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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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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 David Mackenzie’s OUTLAW KING

Outlaw King [2018] 1. Horses’ hooves, apples, mud. 2. Suspended in a hanging cage. 3. Impalement galore.

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3 things about Lynne Littman’s TESTAMENT

Testament [1983] 1. Teasingly, he plucks at her nightshirt. 2. “Larry left us today. He just crawled into a ball and died.” 3. She gently lifts him out of the sink; the water has turned brown. She swaddles him in … Continue reading

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