The American Cinematheque Show is the official podcast of the American Cinematheque, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit film exhibitor, which runs the historic Egyptian and Aero Theatres. Its episodes offer listeners in-depth explorations of diverse film topics and features interviews with special guests, as well as excusive content from its vast, 30-year spanning audio archive. Hosted by American Cinematheque programmer Grant Moninger.
Episode 2: Haunted House Of Gothic Horror
In the American Cinematheque Show’s Haunted House of Gothic Horror episode, host Grant Moninger talks with gothic aficionados Joe Dante and Barbara Crampton about cinema’s most frightening estates, from James Whale’s decrepit Old Dark House to Andre De Toth’s three-dimensional wax museum to Robert Wise’s faithful recreation of Shirley Jackson’s infamous Hill House. Remembering these cinematic landmarks and others (including the spooky estates from HOUSE OF USHER, THE CHANGELING and CASTLE FREAK), Joe and Barbara explain what it is that makes a film “gothic” while exploring the history of a genre far older than the medium itself.
Step into the Cinematheque’s gothic vault as we unearth interviews with some of the genre’s greatest innovators, including Gloria Stuart, Vincent Price, André De Toth, Roger Corman, Robert Wise, Nelson Gidding, Peter Medak, and Stuart Gordon.
Episode 1: 'Youth Division'
In the American Cinematheque Show’s first episode, screenwriter Larry Karaszewski and host Grant Moninger travel back to 1971, where news faces were beginning to shake up Hollywood, film canisters were mysteriously arriving filled with questionable substances, and independent film was hitting its very first peak. The duo takes us on a tour through the five films (THE LAST MOVIE, THE HIRED HAND, TWO-LANE BLACKTOP, DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE & TAKING OFF) that Universal produced through studio executive Ned Tanen’s unofficial “youth division” in the wake of the explosive success of EASY RIDER. Featuring exclusive interviews from the Cinematheque’s archive with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Verna Bloom, Monte Hellman, Richard Benjamin, and Buck Henry, this episode offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the early New Hollywood culture and explores what it meant for these young filmmakers and actors to receive suddenly an unprecedented amount of creative freedom.