children - disconnected, yet somehow together and vulnerable. The overall feeling is one of alienation and unease. The dark shadow of the man in wait of a victim is quite expected at this point.
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