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Posts posted by Mibi

  1. I was watching Mildred Pierce for a while with the sound off. (I've seen the movie Too many times to count.) and it hit me; the sets in noir movies really are often so ordinary in stark contrast to the film style, the lighting, the camera angles and to the behavior of some of the characters.

    As to Vita. Vita wears normal clothing. She walks through a normal world but she is so twisted.

    I love the noir bad girl who looks like a good girl. It's all about inner darkness. Noir of the soul.

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  2. Waldo Lydecker is a delicious character from the minute we lay ears on him. His voice, the tone matches the the visuals; superior sounding and superior upper class appointments in the apartment. He is arrogant, challenging and dismissive of the detective . Something is off. As in a lot of films noir the detective is seen by other characters as slow and unworthy of much consideration in the beginning of the film. Mary Astor treats Humphry Bogart that way in the Maltese Falcon. This is usually a major mistake. Arrogant Wald may be making such a mistake.


    It was great reading all the comments. Some comments mentioned that Wald might be a homosexual. I talked to my Dad who is 88 and asked him about how characters like Waldo and other potentially gay characters were perceived in the '40s. Now I know this is just one mans opinion, but he said that it was something that was not in people's consciousness. He always thought Wald was an effeminate, effete man nothing more.

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