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  1. Well there is no mistaking the classic noir techniques in this scene. I'll say up front, this is NOT one of my favorite films and it is for one thing.....that annoying music, it distracts me through the entire film. I have watched this film once......so I'll discuss the music first and get it out of the way. I think the music was there to not only give us a European feel, but to almost make light of the situation. There is no dark feeling in this music no sound of impending doom, but a light continuous sound of someone playing a game, someone toying with other people....it is unusual for n
  2. LOL, my first thought after viewing this scene....."His itchy feet are gone...." Frank strikes me as a lonely post war soldier, out of the service and no ties. He's looking for a life to build. He's a traveler as happens in so many noir films but this one I suspect has seen the horrors of war and is trying to come out on the other side. There is no snarky P.I. here, just a guy who is looking for something but he doesn't know what.....his first mistake.... The DA who picked him up is a good guy and truly concerned about him and his views on life.....I sense honor in him and a caring f
  3. As we enter this scene I see several parallels to Maltese Falcon. First we have the large room where our characters will eventually go through their dialogue. Then we have our two obviously unsavory characters in search of a treasure, this time on opposing sides. Lorre's character looks haggard as he enters the apartment and finds it ransacked. As he is surveying the damage, out of the dark room walks Greenstreet, pistol in hand to both shock and confront Lorre's character. The dialogue between them is priceless. Greenstreet is certainly the master of "prose" and doesn't disappoint in th
  4. Out of the darkness is one of the best examples of film noir we will find. It is not one of my favorites-story wise- but an excellent example. I have watched it a number of times and still find fascination with the use of light the personality and character traits of the characters and the unexpectedness of our femme fatale. She is so believable and we want to believe......but oh are we disappointed......why isn't it one of my favorite story lines, because I wanted the happy ending. I wanted to see Jeff with the women he loved so much, but this story is ill fated and I continue to be disap
  5. The Big Sleep……I watched that movie about 10 times I think before I could actually figure out the plot! That movie is a chaotic mess!!! Okay now to discussion- The comparison between Spade and Marlowe is fairly distinct for me. Obviously we don’t have our fair-haired man of the devil here, but Bogey pulls off the suave affect needed, and deals successfully with Carmen, his first female challenge in this film. There is one thing to note here…..no one but Bogey could have been paired up with Bacall in this movie and we all know it. Fortunately Bogie is the kind of actor that can take on
  6. au contrer......Carmen is a grown up girl.....she knows exactly what she is doing....she is looking for attention....she knows how to get it,.....generally from slimy and lecherous men, much to the chagrin of her daddy....
  7. Okay, I’ve seen these sort of entries into noirs before and although it is quite well done cinematography-wise, it’s pretty much a snoozer as a noir opener…..I have not seen this movie so I have no further insight on the movie itself. If I had the opportunity to watch it before, I probably never made it past the opener…LOL….and if I have watched it before it was obviously forgettable for me. I most definitely agree with the assertion that the fly over filming is quite beautiful and it gives us an idea of just how vast the agricultural areas of California are. We have no indication from ou
  8. WD - agreed, those mistakes and finding them are part of the entertainment for me. It's like a game and you get a bonus story with it.....were we born to be detectives in some dark film noir? Perhaps......
  9. LOL, I have that figured out.....I watch the movies over and over....I always get new stuff to analyze and ponder out of them....
  10. J - it's so funny.....to me the analysis, the trying to figure out the twists and turns, solving the puzzles, running through the dark alleys with the characters, the scary shadows, the scary music, that is the entertainment to me. I think some people are born to analyze, I believe I am one of them. I do love to look for the "mistakes" in film, but I will say this, most of the stuff my family watches, bores me to tears. I need something to tear apart and figure out....why I am that way I don't know, but noir certainly fills that need for me.
  11. I have to admit I have these same feelings and have been accused by family as well of being overly critical. It just amazes me so how these certain films can truly draw me in and affect me! It is film noir that has done that. Most films I have figured out about 10 minutes after the opening and then I can settle in and enjoy how the director and cast get to the end I already have figure out.... Film noir is different, it's the twists, the turns, the play of shadow and light, everything in these movies that keeps one guessing and unsure of things that are usually quite predictable in film. I
  12. The Killers is one of the great examples of that true film noir feeling. In this scene we can immediately sense the European influence. The killers have come to town....(so cool to see Bill Conrad in old time movies!) and are attempting to intimidate the guy at the diner. We are soon to find out their tactics don't work. Their tactics are quite gestapo in nature, mixed with mob...one has to wonder if the film maker may have experienced some of this treatment himself before coming to the US. The music is also quite dramatic, another European trait. I have seen a lot of that tendency to over
  13. Gilda is a classic film Noir…..the story has so many twists and turns it’s hard to keep up with them all! In this scene we see our femme fatale has already brought down her man (Glenn Ford) from a long time ago…..and the fireworks have been going on since they encountered each other again. This particular scene is full of steam and sexiness there is no doubt, but there is so much more to this scene. Gilda is absolutely in a full state of rebellion during this performance, she is a caged bird, and she doesn’t like it, so she is going to get back at her captor. Richard has asked us to tak
  14. Interesting take and I have seen this same thought from many posts this morning.....it seems to me they have an interchanging struggle for power in this scene. It is Vida who has been in control of things to this point.....then we see a change.....Vida rises from the couch and openly insults mom, mom stops her and takes (what we think) will be her last stance as a weak mom by grabbing Vida's handbag and tearing up the check, Vida slaps her and them mom once again takes charge by ordering Vida out of the house (with a threat of death no less)......we see a moment where the insolence in Vida's
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