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  1. I will admit that I watched it and kind of felt like it was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. I kept thinking that there had to be more than I was getting. I did like the realistic approach in the documentary style. Seeing the faces of the immigrants trying to get in legally was pretty discomforting. It felt like too many people and not enough to go around. There was something menacing about it. Then talking about the people who choose to go rogue in getting into America? I could tell that trouble was a'brewing!
  2. I felt that Rita Hayworth came across as a bit manic. Her performance felt very much on the edge as she was singing, but very much in control afterwards. I haven't seen Gilda yet (but I'm setting up the DVR to help me out!). This scene is about all I have seen of it, but I know it's an iconic performance. I'm excited to see it! In terms of music, well, that's going to be a major influence in any film! It guides the audience through the story. It can be quite a manipulative tool at the filmmaker's disposal.Imagine a movie like Psycho without it! I love that jazz is often affiliated with film noir. Jazz always conjures up ideas of the city, the unpredictability of life, and truth. At least I think so.
  3. Laura is, by far, one of the greatest mystery movies ever made (and, coincidentally, a favorite of mine). I love how the audience gets to know Lydecker immediately via his VO and seeing the opulence of his place. We immediately learn how narcissistic and arrogant he is. We see his determination to be the smartest person in the room at all times through these two elements and his conversation with McPherson. He wants to rattle the detective by inviting him in as he takes a bath, having his statement prepared before it's requested, getting dressed as though it it's no big deal that the detective is present. I love the detective's response too. Dana Andrews is the quintessential Noir detective. He's unphased, unimpressed, and unable to be distracted from his purpose in being at Lydecker's. Perfection! There is an ominous feeling immediately. The ticking clock always gets me. I'm noticing that Noir films need little exposition. They'd rather jump to inviting incident and get the story going. It works rather well by engaging the audience immediately. This film does the same. Who is Laura? Why was she murdered? What is her relationship to Lydecker? Why is he so matter-of-fact in the telling of her death? Absolutely brilliant film!
  4. I'm always a fan of 1st person POV. I think it's a great way to tell a story, and while it's harder in a film, it can certainly engage the audience in a way that isn't achieved by other methods. I do think this use of 1st person was effective. The audience feels the tension and the dire need to get away that Henry Fonda's character is feeling. You're on the journey with him, so it kicks off the film with the audience rooting for him to escape. At this point we don't yet know why, but we're sure it is a necessity. Immersing the audience into the story through the use of 1st person was a clever way to set the tone. I'll admit it, my curiosity is piqued. Now that I know he's supposed to be in prison for life because he murdered his wife, I would believe it is linked to that murder (of which I suppose him to be innocent). Granted, I've not seen this film before so I am simply speculating. I'll be interested in finding out if I am correct. I did find it interesting that we saw him in full form under the bridge. It did break from the 1st person POV in order to do so. However, I did enjoy the shot from the barrel's perspective!
  5. The thing that surprised me the most was how incredibly in control Bette Davis was as she shot the man repeatedly in the opening. She was cool, calm, and precise. She maintained that demeanor when she led the men back into the bungalow. I love her acting choices! I think the opening fits in well with the film noir style. She is clearly a femme fatale, and you don't want to cross this woman! The event was unexpected by the other people present, and it completely breaks up the peaceful evening they were experiencing.
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