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How Green Was My Valley (1941) Ep. 34

During this episode, we discuss how John Ford uses cinematography, editing, and production design to evoke the power of memory in the family melodrama, How Green Was My Valley (1941), starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp, and Roddy McDowell.  Join us as we discuss the film that beat Citizen Kane to the Best Picture Oscar.

The Kid (1921) Ep. 33 w/ special guest Ted Walch

In this episode, we're joined by teacher and film historian Ted Walch to discuss Charlie Chaplin's first feature length film, The Kid (1921), starring himself and Jackie Coogan.

The Wild Bunch (1969) Ep. 32

In this episode, we discuss Sam Peckinpah's modernist western, The Wild Bunch (1969).  Surrounding a ruthless, violent group of outlaws, starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, and Robert Ryan, The Wild Bunch redefined violence in American movies.

The Wild Bunch is currently #79 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time.

Pillow Talk (1959) Ep. 31

In this episode, we're discussing the Doris Day, Rock Hudson romantic comedy, Pillow Talk (1959).  This influential film's success is reflective of equal parts innovation for the genre going forward and inspiration from the screwball comedy that came before.

A Star is Born (1954) Ep. 30

In this episode, we dive into the musical drama A Star is Born (1954), directed by George Cukor and starring Judy Garland and James Mason.  We'll examine how this powerful film leverages Garland's performance and persona to devastating effect.