The 1001 Movies Podcast
Episode 28: The Great Train Robbery (1903)

The birth of the American Western, as well as the birth of narrative filmmaking, began with Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery (1903).  A product of Thomas Edison's production company, it was the first breakthrough film since George Melies' A Trip to the Moon (1902).

With a running time of only ten and a half minutes long, multiple versions of The Great Train Robbery can be seen on YouTube and it's also available on DVD.  It is only the second film listed in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

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Episode 27: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

Vittorio De Sica may have been nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in A Farewell to Arms (1957), but he's remembered for directing Italian neorealist films like Shoeshine (1946) and Bicycle Thieves (1948).

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970), made just four years before his death, was De Sica's last great film, made at a time when critics were beginning to think that his career as a great director had screeched to a halt.  It brought his name back into the spotlight and, among others, earned the film an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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