No dip into film history would be complete without a swim through New Wave. A movement born in France in the 1950s within the pages of the magazine Cahiers du Cinema – New Wave began when a group of adventurous film critics tried their hands at tearing down old concepts of film grammar and subjects and replacing them with kinetic, symbolic, and abstract examinations of social alienation, psychopathology, and sex! The French New Wave quickly (and, at times, not so quickly in some countries) caught on in countries across the globe, and filmmakers in dozens of countries took on the same revolutionary charge that began in France.
This episode, Corey chose The Entertainer (1960), adapted by John Osborne from his play and starring Laurence Olivier who originated the title character. The British New Wave is quite different from pretty much every other country’s, and Paul and Corey discuss why this may be the case and why The Entertainer perfectly encapsulates this theory. There’s so much to discuss: music hall, peeing next to Laurence Olivier, and the Suez Crisis/Second Arab-Israeli War/Tripartite Aggression/Sinai War!
This Month's Theme: New Wave
This Episode's Focus: The Entertainer (1960)
Host's Choice: Corey Pepper
Stream on Criterion Channel, HBO Max
Corey's Recipe Recommendations for This Episode: best fish and chips recipe and Bass ale shrimp
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