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3 things about King Vidor’s THE CROWD

The Crowd [1928] 1. Upon entering the room he is immediately accosted by a flapper. 2. Several decades before Psycho, an onscreen toilet. 3. Everyone and everything is making too much noise.

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3 things about Michel Hazanavicius’ THE ARTIST

The Artist [2011] 1. Over time, his mustache morphs from pencil-thin to brushlike. 2. “BANG!” 3. Malcolm McDowell’s ruddy nose (even in black & white).

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3 things about Jacques Feyder’s FACES OF CHILDREN

Faces of Children [1925] 1. The child watches the gravedigger refill his mother’s grave, then passes out. His father carries him home. The gravedigger continues in his work without a pause. 2. Pierrette is like a paleo-Tootie, like Margaret O’Brien … Continue reading

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3 things about Buster Keaton’s SEVEN CHANCES

Seven Chances [1925] 1. Dressed for the wedding, he takes two train tickets out of his pocket: one for Niagra Falls, one for Reno. 2. He emerges from the water with a turtle hanging from his necktie. 3. The dog … Continue reading

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3 things about F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU

Nosferatu [1922] 1. He looks at the photograph. “Is this your wife? What a lovely throat!” 2. They overturn the coffin. It’s filled with earth and rats. One of them bites the sailor. 3. In his final scene, Nosferatu can … Continue reading

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3 things about Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

The Ten Commandments [1923] 1. “They are not laws–they are the LAW.” 2. Not in the remake: Ramses’ son is a bratty boy pharoah with a little whip. 3. He shoots Sally Lung. As she falls to the floor she … Continue reading

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3 things about Josef von Sternberg’s THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK

The Docks of New York [1928] 1. Her reflection in the water. She jumps. Then, ripples appear. 2. “You may be big game aboard ship, but you’re only an animal-cracker here.” 3. It’s the morning after his wedding night. He … Continue reading

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3 things about F.W. Murnau’s THE LAST LAUGH

The Last Laugh [1924] 1. He comes in to get out of the rain for a moment, sits down. His leg is acting up again. The bellboy gives him a quick drink. Meanwhile, the manager shakes his head disapprovingly and … Continue reading

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3 things about Josef von Sternberg’s UNDERWORLD

Underworld [1927] 1. He extinguishes his cigarette in the champagne bucket. 2. Cow light fixture surrounded by empty bottles of booze. 3. An exodus from the tenement–bathrobes, dressing gowns, pajamas, long underwear.

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