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  1. The syncopation of the music heightens Hayworth's dancing and the flirtiness of her performance. The lyrics support the message she intends to convey and the orchestration encourages the striptease. The closeups make her look naked. No matter how many times I watch this movie, I always worry that her dress is going to expose a little too much. Watching noir movies often reminds me of Ken Burns' documentary on jazz. It reinforces the similarities between the two disciplines. The opening sequence to TCM's Private Screenings" demonstrates this well.
  2. Another favorite neo-noir movie of mine is "Body Heat." Listened to the podcast about this film from the "Out of the Past" series. Will watch this movie with a more critical eye and will pay attention to more details. Looking forward to listening to more of the podcasts. Great to listen to on long drives through the rain!!
  3. Such a powerful clip. It's amazing because Crawford isn't the biggest b---- in this scene. The power struggle between the two is mirrored in their distances and juxtaposition with each other. When Veda is seated, and laying her head back, she looks like the cat that swallowed the canary.. an evil cheshire cat... I always want Mildred to slug her back!
  4. I saw it for the first time Friday night. It's definitely a noir gem!
  5. There's been lots of discussion about the visuals of noir, but not much has been said about the music. As a musician, the music is just as important to me as the setting. It enhances the mood, can convey emotions, fear, doom ... and songs like "Laura" and "As Time Goes By" have become some of the best known American standards.
  6. Lots of great ones. One of my favorite is the last lines of Maltese Falcon. Detective Tom Polhaus: [picks up the falcon] Heavy. What is it? Sam Spade: The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of.
  7. I agree with the instructor and not over analyze. At the end of the 8-9 weeks, I will be able to watch these movies armed with more education and appreciation. It will be like seeing some of them for the first time!
  8. This clip shows how a fast-talking, witty detective can be tough without raising his voice. Dick Powell's portrayal of Marlowe seems more elegant and easy-going than the Bogart version. Powell shows style in the way he locks the door and holds the lady's hands while dumping her purse. His body language is smooth and controlled. One noir characteristic that runs through many movies is the use light and shadows from lettered signs. In this scene the word "Marlowe" in the background is a perfect example.
  9. Nice contrast between the upbeat music and the human-like screaming of the train's whistle as they pulled into the station.
  10. Why are so many noir films set in San Francisco? Lots of wonderful landmarks/bridges. Favorite noir movie is Dark Passage.
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