Invasion of the Body Snatchers

So, this was one of those movies I’d seen when I was younger, didn’t entirely understand when I first saw it but told people I saw it anyway, because I thought it was something impressive. Like when I read To Kill A Mockingbird in 6th Grade. or I guess you could call me very very lame.

But anyway, I love this movie. So so much. I love the doctor as the main character, how he’s the literally only sane man and how he kinda streamlines the story. Streamline probably isn’t the right word, but how he’s the focal point of the narrative and is the character that we use and probably need to put perspective on the events of the movie as they unfold.

Also, the version of the movie that I had seen before hadn’t included the parts with the other doctor that acted as bookends for the movie. So I’d only seen the incredibly depressing version. From what I’ve read, the novel version that the movie based on, has a much happier ending. (admittedly when compared to either version of the movie, most other endings would seem happier, but the novel ending is legitimately happier.)

I don’t really have that much else to say about the movie. I liked it, I think everything worked well, expect for a well plot holes that I’m letting slip. But the story is interesting, the main lead is interesting and the bubbles from the bubble bath kinda did scary me both times i saw the film. You win this time 50s. Making scary movies with sometimes unrealistic and unintentionally funny special effects.

It’s good to be back. Excited for next week.

Frame by Frame Analysis – “M”

Fritz Lang’s masterpiece ‘M’ was released in 1931 in Germany.

I happen to think that one of the most powerful moments in the film, is during the scene with the trial of the kangroo court that the criminals put on after they catch the child murderer.

The first (medium) shot shows the murderer being forcably taken into a room at the bottom of a building. He stands at the bottom of the stairs, while two other criminals stand at the top. They block the door and show his arguments are useless. This is because they have the power in the stituation, because they are above him and look down on him. This happens literally in that scene and throughout the movie, where all the criminals looks down on him and the crimes he commits.

Then suddenly, the child murderer hears a noise! He spins around and then comes what I consider to be my favorite reveal ever (still medium shot)

The camera shows a (medium shot) group of criminals glaring at the child murderer.

They glare, as the camera pans, revealing more

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criminals glaring at the child murderer (in a medium shot). 

This moment is very effective because it creates this concept in the viewer’s head, that these aren’t people, these aren’t individuals, this is one big angry creature all directed at the child murderer. Which says a lot of the underworld of the movie, they are faceless and nameless and you don’t want them to have anything to do with you, nothing at all; and when they have a goal, they will band together to make sure that their goal gets accomplished. That inturn, helps makes his cries for help a little sympathic, as no one would want to have to face a creature like that, especially alone.