3 things about Paul Henreid’s DEAD RINGER

Dead Ringer [1964]

1. Still wearing her shoes, she steps out of her panties.
2. The look on her face as she watches him being mauled to death.
3. Henry’s known all along.

RIP FilmStruck 😦

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3 things about Compton Bennett’s THE SEVENTH VEIL

The Seventh Veil [1945]

1. “If you can’t think anything better, play chromatic scales or a five fingers exercise. But spare me that suburban shopgirl trash!”
2. Hugh McDermott’s murky American accent.
3. Those last two shots nearly ruin the movie! Why oh why didn’t it end with her standing at the top of the stairs, looking down on the men and smiling?

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3 things about David Lean’s THIS HAPPY BREED

This Happy Breed [1944]

1. The first order of business when moving in is to put the kettle on.
2. Numerous parallels to It’s a Wonderful Life, including a Charleston scene!
3. “So you’ve come back, have you? You bad girl.”
“Yes, mum.”

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3 things about Basil Dearden’s ALL NIGHT LONG

All Night Long [1962]

1. Dave Brubeck and “It’s a Raggy Waltz” with an unaccompanied cigarette burning in an ashtray on top of the piano.
2. Using a China marker on the tape.
3. Drumming alone to a band that isn’t there.

An incredible set and lots of incredible music. The plot, however, ain’t credible.

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3 things about Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS

Widows [2018]

1. The house is located one block inside the boundary of the ward.
2. “What I’ve learned from watching people like my father is, you reap what you sow.”
“Let’s hope so.”
3. Inside the Golden House restaurant, a mirrored pillar: their two faces side by side.

If you’re a Chicagoan and you don’t go see this movie, you’re doing it wrong.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Aperitif cocktail recipe: 2 O’CLOCK WHISTLE

Here’s what we’ll be serving as a “welcome” cocktail to our dinner guests. I tried to design a drink that was decidedly simple to make, bittersweet enough to stimulate the palate, and had a relatively low ABV (so that no one would get too pie-eyed before the turkey was ready). I like it!

2 O’CLOCK WHISTLE

1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Aperitivo Cappelletti
1 oz. Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum
splash (2 oz. or so) of fizzy water

Combine in an old fashioned glass with a single, very large ice cube and stir. Garnish with a large lemon peel.

To make it even easier you can prebatch the spirits an hour or so before everyone arrives; then all you have to do is measure out 3 oz. for each drink and add the fizzy water and garnish.

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3 things about Djibril Diop Mambéty’s TOUKI BOUKI

Touki Bouki [1973]

1. She tries to join them on the paddleboat but he waves her away. “Go over with the other women,” he says.
2. Red blood on a yellow cardoor.
3. “Excuse me, miss, haven’t I seen you before?”
“It was probably in New York.”

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