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3 things about Busby Berkeley's FOR ME AND MY GAL

For Me and My Gal [1942] 1. We know what the telegram says before she does. 2. “Gee, when I think about all the time I wasted. Why didn’t you tell me I was in love with you?” 3. Gene … Continue reading

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3 things about George Sidney’s THE HARVEY GIRLS

The Harvey Girls [1946] 1. Paris, Illinois. 2. Burning building brawl. 3. Ray Bolger as spinning top.

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3 things about John Waters’ HAIRSPRAY

Hairspray [1988] 1. Negro Day, the last Thursday of each month. 2. Kicking aside the rat. 3. “Oh my God! There are colored people in my house!”

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3 things about Robert Altman’s JAZZ ’34: REMEMBRANCES OF KANSAS CITY SWING

Jazz ’34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing [1997] 1. Water pitcher as mute. 2. He takes off his jacket, carefully buttons his vest, proceeds to blow. 3. BBQ wagon on the street.

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3 things about Francis Coppola’s THE COTTON CLUB ENCORE

The Cotton Club Encore [1984/2019] 1. Simulated lightning. 2. Blood-covered candy. 3. Platinum pocketwatch.

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3 things about George Cukor’s A STAR IS BORN

A Star Is Born [1954] 1. She kisses him first. 2. A tiny, squelched “no.” 3. Spanish musical troupe rehearsing backstage. 3 other things.

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3 things about David Byrne’s TRUE STORIES

True Stories [1986] 1. Multiple instances of red drapes. 2. A coffee machine in the bedroom of Miss Rollings. 3. “What else is a field good for but building houses?” It’s hard to overstate how important this film has been … Continue reading

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