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3 things about Andre De Toth’s DAY OF THE OUTLAW

Day of the Outlaw [1959] 1. Grisly bullet removal. 2. He doesn’t want to dance. He holds her by the shoulders and says, “I want to look at you.” 3. “I’m not doing anything special. Just taking some bad men … Continue reading

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3 things about Sergio Leone’s DUCK YOU SUCKER

Duck You Sucker [1971] 1. “Where there’s revolution there’s confusion, and when there’s confusion, a man who knows what he wants stands a good chance of getting it.” 2. His eyes complete the torn poster. 3. Incredible mobile shot detailing … Continue reading

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3 things about Delmer Daves’ 3:10 TO YUMA

3:10 to Yuma [1957] 1. A stick in the corner to prop open the window. 2. Bouncing off a roof on the way to the ground. 3. No one else seems to hear the thunder.

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3 things about Frank Perry’s “DOC”

“Doc” [1971] 1. Born into the line. 2. Crude BBQ brush. 3. “I guess he reminded me of too many things.”

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3 things about Ang Lee’s BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

Brokeback Mountain [2005] 1. Quick spit. 2. Price tag. 3. White farmhouse interior.

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3 things about Anthony Mann’s WINCHESTER ’73

Winchester ’73 [1953] 1. “Are we going to quarrel?” he asks wearily. 2. Time for a quick cup of coffee before the attack. 3. Rock Hudson as an Indian chief, Tony Curtis as a cavalry soldier!

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3 things about the Coen Bros.’ THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs [2018] 1. “First time?” 2. “Goodnight, Mister Pocket.” 3. The variety of facial expressions caused by his breath.

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3 things about Lawrence Kasdan’s SILVERADO

Silverado [1985] 1. Walking his horse while reading a paperback. 2. “Today, my jurisdiction ends here.” 3. A look comes over her face. A hint of a smile.

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3 things about Stanley Donen’s SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers [1954] 1. Sorrel as a wedding bouquet. 2. Board dance-off. 3. Everyone claims the child; everyone has to get married.

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3 things about Robert Altman’s McCABE & MRS. MILLER

McCabe & Mrs. Miller [1971] 1. “I counted ’em, there’s 52.” 2. The only time we ever really see her smile. 3. For me, what makes the finale so haunting is that there are no witnesses.

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