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In the opening shot of Touch of Evil Orson Welles is able to create tension and suspense by effectively using the off frame aspect of the mise-en-scene By allowing the scene to move outside the focus of action at particularly untimely moments Welles places the audience in short but effective moments of unresolved tension and suspense effectively luring the spectator psychologically further into the opening shot and the rest of the film At the very beginning of Touch of Evil the scene begins with the bomb The bomb is a main focus of the entire first shot It will never leave the spectators memory The audience sees someone activate the bomb then suddenly after a woman laughs the camera swings away showing a couple walking The scene continues as the man with the bomb moves outside the frame At this moment the camera is moved to slightly follow just behind the man with the bomb We see shadows but he is not allowed back into the frame This short moment creates the foundation of the rest of the opening continuous shot The audience gets its first sense of tension at the very second the bomb moves outside the frame Wheres the bomb going Follow him Before long the man is back in the scene placing the bomb in the trunk In order to avoid summarizing the entire plot of the first scene please allow plot gaps The couple seen earlier are now in and driving the car The second separation of spectator to bomb occurs rather quickly The car passes behind a building and the camera attempts to follow where presumably the car drove To be fair there are things that could distract the audience from this separation and the off frame car There are credits music and sound effects all during this shot However during some moments the music is carefully structured throughout the shot to add MORE suspense Welles doesnt allow the
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