Arthur and Andrew discuss a classic film from every year between 1920 and 2020, covering cinematic history and moviemaking techniques, as well as world events related to the films. New episodes posted weekly.
1964 MARY POPPINS
We take a look at the iconic Disney classic, Mary Poppins, and we discuss the original author's conflicted feelings about the adaptation. We talk about the personal balancing act of loving a film while acknowledging the more unfortunate elements of its history. And, of course, we talk about the career of Julie Andrews.
Where to watch Mary PoppinsTimes review of Mary PoppinsWhere to watch The Sound of Music
1963 8 1/2
8 1/2 is often considered to be the magnum opus in Fellini's career, but Andrew discusses some essential context and other films that help to explain why it was such a critical success upon its release. We also talk about cinema becoming a post-modern art, and the many in-jokes throughout this film.
Where to watch 8 1/2Bosley Crowther's NYT ReviewWhere to watch Mary Poppins
1962 THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
Historically prophetic, The Manchurian Candidate leads us into discussions on the Cuban Missile Crisis, Frank Sinatra's relationship with JFK, and secret CIA brainwashing projects. We also discuss director John Frankenheimer's roller-coaster career, and the brilliantly villainous Angela Lansbury.
Where to watch The Manchurian CandidateBosley Crowther's NYT ReviewWhere to watch 8 1/2
1961 WEST SIDE STORY (feat. Kagan Breitenbach)
Film composer and special guest Kagan Breitenbach offers insight into the musical compositions of West Side Story that separate it from prior musicals, while Andrew discusses his time in a stage production of West Side Story and why there were numerous changes in the film adaptation. Arthur occasionally says things.
Where to watch West Side Story2021 Interview with Rita MorenoNYT Bosley Crowther Review of West Side StoryWhere to watch The Manchurian Candidate (1962)Kagan Breitenbach's Bloody Cabaret
1960 EYES WITHOUT A FACE
The new decade brings a handful of great horror films that help to redefine the genre, including the Eyes Without a Face from France and director Georges Franju. We talk about our thoughts on the horror genre, the strange career of Georges Franju, and the many films inspired by the mask from Eyes Without a Face.
Where to watch Eyes Without a FaceDavid Kalat's essay on the critical reception of Eyes Without a FaceWhere to watch West Side Story (1961)
As of its production, it's the most expensive film ever made... and as of this episode, it's the longest film we've watched for this project... in 1959, BEN-HUR arrives from MGM and director William Wyler. We discuss the religious tropes and how well they mesh with the rest of the film, plus we talk all about the famous chariot race. Did someone die on set? We also discuss the cinematic trends we noticed throughout the 1950s, as well as our favorite films from the decade.
Where to watch Ben-HurBosley Crowther's NYT ReviewWhere to watch Eyes Without a Face (1960)
A Great Way to Travel Through Time
This podcast is a fantastic way to travel through time and history while gaining exposure to interesting cinema. Arthur and Andrew are excellent at weaving culture, history, and Hollywood stories into the fabric of the films they discuss, and it makes for a rich, enjoyable experience. The podcast also features a nice blend of cinema classics and under the radar films. Arthur and Andrew bring different perspectives and interests to the table, leading to engaging banter and discussions. Whether you are a film scholar, historian, or simply enjoy watching movies, I would highly recommend this podcast!
Engaging and informative
Andrew and Arthur are doing such a good job on this retrospective of the last 100 years of movies. Great variety of classic films, along with a lot I’d never seen before. Super fun to watch a great movie then hear their discussion after!
Feelin Like a Smart Cookie Listening!!
I love listening to Arthur and Andrew shed their knowledge and love of film through this podcast. Their guests are also super intelligent and I’ve been learning a lot about history as they tie in facts and relevant information that help you better understand what is happening during each year. Of course they do a deep dive into the themes of each film which make you want to follow along with them on this journey.
Truly enjoying this podcast and would recommended to anyone wanting to just become a more intelligent and informed human!