Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Still Shot Analysis :: L.A. Confidential/Double Indemnity

In both still shots, the camera is shooting from a medium long shot. As you can see, both shots also have this whole triangle thing going on. Two characters at the same height and one at a lower level. In both, the character on the left has the most power. In Double Indemnity, Keys has a very good idea of how Phyllis's husband died and he is bringing in people to help get closer to the murderer. In L.A. Confidential, Bud is on a steep hill that makes him taller than Edmund. Bud is also stronger and in this scene they start brawling, clearly Bud would overpower Edmund. Each still shot is really a statement of power.


  1. Good job labeling the shots here, though the top shot is really more a MLS, right? A little more plot would help here. W is trying to hide as Keyes deposes the Medford man. Bud is almost literally running down hill toward Exley. Cpt. Smith chooses not to intervene. The Medford man has no idea he's in the middle of a game of cat and mouse.

  2. Where is all your work on The Road?