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DIANE DYAN BIGGS

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About DIANE DYAN BIGGS

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    HOUSTON HEIGHTS TEXAS
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  1. NOTE OF BEING MORE PERCEPTIVE: I JUST SCREENED LAURA FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME AND HEARD AND SAW THINGS THAT I MISSED BEFORE....THIS CLASS HAS DEFINITELY HEIGHTENED MY PERCEPTIVE ON FILMS NOIR AND IN LIFE ITSELF. TRUE STORY: SOME YEARS BACK I TOOK A STUDY COURSE ON HOW TO STUDY A SUBJECT, ANY SUBJECT. THE PREMISE BEING THAT ONCE YOU KNOW THE NOMENCLATURE OF A STUDY, FOR INSTANCE IF THE SUBJECT PHOTOGRAPHY, YOU MUST LEARN ALL THE WORDS AND SYMBOLS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHY. ONCE YOU HAVE MASTERED THE NOMENCLATURE, THE STUDY BECOMES LESS FOREIGN AND EASIER TO LEARN. WELL, DURING TH
  2. WOW!!! I WISH I HAD WRITTEN THIS AND I FEEL I COULD EVEN ADD TO IT BY SAYING THAT ON 99 RIVER STREET I ALMOST GOT ALL WET, BUT WOUND UP BACK AT DINER HAVING COFFEE WITH ALL THE THRONG OF FILMS NOIR, EVERY ACTOR, EVERY MUSICIAN, EVERYONE OF THE WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WHO MADE THESE FILMS...FRITZ LANG ASKED TO SEE MY PHOTOGRAPHY AND Miklos Rozsa'S MUSIC IS PLAYING PURPLE PLEASURE JUST FOR ME.....WHEN THE BELL RANG, IT WAS THE POSTMAN SAYING HE COULDN'T DELIVER MY LETTER BECAUSE OF INSUFFICIENT POSTAGE AND MY LIFE WAS SPARED ANOTHER DAY TO WATCH YET ANOTHER FILMS NOIR.....HAVE ANOTHER CU
  3. Daily Dose of Darkness #32: Over Now (Opening Scene from Criss Cross) - Discuss how the opening of this film exemplifies the noir style and substance. The aerial view, the titles rolling, the music playing; superb music by Miklos Rozsa, makes this noir style and noir substance. I have not yet seen a movie with Miklos Rozsa's music that fell short of magnificent!!! Outstanding music man!!! And, as I have written before in these posts on the daily doses, music is probably a good 75-80% of a good film, to me!!! It seems I may have seen this film a very long time ago....I am
  4. I really love what you say here.....I was thinking the same thing about Hume Cronyn. Until now, I don't recall him in any films noir. Much like seeing William Talman, who played on Perry Mason as the DA for years, the good guy and then seeing him in the DD FROM THE HITCH HIKER....WHAT A SWITCH. Then to get right down to it, Raymond Burr had this whole other noir career before PERRY MASON that I only learned about, for the first time in HITCHCOCK'S REAR WINDOW....THEN I'd see him in more and more and more noir films. Really is interesting. I prefer the nicer sides of these guys, which I
  5. Daily Dose of Darkness #31: No Escaping Noir (Scene from Brute Force) -- What role does music (especially the record playing Wagner) play in the intensity of this scene? Gangsters usually turn up the music in scenes such as these in many noir films to cover the sounds of the beating being inflicted upon someone. In this case, it's the police brutally beating a man, which is not uncommon even today. In fact there are a dozen cases seen on tv due to the recent digital age of the SMART PHONE, DASHBOARD CAMERAS (IN POLICE CARS THEMSELVES), OR VIDEOED BY PEOPLE ON THE STREET WITNESSING SUCH
  6. Daily Dose of Darkness #30: Into the Darkness (Scene from Desperate) -- Describe how this scene uses cinematography to accentuate the brutal beating of Steve Randall (Steve Brodie). Ruthless. The lighting was everything. The swinging light was really something else. My only understanding of Raymond Burr growing up was Perry Mason, and I loved that TV show, still do. When I first saw R.B. in a different style movie or became aware of him was probably in HITCHCOCK'S "REAR WINDOW". At first I didn't even know it was Raymond Burr. This was really ruthless and brutal. The lighting didn
  7. BEFORE I BEGIN, LET ME JUST SAY THAT THIS LEARNING EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN GRAND!!! I AM GLAD IT HAS COME TO A SUPERB ENDING WITH ALL THESE FANTASTIC HEISTS; HOWEVER, MY LEARNING FOR THE SUMMER IS NOT OVER: NEXT I TACKLE HOW TO IMPROVE MY SCRABBLE GAME. I PLAY DAILY WITH ONE OF MY YOUNGER SIBLINGS, AND SHE CONSISTENTLY MOPS THE BOARD WITH MY WORDS SCATTERED; SECOND PLACE IS NOT MY NOIR STYLE. LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!! SPECIAL THANKS TO TCM, FOR THE SUMMER OF DARKNESS, WITH EDDIE MULLER, WHO LED ME TO DR. RICHARD EDWARDS AND SHANNON CLUTE FOR PODCASTS. THESE 3 MEN ARE MY NEWEST BEST FRIENDS, AND
  8. I remember the Loretta Young show as well. Cause For Alarm is a movie I have seen before. It is a haunting film. And a comedy of errors about the delivery of the mail. It is truly a different kind of twist to any other film I can think of. Well, worth watching at least once. #NOIRSUMMER
  9. In what ways does Miles Davis' score (improvised while watching scenes from the movie) work with and contribute additional layers of meaning to Louis Malle's visual design? I have never seen this film before, and I have never heard this particular Miles Davis score; however, the music sweeps across the man and woman as they are talking on the phone and in and thru the visual of the entire scene, as if the man and woman were in the same room....and not only in the same room, but making love. As the camera takes us to the inside and outside of the office building to the call box in which
  10. "Final Clues and Last Words." : It looks like the last words of whoever that lady was in the closet were: "FOR HOWARD $5.00. and I suspect that, that ain't all folks. Describe the noir elements, in terms of style and substance, in this opening sequence. When asked for this, I am sorry, there is something in this ? or thread that I must not fully understand...but I don't know what it is exactly.....I have not been able to wrap my brain around this ? or answer it every time it is asked.....style and substance? I don't get that....if anyone can help me out on that...please let
  11. -- Do you see evidence, even in the film's opening scenes, for Foster Hirsch's assessment that the dialogue in this film sounds like a "parody of the hard-boiled school" or that "noir conventions are being burlesqued"? YES, I SEE IT!!! MY LUGGAGE MISSES ME TOO!: True story: A friend of mine married a foreigner so he could get a baby out of her and have a citizen of the U.S. and ruin her life? Well, she didn't have any luggage and I thought I would hear from her and that she would return my bags later on.....she packed and moved and I never heard from her again. She had
  12. -- Discuss the role of time and timing in this scene. The man in the window looks down on the street below. The people in the street below are all doing their perspective jobs or tasks at hand. They might not even know in what order or in what frame of time reference they are doing their jobs; they're just doing their jobs. That brings us back to the man in the window.....he's clocking their movements...the same people every day arriving at the same time entering the band, leaving the bank...the armored car armed guards that is. The man who delivers the flowers, is there as well. In
  13. Takoma1, on 16 Jul 2015 - 3:34 PM, said: Members 103 posts Posted Yesterday, 11:01 PM I just have to ask: all of the people remarking on the fact that Ernie is "emasculated"--what is the equivalent of that for his wife? If Pauline is robbing Ernie of his masculinity, are there ways in which he is robbing her of her femininity? In other words, if Ernie is being denied the American male dream of a respectable job and a dutiful wife, what is the female American dream? What is Pauline's ideal? What should she be aspiring to? Where does she draw her self-worth (aside from having a husband
  14. -- Compare and contrast how director Karlson shoots and stages the boxing scene as a contrast of styles between cinema and television. This is not why I like this movie. In fact, I started not to watch this movie because of the boxing. When I realized the whole movie wasn't just about boxing, I watched it and now it is going to be played on TCM again coming up this week. In fact it airs on Friday, July 17, 2015. -- Discuss the scene's social commentary in the interactions between Ernie (John Payne) and Pauline (Peggie Castle). Whether it's social or just married bliss, they se
  15. - Discuss the scene in terms of its acting and staging. In this brief scene, what do you see as the interpersonal relationships between Sam (Heflin), Walter (Douglas), and Martha (Stanwyck)? If you have seen the entire film, avoid larger points about the plot, and focus simply on what you are seeing just in this scene. Suddenly, this seems easy to talk about, or the question is easier. Sam is not naive but he isn't a corrupt man either. He's asking the D.A., played by Douglas for a favor for old times sake. When he asks him, it's almost as tho he's holding something over the D.A.'s he
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