Two very different films from two different eras and two different countries. Firstly, the 1935 French historical comedy La Kermesse Heroique (Carnival In Flanders) starring Francoise Rosay and Jean Murat, then we go to America in 1988 for Oliver Stone's Talk Radio, starring and written by Eric Bogosian. The only thing they have in common is that they're both really, really good.
For 189 I look at the 1848 MGM musical biopic Words And Music starring Mickey Rooney, Tom Drake and Janet Leigh. I also look at the straightwashing of Lorenz Hart, the subject of the biopic and how Hollywood totally ignored the facts of his life.
This time around, it's 1970s porno chic and the social context around it. Deep Throat, Behind The Green Door and The Devil In Miss Jones legitimised adult cinema for a time and changed the way adult entertainment was perceived for all time.
We go from the most unusual gunfight in cinema history with Dalton Trumbo's Terror In A Texas Town (1958) starring Sterling Hayden to from 1958 as well a cute little British comedy about a rundown fleapit cinema, The Smallest Show On Earth starring Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna.
This time around, it's Scottish villages and the Jersey Shore in the 1950s. We start with the 1983 British comedy Local Hero starring Peter Riegert, Burt Lancaster and Peter Capaldi, then we go to 1996 for Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub and Isabella Rosellini in Big Night. I also offer my thoughts on the death of podcasting friend and good human being, Vince Rotolo.
This time it's a 1958 drama set on the Riviera, Otto Preminger's Bonjour Tristesse starring Jean Seberg, Deborah Kerr and David Niven, then a savage 1969 satire on advertising and politics, Robert Downey Senior's Putney Swope starring Arnold Johnson.
This time around it's Frank Perry's 1972 look at the downside of Hollywood, Play It As It Lays starring Tuesday Weld and Tony Perkins then we go to 1956 for an early Stanley Kubrick film noir, The Killing, starring Sterling Hayden and Marie Windsor.
For this one we go from 1975 apartheid South Africa for the political action thriller The Wilby Conspiracy starring Michael Caine, Sidney Poitier and Nichol Williamson (who steals the flick) to 1950s St Tropez for Roger Vadim's scandalous and sensuous ...And God Created Woman, starring Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jurgens and Jean-Louise Trintingnant. Bureau of State Security versus Bardot doing the mambo.
This time around, it's ancient Rome circa 1959 and 1960. First to 1959 for William Wyler's epic flick of leprosy and horse-racing, Ben-Hur starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd and Jack Hawkins, then we go to a tale of slavery, oysters and snails for Stanley Kubrick's 1960 Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons.
This time around I look at Fred Schepsi's 1989 historical drama The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith starring Tom E. Lewis and Ray Barrett, then to 1956 for a great little action flick, Run For The Sun starring Richard Widmark, Jane Greer and Trevor Howard.