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Killer’s Shadow

Killer’s Kiss was very disappointing. I did not like the movie, or the storyline, however I did find a lot of aspects of Noir within it. Noir is captured through dramatic lighting and angles. The dark storyline and difficult love story also proved to be important aspects of the film.

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As you can see in this screenshot, the use of venetian blinds helps create a shadow which makes the scene more ominous. The shadows also give a sense of fear to the viewer, and it is though the man is looking for someone, or waiting for someone. I also feel as though it gives a sense of mystery to the picture. This mystery is a big part of Noir.

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This photo uses a lot of great techniques that capture the Noir feelings of the film. All that we can see of the people is basically what looks like a shadow. Their bodies are completely blacked out, and you can feel the drama and tension because of that. You can also see the lights in the background, creating more shadows against the building. Using shadows is something that Noir cinematography seems to be famous for. It also makes the viewer somewhat uncomfortable, and you are able to tell that something bad is about to happen.

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This screenshot also focuses on shadow, as well as placement. The shadows on the hands and the heads make a dramatic statement that really creeps the viewer out. The positioning of the heads is also interesting. None of them are looking at the camera. This creates a disconnect with the viewer. You can also see the positioning of the hands. They are all tense, and none are in a relaxing state. This is a good statement because Noir tends to be tense and dark, and the hands seem to be ready to make a move. It its very unpredictable, and you really cannot tell what is going to happen next. That is one thing I have noticed about Noir. The storylines twist and turn so much, and the unexpected always seems to happen.





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