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Gosh, after that rather well executed sojourn into darkness with Mutiny on the Bounty, it feels appropriate to give ourselves a break as we approach the classic romantic musical Top Hat. Nominated for Best Picture, and walking away with no Oscars at all, Mark Sandrich’s enduring dance film has weathered time and stands up as one of the most joyous films ever.
For Andrew, this is a repeat viewing, but for co-host Dave, this is a first watch. As such, we’re left wondering… does Top Hat still matter? The two discuss that question, and explore why the Academy is so afraid of rewarding comedy and joy at the ceremonies.
Make sure to check out Dave’s new podcast, Off Screen Death with co-host Michael Denniston.
1944 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Gaslight (George Cukor) – Awards Don’t Matter –
Awards Don't Matter
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Trigger Warning: This episode discusses instances of abuse, manipulation, and gaslighting.
We arrive at one of the films that Andrew was anticipating the most when coming to discussion Best Picture winners and nominees: George Cukor's thriller Gaslight. Starring Ingrid Bergman in one of her Oscar winning roles, alongside Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and Oscar nominee Angela Lansbury, this thriller is a film that coined a phrase that has become synonymous with a horrifying act of bruality that people enact on one another.
Co-hosts Dave and Andrew discuss the intensity of this powerful, enduring classic, while also discussing the morality of Joseph Cotten's heroic character, exploring the 'one perfect shot' aspect of the film, and theorising what kind of impact Gaslight might have had on the film industry if it won Best Picture. And then they wrap up deciding how to pronounce Dune.
Clips featured in this episode: A Wife's Revenge Scene // Gaslight trailer // Bloodthirsty Bessie Scene // You Think I'm Insane Scene
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