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Episode 26: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964)

When you think of the Soviet Union, their accomplishments in filmmaking will probably not come to mind.  In fact, prior to 1964, Soviet cinema consisted almost exclusively of social realist films, until director Sergei Paradjanov made Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, which told the tale of a Carpathian love story in the 1800's.

Paradjanov, who would later make The Color of Pomegranates (another film on the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list), was blacklisted for Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, which was just one tragic milestone in his tumultuous life.  It remains a landmark in Soviet cinema.

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Direct download: Episode_26_Shadows_of_Forgotten_Ancestors_1964.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm CDT

Episode 25: The Great Escape (1963)

Known for Bad Day at Black Rock (1950) and The Magnificent Seven (1960), director John Sturges had established his career making dramas with strong male ensemble casts.  The Great Escape (1963) became his pet project after he established himself in Hollywood, and it's no exception to Sturges' other films, letting the actors shine brilliantly.

The Great Escape is an amazing true story based on the book by an actual prisoner who was involved in the events.  The film was a resounding success, and earned an Oscar nomination for editor Ferris Webster.  It is currently widely available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Direct download: Episode_25_The_Great_Escape_1963.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm CDT

Episode 24: Beau Travail (1999)

On the outside, Claire Denis' Beau Travail (1999) is slathered with homoeroticism, which is exactly why the French Legion wasn't too happy that she made it.  However, it's really a film about alienation and one man's downward spiral into isolation, insanity, and tragedy.  (And, yes, I've just described every other French film prior to 2000 ever made.)

The film is currently available on DVD, and those of you who frequent speciality shops (or want to drop $30 for a copy of your own) may be able to find it.

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Direct download: Episode_24_Beau_Travail_1999.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:03pm CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:23pm CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT