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  1. Gilda is like other characters Rita played (Elsa Bannister in The Lady from Shanghai, Ann Shankland from Separate Tables) and a lot like the real Rita - a stunningly gorgeous woman that became whatever the men around her projected on to her, someone who was sad and lonely inside who could rely on her looks but they never got her what she reallly wanted. Gilda wields her sexual power in this scene but she doesn't really seem to be enjoying herself, she's just putting on a performance for Johnny to let him know she's literally taking the gloves off if he wants a war with her. Her earlier v
  2. When the main character you are supposed to sympathize with is "guilty" enough to go to jail, a clever way to get you to identify with him is to take on his face since he doesn't have one yet. You absolutely do feel like you are about to get caught with him. Really clever.
  3. This is a good observation - I have read Somerset Maugham's short stories and the whole chunk of them set in the south pacific are all about people who think of themselves as normal and level-headed, but dropped into this "foreign" land that to them is really wild and where they are the outsiders who don't understand the language, customs, landscape, weather,etc., they show their real characters when dramatic events happen. Nature usually is the only unbiased witness. Away from the U.S. or England, they're not only vulnerable to being taken advantage of but also can act unlike their known
  4. I agree - it can be difficult to separate out our knowledge that this is a movie about a child murderer from the details of the opening scenes, but I agree that the initial shot in itself isn't creepy. It only becomes troublesome in the context of the mothers' conversation and the wanted poster.
  5. I agree - I would say that the film noir movies I have seen share a very fatalistic philosophy about life (that life is unfair, it will kick you when you're down, it doesn't matter how good a person you are you can get caught up in evil without even trying, you never know who you can trust in this world, etc.), whereas horror films generally end up with good guys vs. bad guys (and good wins.)
  6. The opening sequence is interesting to me because everything is lit very clearly and the camera's focus is very clear as well. In most film noir films that I have seen, the camera plays with lots of shadows strategically placed to obscure the truth or characters faces but in this opening sequence, the horror is right out in the open, which makes it seem even more frightening when it appears as the shadow on the poster. Everyone is afraid of the dark, but when evil comes out in the daytime, it makes it seem like there's nowhere safe to hide.
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