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  1. The opening narration is very straight to the point as it gives us factual information about California's Imperial Valley and the braceros who work in the farm fields. There is little emotional intonation until the line "But there are OTHER braceros..." At that point the narrator's tone gets more serious, and the previously light score becomes darker sounding, too. The clip ends with a kind of citation. The narrator tells the listener that the information given has come from the U.S. Dept. of Justice. This factoid, along with docu-realistic style of narration and visual footage used giv
  2. The most obvious feature of this scene is the staging of the two women, Veda and Mildred. Mildred starts the scene at the highest eye level, while Veda is lounging and reclining. As the motion carries on, both women stand side by side at full profile. Eventually Veda climbs the stairs and takes a dominant position to her mother. Then Mildred slaps her daughter and takes dominance back. Notice the women's dress and silhouettes as well. The style of dress is very similar, dark fabric and similar cuts of garment suggest a similarity (even though Crawford has those shoulders, also showing he
  3. Wow, wow, wow! Haven't watched this film in a while, but can one ever get tired Of Rita Hayworth's performance? The most clothed strip tease I've ever seen, but what pure sexuality. One is worried Rita might even pop out of her dress in several places. The way she is framed by the camera in one shot, you would swear (seen out of context) that she wasn't wearing a stitch. The lyrics of the song portray this sexual energy, as well. We hear of Mame, a woman whose femininity and sexuality brought down civilizations and slew men... Talk about a femme-fatale! As the scene progresses we see t
  4. I've already seen this great film, so I already have quite a formed opinion of Waldo Leydecker. What always strikes me in this opening is his arrogance-- The obvious personal museum of treasures, but also his receiving the detective in the bathtub?!? Anyone else would have excused a guest, dressed, and then had the conversation. His popmposity is apparent in his manner of speaking and what he says as well. When McPherson points out that he misreported facts concerning a murder, Leydecker claims that his version must have been better. What a nerve! This guy oozes class, but even more so
  5. The lack of fluidity and some camera motions do date this usage of POV shot(which has sadly been so overused in the past decade or so), but I still find it fairly effective. To me, there is always a tension to this kind of perspective because, as a viewer, I am forced to look through someone else's eyes, but I have no control on where they look or what they look at. It forces the viewer to give up some control. And obviously it helps us feel more allied with the Bogart character. The police aren't just chasing him, but us as well. I really liked this movie when I watched it for the firs
  6. I mainly get a sense of, what at the time, would be more realism in depiction. There are several shots which are fairly shaky and give the viewer a sense of being on an actual train, not on a set piece. The two actors seem to convey with their actions and their gestural communication that they really are doing a job, really are driving the engine. I can't tell as a layperson if these men are actors or simply men who did this job for a living. Then of course there is the darkness. The train plunges into the dark tunnel, casting the audience into the dark, until we see a crescent of light
  7. Okay, maybe it's the fact that I've seen too many horror movies, or maybe it's my modern cynicism, but I don't find the opening to Fritz Lang's "M" that ominous, atleast not right away. There is a definite tension, established by the angles used in cinematography and the lack of score (causing the sound cues that are there to pop out), but the one word I keep thinking of is juxtaposition. Lang seems to be showing a tad bit of a sense of humor, as is most evident in the children's song/rhyme. In a very simple, sing-song, playful style the child tells about the man in black and child murde
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