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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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3 things about Jayne Loader & Kevin Rafferty & Pierce Rafferty’s THE ATOMIC CAFE

The Atomic Cafe [1982] 1. Sign: “If you wouldn’t tell Stalin, don’t say it!” 2. James Gregory (Senator Iselin from The Manchurian Candidate) as a patriotic army man warning of the dangers of enemy propaganda. 3. Recommended: an ample supply … Continue reading

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3 things about Sidney Gilliat’s GREEN FOR DANGER

Green for Danger [1946] 1. Twirling around on the stool, holding his umbrella. 2. Twin sisters. 3. CU: phonograph needle moving through the grooves of the record.

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3 things about Herman Shumlin’s WATCH ON THE RHINE

Watch on the Rhine [1943] 1. “We might also manage a visa for you. I’m sure you are homesick for shabby places and gaudy cafes and the rest of the decaying things that represent Europe to you.” “Blecher, we do … Continue reading

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3 things about Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK

Dunkirk [2017] 1. His expression as he decides how he will answer the soldier’s question. 2. “No no, I’m fairly confident it’s just the gauge.” 3. Futility of plugging the holes.

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3 things about Robert Kenner’s COMMAND AND CONTROL

Command and Control [2016] 1. “Anytime I want to I can close my eyes and see it.” 2. After receiving the phone call, he looked out the window at the street outside. Wondering what to do. 3. Even when asked … Continue reading

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3 things about Michael Curtiz’ CASABLANCA

Casablanca [1942] 1. “Only one answer can take care of all our questions.” 2. A trio of coupe glasses on top of the piano. 3. Their footprints reveal puddles on the tarmac. 3 other things.

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