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The Third Man

on Film Noir L. Blumkin

by Lily Blumkin

5 hours, 41 minutes ago

Several telling aspects of Carol Reed's The Third Man are displayed in one shot early on in the film. Holly Martins has just arrived in Vienna to work for his friend, Harry Lime. In this instance, he is […]

The Third Man

on Film Noir Responses

by Shana Friedman

7 hours, 28 minutes ago

German is a language that can't quite be translated. Perhaps that's why so much of The Third Man's banter is left to the imagination. Perhaps the moments of dialogue between locals that aren't conveyed in a language that most Americans are able to understand are intended to be confusing and disorienting to mimic the confusion and disorientation Holly Martins feels as an outsider in a foreign city. Perhaps the meaning of the German frequently spoken in this film is meant to be disregarded by an American audience as irrelevant. How do we construct meaning in a film that lives between cultural and linguistic contexts? Holly attempts to construct a crude Americanization of the situation he believes to have been Harry's murder--he's a writer composing a novel who's casted himself as the hero. But he is also a blundering foreigner with no context, no understanding. Vinkel, not Winkel, an irate Dr. Winkel informs Holly after the latter butchers the pronunciation of the name of the former. "This isn't Santa Fe, I'm not a sheriff, and you aren't a cowboy," Calloway blusters. Holly's construction of meaning is meaningless. He is a foreigner attempting to impose a false reality onto a situation which he has no ability to situate. The porter who offers to help Holly as an informant is killed in a moment that the camera conveys without a sound. An abrupt zoom on a pair of terrified, widened eyes dissolves, and we know that the porter is dead. There is no question about the meaning of this shot; it requires no explanation. Words, in any language, aren't needed. This film is multilingual; this film confronts cultural barriers as its plot grapples with political lines of division that restrict access to barred-off sections of Vienna. As Harry Lime confesses his crimes to Holly as they ride Vienna's iconic ferris wheel, a German sign behind Harry reads "Freies Ausspucken Verboten". The words are German for "Free Spitting Out Forbidden". But Harry is doing exactly that; he's spitting out what he's done, with no regard for anyone below.  

Out of the Past

on Film Noir Responses

by Shana Friedman

9 hours, 31 minutes ago

Out of the Past is a film that is about the creation and the erasure of borders. The division between past and present is erased as Jeff Bailey's history reemerges; the line between the identity of the American […]

Girl Power

on Balance Your Life

by Grace E. Goodwin

16 hours, 22 minutes ago

Earlier this semester BYL had its most popular event yet: Girls Night at the Gym. The annual event aims to foster a welcoming environment for women at the fitness center, at which the strength stations are often male-dominated. For one night, we shut down the gym and have a "private party" during which professional trainers teach proper form for free weights, squats, abs, and other exercises. We also had stations like 10 minute spinning, high intensity intervals between squats and a treadmill, yoga, and pilates. We finished up the workout with chocolate milks and almondmilks, as well as sweaty high-fives. Want to do one of our trainer-approved workouts on your own?Here are two options. Try out this HIIT (high intensity interval training) treadmill workout. Do it once, or repeat it up to 6 times!   Interval Time Level (% effort) Incline Task Total Time of Workout (min) 1 min 55-60 1.5-2.0 Warm-up 1:00 30 s 70 2.0 Increase speed and incline 1:30 30 s 70-75 2.0 Conclude warmup 2:00 30 s 90 2.0 Sprint 2:30 30 s 70-75 2.0 Recover 3:00 30 s 90 2.5-3.0 Sprint and increase incline 4:30 30 s 90 1.5-2.0 Sprint and decrease incline 4:00 1 min 65-70 1.5 Recover 5:00   Learn proper form for 2 popular ab moves that train your core (easily done inside a dorm room :)) Planks (1 min) Start in a flat back, table top position. Push into a plank, making sure shoulders are directly over wrists, legs are strong and feet are hip distance apart. Keep your butt from popping up. Pull your belly towards your lower back. This is a total body movement - hold for 1 minute!! Modification: plank on your knees or on your elbows Lower leg lifts (x20) Lie on your back. With hands behind the nape of your neck (and hands palm over palm), lift your head, neck and shoulders up. Feel as if you're lengthening out of your body, not just crunching up. Then, lift both legs towards the ceiling, keeping them together, long, and engaged. Bring your legs up, keep them as straight as possible, until your feet are as high as they can go. Actively bring your legs back down (slowly and controlled) so that your lower back does not pop up. That's 1 rep - bring legs back up for 19 more. Modification: Put your hands by your sides; keep your head neck and shoulders down; or put your hands under your tailbone

Quiet at Fletcher, busy in DC

on The Fletcher School - Admissions News and Updates

by Jessica Daniels

18 hours, 32 minutes ago

The Office of Career Services (OCS)-organized trip to Washington, DC is taking place today and tomorrow.  While the staff takes advantage of a quiet day at Fletcher to catch up with work, the students have donned […]