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Make it a double

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Think you know which movie this is from? Tell Filmbrain.

I enjoy Filmbrain's Screen Capture Quizes over at Like Anna Karina's Sweater, which as to be one of the best blog names out there -- along with Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, of course. (And thank you, FB, for the recent post about one of my favorite films of the 1970s, Jerzy Skolimowski's "Deep End." At the moment, moviegoers may be discovering Skolimowski the actor -- Uncle Stepan in David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises.")

So, I'm not sure which picture the capture above is from (and, of course, I wouldn't give it away even if I knew the answer -- as I did last week, but that one was pretty easy). But this, appearing at the same time as Flickhead's Bunuel-a-thon (Flickhead/Filmbrain -- the associations are unavoidable) made me think of a great double-bill I'd like to do for Broken Projector's upcoming Double Bill Blog-a-Thon (Oct. 22-26), which would involve pairing Bunuel's "The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz" with the movie I think this image is from. But, you know, I could be wrong -- and then there'd be trouble in paradise. That's all I want to say for now.

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But, in the meantime, take a look at that portrait from a 20th Century Fox film that appears on the far wall. You may ask yourself: Where have I seen that before? You know the feeling of something half remembered... of something that never happened, yet you recall it well. You know the feeling of recognizing someone that you've never met as far as you could tell... How familiar those eyes seem. Is it her? Or is she only a dream?

P.S. Well, damn me to hell. OK, I just figured out it's NOT the movie I thought of at first sight, but I can't wait to go ahead with that double-bill idea...

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