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Ep. 403: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) – AntiTrash 2021

January 28th, 2021

Bonjour dear listeners! We have arrived at the final week of AntiTrash 2021, and in doing so, we also arrive in the modern era of filmmaking as we discuss one of the most beloved and lauded French films of recent years — Portrait of a Lady on Fire or Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu. Céline Sciamma's costume drama of a painter and her subject who draw near to one another over a brief encounter. This week, we're discussing the gaze, the poignant deep-seeded meanings of the film, the intertextual meanings of Orpheus, and much more. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

04:52 - Quick Portrait of a Lady on Fire Reviews

14:13 - Expanding the Syllabus

32:50 - Analysis

1:06:28 - Shelf or Trash

1:08:04 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film


Ep. 402: The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) - AntiTrash 2021

January 21st, 2021

Welcome one and all to the third chapter in our AntiTrash 2021 journey through La République as we take a look at Carl Th. Dreyer's silent masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) from 1928. Centered on an iconic performance by Renee Falconetti, Dryer tells the story of the young martyr Joan of Arc. The film was released just a few years following the canonization of Joan by the Catholic church. We discuss Dreyer's intentions, the film theory of photogenie, the portrayal of Joan and her trial, and much more as we dive into this classic from France. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

08:59 - Quick Passion of Joan of Arc Reviews

26:02 - Expanding the Syllabus

42:59 - Analysis

1:15:18 - Shelf or Trash

1:16:02 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 401: The Rules of the Game (1939) - AntiTrash 2021

January 14th, 2021

Bonjour and welcome back for Week 2 of our Viva La France AntiTrash 2021 Marathon! That's right, we continue pushing our way through the French canon with Jean Renoir's lauded 1939 masterclass, The Rules of the Game or Le Régle du Je\u. This week, we discuss his influential style, keeping up appearances, the look at class, and the interwar context of this upstairs-downstairs comedy.


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

03:32 - Quick The Rules of the Game Reviews

17:47 - Expanding the Syllabus

37:41 - Analysis

58:20 - Shelf or Trash

59:54 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep.400: The 400 Blows (1959) - AntiTrash 2021

January 7th, 2021

Bonjour! And welcome to our 2021 AntiTrash Marathon celebrating French cinéma, Viva la France!

We kick things off on Episode 400 with the aptly titled The 400 Blows (Le Quatre Cent Coups) from the lauded French New Wave director and critic François Truffaut. 

This week, as we take a look at a troubled French youth, we discuss destiny, decisions, the French New Wave, the style of The 400 Blows and much, much more. 

So, thank you for 400 Episodes! And tune in now as we start a brief dive into French film.


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

06:52 - Quick The 400 Blows Reviews

19:23 - Expanding the Syllabus

34:51 - Analysis

1:06:13 - Shelf or Trash

1:07:34 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film


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