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  1. I see similarly between M and Ministry of Fear in the aspect of using everyday situations to build tension, You see the clock and Ray Milland sitting there. In essence he is leaving s place and going to London, you don't know what his past is or even where he currently is at. Yet the lighting, and the ticking of the clock build an expectation of suspense. I think the use of lighting, the discussion about it not being wise to go to London, and then seeing that he is leaving an asylum creates the suspense of film noir. You don't know what his past his but expect to learn it.
  2. The 1929 version is available on DVD from Warner Archive. I have never seen the film so I am not sure how it compares. Maybe that is another course, comparing original and remakes.
  3. You mention Marlowe and Spade. Both existed in various mediums. The stories of Chandler and Hammett, films like The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon, and the radio shows. Obviously film noir is a visual medium but elements might be present in "the theater of the mind", old time radio. Think about the use of music and sound in the films and compare that to the OTR shows. There are a lot of Marlowe films that TCM will be airing.
  4. Having seen this film several years ago I was initially shocked at the use of the first person POV but having seen other uses of it in both film, Lady in the Lake, and even an episode of MASH on TV, it now isn't so unique. Rare, yes but not unknown. I don't think that it was super successful in this case. The initial establishing shot of the barrel and hands detracted from the later first person POV's use. Had the entire thing been done in first person, with just seeing his view out of the barrel, and perhaps having him look down at it after going down the hill to establish the prison
  5. As someone else mentioned, I have never been a big Bette Davis fan so I wasn't sure how I would feel about even watching the scene. I found it interesting, with the opening once again, similar to the last "Daily Dose" establishing a sense of normal life. Unlike the last though this scene is shattered by gunshots. I liked the use of the moonlight that is covered by the clouds and results in the foreboding sense of darkness but then the clouds pass and the light emerges once more. As Davis turns to look at the moon as the light returns it seems to foreshadow the idea that she has s
  6. The scene seems to establish a sense of everyday working life aboard a train. With the fire being seen first it makes you wonder about the possibility of fire in the film. As the music at the end builds I expected some calamity to befall the train itself. Perhaps the train is bringing the calamity?
  7. Having not seen this film previously I wondered about the opening. It seems to be establishing a sense of normal, everyday life aboard the train with the exception that you expect something to happen since this is an opening in a noir film. The use of the music, as the train pulls in, builds to a crescendo. It almost seems happy but you wonder how long that will last.
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