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Nov 25, 2022

Our November Special Subject is Sirk Noir-vember: four noir or noir-adjacent movies directed by Douglas Sirk in the late 1940s/early 50s: Lured (1947), Sleep, My Love (1948), Shockproof (1949), and Thunder on the Hill (1951). We discuss to what extent these films can be considered "auteur" works and in what ways they qualify as noirs; Sirk's use of actor personas and his own "acteur" theory; the relative merits of Sam Fuller's and Harry Cohn's ideas about how to end a movie; nun movie tropes; and much more. 

Time Codes:

0h 1m 00s:        Sirk in Hollywood

0h 6m 34s:        LURED (1947) [dir. Douglas Sirk]

0h 31m 54s:      SLEEP, MY LOVE (1948) [dir. Douglas Sirk]

0h 45m 02s:      SHOCKPROOF (1949) [dir. Douglas Sirk]

0h 57m 39s:      THUNDER ON THE HILL (1951) [dir. Douglas Sirk]



* 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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