Masters Of Cinema Cast

Tom Jennings and Joakim Thiesen discuss the films released by The Masters of Cinema Series (not affiliated).

~~ Episode 29 - Erle C. Kenton’s Island of Lost Souls ~~

We return with a look at Erle C. Kentons Island of Lost Souls with special guest James Marsh.


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~~Episode 27 - Al Reinert’s For All Mankind ~~w/ Marilyn Ferdinand

We return with special guest Marilyn Ferdinand to discuss Al Reinert’s For All Mankind.

From Masters of Cinema:

”During the Apollo lunar missions from 1968 to 1972, those onboard were given 16mm cameras and told to film anything and everything they could, in space, in orbit, and on the surface of the moon itself. Two decades later, filmmaker Al Reinert went into the NASA vaults to create this extraordinary compendium of their journeys and experiences.

Assembled from hundreds of hours of the astronauts’ own footage, with a soundtrack made up of their memories and a specially composed score by Brian Eno, the film takes the form of one journey to the moon and back again, building with elegant simplicity and exquisite construction to create an overpowering vision of human endeavour and miraculous experience.

At once intimate and awe-inspiring, For All Mankind is a genuinely mesmerising first-hand document of one of the high points of the 20th century. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this beautiful high-definition restoration of the film for its UK home viewing première in a comprehensive, director-approved special edition.”

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~~ Episode 26 - Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer ~~

On Episode 26 of the Masters of Cinema Cast Joakim and Tom discuss Antonio Campos’s 2012 film Simon Killer.

From Masters of Cinema:

'A deeply disturbing character study of a handsome and sociopathic American in Paris, writer-director Antonio Campos’s Simon Killer hones further the psychological perceptiveness and keen filmmaking craft exhibited in Campos’s acclaimed feature debut Afterschool. Brady Corbet (Melancholia, Thirteen, Martha Marcy May Marlene) plays Simon, a recent college graduate full of promise and potential, who goes to Paris to begin a trip around Europe following a break-up with a long-time girlfriend.

An outsider adrift upon a profound sense of loss, Simon takes solace in the company of Victoria (Mati Diop of35 Shots of Rum), a beautiful, young, and mysterious prostitute — and their fateful journey begins…Emotionally compelling and visually stunning, Simon Killer is an examination of casual brutality, profane sexuality, alienation, and desperation, all cut to a killer soundtrack that underscores the borderline psychotic fervor of Simon’s descent. ‘

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~~Episode 25 - Orson Welles’ F for Fake ~~

Its fair to say that Orson Welles didn’t have a great deal of luck when it came to Hollywood. If his films weren’t being reedited without his permission they were being shelved and cancelled all around him. Eventually moving to Europe Welles could have spent the rest of his life sulking; only he had better things to do, make more films.

F  for Fake is something of an odiity even by Welles’ standards. A kind of film within a film, F for Fake is an exploration of art and film itself and before anyone says anything no it is not pretentious.

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~~ Episode 23 - Fritz Lang’s Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse ~~

We return with the second of Fritz Lang’s Mabuse trilogy with a look at Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse. As ever we have enlisted some help to help us sound more intelligent and it is with great pleasure that Jaime Christley joins us to discuss the film and to drop the bombshell that Ministry of Fear is actually a good film!

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~~Episode 21 - Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Accattone ~~~

The Masters of Cinema Cast returns with one of the collections stalwarts Pier Paolo Pasolini with his debut feature Accattone.

In this episode Joakim is joined by filmmaker and journalist Bilge Ebiri to discuss what was once described as the beginning of the ‘second wave’ of Italian neo realism.

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~~ Episode Twenty - Quarter Two 2014 releases ~~

A new show in which have a chat about stuff and nonsense and a look at upcoming Masters of Cinema releases.

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~~ Episode 19 - Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish ~~

When it was announced Masters of Cinema were going to be including a Francis Ford Coppola film our initial hopes were of course Jack would be making appearance. Instead, we were graced with one of Coppola’s lesser known and discussed work Rumble Fish.

Made in a period when Coppola’s stock in Hollywood was low, Rumble Fish is one of the directors more personal stories. In this episode Joakim is joined by Scott Nye to share his thoughts on what Coppola himself has stated is one of his personal favorites.

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~~ Episode Eighteen - Will Success Ruin Rock Hunter? ~~

The show returns! Joakim doesn’t quite solo enlisting the help of blogger and all round film guru Peter Labuza. Their choice of Masters of Cinema release; Will Success Ruin Spoil Rock Hunter? Its a film that pokes fun at fame, Hollywood and popular culture and unlike Meet the Spartans actually does so in a way that is both funny and thought provoking.

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