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‘This is why I’m obsessed with movies’ – Dave
We reach a monumental moment in the history of the Academy Awards: the first film not in the English language to be nominated for Best Picture.
This is Jean Renoir’s masterpiece, Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion). Nominated solely for Best Picture, this masterful film encompasses the war movement in 1914, following captive French soldiers and their engagement with enemy forces. Find out why this one in particular matters more than most.
Read Roger Ebert’s piece in Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion) here.
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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