All Movie Talk, Episode 51

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

Show contents, with start times:

  • Film Style Spotlight: Classic Westerns (2:49)
  • Trivia Question: The Terror of Tiny Town (18:42)
  • Film Buff’s Dictionary: Cinematographer / Director of Photography (19:14)
  • Top 6: Performances By Directors (24:46)
  • Director Spotlight: Howard Hawks (49:57)
  • Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (66:14)

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Show Notes:

Film Style Spotlight: Classic Westerns


Trivia Question: The Terror of Tiny Town


Film Buff’s Dictionary: Cinematographer / Director of Photography


Top 6: Performances By Directors

See our separate Top 6 entry for more information about our picks.

Director Spotlight: Howard Hawks


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  1. Jeffrey (84) said,

    September 18, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Er, where’s the download link for the podcast?

  2. Sam (405) said,

    September 18, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Er. Download link. Right.

  3. Sam (405) said,

    September 18, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    …And now I discover that I edited in the introduction for episode 52, rather than the one for 51. Uh. So I took the episode down again. Stand by for the fixed version.

  4. Sam (405) said,

    September 18, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    …And it’s back.


    If you already listened to it, you no doubt figured out that the introduction didn’t match the rest of the episode’s content. That’s because I was an idiot and edited in next week’s intro for this week’s episode. Download a replacement anyway. Then you’ll get the correct introduction, complete with our weekly lame gag.

  5. Nyperold (116) said,

    September 18, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    I’ll go ahead and say what I just said in Chat, for the benefit of those who weren’t there:

    “Actually, what’s really funny is when I went to start it, I didn’t actually select the new episode like I thought I did, so what came up was the intro to episode 22, and I thought you were having a little fun with us.

    But then I selected the right episode, and it actually was the wrong intro.”

  6. Nyperold (116) said,

    September 18, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    “Oh! Actually, first I was waiting for Stephen to interrupt and tell us what episode it really was.”

  7. Rifty (64) said,

    September 19, 2007 at 5:35 am

    I was more amused by the fact that at the end of the ep, Sam says they aren’t going to tell us what’s in the next episode, because it’s the last one, except that they already told us at the beginning. That amused me.

    And yeah, I thought it was a gag as well, and Stephen was going to interrupt with one of those kinds of things.


  8. Outatime (13) said,

    September 19, 2007 at 6:24 am

    ya know, Napoleon Dynomite is actually set in present day. There’s a couple clues that have current dates on them, also the songs are slightly new. It’s just funny that this town, way out in nowheresville, is so out of touch and behind the times.

    I’m glad you got to talk a little about Rio Bravo. I resently watched it for the first time. And then watched it 2 more times in a row. I don’t know why, but it’s just so…pleasing… to the eye.. to the mind… to the ears… Dean Martin at his best… John Wayne, not being a jerk for once… Feathers… Stumpy… And the singing scene with Martin and Nelson, i could watch over and over…

  9. Sam (405) said,

    September 19, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Rifty: Man, don’t rub it in. I’m still so mad at myself.

  10. Ferrick (140) said,

    September 19, 2007 at 10:54 am

    This one wasn’t showing up on iTunes last night. I’ll check again tonight but wanted to let you know in case it needed to be loaded again (or however it works with iTunes).

  11. Ferrick (140) said,

    September 19, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Of course, it may be that it wasn’t showing up because you were replacing things. But I felt it was late enough at night that you were done with the loading. Anyway. Please disregard if it is there now. I will just curl up in the corner and suck my thumb until I can leave for home to download it.

  12. K.T. Slager (55) said,

    September 26, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Still haven’t caught up and finished this episode yet, but…

    I was a little disappointed to hear the cinematographers and directors in the Film Buff’s Dictionary section continually referred to as “guys” and so forth. Yes, there are quite a few men in the industry, but I am finding increasingly more women working in those roles as well. That’s just what I automatically kept thinking, since I am a female filmmaker.

  13. Sam (405) said,

    September 27, 2007 at 10:58 am

    We were using “guys” in a generic sense and didn’t mean to imply there aren’t increasing numbers of women accomplished in this field as well.

    Tangent: But yeah, most them are indeed men. The percentage is astonishing and disheartening. In response to the closing of Episode 52, where we talk about things we didn’t get to talk about in the podcast’s run, a friend of mine said that she was disappointed we didn’t get to any Director Spotlights about women. Then, thinking about it, I had to stretch to come up with viable possibilities. Sofia Coppola might be my favorite female director and worthy of a spotlight, though she’s only made three movies, but who else? I like Penny Marshall, but I don’t know what I have to say about her. I loathe the films of Jane Campion and Patricia Rozema. Our fellow commenter joem18b is fond of mentioning Ida Lupino, who is worth spotlighting for her biography, but who’s seen any of her movies? Elaine May is one I like, though her career is sadly known most for the one colossal failure that ended it. (I’m still waiting for the restored director’s cut of A New Leaf.) Even mourning our missed shot at Sofia Coppola, we also missed Kurosawa, Huston, Wyler, Ozu, and Cassavetes, far greater omissions. (Inexplicably, we got Jeunet. How did THAT work out??)

    Obviously it’s not that women can’t do these jobs. It’s that they so rarely get the chance. If one director in a thousand is great, you’re lucky to find any great female directors at all. That seems to be changing but changing so slowly. I don’t know why Hollywood is so much slower to admit more women into the ranks as so many other industries. Directors are still something like 99% men. And unlike, say, my own profession, software engineering, that’s not because the percentage of men and women studying for those careers is similarly lopsided. What’s going on here?

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