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3 things about Otto Preminger’s ANATOMY OF A MURDER

Anatomy of a Murder [1959] 1. Matching cigarette lighters. 2. Blocking his sightline. 3. He advises her to keep the girdle. This film gets better and better. 3 other things.

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3 things about Otto Preminger’s RIVER OF NO RETURN

River of No Return [1954] 1. Her luggage falls into the river. “Let it go!” he commands her. Later, in the same shot, it can be seen slowly drifting downstream. Easily retrievable. 2. Vigorous calf massage. 3. A spot on … Continue reading

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3 things about Otto Preminger’s BONJOUR TRISTESSE

Bonjour Tristesse [1958] 1. She stops her father. “Wait. Let’s smell the day.” They both inhale deeply. 2. Hangover cure: vanilla ice cream. 3. In a single, fluid motion she unzips her dress and wraps a bathrobe around her shoulders. … Continue reading

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3 things about Otto Preminger’s SAINT JOAN

Saint Joan [1957] 1. “They come from your imagination.” “Of course. That is how the messages of God come to us.” 2. Jean Seberg is very Mia Farrow. 3. Two sticks, a leather thong, a cross.

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3 things about Otto Preminger’s THE CARDINAL

The Cardinal [1963] 1. Glennon’s iridescent red sash. 2. He politely excuses himself from the table, goes into the next room, and jumps out the window. 3. CU Romy Schneider’s cheeks pressed against the bars.

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3 things about Otto Preminger’s LAURA

Laura [1944] 1. Recurring visual motif: wall arrangements of groups of objects (masks, framed pictures, etc.) 2. When asked if he ever knew a woman who wasn’t a doll or a dame, Mark replies, “Yeah, one, but she kept walking … Continue reading

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3 things about Otto Preminger’s CARMEN JONES

Carmen Jones [1954] 1. “Don’t say I didn’t tell you true/ I told you truly, if I love you/Dat’s the end of you.” 2. Max Roach is wailing away on the drums, but we don’t actually hear him most of … Continue reading

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