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3 things about Tim Whelan’s Q PLANES

Q Planes [1939] 1. Nonsensical compacts. 2. Cooking stew as a catalyst for deep thinking. 3. A closet entirely filled with identical umbrellas and bowler hats.

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3 things about Alfred Hitchcock’s SABOTEUR

Saboteur [1942] 1. Running into the bebop cat at the charity ball. “Beat it out, son. Beat it out.” 2. Curlers in her beard. 3. Perfect choice: a nasty soliloquy captured in a long shot. You don’t hear many folks … Continue reading

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3 things about Preston Sturges’ THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN’S CREEK

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek [1943] 1. Walking through the screen door. 2. Zipperpuss. 3. She replies at lightning speed, while stuttering: “K-O-C-K-E-N-L-O-C-K-E-R.”

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3 things about Billy Wilder’s STALAG 17

Stalag 17 [1953] 1. Delousing for Christmas. 2. Betty Grable on the dancefloor. 3. “I like the odds this time.”

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3 things about Mick Jackson’s THREADS

Threads [1984] 1. All the fingers are on fire. 2. The sound of swarms of flies coming from the cellar. 3. Britain’s population returning to medieval levels. Genuinely terrifying.

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3 things about François Ozon’s FRANTZ

Frantz [2016] 1. Black & white. They enter the cave, pass through, and on the other side the world is in color. 2. She studies the painting. “It makes me want to live.” Manet’s “Le Suicide.” 3. Without reading it, … Continue reading

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3 things about Christian Petzold’s TRANSIT

Transit [2018] 1. The whole film is a bartender’s story! 2. Omnipresent heavily-armed guards outside the American Consulate. 3. Suddenly, she’s just not there. Tightly coiled, frightening, uniquely relevant.

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