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3 things about Jean-Pierre Melville’s UN FLIC

Un Flic [1972] 1. A seemingly deserted block of highrise apartment buildings with a bank on the corner. Wind, rain, seaspray. 2. Jawdroppingly unconvincing miniatures: a toy train pursued by a toy helicopter. 3. Delon and Deneuve are two of … Continue reading

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3 things about Jean-Jacques Beineix’s DIVA

Diva [1981] 1. Glimpse of a Harry Nilsson album at the record store. 2. Smearing blood on strangers at the video arcade. 3. How’d he get into the theater? Or the control booth? It’s also hard to believe that his … Continue reading

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3 things about Philip Kaufman’s HENRY & JUNE

Henry & June [1990] 1. Richard E. Grant pulling off an American accent. 2. The feeling of looking around a room and being turned on by everyone you see. 3. The audience shouting at the screen during Un Chien Andalou. … Continue reading

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3 things about Agnès Varda’s CLEO FROM 5 TO 7

Cleo from 5 to 7 [1962] 1. The kitten plays with her robe. 2. Bombarded with all the lives going on around her at the cafe. 3. Are they about to kiss?

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3 things about Leos Carax’s HOLY MOTORS

Holy Motors [2012] 1. Gravestones as social media prompts. 2. When there’s no more beholder. 3. Brakelight dialogue. 3 other things.

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3 things about Bertrand Bonello’s NOCTURAMA

Nocturama [2016] 1. It opens like The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. 2. Mannequins of themselves. 3. The police never say a word and are not interested in making arrests.

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3 things about William Wyler’s HOW TO STEAL A MILLION

How to Steal a Million [1966] 1. She tells him the bad news. He drags the bar cart with him over to his chair. 2. “Well, for one thing, it gives Givenchy a night off.” 3. Sweat pours onto his … Continue reading

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3 things about Stanley Donen’s FUNNY FACE

Funny Face [1957] 1. She brandishes the taxi receipt to no effect. 2.”He’s not interested in your intelligence any more than I am!” 3. They dance on the raft as it gently floats away.

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3 things about Jacques Tati’s PLAYTIME

Playtime [1967] 1. Nasal spray. 2. Green neon. 3. A sponge becomes a block of cheese.

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3 things about Leos Carax’s HOLY MOTORS

Holy Motors [2012] 1. Her punishment is to be herself. 2. The rooftop has become an overgrown garden. La Samaritaine sign as seen from behind. 3. She finally lets down her hair and puts on the green mask.

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