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  1. I agree the opening is a documentary style, but it has a different feel, perhaps it is Jeff's delivery. It's nice to see noir in the daylight. It brings a new approach. The bright light when Kathy enters is memorizing, as if she is walking on air. The Cantina has subtle shades of light and dark. Both characters are lonely, that is easily seen, but what is Kathy's secret, 40,000? Why is Jeff looking for her? Both characters have secrets.... This scene leaves us intrigued and eager to see what's next.
  2. How does this opening sequence establish Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe? What do we learn about Marlowe in these first few moments of the film? He is professional, more polished than Sam Spade. He is educated , as he says he attended college. he is honest about being fired from the DA's office. He is more accepting of others and I like his personal more than I like Spade. Marlowe is not phased by the flirtatious daughter. He seems unimpressed. As for his meeting the the General, he is forthright and honest with him. When asked what he knows about the general's family, he rattles
  3. What mood or atmosphere—through the visual design and the voiceover narration—is being established in this realistic documentary sequence? The mood that I sense is desolation and a sense of desperation. The land is so vast that it looks like it could easily swallow you up. Large canals that do on forever. And the scene with all the workers pressed up against the fence is extremely powerful. It shows how desperate people are to make a living. The narration is very matter of fact and thus makes the plight of the people very real. What do you think documentary realism adds to the e
  4. I totally missed the aspect of the position of the radio in the scene with the Swede when his friend come to tell him 2 men are looking to kill him. And it is an odd position, but something I have seen in reality. I did notice the sharpness of the cinematography as he burst through the door of the Swede's apartment and the use of the shadow. Realism is when they are in the diner and it changes when he enters the Swede's room to formalism.
  5. What did I notice about Rita Hayworth's performance when watching this scene? She might have been performing in front of a crowd, but the message , song and dance were meant just for Johnny. He hurt her and she wanted to get back at him in public. He thought she was no good, so she played the "Bad Girl!" It was loaded with a raw, smoldering sexuality. What are some of the deeper layers of meaning that are contained in this film noir musical sequence? Besides a woman gone bad, deception, lust, love and hate. In what ways do I think music influenced and contributed to the
  6. I have never been a Joan Crawford fan. She has always come off as looking hard even when she plays feminine roles. Therefore, I have never watched Mildred Pierce. In the scene presented, both women are wearing black and their hair styles are similar in style. Both styles I would call severe. Thus setting their character, a mother who tries to look younger and classer than she is and a daughter that wants to appear more or less a woman. I would call her a femme fatale in this instance. Veda has a dark calculating soul. She will do anything to get what she wants, even lie about being
  7. The swing pendulum of the clock leads you to think that what we are about to see will have an ill fate. The music sounds like impending doom. We know we are waiting for something to happen, but what? What doom can further happen to Ray Milland's character as he tries to resume a normal life? Whatever his fate, his time is running out like the sand in an hourglass. When the shot is panned around the room, it looks dismal. As if time has stood still in this room. And perhaps it has. The lighting is cold and stark as if no one has been living in the room at all. As the main character
  8. he paid me to do a job and protect him and I didn't." This tells me he does abide by some sort of moral code. He says he believes in following through on a job. That indicated that he tried to be as honest as he can depending on a set of circumstances. Marlowe certainly is no Paul Drake (Perry Mason.) He is more harsh and gritty. His clients are not always the cream of the crop, so he has learned to be leery of people. He really does not seem to trust anyone. A film noir detective has to be dark and a little seedy. Otherwise the character would not be interesting. He has to b
  9. In this instance I like the POV effect. The barrel was an interesting effect and got my attention instantly! Even though I knew whose voice it was, I was anxious to see his face.
  10. I love watching Bette Davis, especially films she made earlier in her career. I've had The Letter in my collection for some time, but have never found the time to watch it until today. I was riveted to my seat from the beginning to the end of the movie! Somehow I knew Bette would die by the hands of the widow. It was the way she looked at her with steel cold icy eyes. As if to say, I am not going to let you get away with this! Great way to spend the afternoon!
  11. I have really enjoyed the viewpoints that many of you have offered. However, my background leans more toward the psychology of the movie. I always what to know why and what makes people tick. La Bete Humaine leaves so many questions unanswered about the main characters. Some of you have mentioned for the time period of the film, Jacques Lantier would have had some social standing to obtain the job of running the train. That I had not considered! What strikes me is that he contributes his illness to being from a family of alcoholics and that they have poisoned his blood. That alludes to
  12. I too think his wife recognized him. And he knew that she did as well. Her look seemed to be saying, I know who you are and I am not going to suffer any more humiliation! It is what he wanted his wife to do, as he has such guilt. He wants his children to remember him as a good man and father. I found the ending strange and interesting. He recedes into the abyss, as if he has never existed. As Ann Sheridan leaves the courthouse, Robert Alda is waiting in the wings for her, as his character has always done. She leaves and he simply follows her. The End.
  13. I am no expert either, but i did notice the change in the clothes. She wanted to look respectable. I hope you get to watch M, I found it interesting. Dark yes, but excellent acting by Peter Lorre. Always thought it was such a shame that his greatest acting role was his first role.
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