Turn Off Your Cell Phone And Retreat To Cinema
From the list of film noir movies provided, I went ahead and watched:
- Killers Kiss: A fighter falls in love with a woman with a troubled past and troubled future. The fighter falls head over heels for the woman, and the question is, does she feel the same? There is a reason that this movie was required for the class to see. The cinematography alone is beautiful. There isn’t a lot of dialogue over the course of the film, but instead there are scenes framed in darkness and light to characterize the people in the story and to set the overall mood. I loved how in the shots in the apartments they looked at each other but the viewer saw the scene through a mirror. Suggesting that the two are mirrored images of each other, and that what they saw in each other was a distorted reality rather than truth. They saw what they wanted to see. The fighter saw a damsel in distress, somebody he could save since he couldn’t save himself. She saw a chivalrous man, so unlike her employer. My favorite scene in the movie was towards the beginning. There’s a shot of the fighter restlessly pacing around his small, crappy apartment and pauses to feed his two fish. The camera re-orients itself so that it is looking through the glass and water distorting the fighter’s face. To me, I thought this was like how he himself felt like he was on the outside looking in. He was a fighter, he spends his time beating and getting beat by both men and life. He looks in through a distorted window into the lives of others. I felt like the scene also foreshadowed the relationship between himself and the woman. It’s the two of them against the world. As suggested by the mirror scenes, they are mirrored images of each other, and the fish in the bowl are almost one and the same. Lonely people look for lonely people.
- The Hitch-Hiker: A hitch-hiker to confirm all sorts of fears and suspicions about letting a stranger into your car. The killer stands by the side of the road, looking like he needs some help. Then he gets in the car, and kills his driver. Two friends are cruising one day, and pick up a guy at the side of the road. Looks like he needs help. The movie is the two friend’s attempts to stay alive long enough for the police to catch up and catch the killer hitch-hiker. The suspense created at the beginning of the film was great- I loved that the face of the killer wasn’t shown at first. Instead, all that were visible were a pair of legs and dusty shoes. Only when he got in the car and chose to reveal himself did the audience see the killer. Like in the movie, the killer is only seen when he wants to me. When he was finally revealed there was dramatic V-shaped shadow below his face, and his face was ghastly white. This was, arguably, the most dramatic moment in the film. Yes, the narrow, almost-saves, were dramatic, but the viewer was supposed to feel an almost horror at the face of the killer of so many innocent helpful people. The fact that these people were helpers is something to be discussed as well. Sometimes in film the bad guy goes after the scum in society, yet in this film he goes after the good hearted. How sick is that? In previous posts I’ve discussed how people were disenchanted with reality. The fact that the killer went after good people really reflects the, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” question. I don’t have an answer for that. But I do know that this movie was a cynical piece of film which portrayed what people feared most. That a good deed could lead to their demise. So why even bother?