Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

I'll go ahead and add some commentary to this tambien:

I love the direction of this, the choices they made with the angles, the music, the shadows. It works even if you watch it with the sound off or don't know Spanish. Having the antagonists - the mice - have no lines adds a good tension. When you're watching this at age 8 and see that ghost coming through the window it puts a chill through your bones. And the stock horror motif of one character being in the know and yet powerless to communicate is used for great comic effect. Classic LT.

Also, the scene at 3:40 is similar to the first murder scene from North by Northwest, released by rival studio MGM in 1959, 5 years later.

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