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Everything posted by loraineferreira

  1. I had never seen The Lady Vanishes before, but when I was watching it I was immediately reminded of the movie Flightplan, directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Jodie Foster. The storyline is very similar.
  2. I like knowing that Miles Davis and his players improvised the score while watching the scenes. They add the layer of their emotions expressed in their music. We have a multi-layered shared emotional experience with both the characters and the musicians.
  3. Another aspect of social commentary of this time links to the media of film and television itself. The growing tabloid culture of movies and television created expectations (mostly false) of 'making it big' in entertainment or sports. These two characters have both bought into these dreams and are struggling with the reality of life as harder and unglamorous, and blaming each other for their perceived 'failure'. It's interesting that this tabloid culture has only grown, widening to include social media, and our society still reveres the stars of sport and entertainment over a regular, reasonab
  4. Although Kathie seems like a femme fatale, I sense there is also a deep sadness in her, and she is definitely guarded when approached by Robert Mitchum's character. He too seems to speak with melancholy. Is it genuine or a ruse to get Kathie to open up to him?
  5. There are couple of moments in this scene where Veda and Mildred move into a squared off position, directly confronting each other. This non-verbal signal is like choreography in a dance; sharp, directional, powerful and serves to incrementally wind up the tension toward the altercation on the stairs.
  6. In 'M' the children's game is in a circle, with a little girl pointing to each child, akin to a clock's minute hand. I think there is a parallel to the clock in 'Ministry of Fear' - in that life happens regardless of when the minutes or hours pass on the clock. We try to prepare but we can't control it.
  7. The detective is private, he's out for his own interests and those of his clients, but is there a balance with doing the 'right' thing? There is moral ambiguity which keeps us guessing - who should we trust?
  8. In the past I've paid more attention to the technical aspects of film noir, the look and feel of the film, but I am intrigued by the theme of disillusionment in the scripts. Dark Passage's small scene, where a single mother and lonely man connect and discuss their views on society, is overheard by Vincent/Allen and propels him to call Irene and make future plans. In M, the underbelly of the city bands together out of self-preservation, but with an underlying concern for the children and their families. I'm going to continue to watch for this theme in other films noir. Despite the disillusi
  9. Yes, reminds me of Sunset Boulevard, another great opening with the use of voice over narration.
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