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Episode #90 — Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge podcast review

The guys watch their final film of their Jean-Pierre Melville Five where they see a return to what he does best. It’s a swirl of his previous films where criminals are going to team up to take part in a diamond heist while keeping away from the cops. It even stars Mr. Le Samourai himself, Alain Delon! But does Le Cercle Rouge suffer from being compared to the previous accomplishments?

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Episode #89 — Army of Shadows

Army of Shadows podcast review

Most spies in film get to have tailored suits and sexy action scenes. In Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece, every spy is exhausted, drained and always living in dread. This is the tale of members of the French Resistance during WWII who keep trying to accomplish anything they can no matter the personal cost. The result is mesmerizing and horrifying.

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Episode #88 — Le Samourai

Le Samourai podcast review

Jean-Pierre Melville’s most famous film is Le Samourai, the story of a super cool assassin with the code of a samurai. Will Melville’s stylish noir sensibilities work for the guys or will it leave them as cold as the hero’s soul? Will one of the guys actually make a point or just state how cool the movie is? Find out!

I wish I can say that Austin’s dog, Wynne, apologizes for eating for a little bit on mic but she is not ashamed.

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Episode #87 — Leon Morin, Priest

Leon Morin Priest podcast review

Last week, the guys saw Jean-Pierre Melville tells a tale of immorality, heists and betrayal. This week, it’s a a story about faith, comfort and God. A woman goes into a church ready to display her frustration by mocking a priest for his hypocrisy. Instead what begins is a series of conversations and debates with the titular Leon Morin, Priest about what it means to be Catholic and to have faith in an impossible time. The guys discuss how Melville makes these moments cinematically gripping and how rare it is to see a positive look at the church in cinema.

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Episode #86 — Bob le Flambeur

Bob le Flambeur podcast review

Happy New Year! Eric and Austin are here to welcome you into 2018 the only way they know how. With a super cool French director from the 1960s. They begin with Bob le Flambeur, the slick noir film about an aged gambler who tries a new heist while his unlucky streak continues. It’s a film that seems to have inspired modern films like Ocean’s 11 and maybe even The Wrestler.

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Orson Welles Wrap-Up

Orson Welles Wrap-Up

From Citizen Kane to Falstaff, we looked at the dramatic rises and falls of Orson Welles’ career. The guys look back at his incredible screen presence, the scope he was able to achieve with what he was working with and they announce their next Five which will start in 2018. Thank you all for listening to us throughout 2017! You all are fantastic and thank you for taking this cinematic look with us.

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Episode #85 — Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight podcast review

It’s Orson Welles and William Shakespeare back again! After a successful team-up with Othello, this time Welles plays a character with the same skin tone as himself with the beloved and tragic fool of Falstaff. With Chimes at Midnight, Welles took elements from Henry IV Part I and Part II and mixed in parts of Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor to give this side character his own starring role. The guys are joined by the brilliant Tara Olivero from Shakespearemachine to provide more context for what Welles was accomplishing.

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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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