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  1. The use of POV in this opening scene helps us to sympathize with Humphrey Bogart's character. I almost felt like I was the one rolling in the barrel, waving to the man in the car, and punching the man for asking too many questions. These shots help keep the viewer intrigued.
  2. The change of mood shifts very quickly from resting on a hot summer night to shock and unrest as shots ring out. As the moon comes out from under the clouds to shine on Bette Davis' character and the crime she has just committed, you can see her snap out a trance and appear to be remorseful. The moon is very noir and the sounds of the workers and the dogs barking is also very noir.
  3. The opening scene of La Bete Humaine was fast-paced and realistic. The POV shots made me feel as if I was actually on a train ride. We see that the conductors are 1) experienced and 2) have a sense of trust in each other. Film noir is often fast-paced and full of twists and turns much like a train ride. The screeching sounds of the train against the track made me feel a little uneasy, but I couldn't find much darkness in this opening scene. It almost makes me think that there is something sinister that us as viewers know nothing about. I also enjoyed the triumphant music that played as the tra
  4. Fritz Lang's opening scene in "M" is full of uneasiness and dread. One of the ways that Lang creates these feelings is by his use of sounds in the film. We hear a child singing in German about a murderer and a woman scolding her for singing such a dreadfuls song. The woman's anger seems to stem from a mixture of unease and terror. We are kept aware as viewers when he hear a cuckoo clock and the public school bell. As a child is almost hit by a car, we are kept at the edge of our seats. Lang uses a shadowy figure to loom over a Missing Child poster to show that there is something off about this
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