Nov 29, 2021

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: November Round-up


I was struck by the variety of the podcasts I enjoyed this month. Felt a bit like I went on a journey. Episode titles link to the shows discussed: 

Pop Culture Happy Hour 
November 1, 2021 

Aisha Harris has a great talk with writer Marya Gates about how she created Noirvember and what Noirs are essential viewing. It was fun to hear the origin story of an idea that quickly became a popular and essential part of November for classic film fans.

Speeding Bullitt: The Life and Films of Steve McQueen 
July 29, 2021 

I’m no car geek; basically I love a great movie car chase and a good looking vehicle and don’t think beyond that. I loved the details here about the cars in Bullitt (1968) though. It’s always fun to hear from a passionate expert.

Fade Out 
October 1, 2021 

I listened to this episode about Carole Lombard and her last film, To Be or Not to Be (1942) on a day when Twitter was aflame after a particularly bad take about classic film actresses. While I wasn’t too bothered by it all, it was still nice to be reminded of this progressive, modern, foul-mouthed and generous star on that day.

Made for TV Mayhem 

As I knew nothing about Charles Bronson’s television work, I thought his recent 100th birthday was the perfect occasion to learn more about his small screen career. I like the selections here because they cover both his early and late work.

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