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Episode 53: Le jour se leve (1939)

"You're the type women fall in love with...I'm the type that interests them."

Poetic realism, which was embraced by a number of European directors in the 1930's and 1940's, is by definition an exercise in anguish; these stories often involved love triangles, backstabbing, and an ending that inevitably would spiral into tragedy.  In other words, not your typical Hollywood fare of the time.

Marcel Carne's Le jour se leve (1939) is the epitome of poetic realism, although nowadays it's most likely known for being one of the first films (if not the first film) to exercise the flashback method of storytelling.  A man has shot a man to death in an apartment stairway.  As the facts behind the murder unfold, we learn that the murderer is not the evil man he seems, and the victim may have deserved it.  Either way, it's not going to end well.

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Direct download: Episode_53_Le_jour_se_leve_1939.mp3
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Episode 52: Django Unchained (2012)

"Kill white people and get paid for it?  What's not to like?"

For those of you that were waiting for us to cover a film that's a little more "contemporary", wait no more!  We present a discussion on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012), a story about slavery, revenge, and everything in between.

By 2012, Tarantino had grown from the new darling of independent features to a Hollywood behemoth, so far from the roots he planted with Reservoir Dogs (1992).  From Pulp Fiction (1994) to The Hateful Eight (2015), his films have delighted millions, but some have questioned whether or not he has taken his glorification of violence too far.  That still doesn't preclude Django Unchained from being one of his most popular masterpieces.

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Direct download: Episode_52_Django_Unchained_2012.mp3
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Episode 51: The Rapture (1991)

"Instead of doing heroin, you're doing God."

What does it take to get into heaven?  Do you need to go to church every Sunday?  Or do you just need to be a good person?  And what if you're a good person that, according to the rules set forth in the Bible, happens to be a huger sinner?  Are the two mutually exclusive?  Director and screenwriter Michael Tolkin tackles these questions (and much more) in The Rapture (1991), starring Mimi Rogers and David Duchovny.

Tolkin's contributions to movies have been scant at best: he previously wrote the screenplay for Gleaming the Cube (1989) and would later director his second and (to date) last film, The New Age (1994) Ironically, The Rapture remains a steadfastly strong film, although its popularity has dwindled in the 25 years since its release.

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Direct download: Episode_51_The_Rapture_1991.mp3
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