Sunday, January 31, 2016

Episode #74 - Ryland Walker Knight (The Awful Truth)

"I'm always seduced by language and curious how the word and image interact"

Can movies think? Or how could we think through the movies? Highly influenced by the work of Stanley Cavell, Ryland Walker Knight has explored the possibilities of thinking and language in cinema, whether it be a work from a beloved art house master or a brash and loud Hollywood blockbuster. Ryland discusses his childhood raised on double features, his critical work, his recent short film, Inside Voices, and his latest project, a video essay series exploring some of the imagery and hidden narratives in the work of Michael Mann (with a little help from Beach House). Finally, the two turn to The Awful Truth, and discuss how Le McCarey's attention to how voices sound and bodies move create some of its most indelible humor, and intelligent insights.

0:00-2:22 Opening
2:56-12:16  Establishing Shots - A War and 13 Hours
13:02-50:52 Deep Focus - Ryland Walker Knight
51:10-53:21 Sponsorship Section
54:04-1:04:18 Double Exposure - The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey)
1:04:22-1:06:00 Close
Check out Ryland's Posts on MUBI Notebook and The House Next Door, as well as his website. Watch his shorts Inside Voices and Headlands. View the Mann Sparks project.
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Notes and Links from the Conversation
—This episode was recorded before the passing of Jacques Rivette. The following episode will be exclusively dedicated to the filmmaker.
—Danny Kasman posts thoughts on 13 Hours
—The UC Theatre
—Mubi's Fantasy Double Feature Poll
—UC Berkeley's Rhetoric Department
Stanley Cavell
—Cavell's Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage
On Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and The Lone Ranger
Critical Precepts for the Writer
—At Crossroads 2015
—We talked to Matías Piñeiro on Episode #52
—On Michael Mann's Blackhat
—A discussion on Public Enemies
—Ryland's original Miami Vice review and his longer consideration for Reverse Shot
—Ryland recaps LOST

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