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  1. The song here is about assigning blame (or taking credit depending on how you look at it) for destruction, ruin and chaos. The use of this song is a clever way for both the director and the character to foreshadow and prepare viewers regarding the character’s actions and what’s to come. Rather than just coming right out and saying, “Warning, this character will be wreaking havoc,” the song lets us know exactly what to expect. Music is incredibly powerful as an influence to the development of film noir. Not only can it create a mood and drive the action, it engages the viewer, controlling ou
  2. I think the “cynical and twisted” noir influence that was most glaring to me from this scene was that even the most seemingly lovely, adorable person on the outside as in the case of the daughter could be so ugly and toxic and sociopathic on the inside. As has been noted about the noir style, “not everything is as it seems” and this is a prime example. We expect the girl to be sweet and good because of her petite size and how she looks when very shockingly and harshly we (along with her mother) discover that she’s as evil as any of the worst monsters we could imagine in our nightmares. And
  3. There’s definitely that feeling of anticipation in both movies, that we’re waiting for something to happen, but no creepy little kids playing a scary game in this one. Though, how much creepier can you get than a mental asylum at midnight? The clock in both movies demonstrates the passing of time; in M the dread that something bad has occurred as the mother waits and waits for her daughter and with each passing minute the realization for all of us that the worst has occurred. While in this movie, the passing of time brings a good turn of events for the character-freedom after a long incarcera
  4. It was helpful and fun to read the comments of others to help process the scene, so I don’t have a lot of fresh insight to add. This “new kind of detective” does things his way, which may or may not be legal, he’s not necessarily a good guy or a friend of the police and sees his work as a business venture/opportunity. He may not be a hero in the conventional sense because he has flaws, which we may or may not learn the reasons for. Yet we're drawn to him, he's intriguing. The sharp, fast paced dialogue between Phillip Marlowe and the young woman was also notable as she’s instantly introduce
  5. I think Dana Andrew’s McPherson engages the viewer so successfully in those first few minutes because he’s not like the typical smooth, confident detective we may be accustomed to from earlier types of films. Although there is sharp and witty dialogue, there is no light hearted banter or carefree quips. He’s not polished and suave. We really do pick up on the fact this guy is incredibly flawed in just these brief few minutes and the fact that he’s so emotionally scarred is what keeps his character from being merely a “thinking machine.” Instead his character adds an additional level of
  6. I couldn't agree more or have said it better, Tess. D! This approach really engages us as viewers and draws us into the action so we become invested in the character and his outcome. We can’t help but be conflicted by the fact that he’s probably a bad guy considering he just broke out of prison but since we’re seeing things from his point of view, we feel his desperation and panic and we’re really anxious for him (and ourselves) to succeed. We want this character to get away, where if we’d actually observed him in a more traditional, movie making manner, we might have been more judgmental ab
  7. The opening grabs the viewer immediately and doesn’t let go. It sets up a feeling of anticipation right away. I loved how the camera was mounted outside the train, so it really draws the viewer in as if we too are riding on the train with the engineers, really engaging us right away. I think this film’s contribution to the film noir is that of bringing the viewer immediately into the scene, so that we are immediately invested. When the darkness of the tunnel occurred, I found myself holding my breath, even dreading what was going to happen next and wondering what we would see on the other si
  8. The opening is a surprise because you don’t expect to see Bette Davis, the female star of the movie, follow a man from the house shooting him repeatedly and excessively in the back in the opening seconds. That’s not usually the way we expect our heroines in movies to behave. For this reason, it seems this approach really had to have shocked audiences when the movie first premiered and they didn’t know what was about to happen. Because based on this small piece of the movie, the audience realizes this may be a beautiful woman, but she’s not necessarily going to be a good, likeable character,
  9. Despite having children playing and people working, going about their everyday business, not everything is as it seems, there's something dark and evil just beneath the surface of normalcy. Or maybe there’s really no such thing as normalcy, it’s just something we’ve made up for the sake of self preservation when the real normal is that evil things and evil people exist everywhere. The children’s playing seems sweet until we realize what game they are playing, what words the girl is saying. And of course they're young and innocent and most likely they don't truly understand, but still, as an ob
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