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The Big Sleep, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Gilda's Adherence to the Noir Genre

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The Film Noir genre is the product of the 1940’s which reflects the darker attitude of society representing depression, realism, and amplifying a new dynamic for women on screen. As World War II progressed, there was less money compiling in Hollywood. The little money collected affected the creative drive for the directors in how they were able to produce for their films. The smaller budget impacted money to spend on lighting, sets, costumes, as well as providing pay for extras to appear in scenes. In addition to the money limitation, the realism presented in this genre expresses the reflection on the darker tones in 40’s society. As War was active, many experienced turmoil in their personal lives. Serious situations stirring emotions…show more content…
Smoking was also heavily present throughout the film. The main character detective Marlowe illustrates subtle sexual tension between various female characters. The dialogue pace is fast as characters were often overlapping each other. There is not permanent narrative in the film. However, The Big Sleep only features a brief narrative introductory explanation. Crime dominates this film with guns, murders, blackmail, and thugs. The declared femme fatale in The Big Sleep portrayed by Lauren Bacall is Vivian Rutledge. Vivian is the character who becomes Marlowe’s love interest. Vivian’s sternness vastly overshadows her seductive appeal. She is very mysterious as well as coy when it comes to withholding information from detective Marlowe. Vivian does show vulnerability over time as she develops feelings for Marlowe amidst the dangerous environment they are inhabited. However, the younger sister Carmen Sternwood played by Martha Vickers could have a femme fatale essence about her. The meeting between Marlowe and Carmen is both edgy and seductive as the shot pans from the ground then proceeds to her figure to present an overly flirty Carmen. Marlowe dismisses the relationship because of the apparent age difference yet the film does not portray Vivian in this manner. The camera angles do not appear to have much variety, as they are mostly full framed shots. The lighting features mostly indoor lighting. Shadows are not a major highlight in most of the
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