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  1. This scene from the Killers starts with a realistically shot scene at a dinner, but then transitions into a formalist scene in The Swede's apartment. When we first see Ole "Swede" Anderson, his face is hidden by shadow. In contrast, Nick (the young man who runs to warn the Swede) is brightly lit. The darkness around Anderson symbolizes whatever crime he once committed. Since he is tired of running from his past, the shadow also represents his fate at the hands of the Killers. However, the shadow could represent knowledge. Nick's shadow is cast over the Swede signifying the one piece of inf
  2. I don't subscribe to TCM. Is there somewhere that I can watch The Letter and Journey into Fear? These seem really fascinating.
  3. La Bete Humaine used several POV shots, but they were always outside of the train. This made me feel as if I were hanging to the side of the train, about to loose my grip and fall. Every time the train went under an arch, or through a tunnel, I ducked feeling as if my head were about to hit the bricks. When the second train approaches from the opposite direction I thought the two trains would collide. I felt powerless, and I wondered how much control the conductors had over the train. It seemed as if the train were a bull and the two conductors were only trying to hang on. When the train start
  4. The POV shot of Dark Passage was an inventive way to not show Bogart's face until after his plastic surgery. This was a better option than bad makeup or casting two actors for the same role. With this method we get Bogart for the whole movie, and it puts the audience into Bogart's head. We see what he sees, and we hear his thoughts. When he attacks the driver, we get a feeling that it is us who is throwing the punches. The audience for this movie is mostly law-abiding citizens, innocent people. Bogart's character, Vincent Parry, is similarly an innocent person. However, he is put into a s
  5. The opening scene of the Letter starts with a calm pan across a plantation. People are playing games, taking naps, and listening to music. The sequence is actually relaxing. Then the tranquility is destroyed by what seems to be a crime of passion and hate. Bette Davis's character shoots the man six times, emptying the gun, and even pulls the trigger a seventh time. This doesn't seem to be self defense; the man is running away from the shooter. Davis isn't trying to wound the man, and the look on her face as she is firing is a look of cold hatred. After the gun is empty, Davis's facial expr
  6. Fritz Lang expertly builds tension and dread by pairing the mundane goings-on of a town with the crimes that set the town on edge. Lang does this twice. First, the children are playing a normal kids game, but are singing a gruesome song about a child murder. The second example is the little girl bouncing her ball against a wanted poster. In both of these examples, the children are doing what they probably do everyday. They are having fun seemingly without a care in the world. However, the movie uses the song and the wanted poster to remind us that children have died and more children will
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