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3 things about Vincente Minnelli’s BELLS ARE RINGING

Bells Are Ringing [1960] 1. Threadbare carpet. 2. No tenth symphony. 3. Her do-do-do-do-dos.

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3 things about Mitchell Leisen’s MURDER AT THE VANITIES

Murder at the Vanities [1934] 1. All-too-brief ode to marijuana that ends with blood dripping onto the bare shoulders of a chorus girl. 2. Arpeggio, arpeggio, arpeggio! Ellington hams it up at the piano. 3. “Cocktails for Two” is a … Continue reading

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3 things about Josh Greenbaum’s BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar [2021] 1. She’s thinking about Kermit on his bicycle. 2. Three pills in the treasure chest. They float away from the bar. 3. Headshake, ringtone. When Grace Jones’s cover of “Tomorrow” from … Continue reading

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3 things about Chantal Akerman’s GOLDEN EIGHTIES

Golden Eighties [1986] 1. Scissors as rhythm track. 2. Screwing on the stairs. 3. We finally get outside at the very end.

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3 things about Michael Curtiz’s WHITE CHRISTMAS

White Christmas [1954] 1. Dashing from Florida to Vermont. And then they get there and there’s no snow. Early global warming musical. 2. “Sisters” is gay enough the first time around; the second time, it’s like gay on top of … Continue reading

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3 things about Spike Lee’s DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA

David Byrne’s American Utopia [2020] 1. Tracing the longitudinal fissure with his index finger. 2. Pant leg dance moves. 3. Congratulating an audience member on his age.

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3 things about Ray Enright and Busby Berkeley’s DAMES

Dames [1934] 1. Canoodling in the moonlight on the Staten Island ferry. 2. Triple strength from Canada. 3. Moving through a tunnel of dames.

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3 things about Jim Henson’s THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER

The Great Muppet Caper [1981] 1. A jar of Carlsford jelly. 2. The glass slipper business. 3. “It’s plot exposition, it has to go somewhere!” 3 other things.

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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. In the mailroom, a 3M box. (3M also provided the office machines seen in the film.) 2. Pom pom stitch. 3. On a shelf in his office: a Pyrex catalog. … Continue reading

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3 things about George Dunning’s YELLOW SUBMARINE

Yellow Submarine [1968] 1. The number 18. 2. Clown alarm system. 3. “If you must shout, shout quietly.” 3 other things.

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