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  1. One of my favorite film noir is THE THIRD MAN. I think I've seen this 2 or 3 times in the past couple of years. Not until taking this class did I conciously become aware of the extensive use of the "Dutch angle" shot throughout this film. Although some of the shots are subtle they are still noticeable. The use of low key lighting especially the night scene when Holly realizes that Harry is still alive is perfectly shot. As I was writing this I went to the IMDb page for The Third Man for any info on the cinematographer. His name was Robert Krasker who was from Australia and to my surprise he won the Academy Award for his work on this film.
  2. Of the films that I had not seen before, I think I enjoyed "THE SET-UP" the most. The sport of boxing lends itself to noir style. This is especially so during the 1940's and 1950's when the sport was possibly the most corrupt. This film has a sense of despair and hopelessness from the beginning where Stoker's wife is pleading for him to stop fighting, to inside the arena locker room where all the has been, punch drunk prelim fighters are all crowded into this small space, and finally, when he wins a fight that he was supposed to throw because his manager made a deal with a gambler, the gambler has him worked over. The lighting of the night street scenes and the alley scene where Stoker is beaten are done perfectly. A nice touch is at the end of the beating the camera pans up the wall of the alley where the shadow of a loud playing jazz combo is shown.
  3. The voiceover narration give us a sense of realism. There is also the example of how other forms of art are used with the beautiful panoramic shots of the mountains and landscapes. It reminded me of an Ansel Adams photograph. The narration tells us that illegal Mexican workers are being victimized as they go back to their homes but I think it's the visual of the final shot that gives us a feeling of film noir as the shot of the desert pans to a beautiful darker shot of the mountains and clouds and finally the forbidding signs on the foreground similar to the opening sequence of M, that gives us a feeling that something sinister is about to unfold.
  4. The ticking of the clock gives one a sense of foreboding that is contrasted by the force of the score that plays over the opening credits. I think the use of the clock is interesting as it reaches 6:00 in that as someome earlier noted, is it am or pm? Does this represent a new day and a fresh start for this character or does it represent that time is running out for him? The lighting and the shadows in the darkened room enhances the mood of foreboding as the shot pans back to show the shadowy figure sitting in a chair and staring at the clock.
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