3 things about Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS

In a Year with 13 Moons [1978]

1. A beer and a shot of bitters.
2. The A1 password is Bergen-Belsen.
3. Spitting three times over her left shoulder.

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3 things about James Gray’s AD ASTRA

Ad Astra [2019]

1. Freaking out in the Comfort Room.
2. Wispy purple rings.
3. Okay, I can buy someone resorting to hand-to-hand combat with a knife. But no professional astronaut would fire a gun at someone from long range inside a spacecraft.

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3 things about Andrei Tarkovsky’s THE SACRIFICE

The Sacrifice [1986]

1. The candles, the plates, the wine.
2. A coin falls out of his pocket and rolls along the hardwood floor.
3. Finally, a collapse.

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3 things about Claude Chabrol’s LE BOUCHER

Le Boucher [1970]

1. Serene yoga.
2. “I would say nothing. But please don’t.”
3. Expressionlessly she watches the flashing red elevator signal.

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3 things about Joseph Losey’s THE BOY WITH GREEN HAIR

The Boy with Green Hair [1948]

1. Passed around from household to household.
2. Cro-Magnon emo: a tear on his cheek, half shaved head, tufts of his shorn green hair.
3. “Remember us as having died with millions of other people for something fine and worthwhile.”

Boy, they don’t make ’em like that anymore. They never did!

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3 things about Jeffrey McHale’s YOU DON’T NOMI

You Don’t Nomi [2019]

1. Twin totems of chips and nails.
2. “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so–scared.”
3. Gina Gershon played it like a drag queen.

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3 things about Paul Verhoeven’s SHOWGIRLS

Showgirls [1995]

1. Porpoise orgasm.
2. “I have a pussy problem.”
3. Last chance for ice.

Utter garbage that accurately conveys what it’s like to spend an extended period of time in Las Vegas.

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

The Man Who Knew Too Much [1956]

1. Closeup of Jimmy Stewart, his bloodshot blue eyes.
2. The shop assistants hastily move the animals out of harm’s way.
3. The dignitaries bristle at her shrill voice.

3 other things.

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY

The Trouble with Harry [1955]

1. “She’s a well-preserved woman … and preserves have to be opened someday.”
2. Autonomous closet door.
3. She hates cider.

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Cheltenham International Film Festival Q & A

Many thanks to Philip Raby (creative director of FilmBath Festival) for moderating the Q & A and the whole staff of the Cheltenham International Film Festival for making this happen. (Just a reminder that UK viewers may still purchase a ticket to watch the film until June 19.)

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