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  1. In your own words you've described why this film clip shows self-awareness and borders on parody: "The snappy dialogue may seem a little forced, but I feel like it’s more like the screenwriters were trying to emulate the writing style of Chandler and Hammett." - Unoriginal, unnatural sounding dialogue "The opening has a lot of the film noir elements we’re used to: trains, banter, a dangerous femme fatale (or at least discussion of her), and a hard-boiled detective with his less attractive partner." - A formula for film noir I would say the very lack of originality and use of famili
  2. I think everyone else has pretty much nailed down the analysis of this scene but I have one observation to add. Although they're in the elected DA's (Kirk Douglas) fancy office, Walter seems to have the least power of the three people in the scene. Sam (Van Heflin) comes to Walter to ask a favor but assures him that he WILL come through. Sam obviously has something on Walter. Martha, once she recognizes Sam, focuses on Sam and ignores her husband's negative reactions to their overly intimate exchange. Sam feels there's something wrong about Walter calling Martha his wife and she indicates with
  3. In this opening, Hitchcock is telling us a lot about his two main characters before we even see their faces or they utter a word. As the first guy exits the cab we see his flashy shoes and patterned suit, almost posing stance and jaunty walk. His battered suitcase says he might be a bit down on his luck, maybe needs money. The second character's dark clothes and nice leather suitcase say he is prosperous, more conservative. The multiple tennis rackets tell us he's a serious tennis player. His posture and stride show he's a bit preoccupied but unconcerned. In contrast to our other film open
  4. My husband, who is a bit challenged in the hair department, used to wear baseball caps all the time to keep his head warm or protect it from the sun. A few years ago, I decided he needed something more professional looking to wear with his business clothes and bought him a cheap soft felt fedora. It fit him perfectly somehow and he loved the look. Long story short, he now owns several fedoras in felt and straw. They're so much more classy and interesting for men than baseball caps, no matter what you're wearing. Now that fedoras and trilbys are popular for women too, I bought my first s
  5. Personally, my opinions about Lady from Shanghai apply only to that movie. I like some of Orson Welles' other work very much and don't feel knowledgeable enough to say that he is or isn't a genius. I'm looking forward to seeing Touch of Evil again, which I remember liking, now that I can apply what I've learned in this class.
  6. First of all, DO see The Third Man! It's not an Orson Welles movie. He's hardly even in it and I don't really see his hand in the direction either. It is a great film, that I happen to be seeing in 4k restoration on the big screen tomorrow. It's one of my favorite films. As for Lady from Shanghai, I so agree with everything you said. Dr. Edwards seems to really like this movie and be a big fan of Orson Welles but I felt exactly as you did. The cinematography and production values in general were great, but anything having to do with the actors was off, from the dialogue to the affected
  7. This is one of the most famous character entrances in all of film. It had to be dramatic. The whole story is about this character but we don't see him until almost the end of the picture. To heighten the moment, the viewer is given a clue to who it is before the light even hits his face because of the cat. Anna's cat loved Harry Lime (Orson Wells). And when the key light illuminates his face and we see who it is, the music swells louder, he forms that little half smile, and we are completely taken in! The formalistic techniques of dreamy music, tilted camera angles and unrealistic lig
  8. The gimlet was the drink of choice of Terry Lennox, with whom Marlowe had a bromance in The Long Goodbye. I've never had one but plan to correct that oversight ASAP
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