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3 things about Edward Sedgwick’s THE FIRST DEGREE

The First Degree [1923] 1. The moustache signifies his evil. 2. “We need husky young fellows like you.” 3. Lightning flashes and rain streaming through the broken window during the struggle.

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3 things about Raoul Walsh’s THE THIEF OF BAGDAD

The Thief of Bagdad [1924] 1. Trap door leopard. 2. “You shall bring joy to the wedding party by being boiled in oil.” 3. Invisible tornado.

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3 things about Carl Boese and Paul Wegener’s THE GOLEM

The Golem [1920] 1. Ecstatic figures on a platform flanked by glowing candelabra. 2. An epic manifestation displayed for the amusement of the royal company. They all laugh. 3. Aryan children sitting on top of the deactivated Golem.

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3 things about Fred Newmeyer & Sam Taylor’s THE FRESHMAN

The Freshman [1925] 1. Crossword puzzle. 2. Taking back the $10. 3. Replacement sweater.

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3 things about Arthur Berthelet’s SHERLOCK HOLMES

Sherlock Holmes [1916] 1. “An ill-suited watchdog.” Moriarty’s henchman has a bulldog. 2. A dissolve to a slightly tighter shot and then a dissolve back to the wider angle. Would a straight cut have been considered too disorienting at the … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Wiene’s THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari [1920] 1. Cesar is 23. 2. Branches and leaves like scythes. 3. “Now I know exactly how to cure him.”

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3 things about Sam Taylor’s FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE

For Heaven’s Sake [1926] 1. He uses the cigarette lighter from the wrecked car and then strolls away. 2. “When I get through with that Uptown dude, you can put a lily in his hand and close the lid!” 3. … Continue reading

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3 things about King Vidor’s THE CROWD

The Crowd [1928] 1. Upon entering the room he is immediately accosted by a flapper. 2. Several decades before Psycho, an onscreen toilet. 3. Everyone and everything is making too much noise.

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3 things about Michel Hazanavicius’ THE ARTIST

The Artist [2011] 1. Over time, his mustache morphs from pencil-thin to brushlike. 2. “BANG!” 3. Malcolm McDowell’s ruddy nose (even in black & white).

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3 things about Jacques Feyder’s FACES OF CHILDREN

Faces of Children [1925] 1. The child watches the gravedigger refill his mother’s grave, then passes out. His father carries him home. The gravedigger continues in his work without a pause. 2. Pierrette is like a paleo-Tootie, like Margaret O’Brien … Continue reading

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