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Jerry Witt - Motion City

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    Santa Monica, CA
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    Movies, VR, improv,
  1. To all the people taking the quiz on the canvas.net site, best of luck! I'm sure it is incredibly gauche to brag about my grade. But I haven't taken a quiz in more than 30 years. I got a perfect score and I am giving myself a gold star.
  2. Although much has been said about the manipulation of time and the importance of time in the opening of Ministry of Fear, I responded to the swinging pendulum slightly differently. I felt it was a hypnotic device. In the 18th and 19th centuries "hypnotism" was practiced more as a "dark art." Franz Mesmer (1734–1815) believed that there is a magnetic force or "fluid" within the universe that influences the health of the human body. He found that he could put people in a trance-like state by passing the hands in front of the subject's body. Hence the word "mesmerize." By the 20th centur
  3. This style of movie is remarkably different than the gangster movies and "police procedurals" that came before it. Crime movies of the 20's and 30's either focused on the step by step methods of cops solving a crime. Alternatively, if the wanted more action, they focused on the gangsters in movies like “Angels With Dirty Faces” and “The Public Enemy.” But in "Murder, My Sweet" we have a protagonist that gets to step outside the bounds of police hierarchy. He's not above rummaging through a woman's purse or locking her in a room. But like the gangsters before him, Philip Marlowe has his o
  4. It is probably worth noting that the glass case filled with fragile glass objects are not just any objects. They are vases, bottles and perfume containers; all empty vessels.
  5. Well, it is the ultimate in objectifying someone isn't it. A painting of a woman ISN'T that woman. A painting allows someone to project their own ideas of the "ideal woman" onto the picture.
  6. Several people have mentioned that Lydecker is writing an article. I should like to point out that he is actually writing Laura's story, as he states in the voice over. Several people have caught Lydecker's "super power" of being able to see what the detective is handling in the next room through the partially opened door. But I don't know if anyone mentioned detective McPherson's "super power." He remembers that Lydecker wrote a column TWO YEARS ago and and the very bottom he switched to talking about a murder and got the murder weapon wrong. Talk about being well-read! Obviously McPherso
  7. I only got to The Letter last night and have a couple thoughts: First, I think the early 40's marked the transition of the broader theatrical style of acting to a more natural and believable style. I felt there were a few times the director should have gone for "less." In the opening, for example, when the moon comes out from the clouds and Davis looks almost bug-eyed into the sky, it broke the "reality" of the moment for me. It sad too because just previously she did such a great job coldly shooting Mr. Hammond. Second, I understand that the (spoiler alert ahead) ending of the film wa
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