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The 305 is a podcast series exploring every title in the Criterion Collection released on LaserDisc, from 1984 to 1999, in order of release. Criterion was the first company to introduce special features to home video, including trailers, critical essays, behind the scenes photos, and directors' commentary, and their releases have been referred to as "film school in a box."

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The 305 is a podcast series exploring every title in the Criterion Collection released on LaserDisc, from 1984 to 1999, in order of release. Criterion was the first company to introduce special features to home video, including trailers, critical essays, behind the scenes photos, and directors' commentary, and their releases have been referred to as "film school in a box."

    The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    Episode 10 - The Seventh Seal (Spine #10, CC1110L)
    Published 4/28/2021
    1957, Dir. Ingmar Bergman
    Featured Guest: Hrannar Baldursson
    Spawning countless parodies and homages, The Seventh Seal is often seen as the founding piece of arthouse cinema. While generally hailed as one of the greatest films of all time, the movie requires a fair amount of patience to weather the bleak presentation of fourteenth century Sweden. As my guest observes, this is a film that only gives back what you are willing to put in.

    • 43 min
    The Magnificent Ambersons

    The Magnificent Ambersons

    Episode 9 - The Magnificent Ambersons (Spine #9, CC1109L)
    Published 12/05/2020
    1942, Dir. Orson Welles
    Featured Guest: Theron Seckington
    (Some profanity in this episode)
    Hear about the film that practically broke Orson Welles's career, The Magnificent Ambersons! Famously chopped in the editing room by the studio against the director's wishes, this film has a hard time holding up against its more famous big brother, Citizen Kane. For those interested in learning more about what the movie could have been, check out the shooting script as well as an illustrated recreation at http://www.themagnificentambersons.com/final-shooting-script/.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Episode 8 - Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Spine #8, CC1108L)
    Published 10/31/2020
    1956, Dir. Don Siegel
    Featured Guest: Sean McGill
    Everyone's turning into pod people! And you're next! Join us for a spooky Halloween exploration of this sci-fi cult classic, subject of no less than three remakes with a fourth one on the way.
    If you're intrigued by the philosophy of identity that was discussed, go check out The Teletransportation Paradox.

    • 57 min
    High Noon

    High Noon

    Episode 7 - High Noon (Spine #7, CC1107L)
    Published 10/21/2020
    1952, Dir. Fred Zinneman
    Featured Guest: Theron Seckington
    The time was certainly right to watch High Noon, a thrilling film about a US marshal about to face an old nemesis, and desperately seeking help from friends, loved ones, or anyone willing to stand up for something. Hear about the film's unusual background as either communist propaganda or conservative fantasy!
    Correction: John Wayne was president of the Motion Picture Alliance, not the Association. Prominent members included Gary Cooper(!), Cecil B. DeMille, Walt Disney, Irene Dunne, Victor Fleming, John Ford, Clark Gable, Hedda Hopper, Leo McCarey, Adolphe Menjou, Dick Powell, Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, and King Vidor.

    • 45 min
    Swing Time

    Swing Time

    Episode 6 - Swing Time (Spine #6, CC1106L)
    Published 08/26/2020
    1936, Dir. George Stevens
    Featured Guest: Chelle Janczewski
    We're back after a summer vacation with the first musical in the series, Swing Time, with legendary duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. But despite all the praise for the movie, Chelle and Jonathon find a number of issues with an admittedly 'light' plot.
    Content Warning: This movie does feature an extended musical number called "Bojangles of Harlem" featuring Fred Astaire in blackface as an 'homage' to Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Impossible to justify, and hard to separate from the technical virtuosity on display.
    P.S. Sorry for Chelle's distorted audio in the intro!
    Frank Sinatra's cover of Academy Award-winning song "The Way You Look Tonight"

    • 44 min
    The Third Man

    The Third Man

    Mild profanity in this episode
    Episode 5 - The Third Man (Spine #5, CC1105L)
    Published 04/17/2020
    1949, Dir. Carol Reed
    Featured Guest: Theron Seckington
    "An excellent film, competently made." Theron and I both agreed that The Third Man is still a wonderful piece of filmmaking, but an interesting debate occurs about just what it is that makes a film "important."
    To check out the prequel radio dramas referenced in our discussion, hop on over to archive.org.
    This movie is available to watch at various online marketplaces.

    • 1 hr 5 min

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