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Historical Friction is a podcast about storytelling, pop culture, the past, and why we reenact it. Also sometimes bad wigs. Created by Alice Procter with Abigail Fine, Helen Victoria Murray and Sara Oberg Stradal

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Historical Friction is a podcast about storytelling, pop culture, the past, and why we reenact it. Also sometimes bad wigs. Created by Alice Procter with Abigail Fine, Helen Victoria Murray and Sara Oberg Stradal

    Treasure Planet (2002)

    Treasure Planet (2002)

    It's part three of Treasure Island adaptations this Pirate Season! In this episode, Helen gets body slammed onto the analyst's couch, as she introduces Abigail and Sara to her childhood fave, Disney's Treasure Planet (2002). In this ambitiously animated vision of a futuristic 18th century, the familiar characters of Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver and the rest are re-imagined as aliens, cyborgs and solar surfers. We talk Disney conspiracies, transitional animation styles of the early 2000s, transhumanist funny robots, and the questionable addition of The Goo Goo Dolls. Can an adaptation be considered 'historical' when it's set in outer space? Let's talk about it!

    Historical Friction is a podcast about storytelling, pop culture, the past, and why we reenact it. 

    Find the podcast on Twitter at @HistoryFriction

    Abigail is on Twitter at @onceuponafine, Helen at @HelenVMurray and Sara at @tinyredbook

    Support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/historicalfriction

    • 56 min
    Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

    Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

    We're still in Pirate Season here, and this week Alice, Helen, Sara, and Abigail discuss Muppet Treasure Island (1996). Technically it's based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, but with some significant deviations (including a weirdly racist pig tribe, and musical interludes of varying quality). Join us as we try to convince Sara that the Muppets are good, actually, even if this film is not. 

    Historical Friction is a podcast about storytelling, pop culture, the past, and why we reenact it.

    Find the podcast on Twitter at @HistoryFriction

    Find Alice at @aaprocter, Abigail at @onceuponafine, Helen at @HelenVMurray and Sara at @tinyredbook

    Support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/historicalfriction

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Treasure Island (1950)

    Treasure Island (1950)

    Arrrr me mateys! Pirate Season is in full swing here at Historical Friction, and today Alice, Helen, Sara, and Abigail discuss Walt Disney's Treasure Island (1950), based on the Robert Louis Stevenson 19th-century novel of the same name. The conversation ranges from behind-the-scenes factoids on the Disney film, to the novel's influence on pirates in popular culture, from Disney's influence on the Hollywood pirate, to navigation tools used by 18th-century sailors. Sources used in today's episode include Colin Woodward's book The Republic of Pirates, and Ryan Sweet's chapter 'Pirates and Prosthetics: Manly Messages for Managing Limb Loss in Victorian and Edwardian Adventure Narratives' in the book The Victorian Male Body, edited by Joanne Ella Parsons and Ruth Heholt. 

    Historical Friction is a podcast about storytelling, pop culture, the past, and why we reenact it.

    Find the podcast on Twitter at @HistoryFriction

    Find Alice at @aaprocter, Abigail at @onceuponafine, Helen at @HelenVMurray and Sara at @tinyredbook

    Support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/historicalfriction

    • 54 min
    The Pirate (1948)

    The Pirate (1948)

    Welcome to Historical Friction: Pirate Season! We're kicking off a series of episodes on pirates in literature and film with The Pirate (1948), a fabulously campy movie musical starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, directed by Vincente Minnelli. Today, Abigail and special guest Dr. Lisa Duffy discuss Golden Age pirates, Hollywood pirates, mid-century Hollywood musicals, Gene Kelly's short shorts, and where this film fits into all of these categories. 

    Historical Friction is a podcast about storytelling, pop culture, the past, and why we reenact it.

    Find Lisa on Twitter at @_LisaWithAnS and Abigail at @onceuponafine

    Find the podcast on Twitter @HistoryFriction

    Support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/historicalfriction

    • 48 min
    Persuasion (2022)

    Persuasion (2022)

    All agony, no hope. We here at Historical Friction decided that Netflix's new adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' was a Historical Emergency, so in this week's episode Alice, Abigail, and Helen watch this film so you don't have to -- or at least, so you have people to commiserate with over it. From jam mustaches to multiple hangovers to almost-outdoor peeing to the whaling industry, we've got you and all of your grievances about this adaptation covered. We didn't even get into the costuming in this episode, there was just too much.

    Historical Friction is a podcast about storytelling, pop culture, the past, and why we reenact it.

    Find Alice on Twitter at @aaprocter, Helen at @helenvmurray, and Abigail @onceuponafine

    Find the podcast on Twitter @historyfriction

    Support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/historicalfriction

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Vikings (1958)

    The Vikings (1958)

    This week, we've got anachronistic leather daddies, siege-based penetration imagery, big old snake holes, and Tony Curtis in tiny hotpants - it's got to be a Viking episode!
    Sara sat down with Dr Roderick Dale to discuss The Vikings (1958), a film with some loud feelings about the Middle Ages. The film loosely adapts the sagas of King Ragnar Lodbrok (Ernest Borgnine) and his rivalrous sons Einar (Kirk Douglas) and Eric (Tony Curtis), as they invade the Kingdom of Northumbria and battle for creepy masculine ownership of the Welsh Princess Morgana (Janet Leigh). Sara and Roderick talk about how the film glamourizes the Sagas - what is surprisingly accurate to the archaeology, and what is way off base? They also discuss the film's trivialisation of sexual assault, cinema's weirdly colourless, beige vision of the medieval period, and throw in a good amount of 1950s Hollywood gossip.

    Historical Friction is a podcast about storytelling, pop culture, the past, and why we reenact it.

    Find Sara on Twitter at @tinyredbook, and Roderick at @Berserkjablogg. Follow the show on Twitter @historyfriction

    Support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/historicalfriction

    • 1 hr

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Love this podcast, especially “The Mummy” episode. I’d love to hear an episode on one of the early Hollywood zombie movies and the historical context of religious syncretism, the Hatian Revolution, the violent U.S. Occupation of Haiti and Hollywood’s demonization of Haitian people and religion through zombie movies. It would be interesting to hear about how Zombie films evolved throughout horror history from reinforcing colonial power to now, in many cases, being known to critique power structures.

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