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Episode 23: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

The Outlaw Josey Wales is the result of Clint Eastwood's former collaboration with director Sergio Leone on "The Man with No Name Trilogy", a tender Western with an ensemble cast and a non-traditional ending.

The film was the fifth one directed by Eastwood and was the beginning of his trail-blazing career which continues to this day with films like American Sniper and Jersey Boys.  Jerry Fielding received an Oscar nomination for his score in The Outlaw Josey Wales.  The film is currently widely available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Direct download: Episode_23_The_Outlaw_Josey_Wales_1976.mp3
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Episode 22: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Independent cinema has been around as long as cinema itself has, but in the 1990's it burst into neighborhood movie houses and was given as much credit by average filmgoer's as the standard Hollywood fare.  Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, his first film, arguably started it all.

Although Tarantino didn't make himself a househould name until two years later with Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs is the film with which he cut his teeth on the humorous and naturalistic dialogue he's known for today, as well as his style of non-linear storytelling.  It is now widely available on DVD and Blu-Ray and, as of this writing, is streaming on Netflix.

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Direct download: Episode_22_Reservoir_Dogs_1992.mp3
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Episode 21: Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Beauty and the Beast has been interpreted by filmmakers many times, and although the most popular is probably the 1991 Disney movie, in 1946 French director Jean Cocteau put his own interpretation on film.

Haunting and surrealistic, Beauty and the Beast marks an important point in French cinema history, having come just after the War when many filmmakers were finding their footing after the German occupation.  It's a well-loved classic, and the images will be hard to forget.

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Direct download: Episode_21_Beauty_and_the_Beast_1946.mp3
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Episode 20: Red Psalm (1972)

If I asked you to name the biggest contributor to Hungarian cinema, you'd probably be at a loss for words.  Miklos Jancso is probably the answer, and his work included a number of films that dealt with themes of wartime and revolution, always with a historical backdrop.

Red Psalm is certainly no exception to Jancso's work.  Part musical and part historical commentary, it weaves a spell that I have never seen in a movie before, and Jancso fills it with rich themes and imagery.  Take a listen and, if your interest is piqued, I would recommend getting your hands on the DVD, which is readily available online.

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Direct download: Episode_20_Red_Psalm_1972.mp3
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Episode 19: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Mutiny on the Bounty is the true story of the falling out between Fletcher Christian and Captain Bligh, a falling out with disasterous results that resulted in many men fleeing England and many other without heads.  Frank Lloyd's 1935 epic was the third rendition for the big screen and was produced by MGM for a whopping record-breaking $2 million.

A testament to the production values of one of Hollywood's golden ages, Mutiny on the Bounty went on to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, and was nominated for seven others: Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, and Franchot Tone were all nominated for Best Actor, and the picture was also nominted for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Music, and Best Film Editing.

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Direct download: Episode_19_Mutiny_on_the_Bounty_1935.mp3
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Episode 18: Wild Reeds (1994)

Wild Reeds is Andre Techine's coming-of-age story set during the backdrop of the Algerian War in the early 1960's.  The film was a smashing success in France, and is lauded by many as one of the masterpieces of queer cinema from the 1990's, although it's unlikely that Techine intended the film's gay character to be a subplot that involves the lives of three other characters.

The film snagged a number of the top prizes at the Cesar Awards (France's equivalent of the Oscars).  Although it is currently out of print and no longer on DVD, you can find a cheap used copy on the internet.

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Direct download: Episode_18_Wild_Reeds_1994.mp3
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Long before 50 Shades of Grey or any of its ilk, there was Last Tango in Paris, the sultry erotic drama starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider.  Most people probably haven't seen it but know it by reputation; that reputation usually involves something involving a stick of butter.

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, the film revolutionized the genre and art house cinema.  It resulted in a debate over censorship, a short prison sentence for Bertolucci, and two Academy Award nominations.  In this episode we take a look at the history of the film and the careers of its director and lead male star up to the point it was made.

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Direct download: Episode_17_Last_Tango_in_Paris_1972.mp3
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Frank Sinatra had just won an Oscar before he signed up to star in Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm, but who knew he could really act?  In a day when films about [insert drug name here] addiction and abuse seem like a dime a dozen, Sinatra delivers a top notch performance that has aged like a fine wine after 60 years.

Performances aside, Preminger delivers the goods with the film, which was arguably part of his crusade snubbing the Hollywood production code which would never permit mainstream studios to release a picture about drugs.  Indeed, the chemistry between Sinatra and Preminger, two Hollywood celebrities who everyone predicted would never bond, is part of the magic of this production.

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Direct download: Episode_16_The_Man_with_the_Golden_Arm_1955.mp3
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Director Tran Anh Hung is arguably the biggest name in Vietnamese cinema, which is unfortunate because film is not one of the country's popular exports.  What Vietnamese cinema lacks in quantity, however, it makes up for in quality with Cyclo, a fascinating little gem of a gangster picture that sprouted up just when Quentin Tarantino was becoming a household name.

It's fair to note that Cyclo is not technically a Vietnamese film: Tran was born there, but has lived most of his life in France and much of the production team is French.  Nevertheless, the film captures the essence of metropolitan Vietnamese life, an admirable accomplishment without the common backdrop of wartime.

One note: sometimes in this episode I refer to director Tran Anh Hung as "Tran" and sometimes as "Hung".  Since he and I obviously aren't friends, I prefer to refer to him formally using his family name.  I understand that in most Asian cultures this would be his "first" name, which would be "Tran".  My apologies for my confusion on that part.

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Direct download: Episode_15_Cyclo_1995.mp3
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We'll linger a little longer on Italian neorealism with a film by another one of the movement's proponents, Michelangelo Antonioni.

When it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, L'avventura was jeered at by the audience, probably because during the entirety of its almost two-and-a-half-hours running time it has only the bare semblance of a plot.  However, critics and filmmakers later embraced the film as something new and ambitious, and by the 1980's it may have unwittingly become one of the most influential films of all time.  Antonioni's sixth film and his first to reach critical success, it's a masterpiece of cinema and something that (for me anyways) should probably be seen more than once to appreciate the scope of what was created.

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Direct download: Episode_14_Lavventura_1960.mp3
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