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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s JOHNNY GUITAR

Johnny Guitar [1954] 1. “I like to hear it spin.” 2. The look on her face after she shoots down the chandelier. 3. She stretches the shirt over the back of the chair to help it dry. 3 other things.

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3 things about Joseph Pevney’s FEMALE ON THE BEACH

Female on the Beach [1955] 1. “I have a long list of dislikes. And it’s getting longer.” 2. Inadvertent (?) closeup of Joan’s panties. 3. He distracts himself by playing with a shark hook and an apple.

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3 things about Vincent Sherman’s THE DAMNED DON’T CRY

The Damned Don’t Cry [1950] 1. Always, the sound of oil pumps in the background. 2. The main room of the club is a series of low-slung arches receding into the background. 3. Patricia, pronounced puh-TREE-sha.

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3 things about Curtis Bernhardt’s POSSESSED

Possessed [1947] 1. Dissolve from water pitcher to dark water. 2. “The polka has changed a lot since it was in my day. Something new has been added.” 3. She leans against the quilted headboard, staring straight ahead with a … Continue reading

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3 things about Jean Negulesco’s HUMORESQUE

Humoresque [1946] 1. We watch him play the violin through the snifter she’s holding. 2. “It isn’t what you are, it’s what you don’t become that hurts.” 3. Upon exiting the water they climb up to the terrace, where she … Continue reading

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3 things about MIchael Curtiz’s MILDRED PIERCE

Mildred Pierce [1945] 1. The cop whacks his nightstick across the rail. 2. He walks past Ida, who’s just coming in, saying, “I hate all women.” 3. She tears up the check and gets slapped, falls against the wall.

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3 things about George Cukor’s A WOMAN’S FACE

A Woman’s Face [1941] 1. Motif: faces dissolving into flashbacks. 2. As the embrace deepens he tightens his grip on her neck. 3. Sleigh-powered whip battle.

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