I am pretty late to the fray, but due to a very busy day I am just now able to begin watching the fiilms, I did watch La Bete Humaine and thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the course material to come later.
Were you surprised by what happens in the opening scene of The Letter? Of course I was surprised by what occurred in this scene. I have always believed that setting the tone of the story in a shocking way is a sure fire way to set the tone for what is to come as the movie unfolds before you. This is an important contribution to the film noir style by allowing us a quick snapshot of the archetype we are familiar with in a shocking way as the first scene. This scene sets us onto the path of wondering what is to come, what is the back story of this woman and the man she killed in what "