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We head to sea with the 8th Best Picture winner, Frank Lloyd’s colonial drama, Mutiny on the Bounty. Featuring lead performances from Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, this adaptation of Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall’s book tells the true story* of the HMS Bounty and its occupants as they travail across the oceans to Tahiti in search of some plants.
Co-hosts Dave and Andrew talk about the social relevance of this drama, while also reflecting on the timeless qualities of this tale, ultimately leading to the eternal question of the podcast: does Mutiny on the Bounty still matter?
1945 Academy Award Best Picture Nominee: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock) – Awards Don't Matter –
Awards Don't Matter
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For some reason, the last Alfred Hitchcock film to be nominated for Best Picture is his 1945 psychological thriller, Spellbound. Featuring an early performance from Gregory Peck, and another lead performance from Ingrid Bergman, Spellbound was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and winning the Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Oscar for Miklós Rózsa.
While co-hosts Dave and Andrew could have gone the easy route by discussing Mildred Pierce, a much more worthy Best Picture nominee (and deserving winner too), they instead digest how psychology is presented by Hitchcock, how to present a good amnesia film, while also being surprised by the fun of the film.
Spoilers abound for The Yearling too.
Clips presented in this episode: Spellbound trailer // Liverwurst scene // Therapy Scene
Follow the hosts on social media at the links below:
Andrew F Peirce – @TheCurbAU
David Giannini – @Darnthatdave
Awards Don’t Matter – @AwardsDontPod
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