Bonnie & Clyde

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Bonnie & Clyde were real but their story was transformed by Hollywood for the famous movie featuring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in 1967.

Gangster movies are based on real facts but they glamorize them.

Bonnie & Clyde are perfect to create a film: they embody BOTH love and violence. The individualistic values they stand for can relate to the self-made men or rags-to-riches stories but they get rich and famous breaking the law.

  • Can a hero be a gangster?
  • How do outlaws become pop icons?
  • How do 1930s American gangsters illustrate the contradictions of the American Dream?

a slum: bidonville / quartier déshérité

to raise an issue: poser problème / soulever une controverse

law-abiding: respectables / honorables


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Gangster Films to Watch!

Choose and watch one of the following films!

Complete your worksheet and be ready for class teamwork & radio show recording!

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

“Why can’t we pick our own colors?”

Quentin Tarantino set the film scene on fire with this sparkling story of five criminals put together for a heist that goes wrong—each anonymously named after a color and each played by an actor as good as the next. Tarantino charts the bloody fallout with a savage wit, a masterly grip on storytelling and dialogue that’s still to die for, two decades later.

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Scarface (1932)

“Listen, Little Boy, in this business there’s only one law you gotta follow to keep out of trouble: Do

it first, do it yourself, and keep on doing it.”

He may not have snorted quite as much cocaine as Tony Montana (who has?), but Antonio “Tony” Camonte (Paul Muni) will always be the original Scarface. Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson’s formative gangster classic shocked the world with its lightly fictionalized take on how Al Capone Tommy-gunned his way to being king of Chicago.

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Scarface (1983)

“You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend!”

The world is yours, Tony Montana, or at least our No. 29 slot is. Don’t even begin to complain that Brian De Palma’s dizzyingly lurid coke meltdown ranks higher than the 1932 original—it’s proven to be vastly more influential, the throbbing id of many criminal fantasies since.

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The Usual Suspects (1995)

“How do you shoot the devil in the back–what if you miss?”

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup. Boasting petty criminal characters conceived so brilliantly they achieve near-mythological status, The Usual Suspects is known for riveting suspense and action, an intriguing plot line and a jaw- dropping twist at the end.

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Little Caesar (1931)

“The bigger they come, the harder the fall,” Rico boasts. “I ain’t doin’ bad in this business so far.”

Rico is a small-time hood who knocks off gas stations for whatever he can take. He heads east and signs up with Sam Vettori’s mob. A New Year’s Eve robbery at Little Arnie Lorch’s casino results in the death of the new crime commissioner Alvin McClure. Rico’s good friend Joe Massara, who works at the club as a professional dancer, works as the gang’s lookout man and wants out of the gang. Rico is ambitious and eventually takes over Vettori’s gang; he then moves up to the next echelon pushing out Diamond Pete Montana. When he orders Joe to dump his girlfriend Olga and re-join the gang, Olga decides there’s only one way out for them.

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Eastern Promises (2007)

“Sentimental value? Ah. I heard of that.”

There’s more to David Cronenberg’s full-throated gangster nightmare than just a bunch of naked dudes smacking each other in a sauna. This is a prescient examination of the Russian takeover of London, featuring a career-best turn from Viggo Mortensen as the taciturn, grimacing antihero.


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Pulp Fiction (1994)

“The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard to be the shepherd.”

More than 20 years later, Quentin Tarantino’s second feature is as exhilarating as ever, with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson’s wisecracking hitmen now fully a part of the cultural lexicon.

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LMA LVA 1L Wanted! American Gangsters Bonnie & Clyde Feb 12th

Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie LMA 1L

  •  They called them … Public enemies

Crimes? Murders / violence / shootings / bank robberies

Ironically? They became folk heroes

Why did people admire them?

Because people were angry at banks / during the Great Depression so they liked B&C avenging them.

  • About Bonnie

    Birthday? 1910

    Birthplace? Texas

    How old when she met Clyde? Job? 19 / waitress

  •  About Clyde

    1909 – Texas

    Family ? Poor – 8 children

    Past experience? Prison for theft /

    Crimes? Stealing / theft

  • First murders… 2 policemen /

Where? on the side of the road / rural / countryside

after a robbery / drinking to celebrate / testing their weapons

How? Shoot them to test their weapons

Attitude? In cold blood / indifferent

  • Change in police methods…

Capture? Personal crusade / fire with fire > got heavier weapons

Where? In Louisiana / countryside

Strategy? Ambush (a bush : buisson) / waited for 3 days / they don’t want B&C to escape again / catch them – dead (rather than alive.)

  • For Hollywood…

directed many films adapted from their story / songs

like all gangsters stories / B&C are a source of inspiration / suspenseful / action-packed life / a good scenario / Love & Violence

Document 3 – Serge Gainsbourg ENglish version.

  • 1- Listen and complete with words you hear.

You’ve heard the 1- …story of Jesse James
Of how he lived and 2- …died ?
If you’re still in need of something to 3- …read
Here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde

Now Bonnie and Clyde 4- …are the Barrow

5- …gang
I am sure you all heard and 6- …read / have read
How those who 7- …steal
Are usually found dying or 8- …dead

They call us cold-hearted 9- …killers
They say we were heartless and 10- …mean
But I say this with pride
That I once knew Clyde when he was 11- …honest
And upright and clean

But the 12- …laws fooled around
Kept taking him down and locking him up in a cell
‘Til he said to me: “I’ll never be 13- …free
So I’ll see a few of them in 14- …hell

If a policeman is 15- …killed in Dallas
And they have no clue or guide
If they can’t 16- …think or find
They just wipe their slate clean
And blame it on Bonnie and Clyde

If they try to act like 17- …citizens
And rent ourselves a nice little flat
About the third night
We’re invited to a 18- …fight by the
Sub gun’s rat tat tat

Some day they’ll go down 19- …together
They’ll bury us side by side
For few it will be grief for the law a relief
But it’s 20- …death for Bonnie and Clyde

1S 1ES Gangster Cluedo WebQuest


  • Etudiez chacun un personnage à l’aide des liens indiqués.
  • Pour chaque personnage, remplissez les cartes ‘gangsters’ avec les détails clefs de leur biographie.

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  • Ensuite, recherchez un lieu et renseignez les cases du plateau ‘crime scenes’ avec une image et un nom de lieu ainsi que les cartes correspondantes.

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  • Enfin trouvez une arme emblématique de votre personnage, ajoutez une image et le nom du gangster à qui elle appartient sur les cartes ‘weapons’.Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 17.20.11
  • Pour vous aider, certains éléments apparaissent déjà sur les cartes à remplir, à vous de les compléter! Si vous bloquez, n’hésitez pas à ajouter des lieux ou armes approximatifs mais attention aux anachronismes! (Recherchez par exemple: Chicago 1930s crime places // 1930S gangster weapon dans Google image noir et blanc, redimensionnez et insérer dans le document .odt. )
  • Si vous avez des soucis avec la mise en page, n’hésitez pas à ouvrir le doc .pdf, imprimez et renseignez à la main.
  • Ciblez les infos clefs dans les documents vidéos et ressources internet, si ces éléments ne respectent pas totalement la logique historique peu importe, il vous faut juste des éléments réalistes.
  • Contactez pour le moindre souci.

Group 1 – Notorious Gangsters

Team 1 –  1 S = Nolan (Charles Luciano)  – Marcy (John Dillinger) – Mathis ( Johnny Torrio)  – Aurélien (Al Capone)  – Amélie (Bonnie Parker) – Jodie (Clyde Barrow)

Team 1 – 1 ES = Théo R.  (Charles Luciano)  – Eva P.  (John Dillinger) – Raphaël ( Johnny Torrio)  – Morgan (Al Capone)  – Jeanne  (Bonnie Parker) – Marine (Clyde Barrow)

Team 2 – 1S = Mathieu R. (Charles Luciano)  – Jérémy (John Dillinger) – Astrid ( Johnny Torrio)  – Antoine (Al Capone)  – Ophélie (Bonnie Parker) – Thibaut (Clyde Barrow)

Team 2 – 1 ES = Kévin (Charles Luciano)  – Pierre (John Dillinger) – Nolan ( Johnny Torrio)  – Yohann (Al Capone)  – Océane  (Bonnie Parker) – Clara (Clyde Barrow)


Charles Luciano

Charles Luciano’s biography Luciano’s criminal exploits Luciano’s whereabouts Luciano Time magazine Luciano’s weapon

John Dillinger

John Dillinger bio John Dillinger’s weapons

Johnny Torrio

Torrio’s biography Torrio’ personal details Torrio’s whereabouts Torrio’s crimes

Al Capone

Capone’s bio Capone’s video

St Valentine’s Day Massacre Capone’s weapons

Bonnie Parker

Clyde Barrow

Bonnie & Clyde’s biography Bonnie & Clyde’s crimes

Group 2 – Boston Gangsters

Team 3 – 1S -Iliana ( James J Bulger)  Emma (Stephen Flemmi) Audrey (James McLean) Gaëtan (Johnny Martorano) Eléna (Howard Winter ) Clémentine (Bernard McLaughlin)

Team 3 – 1ES –  Léa ( James J Bulger)  Jules (Stephen Flemmi) Adrien (James McLean) Régina (Johnny Martorano) Thomas (Howard Winter ) Alexandre (Bernard McLaughlin)

Team 4 – 1S – Lucas ( James J Bulger)  Valentin (Stephen Flemmi ) Aymeric (James McLean ) Romain  (Johnny Martorano) Marius (Howard Winter) Samuel (Bernard McLaughlin)

Team 4 – 1ES  Simon ( James J Bulger)  Théo H. (Stephen Flemmi ) Léa (James McLean ) Laurie (Johnny Martorano) Marie (Howard Winter) Victoria (Bernard McLaughlin)


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Club Winter Hill Gang

  • James J. Bulger

James Bulger

  • Stephen Flemmi

Flemmi and Bulger Flemmi’s biography weapons

  • James McLean

James McLean’s biography McLean’s detailed crimes & associates

  • Johnny Martorano

Johnny Martorano’s biography Johnny Martorano detailed crimes & associates

  • Howard Thomas Winter

Detailed life & crimes Howard Winter’s arrest

  • Bernard McLaughlin



Team 5 – 1S – Ismaïl – Elise – Stella – Mei Li – Emilie – Louis

Team 5 – 1ES1 Mathilde – Daniel – Camille – Anne Claire – Marine – Alexia

Team 6 – 1S – Mathieu S. – Ayelen – Matthieu L – Fatou – Olivier

Team 6 – 1ES1 Samatha – Liza – Matthias – Marine Médina – Manon D.

  • Vous pouvez choisir parmi tous les gangsters des autres équipes ou d’autres que vous connaissez et fabriquer votre plateau et cartes selon vos propres idées.
  • Vous êtes autorisés à faire des anachronismes et ajouter une pointe d’humour.
  • Effectuez vos recherches seuls et créer votre plateau de A à Z.
  • Votre travail nécessite plus d’autonomie et aussi davantage de créativité, vous serez donc valorisés au moment de l’évaluation.
  • A votre disposition, plateau et cartes vides ci dessous.

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great gangster movies!

LMA Al Capone / Bonnie & Clyde

February 5th, 2015

LMA LVA 1L / Tles 

new lesson > American Dream / Gangsters

  • not a hero because he is a murderer

but he was very clever and ingenious

he transported / distributed alcohol under Prohibition.

Alcohol was banned / Al Capone was a bootlegger so he tried

to avoid prohibition agents. > involved in illegal activities / smuggled alcohol / prostitution business.

In a way he broke a stupid law

for people who didn’t agree with Prohibition he was a hero.

He set up charity actions > gave some of his money to the poor.

He got rich / successful

Maybe he is a modern Robin Hood because he stole the rich to give to the poor.

Heroes as outlaws?

  • Gatsby ? Main character of a book / fiction
  • 1930S Bonnie & Clyde > American Dream / take what they want when they want /

died for it > freedom > during the Great Depression

  • dared challenge the bank system / they became Folk heroes

a hero can be an outlaw / does things people are not allowed to do

contexts create heroes / fascination for freedom

people identify with / admire outlaws because they have

the courage to be free from the law.

How do gangsters show a different side of the American Dream?

How do gangsters redefine our idea of a hero?

Notion : Myths & Heroes

How do gangsters show a different side of the American Dream?

How do gangsters redefine our idea of a hero?

Al Capone – Listen and watch.

1- Focus on dates and periods.

a- Historical period ? On January 16th, 1920 all the bars / taverns closed. On January 17th, 1920, Al Capone celebrated his 21st birthday.

Key event? Prohibition > alcohol is banned > a decade long / une décennie

2- Focus on Capone’s family and background.

a- How many brothers and sisters? 8 brothers and sisters

b- About his parents? His parents were born in Naples, Italy and they migrated to the US in 1893.

c- Relationship with family? He didn’t get along / he distanced himself from his family / “took to the streets like a duck to water. “

d- Birthplace?

Born in 1899 / in Brooklyn, New York > poor area

3- Focus on his criminal activities.

a- List all the crimes mentioned.

Extortion / gang fights / con games (escroquerie) / burglary (cambriolage) / murders / robberies (braquages)

b- Capone’s first job?

A bouncer / security guards in a brothel / nightclub

c- Why did he move to Chicago?

Johnny Torrio is accomplice asked him to go to Chicago to work for Big Jim Colossimo who was a running a prostitution business.

4- Focus on Capone’s appearance.

a- List adjectives describing his physical appearance.

Ugly – aggressive – violent – squat nose – thick lips strong – powerful > born for violence / suited for a life of violence

b- What about the scars?

Makes a rude remark about a girl standing at the bar but the girl’s brother disagreed and slashed him in the face > that’s how he got the scars.

c- His relationship with the media?

on the cover of Time magazine / famous / likes the media / manipulates them / creates his image as a classy gangster

> Complete Al Capone’s mugshot.


How do gangsters show a different side of the American Dream ?

How do gangsters redefine your idea of a hero?

Bonnie and Clyde – Listen and watch

  • They called them … public enemies

Crimes? Murders / bank robberies (braquages)

Ironically? Even if they were murderers They became folk heroes / exploits glamorized by news reports

Why did people admire them?

Many people felt victimized by the bank system

so they liked B&C who robbed banks.

A robbery / to rob / robbers : braquage / braquer / braqueurs

  • About Bonnie Birthday? She was born in 1910 / died in 1934 > 24 years old when she died.

    Birthplace? in Texas

    How old when she met Clyde? Job?

    19 / a waitress (serveuse)

  • About Clyde b. 1909 in Texas / died in 1934 > 25 years old when he died. Family ? Poor / 8 children

    Past experience? Criminal / imprisoned for theft (vol)

    Crimes? Theft

  • First murders…

Where? On the side the road ( films road movies )

How? Shot 2 policemen after testing their weapons /

waiting for other gang members

after a bank robbery

were celebrating drinking heavily.

Attitude? In cold blood / showed little conscious

  • Change in police methods…

Capture? As a personal crusade / fight fire with fire /

changed for heavier/ stronger weapons

Where? In a rural part of Louisiana

Strategy? Waited for 3 days in hiding / ambush

  • For Hollywood… ?

They were both folk heroes so their stories were adapted / great source of inspiration for Hollywood.

Complete the song lyrics.

You’ve heard the 1- …story of Jesse James
Of how he lived and 2- …died ?
If you’re still in need of something to 3- …read
Here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde

Now Bonnie and Clyde 4- …were the Barrow

5- gang……..
I am sure you all heard and 6- …read
How those who 7- …..steal….
Are usually found dying or 8- …dead

They call us cold-hearted 9- …killers
They say we were heartless and 10- …mean
But I say this with pride
That I once knew Clyde when he was 11- …honest
And upright and clean

But the 12- …laws fooled around
Kept taking him down and locking him up in a cell
‘Til he said to me: “I’ll never be 13- …free
So I’ll see a few of them in 14- …hell

If a policeman is 15- …killed in Dallas
And they have no clue or guide
If they can’t 16- …think or find
They just wipe their slate clean
And blame it on Bonnie and Clyde

If we try to act like 17- …citizens
And rent ourselves a nice little flat
About the third night
We’re invited to a 18- …fight by the
Sub gun’s rat tat tat

Some day we’ll go down 19- …together
They’ll bury us side by side
For few it will be grief for the law a relief
But it’s 20- …death for Bonnie and Clyde

Reading comprehension – The outlaw duo.

1- It was written to reveal the real story of B& C on the occasion of the 50th Birthday of their death and because there is a new TV show about them.

If people knew who they really were, they would think they were evil.

shady : louche / mal-intentionné

very little money

modus operandi / strategy / tactics

2- At the beginning they wanted to be famous as musicians or singers. Bonnie was influenced by Clyde who was badly influenced by his brother and a shady friend.

The police found Bonnie’s movie magazines in the stolen cars, Clyde carried his guitar around and he even asked his mother to get it back from the police, they also found his saxophone in the death car.

3- They appeared as glamorous figures in the media, sometimes the media were unreliable, they told lies to sell more. As a consequence B&C were easily recognizable and easily found by the police.

4- They didn’t get rich because in their bank robberies they got away with very little money. They were on the run and could only do small hits like grocery stores or gaz station.

5- They were famous from the start and remained famous until the end. At first they were admired as modern days Robin Hoods (they released their hostage / gave them money) but one day they killed 2 policemen including a young man on a misunderstanding.

6- They feel like young, handsome and pretty modern day Robin Hoods. They wanted to get rich and famous and they stole money from banks and were always on the road. Cars, money, the American road are typical features of the American Dream and also key elements in the building of a glamorous heroic couple. But at the same time they killed in cold-blood and broke the law so they challenge our vision of the American hero (I. E/ Captain America / B. Obama.)

How do gangsters show a different side of the American Dream ?

How do gangsters redefine your idea of a hero?

1S / ES Unit 3 – WANTED! American Gangsters

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MYTHS & HEROES – How do gangsters question the American Dream?

PLACES & FORMS OF POWER – What form of power do they embody?

HW 1ES 1 Tuesday, 20th. Revise voc + Al Capone part 1 read / teamwork questions

HW 1ES1 Friday, 23rd Al Capone Part 2 questions on separate paper + revise for test on Gangsters

HW 1ES 1 Tuesday, 27th Complete Al Capone’s mugshot.

HW 1S Wednesday 14th > Read + Watch Al Capone Part 1 

HW 1S Monday 19th > Read / question Al Capone part 2 on a separate paper.

HW 1S Wednesday 21st >  Role play Al Capone Speakeasy. / group with Meghan our English assistant.

HW 1S Monday 26th > choose character for Speakeasy scene / start drafting your dialogue.


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3- Watch the Simpson’s Episode and answer the questions. Correction

1- Why is everyone wearing green in Springfield? It’s Saint Patrick’s day. Green is the national colour of Ireland and St Patrick.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.

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3- Which stereotypes are associated with Irish people? they are drunk all the time /they are drunkards / like beer /  they plant bombs / attack shops to fight for their independence ( IRA) / they start fights / are violent

4- According to the News Channel, what happened in Springfield? According to the journalist, an innocent kid was forced to get drunk / people are so drunk (bourré), alcohol is a national threat. (menace)

5- Does the creator of the Simpsons have a positive or negative opinion of TV News Channel? Justify. He criticizes TV channels because they are not reliable / unreliable (pas fiable) and exaggerate facts, they tell lies (disent des mensonges), they don’t tell the truth. (ne disent pas la vérité)Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 14.12.46

6- Following Bart’s behaviour, what solution is asked for? Who demands it? Old / stuck-up (coincées) / prude housewives demand (exigent) /Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 14.14.42 ask for / want alcohol to be banned / prohibited. 

7- What is the penalty for drinking alcohol according to the old document? If you drink alcohol, you will be catapulted away from Springfield.

8 – What does Duff’s CEO decide to do? Is he successful? He decides to sell alcohol-free beer / a beer without alcohol. It’s a parody of diet sodas > sugar-free sodas like Diet Coke. He fails / is not successful. Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 14.17.04

9 – What has Moe’s pub been turned into? What actually happens inside? It has been turned into a pet shop. In fact / Actually it’s a speakeasy / a secret bar.

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11- What is Mr Banner in charge of? What does he look like compared to ordinary police officers? Who does he work for? He is in charge of arresting bootleggers. He is a prohibition agent, he works for the government.

(In history they were called G(overnment) men / FBI agents)

12- How do Homer and Bart get organized? They steal the bottles / barrels from the junkyard, then they sneak it into town and hide it in bowling balls they send Moe. Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 14.24.52

13- How much is the pint at Moe’s pub now? It costs $ 45 > very expensive

14- How does Marge react? Is it what Homer expected? She is surpised by Homer’s clever idea/ she didn’t expect Homer to have a smart idea / Homer expected her to be angry. Her reaction is unexpected. (inattendue)

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16- What is Homer’s next move? He runs out of alcohol so he decides to make his own alcohol in his basement or garage.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 14.26.3217- How does Liza react? She warns him about the dangers of his illegal activities. (elle le prévient) 

18- What happens to his equipment? What explanation does he give Marge? His equipment explodes. He tells Marge it’s because he ate beans which made him fartScreen Shot 2015-01-02 at 14.33.09

19- What does Homer do to help Wiggum get his job back? He surrenders. ( se rendre) 

20- What is Marge’s argument against Prohibition? She argues that Prohibition is against people’s freedom.

21- Do you think this episode is true to real historical events? Justify with elements from the episode. On one hand, (d’un côté) it’s exaggerated / far-fetched (tiré par les cheveux)/ fiction because the characters (personnages) are yellow and their voices are funny so it’s a cartoon. The catapult is a parody of a medieval torturing method (parodie d’une méthode de torture du Moyen Age) and hiding alcohol in bowling balls is impossible. But on the other hand / Yet (pourtant / néanmoins) prohibition, bootleggers and speakeasies did exist (on bel et bien existé in the US at some point in history and the arguments in favour and against were the same. (les mêmes).

Complete the text with the missing words:

The Simpsons is an American adult animated sitcom … created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is …..a satirical depiction of…. a middle class American lifestyle…epitomized by … the Simpson family, which ….consists of .. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show …is set in the fictional town of Springfield and … parodies American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition.

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