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3 things about Henry Levin’s JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

Journey to the Center of the Earth [1959] 1. Morse code duck. 2. Shirtless Hans. 3. Red lizard, red lava.

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3 things about Mervyn LeRoy’s EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE

East Side, West Side [1949] 1. The el rumbling outside your apartment is a signifier of a working class existence. 2. “I’m in business, are you in business?” 3. Brawling in the front seat of the car with a blonde … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Wise’s THE DESERT RATS

The Desert Rats [1953] 1. In The Desert Fox, James Mason doesn’t use a German accent. Here he does. And though it sounds right somehow it’s less effective. 2. “I made my usual mistake of being in a pub the … Continue reading

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3 things about Henry Hathaway’s THE DESERT FOX: THE STORY OF ROMMEL

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel [1951] 1. Only Luther Adler, playing Hitler, attempts a German accent. 2. “My heart, of course, bleeds for you.” 3. A poison that takes three seconds.

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3 things about Hugo Fregonese’s ONE WAY STREET

One Way Street [1950] 1. “Afraid of getting shot?” “Let’s see if it was worth it.” They kiss. 2. He puts on the sandals. A look of distaste. 3. A brightly lit drugstore with no employees in sight.

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3 things about Warren Beatty & Buck Henry’s HEAVEN CAN WAIT

Heaven Can Wait [1978] 1. Nobody wears trainer’s shorts (or a loud tie) like Jack Warden. 2. She drinks vodka straight from the carafe. 3. James Mason: “I’m going to have to take charge of this case personally.”

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3 things about Sidney Lumet’s CHILD’S PLAY

Child’s Play [1972] 1. He stuffs the malicious note into the headmaster’s hand. 2. The casket catches on the edge of the grave. 3. As the boys encircle him, a bar of light on his eyes and mustache. James Mason … Continue reading

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