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  1. Marlowe's self-assessment: "I am just a small businessman in a very messy business, but I like to follow through on a sale," capture his essence as someone on the fringes of the law, who struggles to maintain his personal integrity ("follow through on a sale") even as he breaks a few laws here and there (false imprisonment and unlawful search). Marlowe is neither good nor evil, but inhabits a sort of no-man's land on the boundary between the two. I think the best film noir takes us to the boundary between good and evil. We recognize ourselves in Marlowe: never fully right, never compl
  2. Did you notice that the first furnishing shown in the opening sequence has a face? It looks like a statue of Buddha; which is ironic, because while Buddha taught detachment from things and people, Lydekker is overly attached to his "priceless" objects as well as his protege, Laura. Laura contributes to the film noir style by beginning at the end. Detective McPhearson will spend the rest of the movie working backward to determine what happened prior to this scene, and why.
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