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  1. The way in which the scene is designed and laid out for the viewer has us just as trapped as the characters within the film by withholding details and the sights of the outside world. We see only darkness and we can only hear some of the sounds of the street. As the characters are taken out of the vehicle that has transported them like trapped animals to their destination we finally see the outside only to realize we are bounded by circumstances that are not within our control and about to be confined to a world that will be much worse. A great fence shows that we are caged with the characters and are to endure what follows. The "substance of noir" will be highly appropriate for this film because with noir the grittiness, dark truths, and in-depth look into the prisoners' minds will be highlighted and we shall feel many feelings as we watch this film as opposed to a simple prison drama that may not add as much substance. Attributes such as existentialism may be explored in this film as the characters try to endure what they encounter, trauma, psychology and psychoanalysis may be explored as this may show how the conditions and their individual experiences will affect the characters' psyche, the way in which the "house" style and noir in general will show the many possibly interesting characters the prison may hold with attributes such as suave, grit, rough sensibility, cynical attitudes, etc. Noir also tackles the women's prison as well as opposed to just the men's and will show just how soft, kind, femme fatale like, rough, tough or sly they may be.
  2. This scene reeks of desperation, internal and severe external fear, despair, and allows the viewer to catch a slight glimpse of the psyche or mindset of the character that Cloris Leachman is playing as she almost seems to be willing to give everything up in exchange for any sort of help that could possibly be offered to her as highlighted when she jumps in front of the car and is nearly killed in order to secure help. The use of cinematic formalism is in play and leads the viewer to imagine many a situation she could be in as a deep anxiety grips both the character in the film and the viewer with the heightened sense of fear being shown through Cloris Leachman's character's emotions, the camera work, the score used for this opening sequence, etc. A cynical, tough, objectionable view is shown by Ralph Meeker's character and i suppose some existentialism is highlighted in this scene as well.
  3. Last friday's line up of films was quite superb. The Killers directed by Robert Siodmak was an exemplary piece of noir with the classic dialogue, the shifts between cinematic realism and formalism, the lighting of the scenes to create the perfect noir environment, the use of mise en scene, the plot of the film and the very fact that it was based on a crime short story made this film amazing. Two other films that featured the classic and timeless work of John Alton were The Scar and Mystery Street which featured the perfect lighting for the scenes in the films. The Scar also featured a great performance by Paul Henreid as the villain and once again showed that the protagonist is not safe in the world of film noir, contrary to many Hollywood films. I also know that Eddie Muller did specify that he believed Mystery Street to be a "procedural" film as opposed to a straight up film noir. In some ways I do agree with this as in terms of how the plot and film moved along with certain, more technical details being employed which noir generally does not bother with as opposed to other crime dramas and police films, however I would say that this film does carry the noir weight behind it with the lighting by John Alton, the types of characters in the film and certain sequences that add a very cool sense of mystery that generally only appears in noir films of the time which set it apart. Anothewr great film was Get Carter which in a way can be described as neo-noir as it carries many of the tones of noir with a sultry sense of suave and coolness which the characters possess, the misogynistic actions employed by Michael Caine, the way that the environment of the night and shadows of darkness are used in certain sequences just like a noir and the very fact that the protagonist could not not ultimately escape a fatal end. This makers of the film wanted to depict a grim reality with more realistic output and relied on documentary backgrounds to do so just like how certain films noir use documtary realism in them. I also understand that Mike Hodges was also influenced by Raymond Chandler and films noir such as Kiss Me Deadly, plus the film was also based upon a crime novel leading this to be an excellent choice of films to showcase the influence of noir and everything we have learned or already known.
  4. I definitely feel that this scene was a perfect example of the shift from realism to formalism and then back to realism as the killers calmly and toughly wait in the diner for the swede then as Nick runs through the neighborhood to warn the swede a feeling of high suspense is built and the shift to formalism has happened as this high octane, fearful part of the scene carries out and then everything shifts back to realism as the swede calmly acknowledges the warning, faces the harsh reality of it all and hardly cares one bit. The score and the camera work were also crucial in shifting the scene from realism to formalism then back again.
  5. The Gangster The film "The Gangster" was truly a gritty film and I believe it had characteristics that set it apart from other gangster genre films such as those of the '30s which were a hit among film goers. The dialogue such as that in the intro and in many other scenes, the setting of the film and even the way the characters dealt with each other really made this a pitch black, lonely, immoral, urban tale very worthy of the film noir label and if you don't agree then you can at least say it had a deep noir feel and influence. I think the character of Shubunka played by Barry Sullivan was quite fitting for this film as his loneliness, grit, and cynical views could really be felt by the viewer in a sense. His appearance added to his character as he was a tall, muscular, rough looking man with a considerably noticeable scar which shows that this man means business but also can add mystery as well. Shubunka's end was truly noir in nature as he was double crossed, betrayed and abandoned by every person he ever associated with in the city and died while being gunned down in the rainy night showing that the main protagonist is not immune to a cruel end such as is in many noir films
  6. Rita Hayworth's performance represents a true femme fatale with underlying messages/tones of lust, larceny, obsession, and manipulation. A bursting sense of sexuality is delivered in such a sultry way that it can be connected to other femme fatale characters and is very exemplary of that character role. The camera work is key to this scene as well as the close up shots, lighting, and editing not only showcases her sense of style but also helps identify to the viewers who Gilda is and sheds light on "what she is all about". As for the music sequence itself I believe music has definitely been a key aspect of films noir as it can show mystery, add suspense, and in sequences such as this can be very entertaining in the way that it can showcase characters.
  7. The way in which Marlowe carries himself sets him apart from the traditional detective as he acts with a harsh sense of grittiness. He treats Ann boldly and rough in a way that showcases his toughness, masculinity and highlights the fact that he won't hesitate to hurt anyone or deal with them in a rough manner. Generally the detective acts in more of a so-called "respectable" manner thereby being that he wouldn't treat Ann the way he did in this film plus this detective is involved in more shady dealings for personal which showcase an immorality among the protagonists who are supposed to be "noble heroes". This model I believe is the archetypal film noir detective and works perfectly due to the darkness, mystery, lawlessness, etc. that is shown in films noir.
  8. Johnny Eager: The scene in which Taylor's character Eager engages in a gunfight with Halligan uses interesting angles and cinematography. I enjoyed how the camera moved as Halligan kept on backing away and firing at Eager.
  9. I believe that the opening scene can be considered an important contribution to film noir for many reasons in the way that the director lays it out using the mise-en-scene effect which is crucial, the score also contributes to add mystery and eeriness to the scene, the tone and dialogue used by the narrator,etc. All of these factors contribute to a part of film noir's style in which the opening scene sets the tone of the film. In many films noir (such as touch of evil, kiss me deadly, the maltese falcon, johnny eager, and more) the opening scene sets the tone of the film thereby letting the viewer know there is something very special, interesting and mysterious in store for them.
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