"Talk Cinephilia to me" is a podcast about watching cinema--artistic, outsider, experimental and B movies--brought to you by author playwright, Juli Kearns, and her son, Aaron Dylan Kearns, an experimental filmmaker who, though he was raised on great cinema, loves tawdry horror. He knows things I don't about film. I know things he doesn't. Most importantly, we know enough to be very aware of what we don't know. We promise to be humble, somewhat meandering hosts because we're disaffected dyslexic leftists with opinions and our filters are busted.
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Oops! All Mason! (James Mason strangles his real life wife Pamela in three films, which is obvious fodder for discussion.)
Aaron and I discuss James Mason strangling his wife Pamela in not just one but three films! We have fun examining "I Met a Murderer", "The Upturned Glass", and "Portrait of The Murderer". Pamela and James not only starred together in these films, they are responsible for the stories. And then for good measure we add "The Night Has Eyes", in which Pamela doesn't appear but when it's a full moon James must take his pills so that he doesn't go out and strangle things.
The Real Horror of Kubrick's "The Shining"--The Misogyny of the Audience for Wendy Torrance
Are we back? Is "Talk Cinephilia to Me" recording again? Maybe. We may be back. This episode is on "The Real Horror of Kubrick's The Shining--The Misogyny of the Audience for Wendy Torrance". The next episode is in the can and will be the both of us, but this one, with the exception of the opening, is me (Juli) speaking on the subject.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
We did no research for this podcast. We just watched the movie with no plan other than to see if Aaron might enjoy it and find it involving, considering how he doesn't like to watch Spielberg films as he feels manipulated by them (I agree, but I give a few films of Spielberg's a pass). We end up discussing what happened after Roy Neary took off for the stars. And I tell my own UFO story from 1993.
Marathon Episode on the Soviet Necrorealist Films of Evgeny Yufit and Vladamir Maslov
Aaron has long been an appreciator of the Soviet Necrorealist films of Evgeny Yufit, who later teamed up with Vladamir Maslov. For those who are unfamiliar with the genre, we discuss its frenetic history, pondering the myth versus reality of artistic spontaneity, dissect Yufit's early work for themes that will be elaborated upon in his features, and compare and contrast Yufit's early films with those he later co-directed and co-wrote with Maslov. The movies covered in this episode are: "Werewolf Orderlies", "Woodcutter", "Spring", "Suicide Monsters", "Fortitude", "Knights of Heaven", "Daddy, Father Frost is Dead", "The Will", "The Wooden Room", and "Silverheads". If we took 2 hours it's because these dreamlike, absurd films, both grotesque and comic, confrontational, aesthetically remarkable in every respect, eventually even startlingly beautiful, demand deep consideration.
Alla Nazimova's 1922 "Salome" and Ken Russell's 1988 "Salome's Last Dance"
We discuss Nazimova's "Salome", astonishing even today, with design by Natacha Rambova influenced by Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations of Oscar Wilde's play, then consider the possible influence of the silent film on Ken Russell's representation of Salome. Along the way we also discuss Russell's "The Debussy Film", how his choice of music for "Salome's Last Dance" refers back to "The Debussy Film", and why he might have chosen "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from "Peer Gynt" for Salome's dance music. Though I mention that Nazimova was famed for her performances in Ibsen plays, i got a little too carried away with talking about Peer Gynt and trolls and neglected, during the podcast, to remind how Grieg's "Peer Gynt" had been inspired by Ibsen's play. While Nazimova concentrates on interpreting Wilde, Russell films (and photographs) Wilde observing a production of his play, so that we must consider Oscar Wilde's relationship to it--and his trial and imprisonment. One could spend days discussing these films and still not do them justice, and i really looked forward to doing the podcast on them. Then we got silly, and though we dug we didn't go as deep as I would have liked. Hopefully, we still inspire the listener to seek out these two films and view them.
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"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in context of Tobe Hooper's "The Heisters", "Down Friday Street", and "Eggshells"
We discuss Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", then look at Hooper's earlier films, "The Heister", "Down Friday Street", and "Eggshells", and examine again "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in light of them. There are some caveats in this episode concerning my hazarding an interpretation of "Eggshells", which I did in the moment in respect of obvious conflict concerning the 1960s counter-culture giving into what might be considered middle class values. Though the movie does comment on such, it is not cut and dry, and complexity is layered with fractured, incomplete truths. I may take a couple of weeks more to think about how "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" works in relation to "Eggshells" and write something up on it, and I don't know if it will be the view I expressed in the episode.
A thing we explore in these episodes is how time, place, and personal history color the experience of a film. Personal history has meant that there have indeed been films I've been unable to watch or have put off watching for a number of years. In this episode I relate how Martin, my husband, had a work place accident, within our first year of marriage, which made it impossible for me to watch certain films for a while. He was working at a greenhouse and one of the large glass plates fell out of the roof, split as it hit his neck, and went both under and over his jugular vein so that the jugular was fully exposed but uncut while the rest of his neck had been sliced open. He had the trauma of his experience, but so did I and this meant that certain films that reminded me of the incident were left or avoided until I could tolerate them.
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Great podcast! A real treat!
I love this podcast! I listen to podcasts frequently and am discerning about what makes a podcast great. Talk Cinephilia To Me is a wonderful blend of history of film, the historical context for the film, and ways that that may relate to us in the present. More than that, Talk Cinephilia To Me has Juli and Aaron, two people who love film, know a lot about it, and love to talk about film with each other. This podcast is full of intelligent conversation and playful wit. And the sound quality is great, too! Aaron often sounds as if he would have been right at home in radio broadcasts when radio was in its heyday. And Juli has a lovely voice, pleasing to listen to, expressive and flexible and warm. All these elements together make Talk Cinephilia To Me a pleasure to listen to.
A Hidden Gem!
I highly recommend this podcast. It's funny, insightful, and intelligent, and they seem to be having a great time. Do yourself a favor and subscribe.
Fantastic podcast! Juli and Aaron are awesome!