SHUTTER ISLAND Film Noir Conventions (IDEAS of mistrust, paranoia and…
SHUTTER ISLAND Film Noir Conventions
LOW KEY LIGHTING creates ominous shadows
Speaking with Noyce in Ward C. "Been alone much since you got here?" "You're not investigating anything. You're a fucking rat in a maze"
Attempting to call the mainland.
Orderlies quarters, lying on bunk beds.
IDEAS of mistrust, paranoia and despair
Hallucination of Dr Rachel. "Once you are declared insane, then anything you do is called as a part of insanity"
Mausoleum conspiracy chat: "A chief of staff with ties to the SS Funding from HUAC? Jesus Christ! Everything in this place stinks "government ops""
Intelligence agencies consult with Dr Cawley.
Lighthouse exp. "if they're hurting him holding him against his will, I have to bring him out I can not lose anyone else."
"nobody's talking" or rehearsed interviews "We haven't heard the truth once yet Chuck"
NARRATIVE is non-linear
Flashback to liberation of Jews at Dachau ."I saw bodies on the ground. too many to count too many to imagine."
Hallucinations "I'm just bones in a box, Teddy...you have to wake up...you have to face that."
Traumatic memories "It's Saturday, honey. school's not in on Saturday"
Stories overlap like Kearn's husbands death with Teddy's truth.
MOOD of melancholy, ambiguity, disenchantment and alienation
Confusion re Teddy's role: use of bars in POV shots. "We are duly appointed federal marshals"
Isolated and dangerous location on Shutter Island. "The base of those cliffs are covered in poison ivy, live oak, sumac"
What's true? Final dialogue: "Which would be worse?
To live as a monster ...or to die as a good man.Teddy?"
HERO is an anti-hero
An alcoholic. "Jesus, are you ever sober anymore?"
Did not help his wife. "Dolores was insane. Manic-depressive. suicidal." "She told me but I didn't listen"
Most violent patient at Ashecliffe. "known proclivity for violence."
Absent when his children needing saving. "You should have saved me."
"The greatest obstacle to her recovery was her refusal to face what she had done"
CAMERA ANGLES are disorientating
When Teddy dives into the sea to swim to the lighthouse.
The perimeter fence of Ashecliffe as they arrive by jeep. "Electrified perimeter."
At the base of the circular staircase in the lighthouse.