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May 19, 2023

Our Special Subject this month is the films of Jacqueline Audry, a fairly recently rediscovered postwar French director. We watched all of the films we could find with English subtitles: Gigi (1949), Olivia (1951), Huis clos/No Exit (1954), and Les petits matins/Hitch-Hike (1962). From literary adaptations of some strong and scandalous material to an unusually gentle New Wave comedy, these films reveal a director who tackles the erotic frankly but not uncritically. We also have a Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto segment this week, in which we share our wildly divergent opinions on the Bob Fosse musical Sweet Charity. Can Shirley MacLaine do what Daniel Day-Lewis could not and save this unnecessary musical adaptation of a Fellini movie?

Time Codes:

0h 00m 45s:      Introducing Jacqueline Audry & Colette

0h 15m 49s:      GIGI (1949) [dir. Jacqueline Audry]

0h 31m 28s:      OLIVIA (1951) [dir. Jacqueline Audry]

0h 53m 14s:      HUIS CLOS (1954) [dir. Jacqueline Audry]

1h 03m 43s:      LES PETITS MATINS  (1962) [dir. Jacqueline Audry]     

1h 07m 01s:      Fear and Moviegoing in Toronto – Sweet Charity (1969) by Bob Fosse



* 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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