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The French new wave fetishized Nick Ray (the "greatest" of post-war directorsEric Rohmer) and Johnny Guitar("a dream western, magicalunreal and delirious"François Truffaut). Godard referenced Johnny Guitarin four of his '60s features; Truffaut (who managed to review it twice) paid homage with Shoot the Piano Playerand cited it in another '60s feature. Can you ID the films?
2. A husband informs his wife he sent their maid to the movies because Johnny Guitarwas playing: "Good for her education."
3. A couple attends a screening of Johnny Guitar; on the way out, he tells her, "It's not about horses and guns. It's about people and emotion."
4. A hippie cadre code-named Johnny Guitar attempts to make radio contact with another group: "Johnny Guitar calling Gosta Berling."
5. A young political activist criticizes a Communist journal for attacking Johnny Guitar just because it is an American movie.
Research assistance: Ben Kenigsberg
Answers: 1. Le Petit Soldat (Godard, 1960) 2. Pierrot le Fou(Godard, 1965) 3. Mississippi Mermaid (Truffaut, 1969), 4. Weekend(Godard, 1967) 5. La Chinoise(Godard, 1967).
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