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  1. Is this the first "GET OFF MY LAWN!" moment. It's usually played out more on the small screen, but I couldn't help but think of the "Grumpy Old Man vs Kid Menace" archetypes. I automatically sympathized with the boy and assumed the man was mean. I wonder what 1895 audience's thought about the characters. The poster featuring the audience laughter at the moment of water contact with face, makes me think I'm in good company.
  2. I re-watched this a second time last night and had a completely different read of who Philip Marlowe is. The first time I watched it I thought Marlowe was a bit different than Sam Spade; nicer, more respectful, truthful, but gracious. Upon the second viewing I've come to re-interpret Marlowe as possibly more weathered, but still the same hard man as Sam Spade. I've watched several films noir since this class begun and my perspective on these characters is that when in doubt they are shady. If they seem nice it's usually for manipulation. It was Fritz Lang's 1945 film Scarlet Street that pu
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