Bonnie and Clyde

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I had never seen this movie before, but I have always heard of these name come up either as a reference in another movie or a song. I did not even know this was based on a real story. I really enjoying watching this film, it kind of reminded me of the some of the films we watched early in the class such as The Public Enemy and M where it bought us back to somewhat of a gangster/violent genre. However this film definitely had much more blood, gore and violence to it, probably most likely due to the fact that some cinematic laws have changed and it was fine to show some what this film showed us. The onscreen chemistry of Bonne and Clyde was very realistic and done well. The action was great and so was the story. Early in history, film makers weren’t allowed to show how a crime was committed, however, now they we able to show how Bonnie and Clyde would run into a bank, steal all the money and valuables, and make their escape. Times have definitely changed in the film world after this was made.


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I didn’t really enjoy this movie too much. I felt that the action wasn’t that great and there wasn’t any sort of excitement in the movie. Maybe this just isn’t my type of genre, but I felt the story was boring. While watching the film, it felt like the actors were just reading lines and not acting due to the long pause between each line they had. After reading about how Indian films are about musicals and dancing, this film most definitely caught me by surprise. Even though there was some singing in this film, it was not what I had expected. It was very quiet, calm and pretty much the complete opposite of what I though it was going to be.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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This was the first science fiction film was have saw in class and it is definitely one of my favorites. This film was about aliens from outer space landing as earth as seeds and taking over. As a child, alien movies are always fun to watch because it really leaves you with a huge imagination on what is really out there. I thought the camera work was done really well in this movie to bring out the thrill and suspense throughout the story. The scene with Miles looking out the window to see the aliens gather the pods was extremely suspenseful. The use of no sound and a view of absolutely nothing suddenly has massive people gather together with trunks pulling up and giving out pods to the people that was already taken over. I felt this was one of the most suspenseful scenes of the film. The use of no sound was done really well here. I really enjoyed this movie and the way the film ended left it open for anything to happen.

Early Summer

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Early Summer by Ozu was a very different movie compared to what we have watched so far. The film was much more quieter and simple versus the previous films. I believe this is how Japanese cinema or culture was during this period of time. It is also the techniques that was used by Ozu. Ozu has the tendency to not use any sort of dissolve or fade when switch between scenes. He likes to use music and a static shot of an object or view and holds it still for a few seconds before the next scene comes into play. This example can be seen throughout the movie every time a scene changes. A very soft music starts to play in the background and usually the actors walk off screen. The music continues to play and the camera focus on one thing and quick switches to the next without a fade. Not only this, but Ozu likes to skip ahead in the story without actually showing what happen. An example of this is when Noriko was attending a friends wedding. There were several scenes where they talk about the wedding and that she was going, but the actual scene of the wedding was never shown. Instead, it jumps straight ahead to Noriko coming home from the wedding and telling her family about it.
The way Ozu uses sound in this film is also very interesting. There is no music playing in the background, except when switching between scenes. The movie was usually very quiet, with only voices being heard and nothing else. It appears as if once a character walks off screen, they no longer exist in the current shot. For example, the scene where Noriko was talking to Aya about marrage, then walks off screen. Koichi then opens the door behind them and it shows that he was eavesdropping on them. Koichi continues to have a conversation with Aya, however, even though Noriko is only in the next room, it appears she cannot hear anything they are saying. In real life, this would be nearly impossible because Koichi and Aya were not whispering to each other, instead just talking out loud as if no one was around them. The use of sound and voices here is very unique because even though it does not seem realistic, it still works for this film.

Double Indemnity

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I really liked Double Indemnity. I though it had a great story to it and keep you guessing what was going to happen next. What I enjoy about this movie is that you wasn’t able to expect what was coming up in the next scene. This was shown throughout the whole movie. At first, you though Phyllis truly loved Walter and that her husband is a bad person. But as the movie went on, you start to realize that Phyllis is really the bad person once you meet her daughter Lola. At this point you find out that Phyllis was a nurse and that she was responsible for the death of Lola birth mother. Now all of a sudden, everything turns around and now Walter no longer wants any part of the murder of Phyllis’s husband. I though the whole movie was full twist and turns and that was what made it such a great movie.

The use of the Film Noir technique was done very well here. The use of shadows and lighting was used throughout the movie and the nighttime of the scene help add to that effect. The scene at the very end of the movie is a excellent example. Phyllis and Walter was in the house in a dark room with no light. Yet we can still see the characters and see what is going on. The action they had when closing the window because of the music outside added to the film noir effect and using shadows and darkness as well as using the environment around them.

Lady Eve

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The Lady Eve was the first film we watched in class that had a female as the one of the lead roles. Right from the opening credits, you can tell this was to be a romantic/comedy film just by watching the animation of the snake moving down the tree. I though this film was very interesting in the way that Preston Sturges had portrays his female characters. She was very commanding and in control of what she wanted, but at the same time, used her sex appeals to get what she wanted. I felt that in this movie, the roles of each gender were reversed. Eve, the female, had total control of all her actions, was not nervous at any point and knew exactly what she had to do to get what she wants. Charile, the male, was nervous, shy and was led to do anything someone tells him to. He didn’t have any control over anything and crawling to the command of Eve, even after finding out that she was a thief.


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I really enjoyed the movie M. I have never watched any movies made from such an early period of time and this definitely was a great start. Based on what I’ve seen in my previous semester in media studies 101, I didn’t expect much story to early cinema, but definitely changed my view. The story was great in a way that it kept you on your feet and had surprises as it went along. It started with such a simple story of having a murderer kidnapping children and then evolved into this whole underground gang world. The music technique in this film was something that I had never seen before. Throughout the film, when they show the murderer, you would hear whistling. At first, I kept thinking this was just a background music go along with the scene. It wasn’t until towards the end, when the blind balloon salesman said he heard the same whistling the day little Elsie died that I realize it wasn’t the background music, but was actually Beckert whistling.

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