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3 things about Otto Preminger’s IN HARM’S WAY

In Harm’s Way [1965] 1. They both toss their pineapple garnishes off the veranda. 2. Bullet through the cheek. 3. “I’m so scared my bones are clicking, like dice on a Reno crap table.”

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3 things about Otto Preminger’s THE HUMAN FACTOR

The Human Factor [1979] 1. Smashing an owl. 2. He gives him the injection, cheerfully adding, “No need for you to suffer.” 3. Ratty fur coat. It’s just not very good. Preminger’s approach (passionless, almost clinical) is usually an asset, … Continue reading

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3 things about Otto Preminger’s THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM

The Man with the Golden Arm [1955] 1. I don’t believe the word “Chicago” is mentioned even once. 2. Without a word she walks over to the door and locks it, then turns around to face him. 3. Changing pupils. … Continue reading

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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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