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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE

Rebel Without a Cause [1955] 1. His kick leaves marks on the side of the desk. 2. Rotting life-preservers in the bottom of the pool. 3. “Stand up, Jim. I’ll stand up with you. Let me try to be as … Continue reading

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s JOHNNY GUITAR

Johnny Guitar [1954] 1. “How many men have you forgotten?” “As many women as you’ve remembered.” 2. Lovers’ initials carved in the bark of a tree on the riverbank. 3. Right between the eyes. 3 other things.

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s BIGGER THAN LIFE

Bigger Than Life [1956] 1. Smashing the bannister. 2. After he cons the pharmacist he says, “I’m glad I dropped in. I’m new here. I like the way you do business.” 3. Calling the doctor “sir” in anger. 3 other … Continue reading

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s ON DANGEROUS GROUND

On Dangerous Ground [1952] 1. Peas, and the way they cook vegetables. 2. Jimmy Conlin as a pharmacist. 3. He finally takes the trouble to notice he was just a boy. 3 other things.

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s JOHNNY GUITAR

Johnny Guitar [1954] 1. “I like to hear it spin.” 2. The look on her face after she shoots down the chandelier. 3. She stretches the shirt over the back of the chair to help it dry. 3 other things.

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s THE LUSTY MEN

The Lusty Men [1952] 1. Two nickles in an old tobacco tin. 2. “I’ve got one piece of advice for you. When you sit down to a big dinner, loosen your belt. It’s more fun.” 3. He briefly looks in … Continue reading

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s PARTY GIRL

Party Girl [1958] 1. She observes him as he limps over to her, bends down, and picks up her coat from the floor. 2. After a running a start, she slides across the platform on her thighs. 3. Melted decoration.

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s JOHNNY GUITAR

Johnny Guitar [1954] 1. She moves in closer, looks straight at her and says, “I’m going to kill you.” 2. The magic of Trucolor. Flaming red shirt, flaming red lipstick. A red kerchief against a canary yellow shirt. 3. Emma … Continue reading

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s BORN TO BE BAD

Born to be Bad [1950] 1. An artist’s studio with a view remarkably similar to Madge’s apartment in Vertigo. 2. “How many times do you I have to tell you that you love me?” 3. He discreetly changes the price … Continue reading

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3 things about Nicholas Ray’s THEY LIVE BY NIGHT

They Live by Night [1948] 1. One dead eye, milky white. He lights up his cigar. 2. “I can rent you a ring for a dollar or sell you one for five.” 3. He flicks the Christmas ornaments with his … Continue reading

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