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3 things about Franklin J. Schaffner’s THE BEST MAN

The Best Man [1964] 1. “I don’t understand you.” “I know you don’t. Because you have no sense of responsibility toward anybody or anything. And that is a tragedy in a man, and it is a disaster in a president.” … Continue reading

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Something for the Lounge: Cocktails with Henry Mancini

Something jazzy, something satiny, something fabulous. Mostly instrumental. Here’s a six-hour playlist I created. Enjoy!

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS

The Birds [1963] 1. “Which is why the mail never gets delivered in this town.” 2. A fly on the leg of Annie’s corpse. 3. Chipped fingernail polish. 3 other things.

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3 things about Ki-young Kim’s THE HOUSEMAID

The Housemaid [1960] 1. Cut from the children’s game of cat’s cradle to the looms in a textile factory. 2. An embrace. She interlaces her fingers behind his back. 3. Jokey lecture to the audience.

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3 things about Joseph Losey’s THE PROWLER

The Prowler [1951] 1. A dull library of his voice. 2. In the bedroom of the newlyweds, the sounds of traffic all night long. 3. Primitive generator. 3 other things.

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3 things about Robert Wise’s THE HAUNTING

The Haunting [1963] 1. No right angles. 2. The door bends. 3. Camera ascending the spiral staircase.

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3 things about Elio Petri’s INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion [1970] 1. Twenty-five blue neckties. 2. A fluttering gallery of oversized fingerprints. 3. Unable to prove his own guilt.

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3 things about Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER

The Master [2012] 1. “It didn’t work for him and it’s not going to work for you.” 2. “Excuse me.” “Excuse me.” 3. “What do you want, Helen?!” 3 other things.

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3 things about George A. Romero’s THE CRAZIES

The Crazies [1973] 1. She pulls back the sheet. “Mommy?” 2. Rectangle of ultraviolet lights illuminating the ground. 3. She calmly resumes her knitting.

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3 things about Karl Freund’s THE MUMMY

The Mummy [1932] 1. Glowing pinspot lights on the eyes. 2. Trailing bandages, unhinged laughter. 3. Female deity Isis to the rescue.

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