Monthly Archives: May 2018

3 things about Vincente Minnelli’s DESIGNING WOMAN

Designing Woman [1957] 1. “Liquor, I have found, makes me very smart.” 2. She keeps the $5! 3. Brawl ballet.

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3 things about Fred Zinnemann’s THE SEVENTH CROSS

The Seventh Cross [1944] 1. He spreads his arms and performs a final leap. 2. She gives up her dinner and eats cheese instead. 3. Ants and the sugar bowl. “They can’t kill all the ants.” This really packs a … Continue reading

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3 things about Richard Thorpe’s ABOVE SUSPICION

Above Suspicion [1943] 1. In frustration, Joan picks at the rose on her hat. 2. “We were miles apart.” “Miles, indeed.” 3. Miniature car tumbling off the cliff and bursting into flame. “How about some spaghetti?”

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3 things about Michael Mann’s HEAT

Heat [1995] 1. On his way out the door he sizes up the unmade bed. 2. Bristle blocks. 3. Shadow on the grass.

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3 things about Alexandra Dean’s BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story [2017] 1. Frequency hopping enabled by player piano concepts. 2. Revolutionary plastic surgery. 3. Samson and Delilah was 1949’s second highest grossing film.

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3 things about Mervyn LeRoy’s FIVE STAR FINAL

Five Star Final [1931] 1. Drunken Karloff. 2. “I rode uptown in a taxi with him and I don’t have any skin left on my knees.” “What were you two doing? Kneeling in prayer?” 3. He hurls the phone through … Continue reading

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3 things about Howard Hawks’ TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

To Have and Have Not [1944] 1. He sings “Am I Blue” without changing the gender of the pronouns. 2. “Here’s that bottle again. It’s getting to be quite a problem, isn’t it? 3. The way she flutters her eyelashes … Continue reading

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3 things about Ousmane Sembene’s BLACK GIRL

Black Girl [1966] 1. He opens the door for her suitcase but not for her. 2. “Excuse me. I’ve never kissed a black girl before!” 3. She won’t take his money.

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3 things about Lewis Gilbert’s YOU ONLY TWICE

You Only Live Twice [1967] 1. Sofa as battering ram. 2. Burt Kwouk, returning after Goldfinger, as Spectre 3. 3. Too slow on the trigger, Blofeld receives a Chinese star in the hand. 3 other things.

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3 things about Richard Lester’s PETULIA

Petulia [1968] 1. Hotrodding nuns in the parking garage. 2. Filthy hospital room. 3. Little boxes, on the hillside.

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