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  1. This film is another of my very favorite noirs. Marlowe is one of the great detective characters of page and screen, and though Bogie is my main man, I love Powell's take on the role. This type of private detective fits very well into film noir as an anti-hero. We're rooting for him to solve the case, but there are some things about him we're not crazy about, too. The anti-hero's outcome is often one of fate--there are some things he can control, but where the story ends up isn't his to decide. This makes a detective an ideal main character--this isn't his case, it's someone else's, and i
  2. 'Laura' is a favorite of mine; I wouldn't doubt that I have seen it 50 or so times. The hindsight of even one viewing shows the brilliance of this opening scene--it tells us nearly everything we need to know about Waldo Lydecker, and a good bit about the plot to come. Obviously Waldo is a self-obsessed type--his apartment is like a museum, full of things that are priceless, but not shared with the world--they belong to only him, to be shared with only those he chooses. Note the large WL monogram on his towels...certainly it's clear whose towels they are, but he has a need for them to be id
  3. This is the only film on today's schedule that I haven't yet seen (and I have the DVD! for shame...) so I am viewing the opening as a stand-alone thing at this point. The opening brought out a lot of things that I found interesting. The work of these men is very mechanical and repetitive, and it doesn't allow for real human interaction. The sheer volume of the train's noises reduces them to rudimentary hand gestures. We can quickly establish that these men have worked together for quite a while, as they know each other's gestures instantly. Gabin is also established as the dominant person
  4. The word that comes to mind for me is actually 'separate.' The world of the children and the world of the adults are presented in contrast. We open on the children, seen from a high angle; they are playing a game with a very creepy song that doesn't bother them at all--they're playing. Then we look upward (as a child would) to the world of the adults, and our first adult is very worried and further unsettled by the careless singing of the song. The carefree nature of the children is again contrasted by the care the mother takes in setting the table. We move to the school about to dismiss
  5. I work 10 hour shifts on Fridays, so I won't get to watch much in 'real time'. I've seen every film they've shown today except 'La Bete Humaine'...which I have on DVD and just haven't watched yet! I've finished the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 250 noir list, so there probably won't be many first viewings for me. I joined the course to learn more about my favorite film style...and for fun!
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