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TCM Toni

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  1. In "The Killers," we can see the contrast between realism and formalism when we move from the diner to Swede's room. The diner is an example of realism. The lighting is adequate, everything can be seen as if we are there and even though there are men threatening the workers at the diner, it feels like a very real situation. The scene in Swede's room is crafted with a formalist style. The unsettling reality in the room uses the hallmarks of German expressionism including intense, heavy shadows and an overwhelming sense of foreboding. Swede clearly feels trapped and we see that manifest itself i
  2. I like how you compare the scene to a boxing match - that is a very vivid and visual comparison.
  3. "Mildred Pierce" is an excellent film I have seen a few times, yet never thought of as noir. The words of Borde and Chaumeton regarding directors grappling with noir and creating films we might not consider noir hit me right away and I saw "Mildred Pierce" in a whole new light - or darkness. The film definitely has noir influences, especially in this scene. It's daytime, but the house is closed up with blinds pulled so it might as well be night outside. The blinds cast shadows on the wall behind Mildred, acting as a symbol of sorts for how her love for her daughter has trapped her, as does tha
  4. It is interesting to see how in "M" and "Ministry of Fear" Fritz Lang creates tension and foreboding in the opening of both films using different methods. "M" begins with the children singing in an almost non-musical way. It seems normal until an adult screams for them to stop the "cursed" song. Outside of that singing and some sharp noises - cars, horns, clocks - It is very quiet, devoid of even background music. It is unsettling. We can feel something is wrong but we don't know what it is. There's nothing quiet about the opening of "Ministry of Fear." It starts with a bang of sorts -
  5. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed "Woman on the Run." The dry sense of humor ("I had $5,000 and he had $2,000 in talent, so we got married."), plot twist and fantastic ending in the amusement park lifted the film beyond the familiar "guy witnesses a murder and goes on the run" theme. I enjoyed that the main character was actually the guy's wife (wonderfully played by Ann Sheridan), who goes on quite a journey of the heart throughout the movie. The plot twist changed the tone of the film, making it much more intense by giving us information she didn't have. That roller coaster scene with th
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