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Questions for Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944; USA) Spoilers below! How does the film correspond to ideas that Mulvey raises: scopophilia, the male gaze, fetishism, etc. How does the film portray the noir world? How does it portray gender? For example, how are Phyllis and Lola counterpoised to one another as the femme fatale and the redeemer, respectively? What do you think of the film's ending, and the exchange between Keyes and Walter? What do you think Keyes represents for the film? Sequence: Walter and Phyllis meet at her house How does the film set up her house? How does the scene use camera movement, angles, and camera distance? How do these choices reflect the narrative? How does the sequence correspond to the Mulvey discussion from last time? How does the film introduce Phyllis to the narrative? Whose perspective do we see her from? Sequence: Walter remembers meeting Phyllis How does the tracking shot work here? Sequence: The murder This is one of the few shots where we see only Phyllis’s face, not as a reaction to Walter.
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Unformatted text preview: Why depict the murder in this way? Sequence: Keyes comes to Walter’s Apartment • How does the scene use staging, depth of field, and framing to build tension? • What do you make of how Walter’s apartment is decorated? What’s on the walls? Sequence: Jerry's market (final meeting there) (Think about the supermarket as a space of American consumerism and family life). • Establishing shot from above. • We slowly move closer to Neff and Phyllis as their surroundings dominate the screen less. • The supermarket continues to intrude on their conversation through shoppers and employees. • They continue to do a “forced parody of shopping.” How do the other shoppers react to them? •They wind up in an aisle with products stacked so high we see Neff’s POV looking down on Phyllis. What does he want to do here, stay with her, or join the citizen-consumers?...
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