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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
  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
  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 pe
  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
  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
  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
  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 "n
  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 vi
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