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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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3 things about Robert Altman’s POPEYE

Popeye [1980] 1. Me Pap, Me Son. 2. A House of Ill Repuke. 3. Flying octopus. 3 other things.

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3 things about Mark Sandrich’s THE GAY DIVORCEE

The Gay Divorcee [1934] 1. Fred finger-dances. 2. “Well Mrs. Glossop, I’ll work my brain to the bone for you.” 3. Motor-driven revolving doors.

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3 things about George Stevens’ SWING TIME

Swing Time [1936] 1. “Snow tastes just as bad as water!” 2. A pair of enormous legs. 3. Shampoo. 3 other things.

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3 things about Stanley Donen’s SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers [1954] 1. Sorrel as a wedding bouquet. 2. Board dance-off. 3. Everyone claims the child; everyone has to get married.

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