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  1. The only thing I can say about that scene is that its one my favorites in the movie because its the only time Mildred behaved sensibly. Then of course she had to go and spoil everything again. The film has great cinematography, but I didn't like the story at all. The opening is great, but from the time they all get summoned to the police station it goes downhill. The only likable characters in this movie are the minor ones and the whole thing plays out more like a soap opera than a noir. In the end, it was nothing but wasted potential. I really thought I'd like this after seeing the b
  2. Great scene with Marlowe and Ann. I've never seen Powell in anything before, but he was wonderful here. Hardboiled, tough and cynical, but funny and charming too. Bogart as Sam Spade was my favorite noir detective and The Maltese Falcon my favorite noir before this, but now both get pushed down to second place. Great movie and really keeps you on your toes too with all the twists and turns.
  3. The swinging pendulum in the beginning, as others have noted, seems to signify that time is running out or maybe that something sinister is coming ever closer. The opening does indeed seem to be more suggestive of horror than noir and I think that's why this was one of my favorite openings. The mental asylum setting just makes it all the more horroresque. I loved this opening and the film as a whole. The scenes at the fete and later on the train were both suspenseful and funny.
  4. I guess I'm one of the very few, if there are any, who isn't a big fan of this film. Anyway, talking about just the opening scene, I have to say that it establishes the character of Waldo Lydecker very well in showing him to be narcissistic and selfish, but yet still infatuated with Laura, though probably more as one of the many objects in his apartment than as a human being. Frankly, to divert off from the opening a bit, I just don't see the fascination with Laura and since that is crucial to the story, I guess that's why I didn't get pulled in. Andrews though is the archetypal noir
  5. Others have already commented about the use of POV shots in this and Lady in the Lake from the same year so I won't say anything more about that, but I will say that I liked the use of POV there and not so much here. Maybe because Bogart is an icon, but I felt a bit irritated that they wouldn't show his face when we all know his famous voice. Not the fault of the film, but there it is. I loved the movie as a whole, but as someone else already said, it was certainly a relief when his face was uncovered finally.
  6. I love the calm peaceful opening of a warm (I assume) night on a rubber plantation. The quiet is almost immediately dispelled with the sound of gunshots and the peaceful scene is shattered as Ms. Davis appears, gun in hand, and disposes of a man with such violence that it is quite shocking. I haven't seen the full movie and I wonder if the full moon shown in the beginning is an allusion to madness. The clouds pass over the moon for moment and everything is in darkness and then when the moon comes into view again fully illuminating the violence below, the look on Ms. Davis' face seems indeed
  7. The breathtaking opening of the speeding train and the two engineers casually going about their work is certainly exciting, but from a noir point of view, I guess one could say that the train is speeding toward something dark and foreboding. The music though seems to convey more of a sense of excitement than something sinister. Even though I have seen the whole movie, I'm just commenting on the opening scene alone.
  8. The sense of impending doom is what is most apparent from the opening scene of Lang's M. As soon as the scene opens with the eerie rhyme that the children recite, we know that things aren't going to end well. And then of course the appearance of that dark shadow confirms it.
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