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Hyde Park, here we come!

That’s right, Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago is coming to the South Side! I’ll be there in person for the Q & A. Hope you can make it: Friday, October 7, 2022 – 7:00pm The University of Chicago Film Studies … Continue reading

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3 things about Brett Morgen’s MOONAGE DAYDREAM

Moonage Daydream [2022] 1. “Everything is rubbish and all rubbish is wonderful.”2. The only collaborator that Bowie namechecks personally is Brian Eno.3. Pepsi with Tina Turner.

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3 things about W.S. Van Dyke’s PENTHOUSE

Penthouse [1933] 1. “Oh, I’ve been stupid. Very stupid.” “Of course. You’re a man.” 2. He clutches his stomach and blood spurts out from between his fingers. 3. Sugar in her coffee.

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3 things about Sam Wood’s WHIPSAW

Whipsaw [1935] 1. “You act like I’m a cripple or an interior decorator.” 2. He quickly brushes dirt from the windowsill onto her face. 3. She explains that the beauty parlor didn’t meet her standards.

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE

Rebel Without a Cause [1955] 1. His kick leaves marks on the side of the desk. 2. Rotting life-preservers in the bottom of the pool. 3. “Stand up, Jim. I’ll stand up with you. Let me try to be as … Continue reading

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3 things about Martin Scorsese’s AFTER HOURS

After Hours [1985] 1. “Not a lot of scars.” 2. “There’s certain things that I will not do. I’m telling you in advance.” 3. “That’s June. She’s always here.” 3 other things.

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3 things about Milton Katselas’s REPORT TO THE COMMISSIONER

Report to the Commissioner [1975] 1. Bob Balaban as a double amputee. 2. Carol Channing billboard. 3. Sweaty elevator.

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3 things about S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR

RRR [2022] 1. Dance-off. 2. Snake-fling. “No animals were harmed in the making of this film” disclaimer. 3. Blocks-of-stone-stretch.

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3 things about Reginald Le Borg’s DESTINY

Destiny [1944] 1. Swiss on Rye and a beer. 2. The trees bend in front of him, blocking his way. 3. Troublesome bear, which we never see.

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3 things about Julien Duvivier’s FLASH AND FANTASY

Flesh and Fantasy [1943] 1. Mask shop⁠—an inspiration for Eyes Wide Shut? 2. His reflection laughs at him. 3. Her unusual earrings.

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