Oct 23, 2018

Classic Film on Podcasts: 6 Great Episodes

In my latest podcast round-up there's a couple of interesting shows that were new to me (both featuring Amy Nicholson) and great episodes from some of my favorites. Episode titles link to the podcast:


Double Indemnity
August 16, 2018

It took me a while to get to it, but I am glad I finally started listening to this intelligent show featuring Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson. These two are working their way through the AFI top 50 films list and their discussions about these films are a great mix of history and analysis. I especially like this episode featuring Billy Wilder’s classic noir. Having crime fiction writer Ed Brubaker on as a guest was a great touch.

The Canon

The Fountainhead
155, May 21, 2018

Another Amy Nicholson show. I love this woman. She knows her movie history and has a thoughtful and original way of discussing cinema. Her voice is also easy on the ears, something which can be make or break with me when it comes to podcasts. Nicholson explores an array of movies, with the goal of determining if they belong in the film canon or in a less lofty place in cinematic history. Here she has a compelling conversation with Larry Karaszewski (screenwriter/Trailers from Hell) about the notorious adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel.

Matlin on the Movies

Norman Lloyd
September 21, 2018

Oh the bliss of listening to Norman Lloyd’s elegant transatlantic accent. He actually talks about that very thing in this lovely interview with Leonard and Jessie Maltin. Lloyd is over 103 now, but his mind seems decades younger as he discusses his career and the remarkable legends of the industry he knew, the most prominent among them: Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and Orson Welles. The Maltins are as close as you can get to the Robert Osborne effect these days when it comes to appreciating and understanding interview subjects from the classic age of cinema.

Pure Cinema Podcast

Silent Cinema
August 13, 2018

I’ve been a longtime contributor to Brian Saur’s film list series at his site Rupert Pupkin Speaks and have always appreciated his wide film knowledge and complete lack of pretension when it comes to movies. He and co-host Elric Kane both put out that positive vibe in their epic and hugely informative podcasts, where they discuss favorite films around a certain theme. I especially appreciate their episode about silent film, which is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to explore that period of film, but also holds plenty of fascination for those more familiar with them.

Twenty Thousand Hertz

The Theremin
October 15, 2018

Classic Cartoon Sound Effects
October 1, 2018

This beautifully-produced show about different aspects of sound often has episodes about issues of interest to classic film fans. They were on a roll this month, with two fascinating film-related topics. In one, sound effects artists talk about their favorite, and least favorite, classic cartoon effects and the process of finding and crafting sounds for animated shows. The Theremin episode covers the overall history of this otherworldly musical instrument, but includes lots of references to the films in which it was used, including The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Lost Weekend (1945), and Spellbound (1945).

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