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Everything posted by sublymonal

  1. I'm a big fan of Raymond Chandler's style of writing. Even though he's a bit of a dick (apparently he was super homophobic, but likely gay himself), his characters are very compelling and almost Shakespearean in how tragically they overreact to everything and this scene was no different. Describe some of the things Marlowe says or does that make him a new kind of private detective? What makes Marlowe so different is, as Frank said, that he acts more like a protagonist than a background character. His interactions with Grayle show the kind of person he is: the kind that desires the trut
  2. -- What examples do you see that fit with Nino Frank's contention that Laura is a "charming character study of furnishings and faces?" I definitely see what Frank is saying in this opening scene. Lydecker's home is far less gritty than the settings of other Film Noirs we've seen. As for faces, the first half of the scene is spent with us studying McPherson's expressions as he walks around the room. Generally the detective is stoic and unflappable, but from what Lydecker tells us about McPherson, there's more to him than meets the eye. -- What do you think about how Preminger introd
  3. I find it interesting that others thought the POV wasn't used effectively here. I think that may be a by-product of us (unlike the audience at the time) having seen this technique used before and better. Plus the fact that Bogart's voice and face are both fairly recognizable to us. I found it interesting that the radio announcement only told us that his hair is dark brown and eyes our brown. That doesn't really give us a good visual of him, so Daves' is sure to have the driver notice other aspects about his appearance: his strange pants and shoes. As I've said in other posts, I'm seeing a
  4. What a dramatic opener. And I don't even think the initial gunfire was the most dramatic part about it. Yes, it seemed to shake us, like the workers, from the peaceful atmosphere, but I think what was more disturbing was Davis's expression as she did it - the bags under her eyes, not a hint of emotion, not a word. We can't tell if she's angry or what. Even afterwards, she doesn't give us any hint of sadness or fear. I'm not sure I agree with others who have said that Davis is an "outright liar" when she calls it an accident, because at this point in the film, we don't know what happened. S
  5. Several things I noticed while watching this clip: 1. From what we're shown in the opening moments, we only ever see part of the scene (the kids counting without knowing what's above, the landing in the stairwell without seeing the door or the stairs below). I think this is very deliberate and creates a sense of discomfort because we are constantly wondering what we're not seeing. 2. You can feel the fatigue and discomfort of the woman carrying the laundry basket and that is unsettling. The audience is likely going to the movie to escape the boring aspects of domestic life and to see some
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