Movie Meltdown: Cinematic Meandering with Ann Hall
This week we welcome Dr. Ann Hall, Chair Comparative Humanities at University of Louisville, who not only teaches about film, but has also been a movie fan pretty much her whole life. So together we embark on our usual conversational trajectory as we bounce around from topics like… the old Hollywood publicity machine to favorite holiday movies. We also address the role of women in film in general to more specifically – the role of women in horror films. Plus a lot of other random discussions along the way. And before we’re done, someone in the cast tells us how – this one time… they met Bill Murray.
And as we all leisurely lounge in a bathtub full of milk, we also mention… the Hays code, Tex Avery cartoons, Cecil B. DeMille, Turn of the Screw, Florence Lawrence, Rosemary’s Baby, associated with the lowbrow medium… like film, Sigourney Weaver, celebrity magazines, she began as a flapper, It’s a Wonderful Life, clean up her act, Miracle at St. Anna, babysitters, spectacle vs. story, Joan Crawford, The Others, Die Hard, visual literacy, Babette’s Feast, we were hiding from the trick-or-treaters, old soda ads, The Conjuring, CG creating new celebrity performances, idealizing children, Nosferatu, Avalon, Carrie Underwood is Julie Andrews, a teaching conundrum, North by Northwest, manager their image, Claudette Colbert, was called box office poison, Mildred Pierce, In Cold Blood, Laura Mulvey essay, Ira Levin, he looked a little like John Hurt’s Elephant Man, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Shadow of the Vampire, Torch Song Trilogy, attuned to beauty, Chris Evans, Bad Santa, always looking for patterns, what have you done to it’s eyes, right of refusal with scripts, Katharine Hepburn, soda ads, Get Out, people that live in it… don’t seem to live, an American success story, brows, cheekbones, lips and hair, The Innocents, the way that women are treated in different types of media, The Sign of the Cross, soap ads, the biograph girl and clerics on consultancy.
“…it wasn’t meant to be… provocative… and I think they got a little carried away!”