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Oct 21, 2022

In this week's Acteurist Oeuvre-view episode we arrive at arguably Jean Arthur's biggest year of stardom, 1939, with her appearance opposite Cary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings, Howard Hawks' ode to male professionalism, and her iconic performance in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, opposite Jimmy Stewart. We do our best to get at the essences of Hawks and Capra and consider whether Arthur can embody both the Hawksian and the Capra woman. And in our Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto segment, we discuss Jacques Rivette's Love on the Ground (1984) as a kind of inversion of his surrealist classic Celine and Julie Go Boating


Time Codes:

0h 1m 00s:        ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (1939) [dir. Howard Hawks]

0h 42m 44s:      MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) [dir. Frank Capra]

1h 26m 57s:      Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto – L’amour par terre  AKA Love on the Ground (1984)  by Jacques Rivette



* Listen to our guest episode on The Criterion Project – a discussion of Late Spring

* Marvel at our meticulously ridiculous Complete Viewing Schedule for the 2020s

* Intro Song: “Sunday” by Jean Goldkette Orchestra with the Keller Sisters (courtesy of The Internet Archive)

* Read Elise’s piece on Gangs of New York “Making America Strange Again”

* Check out Dave’s Robert Benchley blog – an attempt to annotate and reflect upon as many of the master humorist’s 2000+ pieces as he can locate – Benchley Data: A Wayward Annotation Project! 

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