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In comparison to which a preferred more I would prefer the movie over the novel Combining the theatrical elements of Hollywood film noir Chandlersscreen-writer dialogue skills and Cains hard-boiled style the film gives a better insight to the triangular relationship between Phyllis Walter and Keyes In the film we see that Walter is in a never-ending conflict to assert himself over Phyllis and at the same time to become more intimate with Keyes Through the dialogues extensive use of sexual metaphors we see how Walter tries to keep Phyllis in check and bring Keyes closer Breaking the traditional film mold of weak man sucumbing to strong alluring woman Walter is just as cold and hard as Phyllis and thier relationship which in my opinion is not based on lust or greed but the image of commiting such an act as partnersIts a classic scenario to see two hardened people pull a job together So we could say that Phyllis and Walter had a relationship based on one act of violence with the murder being a metaphor for a one night stand Keyes represented a father figure to Walter and as the film shows was dominant over Neff The symbolic use of Walters infatuation with Keyes cigar and the lighting of each others cigarette gives us a glimpse of a strange relationship I love you was said to one another in the begining and the end of the movie Neffs relationship with Barton Keyes is similair to his relations with Phyllis Rather than exerting himself through notions and metaphors Walter tries to extend himself over Keyes by trying to conceal a perfect crime The films combination of the noir imagery hard-boiled dialogue and pulp characters gives a better look at the struggle to
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