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Aug 29, 2019

Welcome to the first installment of Fear & Moviegoing in Toronto! This time out, it’s part one of our mammoth conversation covering Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg’s inspired 1930s collaborations. We saw the films as part of The TIFF Lightbox’s recently concluded retrospective, Insolent Enigma/Arrogant Auteur.  Join us as we feel our way toward a critical counternarrative to the anemic analyses which have plagued the skin-deep celebration of this cinematic septet for too long. (Much of our discussion takes place in dialogue with Andrew Sarris’ 1960s monograph The Films of Josef von Sternberg.)  


Time Codes:

0h 1m 00s:       Preamble

0h 22m 27s:     The Blue Angel

0h 46m 00s:     Morocco

1h 15m 43s:     Dishonored

1h 48m 30s:     Shanghai Express

2h 11m 23s:    Listener Mail with Todd Murry


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