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  1. The establishing shot shows the location (Sternwood Mansion) with a close-up shot of the plaque on the door - from Marlowe's point of view. The name Sternwood evokes a sense of seriousness. Next, the camera cuts to a detail shot of a man's hand - thumb, pressing the door bell, bringing the viewer into the action. "A Guide to Narratological Film Analysis" article, Marlowe's introduction of himself is nondiegetic - speech coming from a source not located in the current scene. When Marlowe appears, he looks sharp in a dark suit, white shirt and tie. He looks, "...neat, clean, shaved and sober," t
  2. What mood or atmosphere - through the visual design and the voiceover narration is being established in this realistic documentary sequence? What impressed me most in the opening scene was the juxtaposition of the dramatic and suspenseful musical score and the pleasant, Travel Talk-like diction of the narrator. Visually, the wide-angle aerial view of the landscape, with its orderly vertical and horizontal lines, appeared bleak and prison-campish. Again, a juxtaposition to the narrator’s description of a fertile landscape. Conflict. What do you think documentary realism adds to the evoluti
  3. Rita Hayworth as Gilda, mesmerizes her audience with her powers of seduction as she sings. She appears to be enjoyed the pleasure of her own sensuality and takes on the persona of "Mame." She seduces the men in the audience with her provocative strip-tease-like dance. They are like puppets and she is pulling the strings. The musical sequence flows with her movements - emphasizing her voluptuous hair-tossing and hip bumps. It's as if she is controlling the instruments and the rhythm. Music, in film noir enhances and imbues a film with the sexy slide of a trombone, drumbeat to body rhyt
  4. In the opening scene of Ministry of Fear, the swinging pendulum and clock movement foreshadows something to come - something unknown, perhaps danger. Ray Milland is waiting for time, time is wasting. He watches the clock tick off minutes with an expression of suppressed anxiety.There is a sense of urgency to be released to be released. The ivy-covered wall outside the asylum show age and neglect - time waits for no one. In comparison, M opens with a more subtle movement of time - the child circling clockwise while pointing her hand toward the children in the circle, landing on the one to be el
  5. From the short clip of Murder, My Sweet, Marlowe appears polished, smug and quick-witted in comparison to say, Bogart's gritty and jaded Spade (whom I prefer). The scene shows the film noir bravado of the male/detective who is confident that he has one-up on the woman.
  6. In the opening scene of M, Lang uses classic techniques of film noir such as a somber tone (the dark, almost tomb-like or underworld play area of the children); disillusionment - the innocence of childhood in the face of evil and the oppressed mothers; the cuckoo clock signalling the march of time in a hopeless word. Some warning signs of trouble are indicated by the clock, the empty stair landing, and the child almost running in front of a car. The scene of the murderer's shadowed image in front of the poster is most ironic, and creepy.
  7. The clip of the train sequence evokes a sense of urgency. The rushing sound of the train over the tracks, the screeching - almost screaming - of the whistle, the stark black and white contrasts of images felt dangerous. And yet, the two men working in tandem seemed confident, even relaxed.
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