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Everything posted by huttwigley

  1. When I think of "jungles" I think of wild, untamed places teeming with life, and generally inhospitable to men and women. Sure, men and women could probably carve out an existence in the jungle, but it would be tenuous at best. From the title, I garner a wild, untamed, inhospitable place for men and women, but for instead of wilderness, it is an urban environment. We have the suit and fedora-clad man, presumably "on the lam". We have the covert "gun hand-off" with the clerk at the coffee shop. We have the victim of a robbery at the police line-up being strong-armed into "fingering" a part
  2. Snippet of conversation between the two characters in trench coats and fedoras: -“What about this dame, Mr. Crytsal Ball?” -“A dish.” -“What Kind of a dish?” -“Sixty-cent Special. Cheap. Flashy. Strictly poison under the gravy.” -“Amazing. How do you know all this?” -“Well, she was married to a hoodlum, wasn’t she?” Oh, man! TOTAL convention of the "Hard-Boiled School" of dialog!!! But... I don't care, I still LOVE it! The slang may be dated, but you can totally pick the meanings out from the context.
  3. We see the mastermind of a heist planning the timetable for the caper... I love the camera angles: The wide shot from above showing the people gathered for the bank's opening. The cut to the plans with the events' timetable listed as the mastermind ticks off the events. I would've liked an OTS shot of the mastermind looking out the window at the bank entrance below to establish just that much more continuity... But Technical limitations were what they were back when this film was shot. Capers and heists always make good fodder for Films Noir! Generally speaking, characters of questionable
  4. First, Ernie watches himself take a physical beating on the TV. Then we watch as Ernie takes a verbal beating from Pauline. The verbal beating can be as bad, if not worse, to a proud person. The camera views early in the boxing sequence have a lot of close ups and reaction shots of the boxers. Then, once we establish that Ernie is watching on TV, the shots are wider showing overall views of the action as you would expect to see it on TV. The interactions between Pauline and Ernie are, initially, wider shots, but as their discussion heats up, there are close ups and reaction shots similar t
  5. I love the sequence of Nick running to The Swede's apartment. The view from The Swede's window of Nick approaching, then panning the apartment to cover Nick's entry was genius. It really built suspense and was fantastic from a technical standpoint!
  6. In the opening scene of "The Big Sleep", we see that Marlowe is witty, brutally honest and sarcastic. He also doesn't care who knows it. I have yet to see "The Maltese Falcon" in it's entirety, so I can't really comment on Bogart's portrayal of Sam Spade Vs. Phillip Marlowe. I enjoy Raymond Chandler's "Marlowe" novels a great deal and have read them all (Including "Poodle Springs") several times. I really enjoyed the 1946 theatrical version of "The Big Sleep" even though it deviated slightly from the novel. I've read Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon" (And I'm currently in the process of reading i
  7. The thing that strikes me most is how the scene degenerates so quickly from "Light-hearted, fun musical number" to "semi-violent drama". Throughout her musical number, I caught myself repeatedly trying to ascertain what was keeping Rita Hayworth's gown in place, so I had to watch this scene a couple times for all the other nuances to sink in. A particular theme I notice in a number of Films Noir are the inclusion of a nightclub setting that serves as a cover for the nefarious business of the criminal element. I would also maintain that if a poll was taken of the clientele, that there would
  8. I've also noticed the "documentary-style opening" in a bunch of Police Procedural and heist films of this era. To me, the purpose is to establish location and add another level of plausiblity to the story. Now, I'm not sure of the chronology of this technique, but if it is one of the first opening film sequences using it, then it sets the style for all the Police Procedurals and Heist movies I've watched that have similar openings.
  9. There is often something monotonous going on in the backgrounds of Films' Noir opening credit sequences. From the moment the camera fades in to the shot of the clock's pendulum, to the point where Neale says, "You know, it's interesting to watch the last minute crawl by..." is actually a little OVER a minute. This makes the Doctor's quip of "I've always meant to have that thing speeded up." just that much more ironic. (Although, I doubt film makers in those days anticipated online viewers with time counters!) In the opening to "M" there are fairly monotonous visages into lower-middleclass
  10. I am a bonafide "Chandlerphile"! That is to say, I love anything pertaining to Raymond Chandler's work, especially his Phillip Marlowe character! I always liked the resourceful way Marlowe (in novels or movies) always manages to get into hotwater with both The Law and The Criminal Element in his cases. And, just as deftly, manages to get himself OUT of that same trouble. As a private eye, he isn't bound by the same rules as the police, and yet he is still out to do the right thing, serve justice and get the "bad guys". He sort of plays both sides of the fence so-to-speak and is equally loa
  11. Based on the introduction of Waldo Lydecker; His narrative, the panning view of his apartment, the exotic souveniers decorating the place and the fact that he recieves his guest while still seated in the bathtub, I easily draw the conclusion that Lydecker is a bit eccentric. The director took pains to illustrate that Lydecker had a fine collection of exotic stuff. The panning view of the appartment along the shelves of artifacts and memorabillia and finally settling on the wall of masks that detective was standing in front of showed the viewer the scope of Lydecker's decor. In Douglas Adam
  12. I never was a big fan of the first-person POV in cinema. I prefer to be a spectator when watching a movie, not a participant. However, it served as good vehicle for not immediately revealing the identity of the protagonist to the audience. The convention of "The Jailbreak" in film noir: The distant wailing sirens; The desperate escapee fording rivers or streams; The shedding of the prison uniform... This has been done to death where it is almost a joke. The "barrel roll" was a nice variation though! No matter how many times I see it, I am still amazed that people in movies actually st
  13. I love the imagery! The workers at the rubber plantation seem to be winding down. The panning camera is used effectively to illustrate these guys' place, purpose and state of mind when the sound of gunfire interrupts their evening routine. I love the reaction of Bette Davis' character when the moon emerges from behind the clouds and shines like a spotlight on the violence she just committed! The convention of "routine" or "trivial" events being disrupted by the unanticipated eruption of violence can be noted in various movies by Quentin Tarantino (scenes from "Inglorious Basterds", "Pulp F
  14. The opening scene illustrates the intricate ballet between the engineer and brakeman required to bring the speeding passenger train into a busy station in a timely and accurate way. The engineer and brakeman work in a loud environment and their communication is all visual or tactile. It is obvious the station is a busy place when the shots cut to external views of the train navigating into the train depot. We come to appreciate the skill of the train's operators and their coordination. It is obvious these guys are pros at what they do and have worked together for a long time. While I h
  15. I've seen multiple instances of children as victims of foul play in contemporary films. As a parent, this always frightens or shocks me. This opening sequence sets up yet another instance of this convention in the thriller genre of cinema seems. However, this film is probably the Historic predecessor of movies like "Silence of the Lambs" or "Seven" and probably lays the groundwork of other films that tackle that particular subject matter.
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