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Everything posted by starchild64

  1. 1. The similarities are that it takes place in a music hall and the people are lower to middle class. It has humor with the Mr. Memory character. The main character is very different and non-threatening. There doesn't seem to be a set up yet and doesn't offer much in the way of plot with this scene which makes me think it will be character driven. 2. The lead actor is very different is this clip. I think the audience will want to protect him and relate to him because he is just like us. 3. There are several Hitchcock touches in this clip. It is an ordinary place full of regular peo
  2. Based on the clip I would say the characters are going to be stronger. There just isn't enough information given in the clip to seem like much of a plot but you are introduced to many of the players. I haven't seen the movie yet but it is obvious that Peter Lorre is hiding something based on his reaction to the man who walks up. I also think that the way he waves back at everyone is like a psychopath that is a genius at appearing normal and friendly. I think that this film is different first because it is a talkie but it also seems more upper society. It also shows in one look the da
  3. 1. In this sequence describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice". Alice looks as though she is in shock and in a world of her own. The constant talking of the customer in the background and the slowness of her responses isolates her within her own mind. The same is true in the phone box because the contrast is very powerful while she is inside it with the door closed as opposed to the counter outside. She is so afraid she cannot even make the call and the silence makes it more scary. 2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this
  4. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots/POV tracking shots in this scene? It brings forth a sense of dread and fear in slow motion that would be less effective if it was just a shot from a long distance. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? what does it add to his visual storytelling? It gives more direction and a wider perspective. 3. What connections (visual techniques, images, motifs, themes) do you notice between films that came before this (The Pleasure Garden, The Lodger)and a film that came a
  5. 1. This clip uses the dancers and the piano player to set a festive scene that is contrasted by the quiet of the couple in the chair who appear to be their on little world. These two scenes give an urgency and chaotic element to the boxer as he is watching and imaging all the worst things. Fear is taking over to the point he leaves reality and sees things very differently from what they are. If the scene were slow it would never get to the fevered pitch as it does here. The way the piano keys are stretches is a nice touch too. 2. The look on the husbands face and the way he is torn and
  6. The Lodger and The Pleasant Garden are similar to me in that the action is very fast. There is so much going on at one time even though they are both very easy to follow due to the genius of Hitchcock. He is a master storyteller. The huge difference in the clips are that the atmosphere is different. The Lodger is much darker. I felt such a sense of fear and dread that I did not feel in The Pleasant Garden. The lodger also had darker cinematography which was perfect and gave me a little shiver. There are so many wonderful things that are just Hitchcock to me. His eye for detail is brilli
  7. Hitchcock is so wonderful at going right to the heart of human nature. It's a basic truth that took talent and guts to put out there. He continued to do this his entire career and there is no other like him. I love seeing that he started with the same "touch" that weaved through his entire body of work. I agree that this sequence shows many of the aspects of Hitchcock's vision for his movies, such as the sinister side, the camera angle, the wonderful closeups that show the emotion of the scene. There is nothing missing from this sequence due to lack of audible dialog. In fact I think it adds
  8. I could hardly watch the film when the music started because I wanted to close my eyes and feel it. Jazz can take you there. It can be jagged, fast pasted, organized chaos that touches your soul. That is why it is such a beautiful complement to noir. These movies go right to the root of human nature. Whatever the character is feeling there is a complement to it in the world of Jazz. The slow jazz trumpet playing went so well with the loneliness of one man standing in a window of many when the phone goes dead on the other end.
  9. For the past three years I have been on a quest to watch all the Oscar winning movies since the beginning in the top six categories. I have finally finished with the exception of two. The movies are Two Arabian Nights from 1929. Lewis Milestone won for best direction. The second is The Way of All Flesh 1927. Emile Jennings won for best actor. I had been searching also for Skippy from 1931 which won for best direction with Norman Taurig but they are finally playing it on TCM and I have my DVR set. If anyone knows how I may find these movies in a format for USA machines and legally please
  10. Wow! We really enjoyed seeing Double Indemnity on the big screen. I have seen the movie several times before but my husband had not. We both loved it and there is nothing like seeing these actors the way they were meant to be. Thank you TCM for bringing these movies back to us the way we should see them. I hope that you always continue and I wish there were more! Since I have been taking the class on film noir we are learning that there isn't a set definition for this type of movie. Is it a genre,style or possibly a movement. I think if you put a copy of this movie beside it you would have
  11. Hitchcock's opening rhythm for Stranger's on a Train is much more subdued than Kiss Me Deadly or The Hitch-Hiker. It has a soft quality of building up the story where as the other two movies start out with quiet a loud "bang" if you will. It still draws you in though through the architecture and the light just like it was any other normal day except that we know that it won't stay that way. It has more of a realism in the opening sequence as if it was gining you a peek in the life of the characters. Showing the first minute or so with just the view of the players walking and emphasizing the
  12. This is a story about betrayal of innocence. It is shown so vividly by the expression on Elenor Parker's face when we first see her. She is in total shock at her situation and where she finds herself. It is so intense that she is paralyzed by fear as we see when the guard forces her out of the paddy wagon. From the opening sequence the sound of the siren ,and the view that we have from inside the truck, make us feel boxed in and needing air allowing us to empathize with the character. It is a pittiful moment when she gathers with the other women and you notice her crumpled coat, bobbie socks
  13. This is a story about betrayal of innocence. It is shown so vividly by the expression on Elenor Parker's face when we first see her. She is in total shock at her situation and where she finds herself. It is so intense that she is paralyzed by fear as we see when the guard forces her out of the paddy wagon. From the opening sequence the sound of the siren ,and the view that we have from inside the truck, make us feel boxed in and needing air allowing us to empathize with the character. It is a pittiful moment when she gathers with the other women and you notice her crumpled coat, bobbie socks
  14. Danger is the theme here. First of all the drivers may be just going on a hunting trip or they could be up to no good. Based on the clip only we have no idea what is going on and it is left up to our imagination which is always in overdrive with noir movies. We know that it is night time and there is always an element of suspense in the dark and when you are outside it's even better because you can't flip a switch for clarity. The flashlights add wonderful shadow and only reveal a small area of information. Kiss Me Deadly and Hitch-Hiker have the same setting of late night surprise and suspic
  15. This movie sequence opens with complete desperation which is such a critical part of noir. The way the filming is done from behind the couple is as though they are speeding into darkness is so very clever as is the addition of the sound of Christina's labored breathing that seems to coincide with the racing of the motor as Mike Hammer speeds through the night. I also really like the way the credits are rolling out in front of them as though they are bathed in the creativity of the production crew. Mike Hammer is his usual "hard-boiled" and impatient self which adds to the feeling of fear and
  16. This movies shows elements of the noir style by starting with a narration that sets the scene. The plays on lights and shadows is classic noir as well as the dialogue between Kathie and Jeff. One of the things that I have noticed in our movies so far is there are interesting interruptions with conversation. Most of the time I have noticed that it is done with a loud repetitive noise but sometimes, as in this case, it is with an unwanted person butting into a private conversation. It is always like sandpaper rubbing on your skin. I think it is very effective. Jeff seems lonely to me but strai
  17. This clip starts out rather positive about the crops and the people who harvest them. The fields are clean lined and orderly the narrations describes them just as it would any other documentary. I did notice that even in an opening like this it still holds elements of noir. The high angle shots of the fields with the narration is just like many of the films we have seen already. It doesn't feel like noir to me until you see the fence with all of the hopeful and desperate people just waiting to get their papers to come over and work. The worried looks on their faces says it all. I think having
  18. Music is an important part of this scene and makes such an impact on drama for the second part. The shift shows more of the German Expressionism with lighting contrast, shadows and wonderful camera angles. I love the high angle of the camera when he run through the yard from the diner. In all the diner shots everything is very clear and straightforward but when they are in the Swedes room it is very mysterious and shadows are everywhere. It is taken one step further by never showing Burt Lancaster's face and the way he talks with the man, who is there to warn him, is so cool and matter of fac
  19. What a beautiful scene! First of all the dancing is so sensual that it really lends itself to noir. It has an edge to it that regular musicals and dancing doesn't usually have. Secondly, her hair and the dress go so well with the sexy attitude and the point she is trying to make of rebellion and revelation. I have not seen this movie yet but I venture to say there is alot going on before this number. The close ups of her are out of this world and it appears as though she is somewhat out of control and desperate especially toward the end. It is really nice to see a musical number that takes t
  20. This is one of my favorites! Just watching the clip made me want to watch the whole thing. The level of tension between these two actresses is wonderful. They make is seem so easy and flawless. The darkness in the relationship is classic noir. The look on their faces and the tone in their voices set a specific mood to enhance the dialog. Most of this scene they are so close together that you are just waiting on the slap to come and then it's delivered so quickly and violently that it takes your breath away as well as Joan Crawfords. Then after all that Veda looks hurt when she throws her out
  21. I love this scene because it is a classic example of the kind of detective that is Film Noir. He is a constant contrast of sweet and salt with his face and his touch. I love the fact that the first thing he did was lock the door. He knew exactly how to get to the truth and it wasn't long before she completely gave in because he really doesn't give her much time to think it out. This kind of detective is tough and gritty from the way he acts to the kinds of language he uses. It is one of the clearest ways to know you are watching Film Noir. Absolutely beautiful!
  22. In the opening scence of Laura we get the impression of the importance of material things to Lydecker. I think he is comforted by surrounding because they make him feel important and he can also use them to intimidate others. The beauty of the relationship between him and McPherson is that no matter how unimpressed the dectective is Lydecker in unphased by his reaction. He is so arrogant that he just continues going as though he is a king on a throne. The whole scene in the tub is a beautiful example. In typical Film Noir style the narration at the beginning lets us know that Lydecker believ
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