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Maybe Today Matinee

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The podcast about all things film before you were born.
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Our final entry in the horror movie theme, Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film, Don’t Look Now, further expands our definition of horror.  Plus, what are the implications for labor law in film-making?    Is it acceptable to put people’s lives in danger for the sake of art? Sources Gomez, Joseph: “Another Look at Nicolas Roeg” at Film Criticism Palmer, James and Michael Riley: “Seeing, Believing, and ‘Knowing’ in Narrative Film: ‘Don't Look Now’ Revisited” at Literature/Film Quarterly Wikipedia
In the third episode of our horror movie theme, take a look at one of the movies at the genesis of Universal Studios movie monsters.  The Frankenstein monster you picture in your head owes its form to Boris Karloff’s interpretation, and Rowland V. Lee’s 1939 film, Son of Frankenstein, would be his last appearance as the monster.  We also discuss the breadth of the horror movie genre and why a film that’s not quite scary should still be considered horror. Sources Fandom.com http://mary-shelley.fandom.com/wiki/Son_of_Frankenstein_(1939) Rotten Tomatoes Wikipedia
Unlike Nosferatu, Robert Wiene’s 1920 film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, follows a decidedly less linear and clear-cut plot, but like Nosferatu, was an incredibly influential film for the genre.  In our second episode on horror movies, we analyze how filmmakers began to trust their audiences to understand increasingly complex and unclear storylines, and we continue the discussion of what it means to see the “authentic” version of a film. Sources Jung, Uli and Walter Schatzberg: Beyond Caligari: the Films of Robert Wiene Ibid: “The Invisible Man behind ‘Caligari’: The Life of Robert Wiene” Kracauer, Siegfried: From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film Titford, John S: “Object-Subject Relationships in German Expressionist Cinema”
The first film in our horror theme month is the German Expressionist classic, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 picture, Nosferatu.  Get a primer on silent movies and learn why this Dracula adaptation has such an enduring legacy for the horror movie genre. Sources Mancini, Mark at Mental Floss http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/84080/11-nightmarish-facts-about-nosferatu Movementsinfilm.com http://www.movementsinfilm.com/german-expressionism Wikipedia
Common knowledge dictates that remakes are worse than originals 90 percent of the time, but today we’re looking at an outlier: Lewis Milestone’s 1960 film, Ocean’s 11, was unquestionably mediocre, while Soderbergh’s 2001 interpretation achieved “perfect movie” levels of success.  In our last episode on remakes, we look at why the Rat Pack vehicle fails on so many levels, and whether it has any redeeming qualities. Sources Lim, Dennis: “Having Your Way with Hollywood, or the Further Adventures of Steven Soderbergh” from Steven Soderbergh: Interviews, ed. Anthony Kaufman Millichap, Joseph R.: Lewis Milestone Wikipedia
Twenty-nineteen’s Parasite garnered extensive praise and four Academy Awards; today we look at one of the key films that inspired Bong Joonho’s work, Kim Ki-young’s 1960 film, The Housemaid.  In line with our remakes theme, we look at how Housemaid influenced Bong’s film as well as multiple other remakes, and we discuss how it handles the concepts of class struggle, materialism, and misogyny/rape culture. Sources Cole, Jake at Not Just Movies http://armchairc.blogspot.com/2011/01/housemaid-1960.html?m=1 Wikipedia
The second film in our remakes theme, Sergio Leone’s 1964 movie, A Fistful of Dollars, is an unlicensed, beat-by-beat remake of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, which we discussed last week.  What value can we find in a film that so closely followed its inspiration that it engendered a lawsuit?  What is the legacy of spaghetti westerns? Sources Bondanella, Peter: A History of Italian Cinema Cumbow, Robert C.: The Films of Sergio Leone Vlaanderen, Remco at Watch the Titles! https://www.watchthetitles.com/titlesequence/a-fistful-of-dollars/ Wikipedia
Today in our first film in our remakes theme, we discuss Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 samurai flick, Yojimbo.  What made this piece influential on global cinema, and why does it appear so ahead of its time? Sources Akirakurosawa.info https://akirakurosawa.info/yojimbo/ https://akirakurosawa.info/forums/topic/yojimbo-love-for-a-killer/ The Museum of Film History https://eng3122.wordpress.com/group-1/jenna-test/yojimbo/ Rogerebert.com https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-yojimbo-1961 Wikipedia
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