Day 93

Well today’s photo was taken at Sydney Olympic Park, with my crappy lens, when I was on my way to my friends house to watch the footie (United and Sunderland, sniff, sniff, it looks like the title race is within Chelski’s reach). It’s not a great photo but reminded me of the atmospheric shots I like looking at and would like to take more similar ones, whether more arty or content filled. I guess I need to view more film noir type movies for inspiration! If anyone has any suggestions they would be greatly welcome!

Actually its quite interesting to look at how film noir came to be. Apparantly it has its origin in German Expressionism in around the time of the First World War. Expressionism itself comes from an ideal of wanting to impose the artist’s sensibility to the world’s representation on the viewer as opposed to the movement of Impressionism that came before it. Because of the war the German film industry was finding it difficult to compete with the extravagance being produced by Hollywood and decided that a new approach was needed. This included using symbolism, distortion, fantasy, violent application of formal elements, light and shade, darker and more intellectual story-lines to convey mood and a deeper meaning that explored the dark side of human experience.

This expressionism was brought to America when the Nazi’s seized power in Germany and many of the directors and filmmakers emigrated there. It was to have a direct influence on horror films and film noir. Of course the already popular field of crime/detective fiction was also relevant and saw many novels of the time being adapted for film. The Postman Always Rings Twice was probably one of the most successful of these.

Anyway I’m going to go away and look at some of these influences over the next while, and obviously try take some photos in that style.

Some quotes from noir and other films:

THE BLUE DAHLIA (1946)

Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd): “You oughta have more sense than to take chances with strangers like this.”
Joyce Harwood (Veronica Lake): “It’s funny, but practically all the people I know were strangers when I met them.”

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)

Senator Morton (Leo G. Carroll): “Poor unfortunate girl.”
Barbara Morton (Patricia Hitchcock): “She was a tramp.”
Senator: “She was a human being. Let me remind you that even the most unworthy of us has a right to life and the pursuit of happiness.”
Barbara: “From what I hear she pursued it in all directions.”

CASABLANCA (1942)

Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart): “I came to Casablanca for the waters.”
Capt. Renault (Claude Rains): “But we’re in the middle of the desert.”
Rick: “I was misinformed.”
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