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Amadeus (1984) Ep. 25

In this episode, we discuss Milos Foreman's Amadeus (1984), starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce. Despite having the pretensions of a biopic, Amadeus is really a subjective instrospection on the nature of genius.  Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, Amadeus is #53 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movie of All Time.

Stage Door (1937) Ep. 24

In this episode we breakdown the classic dramedy Stage Door (1937).  Directed by Gregory LaCava and starring Katherine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers, amongst many other familiar faces, this film is determined by its historical context.  We'll examine how this movie bends the conventions of the screwball comedy, balances comedy and cynicism surrounding the Great Depression, and skirts the Hollywood production code.

The Long Goodbye (1973) Ep. 23

This is part two of our look at the evolution of the film noir detective genre.  Today's episode will focus on the modernist film The Long Goodbye (1973), starring Elliott Gould, and examine how director Robert Altman exaggerates genre myths and conventions to appeal to a more analytical audience.

Murder, My Sweet (1944) Ep. 22

This episode kicks off a two part look into the film noir detective mystery genre.  This week's episode will explore the classical myths, conventions, and iconography associated with this genre as seen in Murder, My Sweet (1944).  Murder, My Sweet was directed by Edward Dmytryk and stars Dick Powell and Claire Trevor.