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Tommie Udo

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  1. "...yet he exposes himself to McPherson. Just puts his stuff right out there." Indeed he does, especially when he rises out of his opulent bath tub and asks McPherson for a towel. The smirking look on McPherson's (Dana Andrews') face is classic, when he gives a little glance at the off-camera, naked Lydecker. The character of Lydecker is a puzzlement. Is he comic relief? Is he straight or gay? He appears to be a man who defines himself through his wealth and possessions. Is he really in love with Laura or does he just want to possess her, or even be her? The painting of Laura is a possession,
  2. The use of first-person view, without showing the protagonist, sets up our feeling of empathy for Bogey's Vincent Parry character. We can feel his experience and fear for him not fear him. This technique works in "Dark Passage," where it hasn't in other films. It doesn't come off as a gimmick here because, besides putting us in the escapee's shoes, it makes the plastic surgery results more believable. We don't know what Vincent Parry looked like before and Humphrey Bogart didn't have to be covered in weird makeup, which probably would have been unconvincing or comical. "Lady in the Lake,"
  3. I wasn't surprised with the way "The Letter" opens because it's a classic scene that's been shown many times, but I might have been had I seen it in the theater when it was new. It is a powerful opening. I was impressed with the reactions of the people and animals that had been previously relaxing in the evening's quiet. The cockatoo flapping off its perch, the dogs in an uproar, the workers in a panic following the first shattering shots. I've noticed in many old films that when something like a shooting occurs, not much happens in the surrounding area. Nearby characters don't seem that fazed
  4. I haven't read any of the other comments about "La Bete Humaine" yet. I didn't want to be influenced by anybody else's observations. I began watching this film last night and am about half of the way through. I was impressed with the speed and sound of the train barreling to its destination. It was almost dizzying. I have a tiny TV, so these sensations must be heightened when seeing it on the big screen. We don't know where the train is going yet. The humans guiding it appear to be in control and their work seems second nature to them. I couldn't help but feel that they looked vulnerable someh
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