Show contents, with start times:
- Second Take: The Prestige (1:23)
- Trivia Question: United Artists (9:00)
- Best of the Year: 1940-1949 (9:44)
- Film Buff’s Dictionary: Smash Cut (20:17)
- Top 6: Directorial Debuts (23:43)
- Director Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Jeunet (43:07)
- Closing: Trivia Answer, Preview of Next Week (56:57)
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Second Take: The Prestige
Both Sam and Stephen enjoyed The Prestige, the latest film by Christopher Nolan, though we don’t feel it’s quite up to his best works. We talked about Nolan’s career in our very first episode, so you’ll want to hear that if you haven’t yet.
Trivia Question: United Artists
Best of the Year: 1940-1949
Film Buff’s Dictionary: Smash Cut
The smash cut is a cut whose purpose is to be startling to the viewer. The transition between shots is abrupt, drawing attention to the cut and shaking things up. The German documentarian Leni Riefenstahl helped pioneer its use.
Some famous examples include the abrupt cuts to black in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980), and any scene where a knife is about to stab somebody and then the film cuts to a kitchen knife chopping meat.
Top 6: Directorial Debuts
Director Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s films:
- Delicatessen (1991)
- The City of Lost Children (1995)
- Alien: Resurrection (1997, but did not really happen)
- Amelie (2001)
- A Very Long Engagement (2004)
- Life of Pi (upcoming)
Jeunet collaborated with Marc Caro on several of his early films. Jeunet’s films feature a sort of dark whimsy, in which strange themes are often presented in a sort of lighthearted way. Jeunet also loves Rube Goldberg devices, complicated contraptions that perform simple tasks.