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  • Death of a Cyclist

    Death of a Cyclist

    An adulterous couple—aspiring academic Juan (Alberto Closas), wife of a wealthy industrialist María José (Lucia Bosé)—run over a cyclist. He's alive, and Juan moves to save him. But a simple word from María José—"Juan!"—reminds him that they must leave him to die, else risk exposing their affair. What follows is all about lathering psychological torment through a specific recipe from the arthouse cookbook. That style, found in the '50s work of Michelangelo Antonioni, calls for mixing noir melodrama ingredients with…

  • Jungle Girl

    Jungle Girl

    I'm the rare cinephile who would rather watch a '40s Republic serial than an '80s avant-garde film about the serial, but this really is an interesting work of art. Richard Myers's film features several lines of discourse commingling: a touching audio interview with the serial's beleaguered star, the Schopenhauer-reading scarred beauty Frances Gifford; a memoir of Myers's childhood fascination with Gifford presented in subtitles; clips from Jungle Girl; and bizarre quasi-reenactments of the serial featuring fifty-and-older beatniks. There's a nice…

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  • What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

    What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

    A woman's skirt shoots up when she walks under the gushing air of a sidewalk grate, fifty-four years before Marilyn's iconic performance in The Seven Year Itch. Only today have I learned the historical significance of this film's title. Why does it happen on Twenty-Third Street? The answer can be found by pairing this film with the 1903 actuality At the Foot of the Flatiron, in which pedestrians clutch their hats and skirts on a windy day on the corner…

  • I Love Melvin

    I Love Melvin

    One of the 50 best films in the history of cinema. Starstruck gal Debbie Reynolds wants to be on the cover of Look magazine — paging Dr. Laura Mulvey? — and apprentice photographer Donald O'Connor promises he'll help. Perfectly trifling, then, but what's remarkable here isn't the what but the how. Its wide-eyed stars direct off Singin' in the Rain (which O'Connor knowingly references with a lamppost leap), the dance numbers here rank among the most creative ever made for…