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Everything posted by TheGirlCan'tHelpIt

  1. It's striking to me, against what we know of the plight of migrant workers today, that the narrator initially presents the agricultural industry and it's workers in such a wholesome, positive light. The braceros are spoken so highly of, though I am sure they were treated like rubbish, and had to face constant prejudice. It's funny then that the migrant workers would be separated into the good and the bad. Any population can be divided in such a basic subjective category. I am no expert on migrant worker history in America, but if what is presented here is true, or realistic, then I woul
  2. It's not often that the bits of film included in the Dose of Darkness capture my attention in quite the way that this bit of The Killers has. It probably has to do with being partially set in a diner - I love a glimpse into a diner in it's heyday… though of course I'm wondering if that was a real diner or one created for the film (realistic or formalistic!?). Having also read the Edward Hopper connection, I definitely approached this brief viewing with great enthusiasm. I have to mention that I was heartened to see the kindly old diner man untie the man of color first, and even give him a
  3. If it were any other actor portraying an escaped prisoner, I doubt I would feel so eager for him to succeed. Knowing it's Bogie, even before the transition from first person back to third person point of view, makes me root for him even as he's punching the innocent driver of the car he's trying to hitch a ride in. That guy was pretty annoying, but it's not like he deserved to be attacked. And yet, because I'm on Bogie's side, I condone that violence and actually derive some joy out of it. Some of which may be a direct result of how fake the hitting is. That's good for a laugh. I also lik
  4. Having such a powerful female lead, even holding a gun in 1941 is a bold statement. Of course, I'm sure it was done for the shock factor, because guns in the hands of men can only surprise so much anymore, even at that time. Even if it was for novelty, Bette Davis slays. She is the person in control in the opening scene, and even has an army of workers to call upon. That I'm torn about however, because while it's attractive in terms of showing her power it's also disturbing in terms of the obvious colonialism and essentially indentured servitude if not slavery. The contrast of the house co
  5. Could it be that beginning with engineers on a train is in a sense a metaphor for all of those behind the film getting the film's journey under way as well? Or the idea of a train journey, which was much more laborious then for all involved, just stands as a metaphor for the journey the characters will face? Just as with the two engineers and their work, there is danger in the lives of the main characters, there is communication, not always in words, and the goal of synchronicity. Just as timing could be everything in operating a locomotive, it seemed timing mattered a great deal in the messy
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