May 31, 2023

Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: May Round-up

A lot of my podcast listening this week involved subjects that connected to current day issues. From striking workers to the examination of Asian-American actors in Hollywood, it was a reminder that our history consistently flavors the present. Episode titles link to shows:

Little Gold Men by Vanity Fair 
May 11, 2023 

The discussion about Flower Drum Song (1961) which starts at about the 25-minute mark is a solid analysis of the film because it draws from the past and present state of Asian-American actors in Hollywood.

The Tinsel Factory: A Film History Podcast
May 14, 2023 

This is a fascinating history of the 1941 Disney animator’s strike of 1941, made more fascinating by the current WGA strike, which seems to be only the beginning of an industry-wide push for big change.
Rarified Heir
May 16, 2023 

The only child of Vincent Price, Victoria Price has always been a great storyteller when it comes to sharing her unusual childhood. While she spent a lot of time alone, she was deeply loved, and her famous father made her a priority as much as he was able. She does a great job telling that complicated tale here.

Just the Discs
May 15, 2023 

The concept of Brian Sauer’s podcast seems simple: he discusses new releases on disc, but the way he does it is what makes this show satisfying. He approaches each episode with the energy of a knowledgeable fan, so there’s always lots of great information about the film, but it’s shared in a friendly, accessible way. It’s a great resource for anyone looking to expand their physical media collection.

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