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  1. Karlson shows boxing through cinema as an epic duel between two men who get hurt, bloodied and knocked down. Everything is very kinetic and exciting. With television, Karlson shows boxing as almost static, much smaller in scale and not a big deal at all. Ernie seems to really want to provide for Pauline. The boxing injury derailed his big portion of his livelihood and manhood as well. Pauline is completely toxic and never stops putting Ernie down and puffing herself up. The most notable element of noir in the scene came when Ernie sat down after admitting his boxing career was over. This shows Pauline in a position of power over Ernie. Also, it shows a man who will do anything to have money like he did before. Crime or murder is sure to follow.
  2. It seems to me that Van Heflin is in a position of power and uses Kirk Douglas to suit his own needs. Van Heflin lusts for Barbara Stanwyck and I would guess he would go to any extremes to obtain her. Kirk Douglas is jealous of his wife and has something that Heflin wants. From just seeing this scene. I would expect murder, maybe blackmail, femme fatale and a love triangle. Gun Crazy really reminds me of the same sort of locale.
  3. The obvious difference it that the couple here are a couple of innocents who just so happen to have a bag of money thrown in their car by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sort of a mom and pop have a bag of money tossed at them. The whole deal of going from rags to riches was a popular post-war time theme as it had happened to so many people before. Maybe not to the extent that the couple in Too Late for Tears had happen to them. I think for me that the introduction of the innocents unlike so many other film noirs would really draw in an audience. How many people in real life would welcome such an unexpected delivery.
  4. Hitchcock's rhythm seems much more relaxed. It's as if you know exactly how and why everything plays out and he will get there when deemed necessary. I would say for lack of a better word, Robert Walker comes on as a femme fatale with Farley Granger as the innocent. This presents people in different roles than normal, which is par for the course for Hitchcock. I wholeheartly agree that Hitchcock is a special case with noir. He was presenting and using noir techniques in most of his films. So even though most aren't considered noir, Hitchcock was a major innovator in the field.
  5. The first parallel I see is the use of movement in the Daily Does. All of them leading to a certain doom for the character. There is also the theme of loss of freedom or self. The strongest motif is the insignificance of man. By having someone report there own murder, it is illustrating this to the highest degree. It also point to a society that has become so jaded that someone saying this, is basically being humored. The high lighting and endless halls show how hopeless everything is. Heck, it seems to takes days to get through the police station and they are supposed to be on our side.
  6. By having all the action take place in a cage, caged vehicle, we are seeing what is in store for these women. The vehicle also imparts a claustrophobic feeling and shows what little freedom these women will have. The social realism of Warner Bros. works for this film because it really shows what a women's prison is really like. Nothing glamourous, far from it, these ladies are just trying to survive each day. It also shows all the injustices going on behind bars. The substance of noir is appropriate has it is depicting a film dealing with the worst out of people, looking to take advantage of each other. Also, by being in such a closed envronment set design and lighting can be used to optimal effect.
  7. One of the major ideas of this movies is fear. The escaped con is using fear to keep the other two at bay. Having your freedom taken away is another theme. Lighting and staging are used to great effect as the con is hidden in shadows, especially his face at the very beginning. Another great effect of lighting is the con emerging from the shadows into the bright light and makes his announcement. Also the use of the flashlight to highlight what the con is looking at. The staging has the two men in the front and the con in back at all times. Both movies are similiar in that they both have someone of questionable character getting a ride from a stranger. Cloris Leachman is not in the shadows as is the con from Hitch-Hiker. Both are effective in introducing a major player right at the beginning of the film in a tense situation.
  8. A major theme is the damsel in distress. She will draw Mike Hammer into a ever escalating situation. We learn Christina escaped from an an insane asylum. So we don't really know what to thing about her. She could be crazy or it could be a frame up. Spillane is the private detective to the nth degree. He is so hard boiled, but he has to be for this story as it is so amped up. The backward crawling credits and the detective almost literally running into trouble.
  9. Harry Lime's entrance is so effective in that he is framed in total darkness only to have a woman oper her window to reveal Harry and the coy little smile. The realistic touches come from the location shooting and people such as the policemen approaching Joseph Cotton as crazy. The formalist touches come from the lighting off of wet cobblestone. Also, the overpowering zither music and very subjective camera angles.
  10. John Garfield's entrance is unassuming and humble. Which is what his character is like. On the other hand, Lana Turner almost explodes with sexual energy. She is probably the sexiest femme fatale we have seen so far. This is a woman who is used to get anything she wants by any means. Obviously the femme fatale and the sucker are the main noir elements. The film seems to have a much glossier look to it and the budget to go along.
  11. Peter Lorre enters as a man down on his luck. Greenstreet enters as one fully in charge asking all the questions. As they interact, it comes down to a meeting of two equals, each wanting answers from the other. The biggest thing to me was the extreme closeup of Greenstreet filling up the screen. After this Lorre is shown filling barely half the scene. When compared with the other films Greenstreet also seems to be in power only to have it taken away.
  12. The scene uses the noir touches by having most of the action happen indoors where there are shadows everywhere. There is also some shadows used in the sunlight. From just the scene alone, Jane Greer seems to be the femme fatale and Mitchum seems to be the one likely to take the fall for her. The most important aspect is the one listed above. Using noir techniques in the daytime.
  13. Bogart as Marlowe seems to be more cerebral. You can sense him taking everything in and analyzing it. We learn that Marlowe went to college, got fired from his last job for insubordination and that he is a private detective or shamus. Spade seems to survive more by his instincts and plays rougher than Marlowe. The opening of The Big Sleep contributes to film noir in establishing the layout of the film right from the opening. There is no wasted energy.
  14. Throughout the beginning of the clip, everything is presented in an upbeat and optimistic way. Basically, work hard and the American dream will happen. At the very end of the clip the lighting goes dark as we see illegal immigrants sneaking through to the US. This shows an unwanted element that will inevitably lead to danger. The documentary style contributes to show how this could happen to you. Everything seems so realistic that we can believe the events we are seeing on the screen. Also the voice-over became a big part of film noir. The most important contribution is the interjection of realism and the use of voice-over.
  15. From German Expressionism I see the use of shadow and light and also a sense of fatalism. The music also plays a large part in the film. At the diner, everything is portrayed in realistic fashion with no music, realistic lighting and editing. When it switched to the Swede's room, there is music, moody use of lighting and more editing. An especially important contribution to the genre is the use of realism. Also it is yet another film heavily influenced by German Expressionism.
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