The Mask of Dimitrios opens with Lorre exiting the elevator and talking to himself. The camera follows Lorre at an obtuse angle as; if the viewer is an active participant in the scene.Lorre's entrance is non-threatening and casual. Greenstreet is threatening and almost a menacing character. His entrance is a little more dramatic. The gun enters the scene and then he follows out of the shadows. The use of key lighting allows the characters to express their emotions without the over emphasis of facial expressions to deliver their action.
Out of the Past is a prime example of Noir style. The use of shadows and the use of light (white) and dark (black) to disrupt the viewer is perfectly executed. At the entrance of the Cafe Robert Mitchum enters. There is a woman sitting on a stool wearing a black scarf and man smoking a cigarette with a white shirt who's in the shadow. That particular style continues throughout the scene another example is when Greer walks into the dark cafe from the shadows wearing her white dress and Mitchum is seating wearing a dark color suit. The choice to place the individuals wearing white in the shadows