Sunday, June 23, 2024

Episode 585: Mrs. Miniver

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This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we continue our Best Picture Movie Series with the William Wyler 1942 war drama Mrs. Miniver! We also talk about the Apes franchise, the new Gollum prequel and we raise a glass to the late-great Roger Corman!

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– Franchises / Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes / Gollum Prequel (2:24)
We begin the show this week by, you guessed it, talking further about the franchising of Hollywood with the recent news of a new Gollum prequel movie that will be directed by and star Andy Serkis. We talk about why that’s an odd choice even if we love Serkis as an actor. However; the conversation spins to franchises on the whole and we once again bring up Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes as one of the best doing it right now.

– Roger Corman (32:31)
Roger Corman may not be a household name, but his influence during a pivotal era of Hollywood is unmatched, making him one of the most important figures in cinema history. We don’t get Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola, and many others without Corman. His passing is sad, however there is plenty to celebrate and we add our voices of praise to the choir. 

RELATED: Listen to Episode 516 of the InSession Film Podcast where we discussed our Top 10 Movies of 2023!

– Best Picture Movie Series: Mrs. Miniver (53:03)
We continue our Best Picture Movie Series in the 1940s with William Wyler’s Oscar-winning film Mrs Miniver. There is a fascinating conversation to be had about this film regarding its production and what we see on-screen. Given its subject matter, and the tension of WWII, the film went on to garner 12 Oscar-nominations, including five for acting, and winning a bunch of them along the way. It hit the zeitgeist in a visceral way that no other movie had in 1942. Some might see it as propaganda, but we do our best to push back against that a little bit and talk about why the film works great on its own terms, especially inside the context of what was at stake in 1942.

– Music
Gollum’s Song – Emiliana Torrini
Mrs. Miniver Main Theme – Herbert Stothart

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InSession Film Podcast – Episode 585

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Best Picture Movie Series: Casablanca

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JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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