3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s MARNIE

Marnie [1964]

1. She presents her mother with a gift but then opens it herself.
2. Cousin Bob does not find it charming.
3. “I don’t need to read that muck to know that women are stupid and feeble and that men are filthy pigs! In case you didn’t recognize it, that was a rejection.”

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3 things about Colin Higgins’ NINE TO FIVE

Nine to Five [1980]

1. “Thanks, Roz, I know just where to stick it.”
2. While he fidgets, she ties the scarf around his neck and adjusts it.
3. “And if I want to have an affair, or play sex games, or do M&M’s, you can’t stop me!”

3 other things.

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3 things about Orson Welles’ THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS

The Magnificent Ambersons [1942]

1. “He was a congressman. The family always liked to have someone in Congress.”
2. Eating, and eating, and eating, and eating some more.
3. After a pause he says, “Not this time, Georgie.”

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3 things about Anthony Mann’s BEND OF THE RIVER

Bend of the River [1952]

1. “You’re very handsome, in an elderly sort of way.”
2. A series of escalating prices written across the side of the barrel.
3. Wagon skidding down the snowy hillside.

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3 things about David Mackenzie’s PERFECT SENSE

Perfect Sense [2011]

1. Fat and flour.
2. Eating lipstick, Coleman’s mustard, a raw fish, a laboratory rabbit. Guzzling a huge plastic bottle of olive oil.
3. Just before touching they both go blind.

This is a movie that just shouldn’t work. On paper the premise sounds absurd and stupefyingly heavy handed. Yet I found it really moving, even terrifying in parts.

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3 things about Lewis Seiler’s SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS

Something for the Boys [1944]

1. She opens her mouth as wide as possible in a bid to improve her teeth’s radio reception.
2. He stumbles and falls headfirst into the fireplace, triggering a short blackface number.
3. Nighttime, a balcony fringed in shadowy blue light, the bedroom beyond bathed in warm tones of pale yellow.

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3 things about Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

Only Lovers Left Alive [2013]

1. She reaches behind her head and feels the guitar. Gibson, 1909.
2. “There’s water here. When the southern cities are on fire, this place will bloom.”
3. Eyes wide open, he looks at them and says, “Not what I’m looking for.”

3 other things.

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