Sunday, September 21, 2014

Episode #46 - Karina Longworth (Wanda)

"One of the things that keeps me excited is figuring out who these people were and where they were in their lives when they were making these things that mean so much to me."

Peter doesn't listen to many other film podcasts, but one of his joys this year has been the transporting mysteries of You Must Remember This, hosted by former LA Weekly critic Karina Longworth. Karina discusses how her interest in writing about Hollywood's golden era brought her from the throes of academic writing to the world of online film writing and finally to her new podcast. The two also discuss her books on the careers on Al Pacino and Meryl Street, and her latest text, Hollywood Frame by Frame, which investigates the ins and outs of contact sheets. Finally, the two examine Barbara Loden's singular feminist triumph, Wanda, and how this tragic film explores the psychology of an "ordinary woman." Plus, an brief on the rarities from this year's CineCon, including films by John Ford and Allan Dwan.

0:00-1:50 Opening
2:45-7:18 Establishing Shots - CineCon
8:04-53:50 Deep Focus - Karina Longworth
57:03-1:10:00 Double Exposure - Wanda (Barbara Loden)
1:10:03-1:11:41 Close
Listen to Karina Longworth on You Must Remember This, and purchase her books Hollywood Frame by Frame, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, and George Lucas. Read her work on LA Weekly, Grantland, and Slate.
Follow Karina on Twitter here
Wanda has been released on DVD, but it is currently out of print.
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Notes and Links from the Conversation
-Information on CineCon
-An excerpt on Human Cargo from Frederic Lombardi's book on Allan Dwan
-NYU's Cinema Studies program
-A 2008 symposium on online film criticism, hosted by Cineaste.
-The strange story of Kim's Video
-New Beverly and Cinefamily
-A recent column by Nick Pinkerton on the final closing of Kim's.
-"As Time Goes By" from Casablanca
-Episodes on Bogart and Bacall
-The Margaret Herrick Library
-Judy Garland and Stonewall
-Otto Friedrich's City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's
-The Loves of Howard Hughes
-1938: Motion Picture's Greatest Year
-Kay Francis and Ida Lupino
-The "Dunkaccinos" scene from Jack & Jill
-More on Marcia Lucas
-A scene from John and Mary
-A scene of Barbara Loden in Splendor in the Grass
-Karina on the restoration of Loden's Wanda
-Amy Seimetz interview on Sun Don't Shine
-The new Girlfriend Experience television show

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