The crutches really tied the room together.

I watched TBL about two weeks ago and listened to the DI radio show last week. This week, I decided to watch them both. I will be writing primarily about Double Indemnity.

First off, I was curious about how the actress looked as a blonde since I remembered that was a detail they mentioned in the radio play. The appearance coordinator(s) styled it in such a way that her hair was simultaneously damaged and immaculate, which I found interesting. I was reminded of the daughter’s hair in TBL.

There was also the use of repetitive straight lines to draw attention to the plot. In DI, the major use of this was the train tracks and venetian blinds. In TBL, this was clearly seen during bowling scenes or the acid trip.

I found that the most suspenseful scene is DI was where the car wouldn’t start after they had dumped the body. They were trapped in the car, trapped in the crime. This caused tension in the scene, because it was shot at a slightly awkward angle, reminiscent of ~spooky scary~ lighting

fear the flashlight

In a setting like LA, there is bound to be a high degree of anonymity. There can be two Jeff Lebowskis, or other people with a motive and opportunity to kill one man. This seems to be a staple of noir, along with gangs and detectives. In modern noir, this is often done by having a no-name man in a large city, such as New York. The killer blends into the crowd, walking among the decent people. This anonymity is highly dependent on an urban setting for noir. Rural areas are reserved for slashers.


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