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About the Let’s Take Five Podcast

Let's Take Five podcast

Throughout the history of cinema, some of the greatest stars have accomplished incredible feats in their field. Let’s Take FiveĀ is a podcast to highlight them and take five of their films to show their range and accomplishments. Every Friday, Austin Lugar and Eric Martindale will review one of those films to receive a better understanding about what makes them so great.

Our current topic is Orson Welles and his Five are…

 

1 ) Citizen Kane
2 ) The Third Man
3 ) Othello
4 ) Touch of Evil
5 ) Chimes at Midnight

You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Downcast or however you listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here every week and give your comments on the topics they talk about. We love to hear your feedback.

Episode #84 — Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil podcast review

Orson Welles returns to Hollywood and instead of looking like a dashing knight, he is a very gross overweight racist cop. It wasn’t how the audiences remembered him, but years later Touch of Evil remains one of his most memorable films. It is a noir film set on the Mexican border about the fallout of a bomb explosion. The guys talk about its iconic tracking shot, the fact that Charlton Heston plays a Mexican and how disgusting this world is.

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Episode #83 — Othello

Othello podcast review

What does Orson Welles do after making perhaps the greatest movie of all time? He gets basically exiled to Europe to make low-budget Shakespeare films. But are they any good? The guys look into his Othello adaptation and how he interprets the Moor of Venice. Without the resources of Hollywood, Welles uses real incredible settings and new tricks to bring gravitas to the leader who is being betrayed by Iago. And yes, they are distracted by the blackface pretty much the entire time.

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Episode #82 — The Third Man

The Third Man podcast review

Orson Welles is known as a man of many hats as seen with his tour-de-force last week. This week, with The Third Man, the guys are just focusing on him as an actor. It’s one of the most beloved noir films of all time as a dimestore novelist travels to Vienna to see an old friend who he learns died under confusing circumstances. As the mystery continues, here enters Welles and he steals the show with perfectly evil charisma.

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Episode #81 — Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane podcast review

Citizen Kane keeps coming up as the greatest American film of all time. Due to that, it all seems really intimidating. And yet part of the reason it may have such acclaim is because it’s so much fun to watch. The guys start their Orson Welles Five with his masterpiece about a newsman who keeps thriving to have it all and unfortunately frequently does.

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Gene Kelly Wrap-Up

Gene Kelly podcast review

After five weeks, it’s time for Austin and Eric to see what they learned. In one final discussion, the guys decide if Gene Kelly succeeds in old fashioned Hollywood escapism or he’s too distracting to be escapist. They also talk about some of the films they didn’t cover like On the Town and That’s Entertainment Part II. Also they (awkwardly) announce their next Five…

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Episode #80 — Xanadu

Xanadu podcast review

This Five has taken us from Best Picture to Razzie loser as we enter the magical world of Xanadu. It’s the typical story of a man influenced by a magical woman who may have awoken from a wall because he tore up a drawing. Along with their special guest Erin Oechsel, they determine what effectively creates a musical world and does the bad acting of the lead actually make Gene Kelly’s older performances better?

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Episode #79 — The Young Girls of Rochefort

The Young Girls of Rochetfort podcast review

The Five started off on a bad foot where Gene Kelly played an American who went to Paris. Maybe The Young Girls of Rochefort will end up differently for the guys. It’s co-stars Gene Kelly who plays an American in a French film. It’s one of the most beloved films by Jacques Demy who has a brilliant approach to musicals and this his tribute to the Hollywood that Kelly helped establish.

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Episode #78 — It’s Always Fair Weather

It's Always Fair Weather podcast review

The weirdest Five continues as Austin tests Eric’s patience with Gene Kelly with the film that tested Hollywood’s patience with Gene Kelly: It’s Always Fair Weather. It is the story of three soldiers who reunite after ten years to discover they aren’t the friends they once knew. It’s experimental and not always perfect, but it goes for some really bold ideas. Perhaps it’ll work better as a sci-fi film…?

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Episode #77 — Singin’ in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain podcast review

Last week was a bumpy start for the Gene Kelly Five with a more negative review than usual. But now it’s time for a true Hollywood classic: Singin’ in the Rain! Will this charming movie about a charming trio in a charming era of Hollywood charm these two guys with a podcast? Will it make them laugh or will their tears cause the rain where one could sing in? We’ll let you find out on this good morning.

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Episode #76 — An American in Paris

An American in Paris podcast review

After five weeks of beautiful, incredible and dense Russian cinema, Austin presents some lighter Hollywood musicals. What can go wrong? Immediately the guys examine the Best Picture winner An American in Paris and how toxic it is to women and honestly everyone. This may not be the perfectly selected Five but we’re going to make the most out of it.

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