Sunday, May 15, 2016

Episode #79 - Thomas Doherty (Out of the Past)

"Never be superior to the text. You just know some stuff because you were born later."

History is a malleable object, and how we understand the past begins with important events, speeches, documents, and objects, and then the connections we make between them. But movies can tell us just as much about the past, and for Professor Thomas Doherty, the story of Hollywood is very much the story of American culture. Doherty sat down with Peter during the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference to discuss how he found his way into the emerging field of film history, and his interest in everything from teenage exploitation films to "the most important man in Hollywood" who had his hands of every studio film. They explore the morality of history, and how one examines "characters" of the past and understanding their perspective (especially when it's their relationship with the Third Reich). Finally, the two look at the ultimate film noir, Out of the Past, and question how and why this seemingly frivolous B-movie has risen to an all time canonical classic.

0:00-2:59 Opening
3:50-10:56 Establishing Shots — Terence Davies's Sunset Song
11:41-1:00:55 Deep Focus — Thomas Doherty
1:02:11-1:04:58 Sponsorship Section
1:05:52-1:22:22 Double Exposure — Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur)
1:22:26-1:24:04 Close
Learn more about Thomas Doherty, and read his books: Teenage & Teenpics, Pre-Code Hollywood, Hollywood's Censor, and Hollywood and Hitler. A list of his Cineaste reviews can be found in the index here.
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Notes and Links from the Conversation
Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
Eielson Air Force Base
—Expericing cinema in South Korea
—More about the re-release of "The Hitchcock Five"
—More on Iowa faculty John Raeburn and Sherman Paul
—Trailer for I Was a Teenage Werewolf
—"Toward. And Away From. An Aesthetic of Popular Culture"
Cinefantastique Magazine and its history
—On American Sniper
—On Spotlight
—Richard Maltby explains some of the history of emerging Pre-Code scholarship
Our Movie Made Children (1934), from the Payne Fund Studies
—Raymond Fielding's The American Newsreel, 1911-1967
—Ben Urwand's The Collaboration
—Doherty's response to The Collaboration
—Two responses from David Denby and Farran Nehme-Smith
Murder, My Sweet

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