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FFR 207: Hollywood in the 1980s with special guests Walter Chaw
In our Hollywood by the Decade series, we’ve been exploring film history by watching and discussing landmark films from the beginnings of cinema up through the 1980s with new expert guests for each decade. In this final episode, we’re joined by two special guests: prolific writer and film critic Walter Chaw, and long-lost co-host Dr. Ebony Adams. We dive into what was happening in the 1980s politically and cinematically, discussing Walter’s picks: 1988’s MIRACLE MILE directed by Steve De Jarnatt, and Kathryn Bigalow’s 1987 vampire western NEAR DARK.
FFR 206: Hollywood in the 1970s with special guest Carolyn Petit
Carolyn Petit returns as special guest to lead our discussion of the 1970s on the penultimate episode of our “Hollywood by the Decade” series. She selected two acclaimed films to focus our discussion. From 1971, Alan Pakula’s KLUTE, in which Jane Fonda plays a sex worker who teams up with an investigator (played by Donald Sutherland), to search for a missing person who’d once been a client of hers. In Paul Mazursky’s 1978 film AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, Jill Clayburgh stars as an Upper West Sider who navigates dating, friendships, and parenting an independent teenage daughter in the aftermath of an unexpected divorce. Two disparate films about female characters directed by men, but connected by a very 1970s focus on character with glimpses into their inner thoughts and lives.
FFR 205: Hollywood in the 1960s with special guest Dr. Philana Payton
The 60s in America are remembered as a time of cultural upheaval and revolution, but did Hollywood keep in step with contemporary conversations? Our expert and guide on this episode of Hollywood by the Decade is Dr. Philana Payton, a scholar-activist with research interests in Black film and television history and popular culture, as well as gender and queer studies, and who is currently a professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Irvine. She’s selected two films from the period to launch our discussion: PARIS BLUES (1961) and GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967).
FFR 204: Hollywood in the 1950s with special guest Alonso Duralde
Halfway through our “Hollywood by the Decades” series, we time-travel to the 1950s with our special guest—writer, podcaster, and film review editor—Alonso Duralde. We’ll be framing our conversation around two 50s films recommended by Alonso: ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) and THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957).
FFR 203: Hollywood in the 1940s with special guest Julie Grossman
Anita and Kat are joined by literature and film studies Professor Julie Grossman—an oft-published scholar who’s penned numerous essays about the classic archetypes of women onscreen and behind the camera in vintage Hollywood. She’s taking us into the 1940s, and specifically the introduction of film noir and the femme fatale for our “Hollywood by the Decade” series. To set the scene for our conversation, we watched two films on Julie’s recommendation: from 1943, Alfred Hitchcock’s SHADOW OF A DOUBT, and from 1948, ROAD HOUSE—directed by Jean Nogulesco and starring Ida Lupino before the advent of her directing career.
FFR 202: Hollywood in the 1930s with special guest Patricia White
The 1930s saw the introduction of sound in film, the implementation of the Hays code, and marks the beginning of the “Golden Age of Hollywood”. On this episode of our “Hollywood by the Decade” series, we’re guided by special guest Patricia White—Centennial Professor of Film and Media Studies and Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Swarthmore College—through a discussion of the landscape of Hollywood in the 30s, including how the enforced morality of the Hays code influenced which stories were told and how, while perhaps counterintuitively creating opportunities for surprising subtext. Join us as we examine BLONDE VENUS (1932) starring Marlene Dietrich, and STELLA DALLAS (1937) starring Barbara Stanwyck.
Awesome podcast it makes me feel better about my self. If you guys are looking for someone to put on you show as a guest I would recommend contacting Colleen Ballinger😁
Good, thoughtful podcast
But please fix the mic volume issue on the latest (Dune) episode and re-upload it! I can’t be the only person who couldn’t listen to it because the switching between hosts—who were quiet—and guest—VERY loud—hurt my ears!
An important podcast
Terrific hosts. I don’t always agree with them but the conversations they start are important conversations to have. I thank them for making me more aware of others’ perspectives and for helping me better understand my own convictions.