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Sep 16, 2022

In Part 2 of our look at The German Sirk, the director discovers "cinematic values" with two unhinged melodramas that place a strong emphasis on music, Schlußakkord (Final Chord/Final Accord), from 1936, and La Habanera, from 1937. We dig into a couple of Sirk's complicated "villains" in these movies about extra-marital love triangles, and discuss La Habanera's Nazi propaganda overtones and the ways in which the film possibly subverts them. Then, in our Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto segment, we give our impressions of Alfred Hitchcock's deeply personal, disturbing, and bonkers Marnie, an old favourite of Elise's and new favourite of Dave's. 


Time Codes:

0h 1m 00s:      THE FINAL CHORD (1936) aka THE FINAL ACCORD

0h 32m 51s:    CHEATED BY THE WIND (1937) aka LA HABANERA

0h 51m 49s:    Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto – Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie (1964)



* 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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