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The Literary License Podcast Explores the Book to Screen and Everything Inbetween
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)​​Considered one of the greatest American films of all time, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is directed by Milos Forman.  The film would be filmed at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon where the novel takes place.  The film would be produced by Michael Douglas and stars Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito, Michael Berryman and Scatman Crothers.  The film would be the third highest grossed film of 1975 and has since been inaugurated into the Library of Congress.  An interesting fact the author of the book, Ken Kelsey, who disliked the film. ​​Dancer in the Dark (2000) The 2000 Danish musical melodrama directed by Lars Von Trier tells the tale of a daydreaming factory worker saving up for an eye operation  for her son who maybe suffering from the same degenerative eye condition for which she suffers from.  The film is very mixed with some considering it to be too melodramatic whilst others considers this to be the most important film of the 21st Century.  The film is considered the third in a series of films known as the Golden Heart Trilogy.  Breaking the Waves and The Idiots being the first two in the trilogy. The film stars Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse and Peter Stormare.  Bjork claims that making the film was emotionally draining and she would not make another film but would make one other film, Drawing Restraint 9.  In 2017, Bjork would join the #metoo movement by stating that Von Trier allegedly acting inappropriate towards her which he denies.  Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (07.10); Forming the Plot (12.50); Film Trailer (18.39); Page to Page (22.13); Outlining the Script (1:02.12); Film Trailer (1:04.27); Lights, Camera, Action (1:07.44); Epilogue (1:39.22); End Credits (1:44.39); Closing Theme (1:46.44) Opening Credits – Virtual Insanity – by Jamiroquai from the album  High Times:  Singles 1992 - 2006 Closing Credits – I Go Crazy – by Paul Davis from the album Singer of Songs, Teller of Tales All songs rights reserved All music available through Amazon.
 Story:  The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether (1845)Film:Stonehearst Asylum (2014) The 1845 short story by Edgar Allan Poe centres on an unnamed and naïve narrator visiting a mental asylum in the southern provinces of France.  It deals with a new treatment for patients called soothing, they are granted the freedom and roam the grounds in normal clothing.  The doctors humour their hallucinations and fantasies without contradiction.  For example, if patient thinks he is a chicken, the patient is treated like a chicken and given corn to eat. Stonehearst Asylum or Eliza Graves as it is also known is a loosely based adaption of the source material.  Taking its cue from the horrors of Victorian medicine, the film would star David Thewlis, Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, Jason Fleming and Ben Kingsley. Opening Credits (.25); Introduction 5.56); Forming the Plot (17.04); Film Trailer (41.38);  Lights, Camera, Action (45.51); Epilogue (1:04.21); End Credits (1:13.08); Closing Credits (1:14.49) Opening Credits – Inmates (We’re All Crazy) by Alice Cooper from the album From the Inside Closing Credits – From the Inside by Alice Cooper from the album From the Inside All songs available from Amazon. All rights reserved. 
Dark Shadows - October 1966Episode 71 - 91​The cause of Bill Malone's death is reviewed.  Roger starts acting suspicious.  David plays games with Victoria as Bill Malone's ghost makes an appearance.  Victoria starts to investigate her origins as she takes a trip to Bangor with Burke Devlin.  Mrs Johnson finds new employment.We have Part Two of our special interview with the writer, producer and director, Ansel Faraj who has a remarkable career.  Make sure you following Ansel via the following sites: Website:  https://www.hollinsworthproductions.com/ YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/user/HollinsworthProd1IMDB:  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4043796/?ref_=tt_ov_wr Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/hollinsworthproductions  Make sure you order his films with his fantastic cast including a lot of Dark Shadows alumni.  You can order these at:   https://www.oldies.com/performer-view/Ansel-Faraj.html Opening Credits (.27); Introduction (3.50); Out of the Shadows (08.10); Into The Shadows (13.26); Shedding Some Light (15.55); Part Two - Interview With Ansel Faraj (56.44); Morning Has Broken (1:49.51); Tune In Next Time (2:05.36); Closing Credits (2:08.27)  Opening Credit – Ghost - by ZZ Ward – taken from the album The Storm Closing Credits – I’m Jealous – by The Divinyls– Taken from the television soundtrack album Melrose Place All rights reserved. All songs available through Amazon.
The Devil's Backbone (2001) 2001 Gothic horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro, David Munoz and Antonio Trashorras and independently produced by Pedro Almodovar.  The film is set in 1939 Spain during the final year of the Spanish Civil War.  The story tells the tale of Carlos who ends up in an orphanage where a ghost is seeking to make things right.  Considered a companion piece Pan’s Labyrinth, the film would not be as successful but would find its audience given the film a 92% approval rating.  The film stars Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes and Frederico Luppi. We are joined by writer and producer John (Caesar and Otto Deadly Christmas) Randazzo.  You can following John through:Twitter: joe_randazzoInstagram: joerandazzo624 ​Help save the fin trade by signing the petition.  It only takes a minute of your time and you too can help these creatures back from the brink of mass extinction.  https://www.sharkallies.com/nofinfl-support-sign-on Opening Credits (.22); Introduction (3.19); Forming the Plot (9.01); Film Trailer (20.51); Lights, Camera, Action (24.49); Epilogue (1:07.23); End Credits (1:11.26); Closing Credits (1:14.35) Opening Credits:  Haunted Heart– by Christine Aguilera – Single available now through Amazon – from the forthcoming album The Addams Family Closing Credits:  The Devil’s Backbone by Say Yes, Juliet – Taken from the album Catch the Horizon. All rights reserved. All songs are available through Amazon.   
The Last House on the Left (1972) 1972 exploitation film written, edited and directed by Wes Craven  and produced by Sean Cunningham, which is based on the Swedish film by Ingmar Bergman ‘The Virgin Spring’.  It was filmed on a modest budget of $87,000 but would gross over $3million. Originally to be filmed as a hardcore film with all actors and crew being totally committed, was changed after shooting began to make a softer film.  Craven idea of the film was to not glamourise violence.  The film would star David A Hess, Sandra Peabody and Steve Miner as a hippie taunting Deputy.  The film would be remade in 2006 by Rogue Pictures​ Big Driver (2014) Based on a short story found in Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars (2010), Lifetime Channel would film with a screenplay by Richard Christen Matheson (son of Richard Matheson).  Considered to be a television exploitation film, some critics were unimpressed while other critics praised this to the hilt. The story deals with a crime mystery writer driving cross country for a meet and greet where she ends up on the side of the road in a rural area.  It is a revenge tale that after a beating and raping, Tess takes matters into her own hands.  It is often compared to King’s version of the classic exploitation film, I Spit On your Grave.  Starring Maria Bello, Joan Jett and Olympia Dukakis and directed by Mikael Salomon. Help save the fin trad by signing the petition.  It only takes a minute of your time and you too can help these creatures back from the brink of mass extinction.  https://www.sharkallies.com/nofinfl-support-sign-on Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (1.52); Forming the Plot (24.40); Film Trailer (30.46); Page to Page (32.37); Outlining the Script (1:05.37); Film Trailer (1:09.09); Lights, Camera, Action (1:11.16); Epilogue (1:44.34); End Credits (1:58.57); Closing Theme (1:59.46) Opening Credits – Introduction and Opening Credits – by David A Hess from the album  Original Soundtrack Recording Last House on the Left Closing Credits – Revenge – by P!nk and Eminem from the album A Beautiful Trauma All songs rights reserved All music available through Amazon.
Short Story:  The Pit and the Pendulum (1842)Film:  The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) The 1842 short story from Poe is about a man’s torment in prison during the Spanish Inquisition although Poe does skews historical fact to fit the fabric of his story.  The short story uses the senses to instil fear into the reader unlike is previous work which dealt more than supernatural.  The death anxiety that the narrator experiences ingrains itself into the mind of the reader. In 1961, with a script by Richard Matheson, Roger Corman send ferore into Edgar Allan Poe would star Vincent Price, Barbara Steele and John Kerr.  The film would be a huge influence with Italian horror with Bava’s The Whip and the Body and Argento’s Profundo Rosso.  Stephen King has stated that this is one of the most important films of 1960’s horror. We are joined by Rod Labbe, esteemed film historian and journalist of classic films and one of our favourite guest co-host. Help save the fin trad by signing the petition.  It only takes a minute of your time and you too can help these creatures back from the brink of mass extinction.  https://www.sharkallies.com/nofinfl-support-sign-on   Opening Credits (.25); Introduction 3.01); Forming the Plot (13.40); Film Trailer (45.31);  Lights, Camera, Action (49.29); Epilogue (1:39.29); End Credits (1:42.32); Closing Credits (1:45.36) Opening Credits – The Pit and the Pendulum  by Les Baxter from the soundtrack album The Pit and the Pendulum Closing Credits – Torture by Berlin from the album Pleasure Victim All songs available from Amazon. All rights reserved. 
Dark Shadows - September 1966Episodes 49 - 71 Bill Malloy has still disappeared and Victoria Winters finds a body below the cliffs.  The Sheriff starts to investigate everyone which includes Sam and Maggie.  Burke Devlin thinks Roger has something to do with Bill disappearance and aims to prove his theory. Old secrets come out and a portrait of Josette is found in the old house.  We have Part One of our special interview with the writer, producer and director, Ansel Faraj who has a remarkable career.  Make sure you following Ansel via the following sites: Website:  https://www.hollinsworthproductions.com/ YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/user/HollinsworthProd1IMDB:  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4043796/?ref_=tt_ov_wr Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/hollinsworthproductions  Make sure you order his films with his fantastic cast including a lot of Dark Shadows alumni.  You can order these at:   https://www.oldies.com/performer-view/Ansel-Faraj.html Help save the fin trad by signing the petition.  It only takes a minute of your time and you too can help these creatures back from the brink of mass extinction.  https://www.sharkallies.com/nofinfl-support-sign-on Opening Credits (.27); Introduction (5.33); Out of the Shadows (13.20); Into The Shadows (29.41); Shedding Some Light (30.58); Part One - Interview With Ansel Faraj (1:40.18); Morning Has Broken (2:31.57); Tune In Next Time (2:55.17); Closing Credits (2:57.45) Opening Credit – Tragedy - by Steps – taken from the album Steptacular Closing Credits – Bury A Friend– by Billie Eilish – Taken from the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go All rights reserved. All songs available through Amazon.
Season 3: Episode 76 - Rec

Season 3: Episode 76 - Rec

2019-09-2801:31:48

Rec (2007) This 2007 Spanish found footage film written and directed by Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza would set the world on fire with their debut film that would spawn three sequels.  The film centers on a news reporter and cameraman covering a fireman’s intervention in a Barcelona apartment building.  The situation escalates as a murderous disease takes roots in the occupants causing them to be animalistic in nature. The film would be remade for the American audience as Quarantine but would not capture the original films flair and audiences.  The film holds a 90% approval rating and is listed on numerous top 100 film lists for the year it released and all time favorite horror films.  It is one film that totally holds you captive from the opening to closing frames.  Opening Credits (.22); Introduction (4.59); Forming the Plot (9.12); Film Trailer (15.40); Lights, Camera, Action (18.50); Epilogue (1:16.03); End Credits (1:24.02); Closing Credits (1:26.31) Opening Credits:  Disease – by Alli Fitz – Single available now through Amazon Closing Credits:  Shake The Disease by Depeche Mode – Taken from the album Black Celebration. All rights reserved. All songs are available through Amazon. 
Season 3:  Episode 75 - Longtime Companion/It Comes At Night Longtime Companion (1990)​Considered one of the first major films to deal with the AIDS crisis of the 80’s would be considered a triumphant upon its release.  Told from the point of view of a group of friends in a ten year period would show the impact the disease would have.  The title comes from what the New York Times would use for the surviving same sex partner who had died from the AIDS virus. Norman Rene and Craig Lucas would bring this amazing story to the screen.  Rene would die of the AIDS virus in 1996.  Craig Lucas is a multi-talented stage performer, director and writer and has won numerous awards for his work on Broadway. ​The film stars Mary Louise Parker, Bruce Davison, Campbell Scott, Patrick Cassidy, Dermot Mulroney and Michael Schoeffling.​It Comes at Night (2017) Written and directed by Trey Edward Shults following the death of his father, the film tells the story about a family who take refuge from a contagious disease in a house deep in the woods and the effects this has on the family.  The film takes its cue from the 1562 oil painting, The Triumph of Death whilst being influenced by the work of Paul Thomas Anderson and John Cassavettes.  It also gives a nod to The Shining and Night of the Living Dead.  This is a totally original work that surpassed expectation upon its initial release beating out big budget Hollywood films such as The Mummy and Megan Leavey. ​The film stars Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbott, Kelvin Harrison Jr and Riley Keough.  Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (5.13); Forming the Plot (9.46); Film Trailer (18.31); Page to Page (21.39); Outlining the Script (54.17); Film Trailer (57.17); In Sequence (1:00.51); Lights, Camera, Action (1:01.25); Epilogue (1:30.04); End Credits (1:33.49); Closing Theme (1:35.02) Opening Credits – Go West – by The Village People from the album Go West In The Navy Closing Credits – Our Perfect Disease – by The Wombats from the album The Wombats Proudly Present….The Modern Glitch All songs rights reserved All music available through Amazon.  
September 2019 - It Might Be CatchingShort Story Masque of the Red Death  (1842)Hop Frog (1849)Film:Masque of the Red Death 1964 The 1842 short story is an allegory about the inevitability of death.  The Gothic short story is has risen to controversy with what is the titular disease which scholars continue to debate today.  The original earned Poe $12.00 and would be published in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Monthly. In 1964, Roger Corman would bring the tale to the screen in all of its widescreen Technicolor splendor which would be part of the Corman Poe films starring Vincent Price in the lead role. Two sub plots are used in the classic screenplay written by Charles Beaumont and R Wright Campbell which incorporated Leap Frog, short by Poe himself and Torture of Hope by Augste Villiers de l’isle-Adam.  Interesting fact is award winning director Nicholas Roeg (Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth). We are joined by Rod Labbe, esteemed film historian and journalist of classic films and one of our favourite guest co-host.  Opening Credits (.25); Introduction (3.22); Forming the Plot (12.39); Film Trailer (1:05.53);  Lights, Camera, Action (1:10.26); Epilogue (2:21.33); End Credits (2:24.10); Closing Credits (2:26.19) Opening Credits – Prelude/The Old Woman and the Red Death by David Lee from the soundtrack album The Masque of the Red Death Closing Credits – Our Perfect Disease by The Wombats from the album The Wombats Proudly Present…The Modern Glitch All songs available from Amazon. All rights reserved. 
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