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3 things about Arthur Lubin’s IMPACT

Impact [1949] 1. Another sighting of the Brocklebank Apartments. 2. “It’s easier to be tolerant and understanding at 50 than it is to be at 25.” 3. And they moved to Denver and lived happily ever after.

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3 things about Jules Dassin’s NIGHT AND THE CITY

Night and the City [1950] 1. “But the wrong things. Always the wrong things.” 2. Bear hug. 3. He closes the office doors and breathes a sign of contentment. A job well done.

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3 things about Phil Karlson’s 99 RIVER STREET

99 River Street [1953] 1. That’s one way to light a cigarette. 2. A visible flap of scarf. 3. She exits the powder room, gets a load of her husband dancing with a strange woman, and without a word walks … Continue reading

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3 things about Phil Karlson’s KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL

Kansas City Confidential [1952] 1. The mask strapped to his sweaty leg. 2. She gauges the situation briefly and says, “Now I’m supposed to be hurt. Maybe even cry.” 3. Another diner named Winky’s.

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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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