3 things about Billy Wilder’s STALAG 17

Stalag 17 [1953]

1. Delousing for Christmas.
2. Betty Grable on the dancefloor.
3. “I like the odds this time.”

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3 things about James Bridges’ THE PAPER CHASE

The Paper Chase [1973]

1. A birthday cake lit with candles standing on a table in an empty room.
2. No gratuitous female nudity; gratuitous male nudity.
3. He calls him down to the front of the class and gives him a dime.

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3 things about Edward Dmytryk’s WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Walk on the Wild Side [1962]

1. “Imagine, an innocent person walking–”
“And of course you make your living by walking.”
2. The way she lights her cigarette with infinite laziness and then disdainfully throws away the match.
3. He wheels himself up to Dove and then gut-punches him savagely.

This doesn’t get enough respect. It’s got butch Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Fonda as a good time gal from Paducah, chili cookin’ Anne Baxter, cool/hot Capucine, Saul Bass’ black cat title sequence & Elmer B.’s powerhouse theme. For starters.

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3 things about Howard Hawks’ THE BIG SLEEP

The Big Sleep [1946]

1. Sign at the diner: COUNTRY SAUSAGE TWO EGGS 35¢.
2. “I liked that. I’d like more.”
3. Death in an empty insurance office.

3 other things.

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3 things about Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson’s THE GREEN FOG

The Green Fog [2017]

  1. Title card: “Chapter 1. Weekend at Ernie’s.”
  2. Rock Hudson carefully studies a Backstreet Boys music video.
  3. An ’80s-style makeover.
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3 things about Ron Peck’s NIGHTHAWKS

Nighthawks [1978]

1. When the guy doesn’t show, he goes to the telephone in the pub and looks through his little black book.
2. “You will call me Thursday, won’t you?” (Knowing he won’t.)
3. It’s 1 in the morning but he’s not ready to go home yet.

Pretty extraordinary.

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3 things about Blake Edwards’ THE GREAT RACE

The Great Race [1965]

1. “I won’t discuss such an intimate subject!”
2. “Up, up, up, idiot, up!”
3. “Or would you prefer an engraved invitation?”

3 other things.

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