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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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3 things about Anthony Mann’s THE GLENN MILLER STORY

The Glenn Miller Story [1954] 1. A film from the 50s with two sympathetic Jewish characters! 2. Multicolored lights at Connie’s Inn. Psychedelic Louis Armstrong. 3. Slow dissolve from her face to the foggy runway.

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3 things about Irving Cumming’s DOWN ARGENTINE WAY

Down Argentine Way [1940] 1. “I’ll go all right! I wouldn’t stay if you threw a barbecue in my honor!” 2. Charlotte Greenwood’s Pac-Man hands during “Sing to Your Señorita.” 3. Betty Grable’s aggressively stripy jacket.

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