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  1. I did enroll, but I'm not sure that I enrolled on Canvas. I did it through the TCM board. Darn I'm not going to get a certificate. Maybe there will be another class.
  2. Similar to The Postman Always Rings Twice, in that here is a pair of lovers having a clandestine meeting in the parking lot. After that we see Anna's interaction with her husband, whom I think owns the club. So the husband is highly suspicious of his wife and gives her the "third degree" concerning her whereabouts. I think the husband knows there is something going on, only he can't find any proof of it. I think he feels like his wife is cheating on him, but he has yet to catch her at it. Anna is apparently pretty good at covering herself. Steve is ever willing to be there for her. It makes me wonder what happens after their plan has been seen to the end? If they are planning to do away with her husband, is Anna going to be with Steve as she promised in the parking lot? Or does Anna have another man waiting in the shadows to do away with Steve? The elements of noir style are here. There is the mystery of what are these two love birds planning? Who is the person they are plotting against? What is going to happen? Is it a murder? A frame up? Who will be framed, Steve or the husband? Now the audience has invested in the film, they have to see it through to get the answers. The tension comes in when Slim interrogates Anna when she comes back into the club. Yes, there is something going on and going to happen, soon. I enjoyed the analysis of the openings. Some were quite involved and I wanted to watch the rest of the film to see what happens. Others threw me off, they had a different catch than the usual noir film opening. And that can put anyone off their guard. It's not obvious from the start that there is a plot or mystery afoot, so you don't think twice about your initial reaction. Then the director throws something at you totally out of left field and, POW! You are hooked and being reeled in.
  3. Do I have to create an account on Canvas? Or is my login info here on TCM board sufficient? Sorry folks, but I'm new to this and I do want to get a certificate of completion.
  4. Now I know the reason for the cruel and unusual punishment laws. That is really nasty. Which goes to show how people can be drunk with power and they abuse it very well. Munsey uses the record to both heighten the thrill he gets from being so powerful and to cover his dirty deeds with the loudness of music. It's really cowardly of the rest of the prison staff to just sit there and not say anything. They could easily be in these prisoners shoes and they would want someone to show them mercy. It is interesting that the piece chosen is something that is beautiful. Could it be that Munsey finds such force beautiful? Or being able to do such harm to captive punching bags, arousing? it's not only disturbing, but sick. I would say that any warden who lives like this has been at their job way to long. He definitely wants this prisoner to tattle on his friends. Like early postwar films, this film has the elements needed for a noir film. We find out that the warden expects a prison break soon. From this information, we learn that there is someone who is willing to be a plant for the warden, someone is spying for him. The questions are: Who is the spy for the warden? And how do they, the prisoners, out smart their adversary? Like detectives in other noir films, the warden is trying to get a confession out of this prisoner in a brutal fashion. Not all noir films have brutal scenes in them, but there has to be something that catapults the characters into the tornado that is the story and plot. Every part of the film has to be in its right place, or there is no point. If noir films were not so brutal before, they became that over time. And it was partly truth of these films, because that does happen in real life. And also, it is the natural development of noir films over their history. It's a terrible commentary, but violence is not going away and films will show us our dark sides as well as the light.
  5. He was looking right at a witness and giving him the death stare. It's a good thing that someone can pick someone out of a line up today behind protected glass. To have to identify a criminal up close like that, especially someone who isn't afraid to kill, had to be utterly terrifying. There is no city name given. Dix and this incident can be anywhere in the world. The films title says that the city is it's own kind of jungle. There are predators and prey in a city as there are in small towns and suburbs. Everywhere you go in a city, there is action. There is good happening and bad. Either Dix was asked to do something or he decided to do it. By that I mean, he could have been paid to hit someone or he went after someone who crossed him. Perhaps the reason why the café owner helped him by hiding the gun, is he also has some role to play in what event took place. He may have a stake in the outcome. Each of the films have some of the classic ingredients of film noir in them. While one film showed these elements in a rather bland fashion, the rest of the opening scenes still kept to the mystery of noir films. In Beware my Lovely, the noir element of punishment and fear of that punishment, either for some crime truly committed or one being blamed on an innocent, come about half way through the opening scene. It's not an obvious noir film right from the start. In Asphalt Jungle, the noir element of mystery, questions needing answers, detectives trying to find those answers and bring peace out of chaos, are all in this opening. We learn that Dix is a career criminal. He has a record and because of that he will no doubt be on police radar for a long time. The officers don't find his gun, but they take him in anyway as he fits the description of the suspect. Other than the police car, there is only Dix on the street. It looks like either early morning or afternoon. And there should be more cars and people out on the streets, but there isn't. It reminds me of the film The last Man on Earth. For all the audience knows, Dix, the police and then the café owner could be the only people living in this Asphalt Jungle. It's hard on the feet. Nothing very natural or colorful. And with crumbling buildings around, there is even more debris for Dix to traverse than only pavement. He doesn't take a usual path to this café. Dix goes down alley ways, keeping away from sight. Unfortunately, he is spotted and hauled in. I enjoy Sterling Hayden. He can be a hero or a criminal easily.
  6. Interesting. The two lovers are planning something over the phone. He has to be at work and she is in a phone booth somewhere. I'm not sure if it's a murder or if she's just planning to run away with him, never to be seen again. Kind of like Romeo and Juliette in the sense that they are obviously in love and want to be together with nothing to stop them. Also like the doomed "star crossed lovers" of Shakespeare's story, they will not have such an easy time of things I think. For every plan there is a wrench thrown in to complicate matters very nicely. There may be a husband and children involved. He may also have someone in his life. The score to this film reminds me of noir films in that it's music that follows the femme fetal throughout the noir film. I can hear the commentary from the detective, "She has a full set of curves. Red, pouting lips that make you drool." All the while the detective is describing the femme fetal, there is her music playing. In the opening you can see the sheer extacsey on the woman's face as she talks to Julien. After that, he goes about his job maybe thinking about what they are going to be doing later. They are definitely up to something. Like Beware my Lovely, this grabs the interest/attention of the audience from the start. The mystery is what is going on between these two lovers? How will this story play out? As long as the opening sequence grabs the audience, the film noir will unfold and questions will find answers.
  7. Poor Howard. How awful to find your employer dead like that. And he runs, not only away from the scene, but out of the town, as if he had something to hide. Maybe he did do it and his mind doesn't remember it. It could be that he has had similar trouble in the past and he runs thinking that everyone will blame him for it. Howard is finished cleaning up for his employer. She left his wages for him, but she doesn't answer when he calls her to let her know that he's done for the day. Then he finds her dead. Maybe he blames himself for her death and that's also why he runs away. He may have heard something, but decided not to find out what was going on. Then again, what ever happened to her, may have been so sudden that there was nothing to be done. The Salvation Army has been around for a long time. It has a history of being a helping hand for those in need. Perhaps the SA helped Howard to find his handyman job. It is rather odd to have a charity group like that open a film. It may put the audience off the scent of the noir story about to take place. The opening didn't make me feel anxious, or nervous, just interested in finding out where this film is going. There is a death. How did it happen? If someone is involved, who? Howard runs as fast and far as he can go away from such a terrible sight. The opening doesn't give the impression that Howard is barely hanging on. When he runs away, is when I get the feeling that there is more to Howard than meets the eye. He has something he's running away from and it's not just his former employers demise. Howard finding her dead, was a trigger for something else. When he is on the train, running away from that scene, I want to know what it is he's running from. What happened to Howard that made him run in terror? How is he going to resolve what he's going through? Now, this is interesting. This is one classic element of noir films that has to be there, or there is no film.
  8. Isn't that sad? It's true that when film makers lose their inspiration they go back and hijack elements from previous genres, meaning they start the remake years. This film does open with a rather bland chit chat between the two men. They appear to be tough and average men. One is older and the other is roughly mid 30's. They both are wearing the same outfit, except that the older man's attire is darker in color. There is nothing that really pulls the audience into the film from the start, as is a classic trait of noir films. Something has to happen from the get go to reel in the audience, make them interested, get them to invest themselves in this story and the outcome of the characters, or there is nothing stopping them from leaving disgusted. I can agree that, for this opener, it does seem that some noir elements were "burlesqued" here. The two men seem to be going through the motions and that is all. There is a train, arriving at night. The two men get off and start their quest for someone or something in a cab. They talk casually, so they are friends, but there is no hint of anything amiss here. I don't get any kind of twist, heightened anxiety, deep mystery as I did with previous noir film clips. The two men appear to be in a hurry, they only have an hour to catch their next train, but they are not impressed by their errand.
  9. Here time is of the essence. If this person doesn't get the timing of people and incidents down right, then when he goes to rob the bank, he can be sure to be caught quickly. If there is no one else involved in the intended heist, it will only be this man and he has to have every t crossed. Every move he makes has to be perfect or his robbery won't happen. He is obviously planning to be something of a "gentleman" thief, meaning he wants to walk in, get his money, and walk out as if nothing happened. Like it was a normal day at the bank. If he does that, not drawing any undue attention to himself, then he will accomplish his goal. No one will be looking at him. No one will notice him at all except the teller who helps him. This opening reminds me of the Untouchables film. You get a bit of law enforcement commentary at the beginning, there is no one reading anything, but you still get some background before the story starts. Film noir is crime and passion. Good and bad, all rolled into one. A heist theme brings in the bad guy and it's up to the detectives to answer the questions, who, what, where, when, why and how. From there, the mystery is created and its eventual solving brings the story to full light. I don't know that it changes what the audience thinks of criminal behavior on screen. A heist can be happen because of greed, or desperation. Someone wants money for their own reasons and they may need a lot of it quickly. The only way to do this is to rob a bank or someone who has a lot of money. A heist can involve one or more hostages, or no one at all. It depends on the story. How it's written and what the outcome is to be. It's a perfect fit for the noir genre as a heist film can be anything at all from start to finish.
  10. It starts off showing the first punch, up close and personal, so the audience can almost feel it when Steve gets punched. After that, the rest of his beating is seen through the swinging light. The audience gets the idea that this poor guy is being turned black and blue all over. You can hear each punch being given and hear what the end result is, when Steve makes the sounds of someone getting their butt kicked. You don't get to see all of it. I mean you can hear it going on, but you only see that it's two against one with the other two men watching, waiting for Steve to give the right answer. At first you can see the blows happen. The swinging light gives the audience the knowledge that Steve is about to get hurt badly. The cinematography shows the first blows, but the whaling on Steve is still kept for the privacy of shadow. It's not as if no one knows who is doing what to Steve and why. And the end result is a badly beaten man being threatened along with his new wife. It's a now you see it, now you don't kind of thing. Someone watching this film may want to see the action. After all, in similar pictures, the audience is shown some of this action and it works to get the audience involved in the outcome for the characters. You want to see the good guy (s) win and the bad buy (s) get what's coming to them. I have not seen this film either, but I imagine that the rest of the film has Steve trying to save his wife and himself inspite of what has happened to him already. I doubt that when he goes into the police station they will believe that he came there to confess of his own accord. I mean the police will get a good look at Steve and know that there is something going on. He should not have been beaten into a part in the robbery. There will be regret coming soon I think.
  11. Hello there fellow classic film lovers. I missed the first quiz because I couldn't find it. Are they here on the TCM message board? I would love to get a certificate of completion.
  12. Boxing scenes in films show more of everything than a televised fight does. All you get on a tv screen is the movement and maybe how the two fighters hurt one another, but you don't see the wounds happen so well, so close up, on tv as you do in film. I feel sorry for Ernie. He is watching this replay of this last fight and about ready to climb the walls. He had his hand on the prize and lost it to the fight being stopped by the doctor. Although, the doctor didn't do it to him to be mean, he feels cheated some how. And his wife makes it known that she feels cheated in her own way, by having married this has been of a fighter. Her words cut Ernie deeply, he's trying to make a life for them and she keeps stomping on that. The way he looked at his wife when she left the room, after he saw her new bracelet, he looked like he could kill her if he ever caught her fooling around. There is where the noir substance and style come in to the film. There is nothing in shadow here, it's all out in the open. Pauline made no effort to hide her new piece of jewelry, she tried to down play it, but she still wore it. Allowing her husband to see that someone may be interested in her. This may have given Ernie the idea that she may not be going into work tonight. Perhaps when she is at work, her secret admirer comes along to chat with her, steal a kiss, or maybe he waits for Pauline to get off work. Some stolen moments together. Ernie may follow her and find out the truth for himself. And when he does all hell breaks lose. The director is setting up the audience for the action. What happens between Ernie and Pauline is still pretty common today. Here you have two people who married at the heights of one or both careers and things didn't work out, so now they have to accept their lives and be content some how. As with many people, neither of them is very happy. Their dreams didn't come true, but instead of accepting that and trying the next dream, they break their own hearts over something that is gone. Maybe Ernie feels he could try to become the champ again. Not knowing that he may have a similar fate at the first go round. His wife could be a show girl, but it would be in a dive by now. She's not some hot 20 year old any more. The frustration, dissatisfaction and hurt they both feel, they take out on one another. Though I think Ernie's wife is hitting harder than he does. I can't help feeling that it would be Ernie that has the last most painful hit.
  13. I can see that Sam and Walter start off friendly, but not real friends. They try to be friendly, remembering old days, but Walter is a little nervous around Sam. And then Sam pretty much twists Walter's arm in an effort to get him to help a friend of his out of jail. I can tell from that part of the scene that Sam has something on Walter. And that Walter wants to keep things quiet. Then Martha enters the scene. And after she hears a familiar call, she remembers who Sam is. I can see Walter seething quietly in the back ground. He is jealous of Sam. I would go so far as to say that Walter hates Sam. While Martha seems to think she has been rescued. They all try to keep their deeper feelings controlled in front of one another, but they are not at ease with each other. It looks to me to be a love triangle. I get a feeling that Martha thinks more of Sam than she does her husband Walter. And poor Walter is on the outside of happiness and he naturally doesn't like it there. The Postman Always Rings Twice is set in a small town. And there is the noir beginning. A man sees a beautiful woman. She sizes him up from how he looks at her. The scene leaves the audience thinking that something is going to happen between these two characters that shouldn't, but neither of them is going to put a stop to it. And in the end, the bad guy(s) get their just desserts.
  14. In this film, the innocent couple are given a bag full of money that was intended for someone else. And that person is chasing them in his car. It is a car chase at night and Jane did beautifully driving and managing to lose the other car. In Kiss Me Deadly, someone is after Christina and she's running for her life down a near deserted road at night. In The Hitch-Hiker, two friends pick up a lone man who seems to be harmless, but also on a deserted road at night. And In Strangers on a Train, two men meet, possibly by chance, possibly not, but this one is during the day. The mystery and suspense of Strangers is that these two don't know one another and yet, one proposes something unthinkable for personal gain. And I think assumes that Guy is so desperate to be rid of his first wife that he would do anything if he could get away with it. Maybe the every day life was not so exciting and these types of films made it so. You can go on an adventure or be the hero who wins in the end. Instead of the one who gets taken advantage of or used up and cast adrift. These films also gave the average person a voice that they didn't know they had, or hadn't really put to good use yet. They gave them a way out to. Wars happen to innocent people as well as to soldiers. You can't control that, but in a film you can imagine yourself, loved ones, friends coming out on top instead of coming back in a pine box. I have not seen this film from start to finish either. I wonder what they do with the money? DO they go to the police? Do they go home? Does the person to whom the money really belongs, come after the couple? They can't spend it right away that would send the IRS after them. And others who know the couple would get suspicious and maybe try blackmail. The couple are afraid when the other car starts to come after them. They get away, but we don't know what they do with that money. If something like this happened to me, I would take it to the police and tell them what happened. I'm not keeping something like that around me as it makes me a target. If I get rid of it soon, then there is nothing that can happen to me. I'm not in charge of the money and what happens to it isn't up to me, so I can't help the person (s) get their cash.
  15. In Kiss Me Deadly, Christina was in a panicked hurry. She was escaping and wanting to get as far as possible from the place she was being kept, either as a patient or prisoner. In the Hitch-Hiker, the hitcher is the one who is in a hurry, though he doesn't look it. He quickly gets the upper hand on two men, with just one gun. And in this opening sequence, all the people are in a hurry to get on the train. No one wants to miss it. I think that Bruno was always looking for Guy though. I think he may have been following him a little. And when they are in the same car together, Bruno strikes up an acquaintance with his fellow passenger. I don't know where Bruno gets the idea that Guy would be interested in such a deal though. Guy is a professional athlete, not a killer. There doesn't appear to be a lady in distress or a man. It's a run of the mill opening at first, which puts the audience off the track. Until Bruno makes his proposition to Guy, no one knows that this is a noir film. So Hitchcock hides in plain sight, the noir of this film. I'm not sure. Rebecca, Strangers on a Train, Marnie, Vertigo, Rope, Rear Window and a few others, have the elements of noir in them, thought they may not be obvious from the start. Which I find genius. This style of noir film, keeps the audience guessing and it can also be a little frustrating because we want to know the facts from the start. And Hitchcock has a way of keeping that from you and heightening the suspense of the film. It looks to me to be a hard thing to keep doing, but he did it for several films.
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