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ArdillaSinfronteras

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  1. These four minutes are very important. Those of us who have seen "Postman" several times before, know that the clip is, essentially, a preview of everything that's going to happen. It's all here: the district attorney who says that "maybe I'll see you again"; the "man wanted" sign, with its many meanings; the comment that Frank makes about this maybe being the beginning of his future; his other unfortunate comment that he's got plenty of time; the old owner offering him the job instantly; the cop; and the long shot of the cliffs over the ocean (before seeing the clip today, I never noticed how close the ocean was.) The burning burger is symbolic, as is the lipstick (phallic symbol) that Lana rolls at him. All of these elements come together to invite Frank into disaster. How can he resist? Much has been said here about Lana's white outfit. I have always noticed in this movie that she ALWAYS dresses in white, in every scene, up until a certain point in the film. However, one thing that has never rung true for me is that she's just too glamorous in the setting. What is a beautiful girl like that doing married to an unattractive old man and working in a lunchroom when Hollywood is just a few miles away? (I guess it's due to the MGM "A" picture treatment.) Much more believable was the Jessica Lange character in the remake (older, grittier, more beaten down, but just as sexy--I loved the seduction scene on the kitchen table.)
  2. I've seen this film dozens of times. I love it, but, like others here, I never considered it Film Noir. A year or so ago I watched the miniseries (starring Cate Blanchette, I think), and now I know why the original film never seemed genuinely noir to me. The miniseries was supposedly more closely based on the novel. There are a lot of differences in the plot. For one thing, the miniseries takes place in the 1930's, not '40's, and there's more sex in it. I don't even think there's a murder. It's that different. What I think happened was that they added plot lines in the original film to make it into what later came to be known as noir, because that was becoming popular at the time the film was made. The whole film revolves around the murder. They added the murder to make it into a noir or noir-ish, but it's basically still just a female melodrama. One thing that I could never understand about the movie was why Mildred ever divorced her husband in the first place. That's what sets the action in motion, but just suspecting that he might be having an affair and his employment problems were not grounds for divorce, especially not in 1945, and most especially for a woman with no job experience.
  3. The music is so important in "Gilda" that both of the songs she sings are used as background music in a later Glenn Ford noir, the Big Heat, and I'm sure it was no accident. I think it was an inside joke to evoke memories of "Gilda." Even though I love "Gilda" and watch it whenever it comes on, I think that the plot is REALLY STUPID. In fact, I've always had a secret theory that they shot the "Mame" number first and then made up the plot later, because the film is all about Rita's beauty and talent and not much else. Here's my fantasy about a meeting of the studio executives: "Hey we've got Rita Hayworth for our next film. Let's put her in a slinky black satin dress and have her do a strip tease, but we'll put the number at the end so that the audience will have to wait to see it." "Great. What's the movie about?" "Who cares? No one will remember anything except that black dress. We can have her do another number, too, a Latin dance, in a white dress, with a long slit in it. We'll put that at the end, too, right before the one with the black dress." "Latin number, eh? Well then, let's have it take place in South America, Argentina maybe." "Okay, yeah, Argentina, that's good." "Hey, World War II just ended, and I heard that some of the Nazis escaped to Argentina, so let's put in a couple of Nazis." "Sure, maybe she could be married to one of them." "Who are we going to get for the leading man?" "Who cares? How about Glenn Ford?" "Yeah, Glenn Ford's okay, but why would Glenn Ford be doing in Argentina in the first place?" "It doesn't matter. No one will question how illogical the plot is, because they'll be looking at that black dress, and believe me, decades from now, when they think of this movie, the thing they'll remember most is Rita singing a song and doing a strip tease in the black satin dress."
  4. Northwest Indiana (on the shores of Lake Michigan, close to Chicago.)
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