Tag Archive: 1940’s

Mar 01 2016

Episode 65 – La Belle et la Bete

La belle et la beteThis episode, we watch the classic French film “La belle et la bete” (Beauty and the Beast). Jean Cocteau’s artistic rending of the classic French fairy tale is a clear influence of the adaptations that followed up to and including the well known Disney version. We talk a lot about the artistry of the film as well as the clear influences on other works.  We also spend some time looking at the production filmed in post WWII France.

For our next episode, we will be watching Stagecoach!

Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Beauty and the Beast poster Rating: 8.0/10 (21,123 votes)
Director: Jean Cocteau, René Clément
Writer: Jean Cocteau (dialogue), Jean Cocteau (screenplay), Jean Cocteau (story), Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (story)
Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon
Runtime: 93 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Released: 23 Dec 1947
Plot: A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Sep 15 2014

Episode 31 – Citizen Kane

Citizen KaneWe’ve finally arrived at “the greatest movie ever made” – Citizen Kane!  We tackle Orson Welles’ groundbreaking film as well as it’s reputation.  We encounter a stable of great actors and talk about Welles’ career.  Is this film the greatest move ever?  That is certainly a matter of taste.  We spend a lot of time talking about the film’s legacy and that may be more important than the film itself.

We also say the next movie we watch will be “Man on Wire.”  Turns out we were wrong.  It will be “The Dirty Dozen.”

Citizen Kane (1941)
Citizen Kane poster Rating: 8.4/10 (340,275 votes)
Director: Orson Welles
Writer: Herman J. Mankiewicz (original screen play), Orson Welles (original screen play)
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick
Runtime: 119 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Released: 05 Sep 1941
Plot: Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Feb 01 2014

Episode 16 – Double Indemnity

Double IndemnityJena was unable to make our recording at Pepito’s this episode so we pulled in a Stunt Jena.  Joining us at the Parkway was Tim’s son Alex, who got to watch his first Noir on the big screen.  Our movie was the Noir classic Double Indemnity by Billy Wilder.  People betrayed each other.  People died.  Insurance was sold.  Yep.  Insurance.  Enjoy our conversation about a great film!

Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity poster Rating: 8.3/10 (117,657 votes)
Director: Billy Wilder
Writer: Billy Wilder (screenplay), Raymond Chandler (screenplay), James M. Cain (from the novel by)
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall
Runtime: 107 min
Rated: PASSED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 06 Jul 1944
Plot: An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Jun 16 2013

Episode 1 – Casablanca

CasablancaWelcome to the inaugural episode of our podcast! This podcast will follow our attempts to  educate Jena Young on the great films that she hasn’t seen yet. Or, occasionally, just the ones she doesn’t remember.  This week’s episode was recorded before co-host Melissa Kaercher became a co-host so Tim Wick educates Jena all on his own.  If you didn’t suss it out from the title, we start with one of Tim’s favorite films – Casablanca.  To open the podcast, Jena tells us everything she knows about the movie she is about to see.  Then we take a break to watch the movie. If you really feel like playing along, you can watch it too!  Then we come back and discuss the movie.  We hope you enjoy our first podcast and keep coming back for more!

Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca poster Rating: 8.5/10 (438,329 votes)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writer: Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Philip G. Epstein (screenplay), Howard Koch (screenplay), Murray Burnett (play), Joan Alison (play)
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Runtime: 102 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Released: 23 Jan 1943
Plot: A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.