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3 things about David Swift’s HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying [1967] 1. “But lemon is my favorite drop!” 2. The frills on the top of her dress bounce up and down as she walks. Kind of waving at you. 3. “This is … Continue reading

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3 things about Gordon Douglass’s SINCERELY YOURS

Sincerely Yours [1955] 1. An exterior shot of Madeleine Elster’s apartment from Vertigo! 2. “Do you want to touch me?” The woman reaches out and gingerly pokes him on the leg. “A little higher, honey. About here is where I … Continue reading

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3 things about David Byrne’s TRUE STORIES

True Stories [1986] 1. “It’s got six different kinds of liquor in it, but it don’t taste too strong.” 2. At the mall: Jeans West. 3. House construction as a game of leapfrog. This film is a joy each and … Continue reading

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3 things about Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise’s WEST SIDE STORY

West Side Story [1961] 1. Never noticed Anthony Teague from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying plays one of the Jets. 2. Gonna be a lot of dead batteries come morning. 3. The blacktop that lies within the … Continue reading

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3 things about Charles Walters’ TORCH SONG

Torch Song [1953] 1. Comparing her legs to those on the cardboard cutout. 2. Joan, in blackface, tears off her wig in a rage, revealing her flaming orange hair. 3. A most tortured rendition of “Tenderly.”

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3 things about Busby Berkeley’s THE GANG’S ALL HERE

The Gang’s All Here [1943] 1. “How are you?” “I’m very well to do, thank you.” “Ah, you do very well, what you do do.” 2. Ketchup from a Brazilian tomato. 3. Neon-like curtain of water foreshadows the neon hoops. … Continue reading

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3 things about Vincente Minnelli’s THE PIRATE

The Pirate [1948] 1. Cigarette kiss. 2. “He’s not a lump or a pumpkin!” 3. Double ear wriggle.

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