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The Dark Knight

on A Blog Noir

by Eli Lloyd

9 minutes ago

While this isn't necessarily a reaction to the film, I would like to begin with a reaction to certain points made in class.  I did not have the opportunity to fully explain myself and will be doing so here. To […]

Lost Highway

on A Blog Noir

by Eli Lloyd

59 minutes ago

"With the open and arbitrary ending, the art film reasserts that ambiguity is the dominant principle of intelligibility, that we are to watch less for the tale than the telling, that life lacks the neatness of art and this art knows it" - David Bordwell   Of David Lynch's Lost Highway, the same could be said. It is a film that spares coherence for content, as it is turgid with emotional commentary on a number of subjects. The disjointed, and at times bizarre, plot line allows for a fascinating examination of women in contemporary society.  The doubling of the primary female character, as Renee and Alice, comments on female reproducibility in male-dominated society. Renee and Alice look identical, save a different hair color, as they are both played by Patricia Arquette.   When the story shifts its attention from Fred Madison to Pete Dayton, the woman each male protagonist desires remains the same in looks. In this way, the film discusses the societal reduction of women to a visual representation.  While each character is distinct in personality, they are doppelgängers, both beautiful and sexualized, both representing the same male fantasy.    

The Dark Knight: An Unusual Villain

on Film Noir and the American Tradition

by Nicolas Serhan

1 hour, 25 minutes ago

From the slave-owning genocidal founding fathers to today's crooked politicians, America, the democracy that promotes a culture of inclusion and opportunity, is actually about proving that nothing is quite what it […]

A History of Violence

on A Blog Noir

by Eli Lloyd

1 hour, 31 minutes ago

Great, Wide Open Space Cronenberg's A History of Violence makes excellent use of empty space.  In cinema, we are accustomed to seeing shots composed aesthetically according to certain rules.   Among those rules is the concept of head room.  In most films, a shot is framed such that an actors face points toward the majority of the empty space on screen.  Cronenberg deviates from this norm throughout A History of Violence to produce both suspense and also a visual representation of a major theme. Take for example the following shot.   Tom Stall is framed off-set to the left.  In traditional framing, the opposite would be true, but instead we can see a man dressed in black.  This shot is composed in such a way the our eyes naturally drift towards the man behind Tom, a man that in a matter of minutes will try to kill Tom from behind.  Cronenberg clues us in using this empty headspace behind Tom to build suspense. A History of Violence takes place in Millbrook, Indiana, a town surrounded by and defined by empty space.  Joey Cusack chose Millbrook for this reason. He chose a town in the middle of nowhere to put as much empty space between his past and his present.  Cronenberg's unconventional framing shows us that the empty space behind our back can be riddled with danger; that anything can appear out of nowhere. Tom Stall endeavors to forget what is behind him.  Yet Cronenberg forces the viewer to confront what Tom will not.  He draws our gaze to what lies behind Tom Stall and visually reinforces the film's thematic assertion: that we cannot escape the past.    

Cape Fear

on A Blog Noir

by Eli Lloyd

2 hours, 1 minute ago

Halloween Michael Myers has haunted the dreams of millions of teenagers.  His pale white face had become almost synonymous with evil, and the fear he inspires hasn't waned since the film was released in 1978. […]