All Movie Talk, Episode 9

Posted in Episodes at 5:00 am by Sam

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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Show Notes:

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.

The Prestige stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, with great supporting turns by Michael Caine and David Bowie.

You can also read Stephen’s review of The Prestige for more discussion about the movie. He’s still disappointed Ricky Jay was barely in the movie.

Trivia Question: United Artists

Two of the first movie stars were Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, who started the production company United Artists in 1919, along with two other big movie players of the era.

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

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

Director Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s films:

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.

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  1. wintermute (157) said,

    November 28, 2006 at 9:00 am

    Trying not to give anything away, what I didn’t get about the feud in The Prestige was how it started. I mean, shouldn’t it have been obvious what had been done? Surely the two possibilities are going to be identifiable…

    There. I hope that’s intelligible.

  2. Rifty (64) said,

    August 19, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    I just sat down and watched Amelie.

    That was pretty much the most PHENOMENAL. MOVIE. EVER.

    Thank you thank you thank you for recommending it. I don’t think I would ever have watched it without this podcast.

    … wow.


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