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Jan 26, 2024

For this week's Acteurist Oeuvre-view episode we watched two films pairing acteur Lilli Palmer with then-husband Rex Harrison. We discuss the potential relationship of thriller/courtroom drama The Long Dark Hall (1951) to the scandal plaguing their marriage at the time and consider The Four Poster (1952) as a "marriage film," and what it has to say about that social and spiritual state. And in a packed Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto segment, we talk about five films from the TIFF Cinematheque's “Alone in the Arena” series: Rounders (1998), When We Were Kings (1996), He Got Game (1998), Any Given Sunday (1999), and The Color of Money (1986). Elise reveals that one of these movies finally made her understand what it feels like to care about a sport. 

Time Codes:

0h 00m 45s:      THE LONG DARK HALL (1951) [dir. Anthony Bushell & Reginald Beck]

0h 20m 06s:      THE FOUR POSTER (1952) [dir. Irving Reis]

0h 37m 37s:      Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto – TIFF Cinémathèque’s “Alone in the Arena” series – Rounders (1998) by John Dahl, When We Were Kings (1996) by Leon Gast, He Got Game (1998) by Spike Lee, Any Given Sunday (1999) by Oliver Stone & The Color of Money (1986) by Martin Scorsese


* 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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