This week we had to watch one of three possible movies. I decided to watch “Double Indemnity” by Billy Wilder. Here are the questions we were given to consider while watching:
How does space help frame the design and style of noir in these films?
What design elements of noir are not specific to a particular time and place?
The spacing used throughout the film reminds me a lot of all the options given to us for the Design Blitz. I think the most important element used in this movie that was discussed is the “Use of Space.” I think that the use of space in this movie was essential to helping build the story. I learned in the Vignelli article that design must be thought out and done intellectually and it is definitely shown in this movie. The use of space is minimal in some situations which makes it very apparent. The use of a wide screen also includes a lot of space to create a good picture of what’s going on.
The “use of space” concept is an element that is not specific to a particular time or place. I think it’s interesting to look at the element as it changes over time periods though. In the 1940s it’s very different just because of the objects that are in the movie. But compared to other noir pieces, the use of space is consistent throughout the genre.