This scene shows Walter and Barton
having a conversation. Walter is looking
down at Barton, showing that he has a
higher status over him which is ironic
because Barton is in fact higher up in
employment than him. The film is in black
and white which conveys the conventions
of a typical film noir. They are dressed in
smart clothes which is vital to it in with
the film noir genre.
Here is a scene of Phyllis at the top of
the staircase. Her legs are covered by
the staircase which is something that is
common of a film noir; it is similar to
how shadows in film noir cover
characters. The staircase is covering her
bare skin which shows how a woman's
body should be concealed in front of a
man. This is a low angle, showing her
looking down on the man, suggesting
that she has the power over him.
This is another example of concealment.
Walter is hiding Phyllis from Barton,
emphasising secrecy as a major theme of
the film and film noir. The audience can
clearly see her but the way the actors are
positioned on the set, it is clear that
Walton cannot. Walter is placed in the
middle of the frame, showing that he
connected to both of the characters in
some way. Also, it could be argued that the
way that he is hiding Phyllis could connote
that he is trying to hide his love for her.
The use of venetian blinds creates
shadows which is a key aspect of a film
noir. They are reflected over one side
of Walter's body; connoting that he is
hiding something. He is not standing
in the centre of the frame, giving the
audience a better insight to the
surroundings which helps to set the
This scene is very dark, reflecting
what they are doing. They are
trying to make it look as if Phyllis's
husband has committed suicide.
Phyllis is dressed in light colours,
giving the sense of innocence
whereas Walter is dressed in all
black, suggesting he is the evil, ring
Phyllis is looking up towards Walter. This
represents how she feels for him showing
that she admires him. Walter is looking
down at Phyllis, suggesting he doesn’t
admire her as much and that he is in
control of he because he is bigger than her.
Another aspect of this frame that is
suggestive of this. Walter is looking at her
lips which infers that he sees her in a
sexual way whereas Phyllis is looking into
Walter's eyes, showing that she is
passionate about him.
This is another scene where Walter
looks larger than Phyllis. He is nearer
the camera and is again looking down
at Phyllis. They are at either side of
the frame which represents a distance
between them, perhaps suggesting
that they are not as close as they
make out to be. It also shows a barrier
between them, just like Phyllis'
husband is a barrier for their love.
This frame is from on of the last scenes
in the film. It is when Walter is
confessing the murder to Barton. He
speaks in great detail-we hear as a
voiceover throughout the whole film.
Voiceovers are very conventional of a
film noir. The background of this scene
is in soft focus which bring the
audiences attention to Walter. The
shadows also add to the typical
conventions of a film noir. His facial
expression shows that he is not happy
with what he has done and it is hard for
him to admit it.
This shows Walter by the side
of a woman's body. He is
holding a gun which shows that
he is the guilty man. He is also
at her level which shows that
he feels regrets his previous
actions. The woman is dressed
in all white which symbolises
innocence; Phyllis is innocent
in all of this and Walter is
made to look like the 'bad guy'.