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  1. Thank you for creating this amazing course! I'm not sure I even had a clue what Film Noir was before this began. 100+ movies later, I'm definitely getting the hang of it. Any other amazing classes in the works??? Eliana
  2. -- Describe the noir elements, in terms of style and substance, in this opening sequence. We learn immediately that the movie will unfold in a peaceful small town neighborhood embarrassing goodness and hope -- far from the darkness of the noir universe. As the music dies down, Howard begins to scratch away a dark blot on the window. He seems puzzled and mildly disgusted. He dumps black mop water which looks like blood. He calls to Mrs. Warren who does not answer. When he opens the closet to stow the mop, we know that he has discovered why she failed to answer. Howard is so frigh
  3. -- How is Hitchcock's rhythm and purposes different in this opening sequence, from other films noir such as Kiss Me Deadly or The Hitch-Hiker? Kiss Me Deadly and The Hitch-hiker immediately overwhelm the viewer with dread, fear and characters embroiled in conflict. Hitchcock takes a more leisurely pace in introducing the dark elements of the story. Hitchcock introduces two characters whose paths are about to cross using a study in contrasts. His first character is dressed flamboyantly (multicolored shoes, pinstripe pants, lobster tie with his name on it)apparently in an effort t
  4. The opening scene in Kiss Me Deadly seems to be a mirror image of Dark Passage. Thematically, they are very similar -- protagonist having escaped confinement seeks help to hitch-hike past a police roadblock. However, the opening scenes could hardly be more different: male vs. female, day vs. night, controlled vs. frantic, crisp POV cinematography vs. what appear to be hastily composed shots, concealed in vehicle vs. nearly naked and exposed, rescuer is kind vs. threatening, conventional credits vs. reversed roll. It seems too similar and yet too different to be coincidence.
  5. Johnny Belinda. (Some spoilers) My first inclination would have been to agree with those who have concluded that "Johnny Belinda" should not be considered a noir film. The viewer is so drawn to the warmth of Belinda and the doctor, that it is easy to overlook the noir treatment given to desperate desire and willful wrongdoing on the part of many characters in the film. However, on watching for a second time, the noir elements come through more clearly. The cinematography in the film is clearly influenced by the noir movement. While Belinda is bathed in light through most sc
  6. Burning the post-midnight oil again.... I remember estimating that I would be spending 4-8 hrs a week on this course. Ha! It's taking 25-30 to watch the movies. Then there are the lectures, the readings, the "5 minutes" of daily darkness, taking notes on the readings for the quizzes, the podcasts, the background readings, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I'm not complaining because I am really enjoying this, but speaking of heists....
  7. Interesting. I saw her movements as lovingly preparing lunch for someone, although it isn't clear at first who it is for. It seemed to represent a break in the drudgery of her work -- something to look forward to. I will have to watch this again to see if I note the feelings of dread you mentioned. One of the interesting things about Film Noir seems to be a degree of ambiguity. There are many details of the story in this film that are left to viewers imagination.
  8. I just watched M. The thing that struck me most was all the cigarette smoke. It seemed to symbolize chaos and confusion that swirls around the police and government officials as they investigate. When the begger sorts the remains of cigarette and cigar butts so systematically, it represents a shift to the criminal approach to finding the murderer. The dialogue in the trial scene was incredible.
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