There were a couple cinematography themes that seemed to run rampant through both “Killer’s Kiss,” and “He Walked by the Night.” First of all was the use of the camera at different angles. During the boxing match in the “Killer’s Kiss” there was a whirlwind of motion. Some of it took place as if in the eyes of each boxer, while others took place looking up between the two fighting. It really brought the motion of the fight into reality. There was no perfect view of the fight. It was as if the viewers were in it firsthand, giving it the noir effect of being hopeless — unable to fight back.
Additionally, the use of lighting from one side to create shadows across the characters faces was used numerous times. They were aways half hidden. In fact the darkness of each movie was so prevalent that at times it was impossible to see any picture. In a way that also provided a sense of hopelessness for the viewer because they weren’t included in the scene.
However, one aspect I noticed that I had not been exposed to was the amount of silence in the films. Sometimes it was filled with music or running footsteps but other times, especially in “He Walked by the Night,” there was an eerie silence to the pursuit.
There were a lot of close-ups as well. We could really get a sense of the characters emotion and even occasionally see sweat beads hovering on their foreheads. Very rarely did anyone smile; it was as if happiness was not an within their emotional reach. Close-ups allows the viewer to see the realness of the conversation. It almost makes you want to listen because of intensity of proximity.
I am still learning about noir and all of its aspects, but every time we have a new reflection I feel like a whole new element is added into the mix.