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The Trylon Cinema is a treasure of the Minneapolis arts landscape. Honestly, we just hope that hearing the four of us discuss the movies we've seen there makes you want to see a movie there, too. https://twitter.com/trylovepodcast

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    Episode 147: THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (1974)

    Episode 147: THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (1974)

    A man raised in isolation is dumped in Nuremberg in 1828, where he’s abused, abandoned, denigrated, show-ponied, and forgotten before being murdered. From the true story of Kaspar Hauser, Herzog coaxes larger statements about the validity of the basic human experience outside the constructs of ‘civilization’ and ‘society,’ as well as the myriad ways the world fails people on the margins.

    In the final episode of our series on early Herzog, we talk about the sympathy with which the film views its subject, the secret to the movie’s title, the cultural implications of its treatment of language, and the real-life tragic figure who portrayed Kaspar. Then we pull the ripcord on one of the most unhinged editions of Cody’s Noteys yet. Aaron may factually [FICTIONALLY] kill [CHIDE] Cody [PARODY].

    Resources
    “Bruno S., Street Musician Turned Lead Actor in Herzog Classics, Dies at 78” at The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/arts/music/15bruno.html

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    Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters. Outro music: “Agnus Dei” by Florian Fricke of Popol Vuh from THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER.

    0:00 - Episode 147: THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (1974)

    2:00 - The Patented Aaron Grossman Summary

    5:40 - A discussion of the film’s two titles

    9:20 - Jason's thoughts (incl. universal struggles & where God is during all this)

    13:25 - Cody's thoughts (incl. projection & self-actualization)

    18:33 - Harry’s thoughts (incl. language, context & Derrida)

    29:21 - Aaron’s thoughts (incl. which villagers he’d punch first)

    33:05 - Is the movie looking for pity? Sympathy? Humor? Ire?

    38:00 - The labels the world puts on Kaspar

    46:54 - What Kaspar's dreams might mean

    55:28 - Final thoughts

    56:53 - Cody’s Noteys (Trylove Feud)

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 146: FITZCARRALDO (1982)

    Episode 146: FITZCARRALDO (1982)

    “If it was necessary to climb down into hell and wrestle a film out of the claws of the devil,” Werner Herzog once said, “I would do so.” If it was necessary.

    In FITZCARRALDO, a man whose dream to host opera in the jungle leads him to risk and lose indigenous lives on a harebrained scheme to drag a boat over a mountain – all so he can steal natural resources to fund his manic vision. Its production, including the real-life towing of a real-life boat over a real-life mountain in Peru, was similarly plagued by injury, death, and exploitation.

    Herzog’s biggest movie makes you feel like you’re falling into a trap. Can the value of a dream realized outweigh the cost of realizing it? No. The answer’s no. That’s why FITZCARRALDO can be hard to swallow: It’s a monumental Movie-movie about the persistence of the human spirit that is itself an example of how the products of pointless dreams – fame, riches, opera in the jungle, a movie about fame and riches and opera in the jungle – crumble in comparison to the sacrifices made to realize them.

    In this episode, we discuss how we feel FITZCARRALDO’s hubris, imperialist undercurrents, and literal loss of life (both on-screen and behind the camera) all but rob the movie of its essential point and reason for being.

    Resources
    “Making Films, Taking Lives: How the Present Looms Large in Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo” by Chris Polley for Perisphere, the Trylon blog: https://www.perisphere.org/2021/11/16/making-films-taking-lives-how-the-present-looms-large-in-herzogs-fitzcarraldo/
    Werner Herzog promoting FITZCARRALDO on Late Night with David Letterman, October 11, 1982: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruY1FrVW9KE

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/trylovepodcast and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch! Buy tickets and support the Trylon at https://www.trylon.org/.

    Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters. Outro music: “Bella Figlia Dell'Amore” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto” sung by Enrico Caruso (tenor), Bessie Abott (soprano), Louise Homer (contralto) and Antonio Scotti (baritone), 1907.

    0:00 - Episode 146: FITZCARRALDO (1982)

    1:38 - The Patented Aaron Grossman Summary (patent pending)

    4:13 - Jason’s thoughts

    8:31 - Cody’s thoughts

    13:06 - Harry’s thoughts

    20:41 - A dream as disgusting as the tools used to realize it

    25:39 - Contrasts in FITZCARRALDO

    37:30 - Satire?

    39:55 - Why self-aware readings of FITZCARRALDO fall flat

    43:21 - Final thoughts

    53:51 - Cody’s Noteys: Fitzca-runtime (runtime-based trivia)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 145: COBRA VERDE (1987)

    Episode 145: COBRA VERDE (1987)

    Klaus Kinski again appears as That Freaky Guy Who Insists On Going To The Jungle, this time portraying Francisco Manoel da Silva (better known by his outlaw codename, “Cobra Verde”), who’s chased there by his plantation owner boss who has no interest in being his father-in-law after Francisco impregnates the baron’s three teenage daughters. Oops!

    Cobra Verde’s attempts to kickstart the cold engine of the slave trade on the West African coast, and everything that derail them, make up the rest of an inscrutable plot. In this episode, we discuss our confusion over how the titular character is built, where the movie’s satirical lens is pointed, its fairly misguided attempts at ‘authentic’ portrayal of African cultures, and how the surly, perfectly pitched magic of AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972) and NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979) don’t seem to have rubbed off on this one.

    Also check out:
    - “Picturesque savagery: Primitivism and authenticity in Cobra Verde” by Sam Storey https://www.academia.edu/30156985/Picturesque_savagery_Primitivism_and_authenticity_in_Cobra_Verde

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/trylovepodcast and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch! Buy tickets and support the Trylon at https://www.trylon.org/.

    Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters. Choir performance from COBRA VERDE.

    0:00 - Episode 145: COBRA VERDE (1987)

    2:37 - The Patented Aaron Grossman Summary

    4:43 - Jason’s thoughts

    7:57 - Cody’s thoughts

    12:04 - Harry’s thoughts

    16:42 - Aaron’s thoughts

    22:41 - Where the film’s sardonic lens is pointed

    28:44 - The line between ‘adding authenticity’ and ‘exoticizing’

    36:06 - Who is Cobra Verde?: A discussion

    47:06 - Da animals D:

    48:40 - A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) and the systems that grind us all

    53:51 - Cody’s Noteys: Snakelove (snake-themed trivia)

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 144: AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972)

    Episode 144: AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972)

    You don’t have to squint to see what AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD is saying about European imperialists hunting for an imaginary city of riches in South America in 1560. It’s saying they’re evil! And stupid! And in that disarming straightforwardness, it’s making an interesting point about what people expect of fiction – of what they expect from movies – and how sometimes, there’s only one right way to tell a story about evil, deluded people: In the meanest, most pejorative way possible.

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/trylovepodcast and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch! Buy tickets and support the Trylon at https://www.trylon.org/.

    Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters. Music: Peruvian pipe music and ambiance from AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD.

    0:00 - Episode 144: AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972)

    2:21 - The episode actually starts

    3:18 - The Patented Aaron Grossman Summary

    5:06 - Jason’s thoughts

    10:09 - Cody’s thoughts

    14:05 - Harry’s thoughts

    20:21 - Aaron’s thoughts

    25:09 - How the deeply stupid, cruel, pathetic conquistadors differ from The Heart of Darkness

    44:20 - The false idea of agency, self-determination, and control in the jungle

    50:37 - The inherently evil humanity of imperialists

    54:10 - Da animals D:

    56:59 - Cody’s Noteys: Trylibs Expedition (Madlibs)

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 143: NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979)

    Episode 143: NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979)

    A strikingly stylized reimagining of the classic creature figure, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE indicts the driven for the death of passion. Following the broad strokes of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 expressionist horror film, Werner Herzog’s late-70s take on the myth paints the titular non-human as a pathetic figure marked more by his maudlin, passionless philosophies than his bloodlust.

    “Give me some of your love,” Dracula commands Isabelle Adjani’s Lucy Harker. “I won't even give that love to God,” she replies, laying clear the philosophical divide at the heart of the movie. It’s a cold, focused, problematic, weird, subtly sexy movie, and we had a blast picking it apart.

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/trylovepodcast and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch! Buy tickets and support the Trylon at https://www.trylon.org/.

    Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters. Music: “Morning Sun Rays" by Popol Vuh from the NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE soundtrack.

    0:00 - Episode 143: NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979)



    2:34 - The episode actually starts

    4:05 - The Patented Aaron Grossman Summary (under exclusive license from AG Enterprises, LLC)

    6:12 - Jason’s thoughts

    12:31 - Cody’s thoughts

    18:48 - Harry’s thoughts

    24:20 - What makes Jonathan such a perfect victim

    33:06 - Jonathan and the #workaholic #grindset

    37:11 - There’s no dressing up the devil

    42:45 - Freedom and captivity

    50:21 - The sympathetic, loathsome Dracula

    55:28 - Lucy as messiah

    59:40 - The German and English versions of the film

    1:01:54 - Final thoughts

    1:03:39 - Cody’s Noteys: The Werner Herzog Guessing Game

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 142: Horrorthon V: Son of Horrorthon with Seth Zarate

    Episode 142: Horrorthon V: Son of Horrorthon with Seth Zarate

    Featuring returning guest Seth Zarate (https://twitter.com/snzarate)!

    It’s that time of year again: Four of us hit up the fifth annual all-night Horrorthon at the Trylon!

    Featuring only horror movie sequels, Horrorthon V: Son of Horrorthon was a surprise collection of some real wild choices: PSYCHO II (1983), PHANTASM II (1988), HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982), DAY OF THE DEAD (1985), CRITTERS 2 (1988), and NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2 (1994).

    In our first in-person episode since March 10, 2020, we dedicate exactly eight minutes to dump all our thoughts on each movie before giving our personal rankings. Hope you enjoy the format shakeup – apologies for the quality difference from our usual, but we were just having a bunch of fun this time around.

    Follow Seth on Twitter at https://twitter.com/snzarate and Letterboxd at https://letterboxd.com/snzarate/

    Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/trylovepodcast and email us at trylovepodcast@gmail.com to get in touch! Buy tickets and support the Trylon at https://www.trylon.org/.

    Theme: "Raindrops" by Huma-Huma/"No Smoking" PSA by John Waters. Music: “Silver Shamrock Commercial Theme” by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth from the HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH soundtrack.

    0:00 - Episode 142: Horrorthon V: Son of Horrorthon

    6:18 - The Patented Aaron Grossman Summary

    8:02 - The vibe at Horrorthon V

    9:45 - The non-feature programming

    16:54 - PSYCHO II (1983)

    24:57 - PHANTASM II (1988)

    33:37 - HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)

    42:10 - DAY OF THE DEAD (1985)

    50:22 - CRITTERS 2 (1988)

    58:38 - NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 2 (1994)

    1:07:07 - Comparing all-nighters at the Trylon

    1:08:16 - Ranking the movies of Horrorthon V

    • 1 hr 20 min

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