Each week, Steven Benedict chooses a well known and celebrated film and steps inside its story to see how it works.
Focusing on the techniques used by directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, composers, set and costume
designers, he examines how the film tells the story in a uniquely cinematic way. Benedict's podcasts are a must for
anyone who is interested in film; film buffs, filmmakers, film students and film lecturers alike.
401. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
For my final podcast, I look at how Steven Spielberg effectively remade his first feature, Firelight to deliver a message of hope.
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400. The 400 Blows
In January 1954, Francois Truffaut wrote a landmark essay on film criticism. Five years later, he put his theory into practice and cinema never been the same since.
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399. The Irishman
The gangster genre is dominated by men, but in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman the most important position is held by a woman who utters barely a dozen words.
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398. Rome, Open City
Rome Open City began filming as Auschwitz was liberated and Roberto Rossellini's film marks a crucial step in the creation of art in the wake of the Holocaust.
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397. Mulholland Dr.
Puzzling audiences ever since it premiered at Cannes in 2001, David Lynch's dark masterpiece seems to address the abuse of women in the film industry.
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With this modernist masterpiece, Michelangelo Antonioni told a story that abandoned its initial plot. Booed at Cannes, it paved the way for a new cinematic form.
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Steven Benedict’s podcasts are terrific.
I frequently plagiarise his opinions when I’m drunk.
Sadly, I can think of no higher compliment this morning.
This a weekly gift to film history lovers. My favorite podcast. Hope it gets as wide an audience as possible