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  1. Watched The Scar (aka Hollow Triumph) tonight. (no spoilers) "Be careful what you wish for," and "you reap what you sow" are this movie's themes. Paul Henreid has some real screen presence. He plays a complete cad, though. Gets what's coming to him in the end.
  2. Watched Detour last night. (no major spoilers, but definite plot reveals) I liked it much more than I expected to. Many people said it was so low-budget and poorly shot that it was unlikeable. I found the story compelling enough to overcome all that. Down on his luck, talented guy in love heads out across country without two nickels to call his own, intending to reunite with his special girl. He gets sidetracked, literally detoured, by fate and a scheming wicked little siren. You want him to have a happy ending, even though you know he isn't going to get one. Jazzy music, check
  3. Ok, well I joined the class late and have been catching up - lots of work to do. Spent the whole weekend doing it. Canvas was new to me, but pretty easy to learn. Twitter account already in place but unused for many months. No cable TV or TCM subscription at home; I watch whatever is free on Amazon Prime, or TV compelling enough for me to buy it (Blacklist, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, pretty much anything on "the Beeb.") Had to get up to speed on TCM and review all the many references sprinkled throughout the course content so far. With all that on my to-do list, I've watched only t
  4. Night of the Hunter, definitely. I was quite young when I first saw this film, and my initial reaction to Robert Mitchum's character, Rev. Powell, was, "Wow! He's so handsome and charming!" As I watched the film I gradually understood what kind of horrible man his character really was. I later had nightmare images burned in my mind: him walking on the edge of a hill, calling, "Pearl, Pearl" in that slow and menacing drawl. Still gives me chills to this day.
  5. I understand the purpose of using the 1st person POV in this film, but it feels manipulative in a not-good way for me. I like a story to draw me in obliquely, always offering the option for me to bail on my sense of relatability to a character in his or her circumstances, while continuing to maintain my interest in the final outcome. The opening of Dark Passage is just too overt for my tastes. It feels heavy-handed. Don't get me wrong: I still enjoy the film. Also, Bogart reminds me of my late husband, so I can watch him do anything and be satisfied. The opening of this particular
  6. I haven't seen this entire film yet, so these are my "fresh" eyes on it. For me, GROWING DREAD is the best description of the mood in Lang's opening of M. There is a heavy, tight feeling in the angles of view and sharply contrasting light and dark visual spaces. The children playing in a circle in the concrete courtyard are not lighthearted; each one anticipates the possibility of being singled out of the game. The narrow staircase up which the mother struggles with her laundry basket clearly adds to her burdens. The woman in the apartment takes the laundry basket and you ca
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