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Jan 12, 2024

This Lilli Palmer Acteurist Oeuvre-view episode tackles two more films made with leftist colleagues, Elliott Nugent's My Girl Tisa, a Popular Front-style tale of early 20th century immigrants and the American Dream, and Lewis Milestone’s quirky, stylistically inventive comedy No Minor Vices (written by Arnold Manoff). We also watched François Villiers' fascinating Hans le Marin (also known as Wicked City), a vehicle for Maria Montez co-starring and co-written by her husband, Jean-Pierre Aumont, which Elise considers the Frenchest movie she's ever seen; Palmer co-stars as the Romani rival to Aumont's obsession. And in our Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto segment, we talk about Kira Muratova's The Long Farewell (1971), a saga of the tormenting love between a mother and her teenage son, told in a distinctive style that did not find favour with the Soviet authorities during the Brezhnev era. 

Time Codes:

0h 00m 45s:      MY GIRL TISA (1948) [dir. Elliott Nugent]

0h 25m 40s:      NO MINOR VICES (1948) [dir. Lewis Milestone]

0h 41m 02s:      HANS LE MARIN aka THE WICKED CITY (1949) [dir. François Villiers]

0h 57m 41s:      Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto – The Long Farewell (1971) directed by Kira Muratova

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* 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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