I’ve just finished watching the mighty Blue Dahlia with my Mum. Now normally watching a film with her is a distracting affair. She likes to lean over and ask who that is on the screen and why are they doing that? It’s fair to say she occasionally struggles to follow what’s going on.
Not this time, mind. This time it was me asking the questions.
Now The Blue Dahlia is a classic film noir. It has a certain expositionary style. The dialogue is stylised and literary. And my Mum can follow this and I seem to have forgotten how to.
When did this happen? When was The Big Shift in film language? I blame Polanski myself.