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The Film Syllabus
38 minutes | Dec 6, 2016
TFS #11 Battleship Potemkin
A missing episode from November, Dustin and Alex say “viva la revolution” and discuss Battleship Potemkin (Russian: Броненосец «Потёмкин», Bronenosets Patyomkin) sometimes rendered as Battleship Potyomkin. This film is a 1925 Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm. It presents a dramatized version of the mutiny that occurred in 1905 when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers. Battleship Potemkin was named the greatest film of all time at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958.
30 minutes | Oct 5, 2016
TFS #10 Nosferatu
Happy Halloween, listener! Dustin and Alexandra are back to chat about the 1922 F.W. Murnau classic Nosferatu. In this episode, our hosts discuss the importance of this film, the historical nature of vampires, and the cultural ramifications from it existing.
49 minutes | Sep 17, 2016
TFS #9 Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
Warning: This month’s episode contains frank (but clinical) conversations about sex. Viewer discretion is advised. This month we examine Jaromil Jires’ surrealist horror film, Valerie and her Week of Wonders. Frankly the film could be said to be Alice in Wonderland meets Vampires in Czechoslovakia. According to IMDb the film is: Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, “Valeri [...]
31 minutes | Aug 3, 2016
TFS #8 Kagemusha
Strap on your samurai sword and suit up for another action packed installment of The Film Syllabus! Alex and Dustin are back in the studio talking about Akira Kurosawa’s Palm D’or winning film, Kagemusha. As this show is a voyage for discovery for Alex, this is a film she had not seen before, but we get the added bonus of hearing her reactions to the first samurai film she had ever seen. Here’s the synopsis of the film according to Wikipedia:
33 minutes | Jul 6, 2016
TFS #7 Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Even though it’s summer time, class is still in session at the GoodTrash Media Network. The Film Syllabus is back with a special Patreon bonus from our Patron Julie Bohannon. If that name sounds familiar, dear listener it is because Julie is the mother of TFS co-host Alexandra Bohannon. Dustin is in the studio as usual this month and we have the pleasure of a guest host, Caleb Masters. Julie’s pick for the TFS crew is Jean Cocteau’s (who was born yesterday, July 5 1889, FYI) Beauty and the Beast from 1946. As always, we make at point to examine massively influential films and this is no exception. The story of the film is quite familiar to fans of the 1991 Oscar-nominated animated film from Disney, yet there are some significant differences. We begin the conversation with our initial reactions to the film and move to some interesting historical data that lends itself to a queer reading of the film. From there discussing Cocteau’s commitme [...]
27 minutes | Jun 1, 2016
TFS #6 The Red Shoes
Come explore the world of poetic realism as The Film Syllabus Crew tackles Powell and Pressburger’s The Red Shoes. This movie was not part of our regular rotation, however when we heard Alexandra West’s interview on The People’s History of Cinema in which she gushed about this movie, we had to bump it up. This film marks one of hopefully many landmarks as film studies veteran Dustin Sells guides his padawan learner, Alexandra Bohannon in which Alex is compelled to change her list of favorite films of all time based on her viewing of this month’s film.
31 minutes | May 4, 2016
TFS #5 Three Colors: Blue
Hello Dear Listener! We are back with more Film Syllabus goodness as we along with special guest host, Kevin Tudor talk Three Colors: Blue!
26 minutes | Apr 6, 2016
TFS #4 The Seventh Seal
We’re back dear listener with another installment of The Film Syllabus. This month we look at Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. It gets a bit philosophical as we discuss realism, formalism, existentialism, the Holocaust and the existence of God. Buckle up as we discuss this great film as we discuss it and its connections to Monty Python and the Holy Grail of all things!
41 minutes | Mar 3, 2016
TFS #3 Christopher Nolan Presents: Quay
Alex and Dustin are back with more of The Film Syllabus with guest host, Caleb Masters. We all had the chance to catch this Quay Brothers retrospective at the Oklahoma Museum of Art last month and decided to talk all things avant-garde and stop motion animation. Thanks for tuning in!
31 minutes | Feb 3, 2016
TFS #2 Fellini’s 8 1/2
Dustin and Alex are back at the microphone discussing Fellini’s 8 1/2. What’s is the experience of a newcomer versus that of a hardened veteran. Listen as we discuss Catholicism, Surrealism, Existentialism, Meta-Cinema, Modernism and Feminism and find out if 8 1/2 lives up to the hype.
27 minutes | Jan 5, 2016
TFS #1 Breathless
Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Film Syllabus! In this show, a film studies veteran and a newbie take the classics frequently found on film studies course syllabi. We do all this to answer the question as to whether or not the film lives up to the hype. This month’s show we look at Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless from 1960. We talk the French New Wave, cinephilia, and meta-cinema. Tune in and give us a listen!
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