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3 things about Don Siegel’s THE KILLERS

The Killers [1964] 1. Reagan’s hair in 1964 is exactly how it would look for the rest of his life. 2. “If I knew you were coming I would have burned the place down.” 3. He says, “Lady, I don’t … Continue reading

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE (1978 version)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie [1978] 1. Gambling debts: first “not just a piece of paper,” then “just paper.” 2. At the restaurant, an off color limerick. 3. What is the white goo in Mr. Sophistication’s hair? Greasepaint? 3 … Continue reading

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ OPENING NIGHT

Opening Night [1977] 1. Swiveling on the barstool, ready for a handshake. 2. “Look in the mirror. Am I beginning to look like Humphrey Bogart to you?” 3. Fractured sunglasses.

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie [1976] 1. Graffiti backstage: SWAY. 2. “You gotta stop by the joint and pick up some beef.” 3. A sea green shirt, open at the neck. And a lot of chest hair.

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ A BUNCH OF BANANAS

A Bunch of Bananas [1975] 1. He starts stomping around the room in a rage. She joins in, then takes his hand. They begin an impromptu softshoe dance. 2. “What in God’s green … why in hell didn’t you tell … Continue reading

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE

A Woman Under the Influence [1974] 1. At different moments, both Mabel and Nick ask someone what time it is without receiving an answer. 2. “Tell me what you want me to be, I can be anything.” 3. He can’t … Continue reading

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ FACES

Faces [1968] 1. The tear, poised to fall, remains in place. 2. “So, what have I got after all those years? A big house, a kooky wife, and a kid who wears sneakers.” 3. Smoker’s cough on the stairs.

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ SHADOWS

Shadows [1959] 1. Hair on the back of his neck. 2. “I prefer to be coaxed but you don’t coax me, okay?” 3. The three of them, beaten, lying on the ground and on top of garbage cans. Harsh nighttime … Continue reading

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3 things about Martin Ritt’s EDGE OF THE CITY

Edge of the City [1957] 1. “You get $1.71 an hour, out of which you pay me a quarter. That’s how you say thank you.” 2. They hop up onto the boxcar to eat their lunch. Chrysler Building in the … Continue reading

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