Podcasts Steven Benedict

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Steven Benedict is a well-known radio broadcaster, college lecturer, writer, producer, and director of films and documentaries.

Episodes

  • 401. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    401. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    16/02/2020

    For my final podcast, I look at how Steven Spielberg effectively remade his first feature, Firelight to deliver a message of hope. The post 401. Close Encounters of the Third Kind appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • 400. The 400 Blows

    400. The 400 Blows

    09/02/2020

    In January 1954, Francois Truffaut wrote a landmark essay on film criticism. Five years later, he put his theory into practice and cinema never been the same since. The post 400. The 400 Blows appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • 399. The Irishman

    399. The Irishman

    02/02/2020

    The gangster genre is dominated by men, but in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman the most important position is held by a woman who utters barely a dozen words. The post 399. The Irishman appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • Rome, Open City

    Rome, Open City

    26/01/2020

    Rome Open City began filming as Auschwitz was liberated and Roberto Rossellini's film marks a crucial step in the creation of art in the wake of the Holocaust. The post Rome, Open City appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • L’Avventura

    L’Avventura

    12/01/2020

    With this modernist masterpiece, Michelangelo Antonioni told a story that abandoned its initial plot. Booed at Cannes, it paved the way for a new cinematic form. The post L’Avventura appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • 394. Amarcord

    394. Amarcord

    29/12/2019

    Like many Fellini films, Amarcord is a contradiction; an account of his youth yet a complete fabrication, a vivid realisation of the past, but also a dream. The post 394. Amarcord appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • City Lights

    City Lights

    22/12/2019

    Four years after the advent of sound in cinema, Charlie Chaplin insisted on making a silent movie the entire plot for which hinged on not being able to see. The post City Lights appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • Un prophète

    Un prophète

    15/12/2019

    This French masterpiece avoids all the clichés of American prison films while at the same time bearing an uncanny similarity to a 1960s' Japanese action picture. The post Un prophète appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • WALL•E

    WALL•E

    08/12/2019

    Twenty-one feature films, $14b at the worldwide box-office and 15 Oscars. If you ever wondered about the secret of Pixar's success, read their mission statement. The post WALL•E appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    01/12/2019

    In Agnes Varda's classic, Corrine Marchand plays one woman; happy Cléo and anxious Florence, walking about Paris in real time awaiting her medical results. The post Cléo from 5 to 7 appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • The Insider

    The Insider

    24/11/2019

    Whether it be ethically, legally, politically, geographically or even chemically, Michael Mann's multi-Oscar nominated picture is about crossing the line. The post The Insider appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • Incendies

    Incendies

    17/11/2019

    In adapting Wajdi Mouawad’s play, Denis Villeneuve used two time lines to push the past against the present and ask if suffering is the only outcome of war. The post Incendies appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • Ten

    Ten

    03/11/2019

    Master auteur, Abbas Kiarostami forged his career by defying conventional film grammar to successfully find new ways of presenting the human condition. The post Ten appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • Gomorrah

    Gomorrah

    20/10/2019

    Matteo Garrone's adaptation of Roberto Saviano's book on the Neapolitan camorra smacks down the innumerable movies that have marketed the Mafia mythology. The post Gomorrah appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • Notorious

    Notorious

    13/10/2019

    Forget Vertigo. Alfred Hitchcock's greatest film is Notorious. With his usual McGuffin, he wrapped a paranoid love story inside an espionage thriller about genocide. The post Notorious appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • A Separation

    A Separation

    06/10/2019

    Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning divorce drama delivers a story that is specific to a particular time and place yet also manages to resonate on a universal level. The post A Separation appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • Singin’ in the Rain

    Singin’ in the Rain

    29/09/2019

    Almost seventy years young, this Hollywood masterpiece remains in perfect condition and for our modern age, offers up unexpected and pertinent meaning. The post Singin’ in the Rain appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • Ugetsu Monogatari

    Ugetsu Monogatari

    22/09/2019

    Adapted from three different sources, Kenji Mizoguchi's masterpiece owes a great debt of gratitude to cinematographer, Kazuo Miyagawa. The post Ugetsu Monogatari appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    08/09/2019

    Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d'Or for his unflinching drama about a single day in the lives of two young women. The post 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days appeared first on Steven Benedict.

  • Mindhunter

    Mindhunter

    01/09/2019

    Mindhunter marks the fourth time David Fincher has depicted serial-killers. Far from resorting to tired clichés, with the second season he has again broken new ground. The post Mindhunter appeared first on Steven Benedict.

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