After being thoroughly creeped out by this sadly uncompleted spellbinder of a fever dream, I now wonder how Maya herself would have finished it. An even better thought to muse over is that would she even want us to view her tantalizing-but-unpolished experiment, as she wasn't alive to oversee how her images would be edited. Editing was one of Maya Deren's strongest resources, and denying her final control over her gift is kinda disingenuous, to be honest. But then, Maya…
Instructor's Note: Here's the question our professor asked us to consider whilst watching the movie - How does this film adhere to the conventions of Film Noir? Name some elements associated with Film Noir and give specific examples of how Double Indemnity uses those elements. [Mary Dutterer]
Initial Response: Double Indemnity has been often described as the first archetypal film noir, or at least "arguably the first to bring together all the major elements of the style" (Arnold 91). While…
Things that are a googol times worse than drugs: Anita Bryant, child abuse, baby abuse, insane troll logic, boing sound effects being used non-ironically, unfair comparisons that can't tell the difference between OCD and addiction, unfortunate implications that lump perfectly fine subconscious habits with completely dangerous addictions, homophobia, ageism, bad parenting, terrible child acting, and this short when viewed un-riffed.
Thank God for the hysterical riff, though; without it, this short somehow makes Hobgoblins briefly look like Werewolf.