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Posts posted by Sunqueen

  1. The opening of "Kiss Me Deadly" exemplifies what I love about film noir..the immediacy of the situation, the clear and present danger, the risk taking, the characters..despite Leachman being (sigh) sexy and desperate, she interests me because she has clearly taken some bold action to change whatever situation she was running from...and you are wondering the whole time what that was. Hammer is typical in his jaded roughness, but clearly he is his own man, defying the authorities who are searching for the woman he has just picked up. The viewer is now wondering exactly what HIS motives are.

    The music playing on the radio threw me off (disorienting)..soft , smooth vocal stylings of Nat King Cole crooning about love. There is no love in this film reality, at least not yet. Then those backwards credits! I cannot wait to watch this film in its entirety.

    This film was created in 1959, about a ten year jump forward from the last film I watched..The Third Man. What a difference time makes..and I see the importance  of viewing the films chronologically, as has been suggested by Eddie M.

  2. Great comments from all the posters..I'm learning as much from all the astute observations as I am from the modules and daily doses. How many times have I heard that Al Stewart song?. Great addition to the conversation.This scene in particular, is typical in many ways from set-ups we've seen by now in many noir classic. Disaffected, bored male smitten by a mysterious, distant "dame". We know he is about to fall into a web of darkness..will he emerge? The difference is the art. The setting, the optimized use of the B&W format, and the actors themselves are drawing me in ..I can't wait to see what happens next.

    The development of the "noir" style is getting honed in this film..that is one contribution. "Body Heat" has been mentioned many times in the conversation..once loved by me, now I'm afraid I'm going to see it as a total rip-off!

  3. The film is faithful to the genre in that it establishes Marlowe as a complicated man..an educated, restrained , yet street smart (he is not taken aback by Carmen's forward actions) man. We get plenty of background during the conversation with Sherwood, even as we learn about Sherwood himself.. Compared to Spade-this detective is smoother, "classier", and restrained...yet retains the vocal patterns and confident all- knowingness of Spade.

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  4. The other posters have answered the questions thoroughly, I would just add I found the soundtrack especially effective..the notes punctuated the action with perfect timing-stopping for dialogue so you can hear clearly asides and quick comments..so different from current techiques where you struggle to hear the actors over an ever-present top-forty soundtrack. In this clip at least-Rozsa also avoided trite musical elements we've seen over and over in film noir soundtracks that can lend an overly dramatic , even cheesy mood at times.

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  5. Re: "a new kind of detective", and Marlowes behavior towards the woman in the clip..I think it is essentially a falling away of old ideas of gallantry and social grace towards women to get to the heart of the matter quickly- because lives are at stake.  Women had been shown to be capable of much more than needlework and traditional sexual roles..War made this all too clear to the men and women of the 40's - and the film industry had to reflect that, and did so very well in film noir.

    Compared to the other detectives I've seen in this course-Andrews, Bogie- Powell comes across as cold and a bit angry at having been stymied in the execution of his duties. I will hold my judgement of him as a character until I've seen the entire film..but right now he's not appealing to me. Maybe its the way he grabbed her purse and shook the contents out-..it felt like a major personal violation. Can't imagine anyone doing something like that today.

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  6. Have never seen "Laura"..and ver appreciative of the opportunity to view it now with everyone's helpful obsevations. The opening shot told me everything I needed to know about Lydecker- that he is wealthy, well travelled, educated, articulate, likely famous in at least local circles- and egotistical and self assured enough to be naked in front of a complete stranger..I can't imagine a similar situation occurring in modern times.. it is not clear what his connection to Laura's death is at this point..he knows more than is disclosed in these opening scenes- just enough is hinted at to keep the viewer suspicious. Noir elements include a very "staged" tableau, complicated social situations, symbolic items (the clock) menacing elements (the indonesion masks) and the detective himself.

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