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A podcast for cinephiles of all stripes. Join Rob & Sam, two life-long friends, one a veteran of the film industry, the other a Cambridge-educated writer on books, movies and graphic novels. Each week they talk about a film and some of the ideas it throws up.
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3.10 — FALLING DOWN (1993) and America
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The Joel Schumacher season continues with the 112-minute cry of rage and frustration that is FALLING DOWN. We talk about the film’s presentation of different sides of modernity in America, its use of borders and locations, and various takes on its ideas of diversity and alienation: basically, we get stuck in to a good old-fashioned discussion! Next Week’s Film 8MM (1999): another popular (thus easily available) one for our third Schumacher film This Week’s Media W1A (2014—): John Morton, Hugh Bonneville, Monica Dolan BLADERUNNER 2049 (2017): Denis Villeneuve, Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford Recommendations TOTAL RECALL (1990): Paul Verhoeven, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin SAVAGE STREETS (1984): Danny Steinmann, Linda Blair, Linnea Quigley DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE (1995): John McTiernan, Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons WONDER BOYS (2000): Curtis Hanson, Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire Footnotes Sam mentions a possible cultural forerunner of Bill Foster, in Willy Loman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_a_Salesman. Foster’s plight is further explained in the idea of the ‘soured’ American Dream, a concept explored in these two books, written either side of the film: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=hqafM0xZjqIC&oi=fnd&pg=PR10&dq=american+dream&ots=1nYMaswH1d&sig=jR7R4UiQIfLCnVZjkf5DVIp_ZhM#v=onepage&q=american%20dream&f=false an