3 things about JR & Agnès Varda’s FACES PLACES

Faces Places [2017]

1. “Chance has been my best assistant.”
2. Feet like a heart.
3. He reveals himself to her but the film does not reveal him to us.

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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 wallop.

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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 Hinchecliffe’s office widow.

What it lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in verve.

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