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  1. I found this portion of the podcast (in The Set-Up - Part 4 of 4: Podcast on Murder, My Sweet) to be really fascinating! I think you'll find it very interesting if you have the time to give it a listen. The hosts disagreed slightly which made for a lively discussion on Powell's lithe dance reference here.
  2. Hey, everyone has their "off" days -- no? Unfortunately this film seems to be full of them for Marlowe and by the end of it he's simply fed up... can't say I blame him
  3. When I watched the whole movie the other day I didn't really notice this, but when it was pointed out in this short clip I certainly did -- Marlowe was representing a new type of detective in films by portraying a man who didn't treat women with "kid gloves", so to say. Hey didn't hold back any punches and he expected a straight answer. He treated her how she had treated him. I think we see this also in The Maltese Falcon. In that film the detective followed the money because it spoke more of the woman than her words did. In this case Marlowe knew the woman in front of him was lying and k
  4. Laura is the movie that started it all for me -- It was the first classic movie I ever saw, and I fell hopelessly in love with classic hollywood, Dana Andrews, film noir, and black and white movies all in one fell swoop. It was love at first sight and I never looked back! But, in all seriousness... This has to be one of the most unusual opening scenes. The voiceover pulls us in with a sense of magic and poetry, all fluff and a writer's vocabulary. Then the camera pans over the most exquisite and lavish hall that you first think you're looking at a museum, until you're invited into the gen
  5. Osfan, I completely agree! This narration definitely helps move the story along and give you a closer connection to the character. You begin to build an emotional tie to him, seeing out of his "eyes" and hearing his thoughts. It's very personal. And this film definitely had more purpose to the first person POV that Lady in the Lake. I do enjoy that movie as well (probably because it's usual) but it does seem rather pointless. Here there is cause and effect... the technique holds a unique position in the film because of how the storyline was written. Love your phrasing of it -- "an exercis
  6. I'm a big Bogie & Bacall fan, so Dark Passage is an old favorite of mine. It's always surprising to me how little known it is, to be honest. And I'm continually surprised that those who do know it don't seem to enjoy the first person POV as much as I do. I find it a novelty, and a really unique plot device in the story that let the cast and crew stretch their creative muscles more than was normal to make the picture work -- and I love watching the results of that creative thinking! It's not the best noir example out there, and it's not even the best Bogie/Bacall example, but it is a mo
  7. I have yet to watch the entirety of La Bete Humaine, but from just this short opening clip I can already foresee that this movie is a prime example of masterful storytelling. Not a word was uttered in the four and a half minutes but so much was shared, between the two men on screen and with the audience. It was intriguing, and left me curious to see where the storyline would lead. I honestly know nothing more about the movie than what this Daily Dose has informed me, but I was struck by the unusual camera angles and the use of light and dark within the shots... this felt very noir to me,
  8. I'm fascinated that so many of us felt drawn to her hand positioning and the extension of the gun, even when the gun was missing. I'm always drawn to her hand in this scene - every single time I watch this movie! I really do think that Bette is only of the only women of the era who could have taken this role and acted it as well as she did, to the very tips of her fingertips - literally.
  9. I was also struck by her hand! It felt so natural to me... that tension, that reluctance to fall into a more "normal" stance but the need to drop the gun... for some reason I'm always drawn to her hand in the scene. It's oddly graceful, so being such an instrument of violence merely seconds later.
  10. It's been several years since I last saw The Letter and many more since I saw it for the first time, but I still remember the shock of seeing Bette so perfectly framed by the shadows, walking out of the house, down those stairs and letting those bullets fly one after the other -- then later seeing the enormity of the scene flash across her face in a flurry of emotions that I truly believe only Bette could have portrayed. She was so well cast in this role and I forget it each time I sit down to watch this movie until I watch her in this opening scene. For some reason I'm always sucked in when I
  11. Frtiz Lang's "M" has been on my list of movies to watch for years but it hasn't ever made it to the top of the list. I do love a good thriller, and who doesn't enjoy Peter Lorre? But, I digress... I DVRed the movie while I was out of town last month but still haven't made the time to sit down to enjoy it. I want to truly watch this one, not half-watch it while I'm multi-tasking. This one deserves all my attention and I know it! I was captivated entirely by just this short opening clip, so I know I'm going to enjoy the whole movie -- it's going to find a home on my DVR until I watch it. I
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