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3 things about Lawrence Kasdan’s BODY HEAT

Body Heat [1981] 1. Wind chime racket signifies lust. 2. Always two glasses of iced tea. 3. Special order high school yearbook.

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3 things about Fritz Lang’s HUMAN DESIRE

Human Desire [1954] 1. She undoes the straps of her dress and shows him the bruises. 2. He says he only wants coffee, yet in the kitchen he sits down and eats a full breakfast. 3. “You never knew me. … Continue reading

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3 things about Edward Dmytryk’s MURDER, MY SWEET

Murder, My Sweet [1944] 1. She takes off her glasses and fesses up. 2. While rubbing his arm: “He’s a whiz with a hypo.” 3. In rapid succession, he kisses both daughter and stepmother. 3 other things.

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3 things about Robert Wise’s BORN TO KILL

Born to Kill [1947] 1. He opens the kitchen door, pushing the body out of the way, and leaves. 2. “You’re not a turnip, are you?” 3. She jabs him in the leg with a hatpin.

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3 things about Bob Rafelson’s BLACK WIDOW

Black Widow [1987] 1. “You’re looking a little peaked, dear. Can I buy you a tan?” 2. She removes the luggage tags and burns them. 3. Mary Woronov as a scuba instructor!

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3 things about Henry Hathaway’s CALL NORTHSIDE 777

Call Northside 777 [1948] 1. Opening narration: “In 1932 there were 365 murders in Chicago, one for each day of the year. Eight policemen were shot down in the line of duty.” In 2015, there were 488 homicides in Chicago. … Continue reading

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3 things about Roman Polanski’s CHINATOWN

Chinatown [1974] 1. A head of cabbage on the floor. 2. “I dislike the word cheat.” 3. He tries to clamp down his arm over her eyes while turning her head away.

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