Author: CelluloidJunkies

SPECIAL GUESTS: Author Lesley Brill, “John Huston’s Filmmaking”, and Jason Taylor, The Bogie Film Blog

This month we are waiting out the storm with Bogart, Bacall and Robinson as we look back at John Huston’s 1948 home invasion thriller Key Largo.

This podcast is non-profit and has been broadcast for educational purposes. Excerpts from the following material has been included to enhance the listener experience:

Key Largo (1948) dir. John Huston, USA
The African Queen (1951) dir. John Huston, USA

“Main Title” [Score] (1948) w: Max Steiner
“War” (1969) w: Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong, p: The Temptations
“Moaning’ Low” (1975) w: Ralph Rainger, p: Barbra Streisand

Our first special guest this month is Lesley Brill, author of “John Huston’s Filmmaking” first published in 1997. Lesley is a Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University.

Our second special guest this month is Jason Taylor, who created and writes The Bogie Film Blog. It’s an invaluable source of information on Humphrey Bogart, so check it out.
https://bogiefilmblog.wordpress.com

Variety magazine from January 1949 listed the top box-office grossers of 1948. This is interesting just for historical purposes; the number one movie grossed $4.5 million that year, equivalent to about $45 million today. Key Largo came in 18th with $3.25 million.
https://archive.org/stream/variety173-1949-01#page/n45/mode/1up

Hollywood’s Golden Age looks at, well, Hollywood’s “golden age” from 1930-1959, and has lots of great trivia about Key Largo and many other films from the period.
http://www.hollywoodsgoldenage.com/movies/key_largo.html

One of our favourite podcasts is Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This. We’ve referenced it numerous times, including in this episode and in our Baby Jane episode. Check out their episode on The Blacklist, HUAC, and Humphrey Bogart’s very bad trip to Washington in 1947.
http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/you_must_remember_this/2016/03/you_must_remember_this_on_the_blacklist_humphrey_bogart_and_the_african.html

Den of Geek call Key Largo the “definitive post-war film”, and we couldn’t really disagree as far as American films go. Just as Bicycle Thieves in Italy captured the post-war depression of that European country, so does Key Largo capture the triumph of patriotism and the defeat of Communism.
http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/key-largo/238347/key-largo-lauren-bacall-the-definitive-post-war-film

Movie Diva looks at Key Largo in the context of not only the film, but Hollywood at the time and the careers of all of the film’s major players, including Huston, Bogart and Bacall. Worth a read.
http://www.moviediva.com/MD_root/reviewpages/MDKeyLargo.htm

“4’33 The Movie” is a 2012 edit of Key Largo set to ‘music’ by John Cage. This experiment by Cage looks at creating music with the atmosphere, wherever and whatever that may be. Key Largo is a sophisticated mix of sound and action, and when the dialogue is removed, as it is here, it takes on a sinister quality:

 

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Cameron Crothers: http://www.letterboxd.com/crot00192/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Thanks for listening to the first season of Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next season with a debut episode discussing Dario Argento’s Italian giallo horror masterpiece “Suspiria”.

In this episode we’re going to discuss Robert Aldrich’s 1962 gothic horror film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, and Ryan Murphy’s new FX series Feud: Bette and Joan.

This podcast is non-profit and has been broadcast for educational purposes. Excerpts from the following material has been included to enhance the listener experience:

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) dir. Robert Aldrich, USA
Strait-Jacket (1964) dir. William Castle, USA
The Nanny (1965) dir. Seth Holt, ENG

“What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” (1962) w: Frank DeVol, p: Debbie Burton & Bette Davis
“Autumn Leaves” (1956) w: Jacques Prevert, p: Nat King Cole
“Feud” [Score] (2017) w: Mac Quayle

AMC’s Filmsite.org has again given us a stellar write-up of this classic movie. Check this out, and then spend the next few months of your life following links on their page and researching every other great American movie ever made.
http://www.filmsite.org/what.html

VICE Magazine wrote a great article on why Baby Jane should not be considered ‘camp’, but instead should be regarded as one of the greatest movies of all-time.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/forget-campwhat-ever-happened-to-baby-jane-is-one-of-the-best-films-of-all-time

Dramatica has done another story write-up, following the key story arcs and dramatic beats of Lukas Heller’s gothic horror screenplay.
http://dramatica.com/articles/what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane

If you don’t listen to the podcast “You Must Remember This”, then you must be missing out. Recently host Karina Longworth did a series called Six Degrees of Joan Crawford, and dedicated an episode to Baby Jane and the feud between Crawford and Bette Davis.
http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/episodes/2016/9/3/six-degrees-of-joan-crawford-bette-davis-and-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane

The University of Kent hold an interestingly-titled Melodrama Research Group, and have done an equally interesting article on Baby Jane.
https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/melodramaresearchgroup/2013/11/01/summary-of-discussion-on-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane/

Senses of Cinema is another great website, and here’s their in-depth look at the movie.
http://sensesofcinema.com/2006/cteq/what-ever-baby-jane/

If you haven’t seen Bette Davis singing “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” on the Andy Williams Show, your life just isn’t complete.

 

The New York Times says Feud asks a question that is as important now as it was in 1962: where are the roles for women in the entertainment industry?
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/arts/television/feud-fx-ryan-murphy-jessica-lange-susan-sarandon.html?_r=1

Harpers Bazaar has a thrilling timeline of the real-life antagonism between the two great actresses.
http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a20666/feud-bette-davis-joan-crawford-timeline/

Flavorwire compare the show to the movie, and state that much of the ‘feud’ is on-screen in Baby Jane.
http://flavorwire.com/600794/what-what-ever-happened-to-baby-jane-already-told-us-about-bette-and-joans-feud

Australian newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald looks at how the Hollywood system was originally responsible for turning Davis and Crawford against one another.
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/feud-how-sexist-hollywood-turned-bette-and-joan-against-each-other-on-baby-jane-20170321-gv2son.html

Finally, Vanity Fair discuss the amazing opening credits of FX’s Feud. If you haven’t seen it, you need to!
http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/03/ryan-murphy-feud-opening-credits-interview

SPECIAL GUESTS: Author Murray Pomerance, “Alfred Hitchcock’s America”, and Author John Fawell, “Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film”

This month we are profiling one of the greatest films ever made by a cinematic giant, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller Rear Window.

This podcast is non-profit and has been broadcast for educational purposes. Excerpts from the following material has been included to enhance the listener experience:

Rear Window (1954) dir. Alfred Hitchcock, USA
“Bart of Darkness”, The Simpsons (1994) dir. Jim Reardon, USA
Alfred Hitchcock Talking About Fear (2010) YouTube video, iconic

“Rebecca – Suite” [Score] (1940) w: Franz Waxman
“Vertigo” [Score] (1958) w: Bernard Herrmann
“Psycho” [Score] (1960) w: Bernard Herrmann
“Obsession” [Score] (1976) w: Bernard Herrmann

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” is an epic film, well and truly deserving of its place in the discussion of the best films of all-time. So we’ve done an epic podcast to cover it, and we’ve got an epic set of Show Notes to link you to some interesting discussion of the film. If you love the movie, we hope you’ll enjoy reading more about it.

Our first special guest this month is Murray Pomerance, author of “Alfred Hitchcock’s America” first published in 2013, and “An Eye For Hitchcock” first published in 2004. Murray is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Our second special guest this month is John Fawell, author of “Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film” first published in 2001. John is a Professor of Humanities at the College of General Studies at Boston University.

John Fawell also provided the audio commentary for Universal Studio’s remastered release of the 2008 DVD of “Rear Window”. This audio commentary was carried over to the 2012 Blu-ray release, which is available separately or as part of the 14-movie Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection.

Filmmaker Jeff Desom created a time lapse of the amazing set used in “Rear Window” which is definitely worth checking out.
http://www.criticalcommons.org/Members/ccManager/clips/spatialized-timelapse-of-hitchcocks-rear-window/view

Or you could just check out 1,000 frames from the movie, courtesy of The Alfred Hitchcock Wiki.
https://the.hitchcock.zone/wiki/1000_Frames_of_Rear_Window_(1954)

AMC’s excellent Filmsite.org has one of the best write-ups on the movie available anywhere online. It’s a very in-depth analysis of the plot, as well as a brief history of the movie.
http://www.filmsite.org/rear.html

Likewise, Turner Classic Movies has a pretty thorough set of links dealing with the movie, including a synopsis, review, trivia, quotes and behind-the-scenes.
http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/87777/Rear-Window/articles.html

Dramatica have done a comprehensive analysis of “Rear Window”, including a storyform analysis, character analysis and ploy analysis. If you’re interested in how Hitchcock’s film works in any of these ways, this makes for some very interesting reading.
http://dramatica.com/analysis/rear-window

No Film School have done a good analysis of the editing techniques used in the film. ‘How Hitchcock used editing to turn “Rear Window” into a masterpiece of visual storytelling’.
http://nofilmschool.com/2014/07/alfred-hitchcock-editing-rear-window-kuleshov-effect

Dangerous Minds have compiled a series of amazing behind-the-scenes photos, all of which are worthwhile for film historians, Hitchcock fans and lovers of the movie.
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/behind_scenes_alfred_hitchcock_rear_window

If you want to follow us on Letterboxd as well, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Luke Kane: http://www.letterboxd.com/overbreakfast/
Cameron Crothers: http://www.letterboxd.com/crot00192/
Damien Heath: http://www.letterboxd.com/jedikaos/

Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month with a close-up, in depth look at John Huston’s “Key Largo”.

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