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Noirnado

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  1. 1. How does Hitchcock use montage or expressive editing to add vitality and rhythm to this scene? To start this appears to be a tense scene were there are 2 rooms, one with a party and the other where men are talkin. The women dancing gets more frantic as the tension grows. 2. As is the case with a lot of German Expressionist films, in this scene, there are many shots that are very subjective and put us into the psychological mind of a main character. Please note the various techniques Hitchcock uses to create that feeling of subjectivity. The use of the dancers mimicking the anger of the
  2. 1. Compare the opening of The Lodger to the opening of The Pleasure Garden - what similarities and differences do you see between the two films? Both openings start fast and draw you into the story. 2. Identify elements of the "Hitchcock style" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Even if you are not sure if it is the "Hitchcock style," what images or techniques stand out in your mind as powerful storytelling? Or images that provide an excess of emotion? The fact that there are so few title or speaking cards allows the story to flow and this world to develop. Instead of a sp
  3. Last day of Summer Of Darkness, working from home so I can have it on in the background. Looking forward to the heist films tonight especially Brute Force! Never seen Party girl so hepefully I can catch that one as well.
  4. I absolutely agree, I was lucky enough to see both on the big screen at TCM fest (Cry Danger a few years ago) and both of them at this past Noir City KC.
  5. If we are making recommendations. I would say Cry Danger with Dick Powell and The Prowler with Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. Both are little known Noirs that the Film Noir Foundation saved and restored.
  6. What can I say about Criss Cross, it is one of the great noirs, right up ther with Gilda and the Maltese Falcon. Also, the close-ups of Yvonne De Carlo - best use of film ever! Noir themes in the opening scene is the over head shot of the darkend city, \cutting the couple in the parking lot embrassing each other, only to find that the Yvonne is married to Dan Duryea, Right off the bat we see a love tryst and we know Mr, Murphy is going to step in... I just don't want to give too much away.. I'm feeling a bit saddened that this is the last daily dose and our collective look into noir is com
  7. Existentialism in film - Hell is...... As Sartre wrote "Hell is other people" and going by this clip if you are Sam Levene's character you would have to agree. The hopelessness of the scene Sam is tied down and knows a beating is coming unless he gives up information. The tention builds as the Wagner is turned up and the rubber pipe is brought into view, we then cut to the other room and can hear the beating begin as the other officers become uncomfortable (as they should) we then are brought back to a bloody Sam. We then get the hopelessness of the Hume Cronyn chacter as he does his thing to
  8. Poor Raymond Burr, he just wants his hiests to go according to plan. A couple of things that make this a stand out scene. First is the fact you never see the blows you can hear them and some how that always makes it worse. The other is the swinging over head light and the way ii rotates through the scene causing light and shadows through out the end of the scene,
  9. Don't have a lot on this subject. I can say the music in the clip reminds me of Harlem Nocturne - (The Mike Hammer T.V. series theme) Both are very haunting and almost risque, much like the films we are discussing.
  10. It is nice to see an opening to a film I have not seen yet. The film throughs a lot at you in just a few minutes. The noir themes and elements are; a crime - the dead body, man on the run, the opening is a bit light but uses the long over head shot of the train yeard along with the quick cuts to Ryan and the wheels. As far as the Salvation Army playing, my quess is a set up that everythiung is good and ok in the world, then you ge tthe dead body and the race in on.
  11. The use of the written dialog scrolling on the screen creates a style of voice over (at least for me) As it goes we see key words that clue us into what is going to happen in the film, The term perfect crime is used to grab attention and it does work and I get drawn in and want to see that happens next. Also in this scene we see that time is going to be a major star of this picture, from the outside clock to the wrist-watch used - they get more screen time than any credited stars to this point. We "the viewer" are taken into the what looks like the planning phase of the heist and start to
  12. Working from home again this Friday, and unfotuately, I am on call so not sure how much I will get to see today. Iam hoping things slow down so I can watch Red Light and The Hitch-Hiker later this evening!
  13. All four of the daily doses this week share a few themes. Main character being hidden - whether by a shadowy backseat or just seeing a back walking down a dimmly lit corridor. The background music is foreboding and on the edge of eerie. There is no build up you are dropped into the action and better hold on as it is not going to get any better. All four of these "opening scenes" grab you and make you want to watch what happens next.
  14. Lesson number one NEVER pick up hitch hiker! Ida Lupino masterfully sets up this scene from the lone car driving down the highway at night. The way you only see the legs of the man in the shadows to build tention. The complete darkness of the back seat and the character has to move to highlight his face and gun. To the wsay the hitch hiker takes over and becomes the focus of the scene. The tough guy talk and the way he says his name makes you believe he is someone you should know and avoid at all costs. Makes me want to call in sick and watch the whole movie today...
  15. Things I have picked up from watching this scene. Christina (Cloris Leachman) is isolated and desperate. It's not everyday you run down a busy highway in nothing but an overcoat. Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) is compationate and almost the white knight coming in to save the damsel in distress. For a side note always loved the reverse roll of the credits in this movie, just something different.
  16. I prefer a Brass Knuckle! Slug of Bourbon or Rye Ginger Ale splash of soda water served in a rocks glass over ice no garnish because garnishes are for dames and gunsels! However, if you would like a garnish try a lime wedge or peel.
  17. Of all the Marlowe adaptations this is my least favorite as well. It is one of my favorite Chandler novels, but the film is just blahhhh. I've been waiting to see peoples take on the movie and unique filming style.
  18. Working from home today, so I have Summer of Darkness on in the background. Luckily I should be off in time to start with one of my favorites - The Set Up. Also looking forward to seeing The Mask Of Dimitrios and Berlin Express. For those of you not as familiar with Noir, make time to catch the unique filming style used in The Lady In The Lake. Looking forward to reading some posts about this from first time viewers.
  19. As I am joining the party late on this one, others have stated my opinions. I agree with The Working Dead that this is one of the best films not just noir. only other thing I can say is four words Orson Welles - Joseph Cotton.
  20. Cain had a way of writing evil woman that is second to none, and it is hard not to compare this scene to Stanwyck's in Double Indemnity since the stories are pretty much the same. As stated this was an A picture and you get that with the production value. Going by this scene alone you would have a hard time telling it is a Noir, except when you get that pan up of Lana's legs and you just know that Garfield is in trouble.
  21. Great scene, For a B picture, the set design is first rate. Lorre and Greenstreet were paired together some many times because it work. The Dialog is upbeat and witty and delivered perfectly by the two vetran actors. If it wasn't for the gun in Greenstreet's hand or the disheveled appearance of the room, you would think it was two old friends catching up. Also get the noir feeling by the lower lit room casting a darkness over the scene and allowing the showdows to creep in.
  22. As others have stated, the voice that is used to fil the watcher in, is a noir trademark and also lets you know that jeff is acting like a PI trying to track down Kathie. As for the film of Kathie's entrance, It is dream like - the shape coming in from the light and slowly comes into focus in the darkness, makes you wonder if Kathie will turn out to be good or bad and makes you want to watch the rest of the film to find out.
  23. The BigSleep - what can I say about it. As I've stated before, I found Film Noir from the novels of Chandler and Hammet. The opening scene here holds pretty close to the novel. (see opening paragraphs below) Marlowe enters and within a few minueswe see that he likesto crack wise and yet when it comes ot a case he does his research. He likesto toy with those around him to see what he can find out. Trust me I can go on and on, but I would be repeating what others have already stated. I would like to say that for those of you who are confused by the movie don't feel bad, Chandler took two of
  24. Unfotunately, this scene is just way to iconic for me to see it with fresh eyes. When femme fatale is listed in the dictionary there is a picture of Gilda next to it. If she can't win she will take him down with her. On a side note, Years later an interviewer asked Rita what held up that black dress, her reply was "two things". So just keep calm and Put the Blame on Mame
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