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  1. The thing that really stands out to me here is the audio--is she crying? Is she panting? Is she intentionally making herself sound both sexual and helpless? Does she even realize what she sounds like? I also thought that, combined with the audio, the first thirty seconds or so where she tries to flag down a passing car really built up this feeling of desperation and need to escape, and then once someone stopped, the continued gasping/panting/crying felt relieved and exhausted. It's brilliant the way the context of what we're being shown changes ever so subtly the tone of what we're hearin
  2. I think Mildred Pierce has a relationship to noir similar to that of Casablanca. It has a lot of the same thematic elements--love affairs gone awry, passionate speeches and emotions, the darker lighting and color choices, the creeping feeling that all is not as it seems. I do think Mildred Pierce is thematically closer to noir than Casablanca is--the blackmail and the violent tension between the mother and daughter vs. the romantic tension and long, silent desperation of Rick and Ilsa--but I'm not convinced based off this clip alone that Mildred Pierce quite fits under the heading of "fil
  3. I found it interesting that Ray Milland's character seemed at once terrified and mesmerized by the passing of time. He clearly wanted time to pass, but he also seemed fearful of the moment when he was finally free, and the moment when he steped out of the asylum gates. He seems afraid of being alone, too, opting for London during the Blitz rather than somewhere quieter. We're not given any context for this in the clip itself, only that he was somehow mixed up with the police and ended up in the asylum instead of in jail, and that he feels no remorse or guilt over whatever it was that hap
  4. I kept thinking about Dick Powell in this movie today. There's something about him that's always appealed to me, but seeing him act such a hard-edged character, rougher and less polished than his matinee-idol characters had been . . . I don't know, something about his performance here really catches the attention and keeps you interested. Someone else mentioned that he movies like a dancer, and I think that sensibility has a lot to do with it, but I also feel like there's a carelessness to both his performance and the character that are highly appealing and refreshing to an audience who (
  5. I think what interests me most about Phillip Marlowe (Dick Powell) in this clip is that he doesn't hesitate to treat Miss Grayle like a suspect and not a lady. He knows before he even walks into the office that she's not a reporter, and as soon as he knows what she wants and sees what information she has that he doesn't his whole persona changes and he goes from passive, almost tired man to aggressively locking the door, spilling her purse, holding her in place while he searches her purse, questioning her. He doesn't treat her like a lady because he doesn't think she deserves that respect.
  6. I found it interesting that the way Waldo's house is furnished is both indicative of his social standing in life and a contrast to how he actually looks. I was expecting someone less skinny and shriveled, someone grander, but Waldo seemed small compared to his house and his furnishings. He also seemed small compared to McPherson. Another interesting point is that McPherson almost immediately caught my interest and sympathy, while Waldo seemed pompous and arrogant and distant. This might be because I am quite fond of Dana Andrews, but I thought the contrast between McPherson and Waldo wa
  7. Having just watched The Letter, I feel like the opening scene(s) do drop hints as to Leslie Crosbie's guilt/innocence. There's a lot of subtlety in Bette Davis' performance that you can pick up on if you're paying attention--the way she looks at the body, for example, and the multiple references throughout the film to how amazing it is that she can always remember the same details in the same way. I think the first time I watched the movie it was more surprising when we reached the end and she confessed, but I remember the surprise came more from the fact that Leslie admitted guilt on her
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