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  1. Laura is such an amazing film. How is the opening scene a "charming character study of furnishings and faces"? First of all, we are first introduced to Lydecker via voice-over while the camera pans the fastidiously appointed items in his elegant apartment. His surroundings and his diction already tell us a lot about who he is, and while we may not have expected to see him sitting there in his tub at first, it doesn't exactly surprise us. The conversation between Andrews and Webb is mostly one-sided (on Webb's part, with Andrews grunting a few words) but their body language (and Andrews'
  2. Wow, what a great opening! It had me riveted from the start and now I want to see the rest of the movie! The perspective was a little jarring at first, transferring between around Bogart and then turning into his perspective. But I get why Daves did that - in order for us to see what was going on before turning it into Bogart's POV. Really cool start - can't wait to see the rest of it!
  3. I'm really looking forward to watching this one again. It's a favorite of my Mom's (who's a huge classic movie fan - it's where I got my passion from!) but the first time I saw it I was SO underwhelmed. So I'm excited to give it another shot (so to speak.) So no, I was not surprised by what happened, but I can certainly see how jarring it can be for a first-time viewer. You can practically feel the heat and humidity, and the thick but peaceful air. The bird (John Woo?) taking off at the first shot, then the dogs and workers responding to the second...third...fourth, and then finally Be
  4. While I get that the camera work was amazing, and I loved that we had a four minute opening with no dialogue, only gestures and monosyllabic grunts, I'm bummed that I don't get why this was such a transcendent scene. From a Noir perspective, I get it - it was dark and gritty. (Almost grimy) And that the shrieking of the train and loud noises were intended to be jarring. Maybe when I see the film this weekend as a whole the genius of this scene will become more apparent.
  5. This film has always been a favorite of mine - it's so deliciously dark! I love through the fluid camera movements, Lang not only introduces us to the murderer, but we also gain a sense of dread when introduced to the mother of the eventual victim. You know that since she's SO eagerly anticipating her child's return from school that tragedy will strike. But he also tells a story without a direct narrative. We find out that a child killer is on the loose through a child's ghoulish schoolyard song, two offhand remarks and a poster affixed to a pole. It's this simplicity, along with the n
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