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  1. This is one of my favorite movies too. I never remember concentrating on the opening until Bette Davis shots. I was reminded of Joseph VonSternberg here in terms of lighting. Also, the natives reminded me of films made by documentary filmmakers in England in the 30s. The film had a very European flavor to it. I also was struck by the political implications in the opening shot. Colonialism and racism were very striking to me. Wyler escaped Germany and it showed in his cinematography which centered around the apparent reference to the natives being culturally inferior to the colonial murder
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