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  1. I don't think I'll ever forget this summer of noir. I am really, really going to miss it.
  2. I was scared by the light and the images streaming in from the small window cage and the unpredictable motion of a transport vehicle, so I guess the opening works well. Also, going back to the earlier theme we discussed of noir as "suffering in style". How amazing that some of the women were wearing high heels and coats with fur lapels on their way to prison. It really was a more formal era. Prison actually does not seem like a natural venue for a noir to me. Film noir is so much about how a character gets pulled under the murk of a morally ambiguous world--prison seems like a lik
  3. Today's actress Anna Kendrick looks a little like the daughter Veda (Ann Blyth) in this clip. It's always interesting to me to see a connection between Hollywood looks 70 years ago and today.
  4. It was harder for me to see the influence of Film Noir in this opening sequence than the others. The clip seems like a news reel--it's so matter of fact. The connection I make is that Film Noir honestly portrays the human condition and the inner lives of human beings, particularly in their darker moments. The opening sequence begins to piont us toward the dark undercurrents under the vast, sunny industrial agricultural empire.
  5. What stood out to me was the satin in Rita Hayworth's dress! In film noir, I notice all the luxurious textures--they seem to be in stark contrast to the grit and the cruelty. Same could be said for jazz music. Jazz sounds like ease and sophistication. I loved this scene. I'm not sure I've ever seen someone dance quite like this. There seems to be a contrast between how loose her movement is and how tightly-wound the drama and central action of a film noir can be.
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