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Film Gold

Film Gold

By Antony Rotunno
This is a deep dive into some of the host and the guests' favourite films, many of which we consider among the pinnacles of film achievement.
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Episode 19- Rocky (1976) and the sequels
The Rocky films, for better or worse, have become an instantly recognisable part of popular culture. The original 1976 film, as you will hear, went through a gradual period of evolution but Sylvester Stallone’s script was born in a unique time of ‘realistic’ Hollywood films. The finished product was an unlikely success and a marriage of this gritty realism and crowd-pleasing triumphalism, all against the backdrop of that most primal of sports, boxing. Antony is joined by fellow podcaster and Rocky fan Martin ‘Marv’ Quibell to deep dive mainly on the original film, but we also discuss and count down the 5 Rocky sequels up to 2006 (the more recent ‘Creed’ films are also mentioned in passing). So lace up your proverbial boxing gloves and enjoy! 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to contrafib2001@gmail.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 Antony's website (blog, music, podcasts) https://www.antonyrotunno.com links to Marv’s podcasts https://marvsmooth.podbean.com https://redcircle.com/shows/p2-podcast-blues-a-harrison-podcast show links The Rocky Saga (documentary) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLlupHLXgvU Stallone and Ali at the 1977 Oscars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3g7kclmm0I Bill Conti on composing for Rocky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKFEckIt-h8 Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (documentary on 1970s Hollywood) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqVzFEeMVOQ
01:22:07
September 08, 2022
Episode 18- Taxi Driver (1976)
Taxi Driver's master filmmaking and complex psychology have made it a key film in the classic 'Easy Riders/Raging Bulls' period dominated by the Hollywood of the 70s. Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and writer Paul Schrader were, in Schrader's words, 'all looking for something', and along came this script and story and they embarked on a filmic and personal journey that would become a landmark in American cinema. I'm joined to discuss this film by Jon Davenport, a film student and also creator of the 'Under The Covers' music podcast (link below) 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to antony@antonyrotunno.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 Antony's website (blog, music, podcasts) https://www.antonyrotunno.com show links Jon's podcast site and his 2020 discussion with Antony about John Lennon's best covers https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/under-the-covers-podcast/id1483627995 https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/best-john-lennon-covers-guest Taxi Driver commentary with Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep72KyEbUD Taxi Driver recut trailer (as a romcom- 2 trailers) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_UaVUPsLsM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeWnQbu3qwk Kino Corner you tube channel on Taxi Driver and A Clockwork Orange https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sa_GWPZ3as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NolDa75fPZE
01:35:32
July 15, 2022
Episode 17- Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Film analyst extraordinaire Rob Ager returns to 'Film Gold' podcast to help Antony pick through the many layers of the seminal 'zombie film' from 1968, which also has elements of horror & sci-fi and makes numerous comments on the society of the time  We go through the plot, characters and themes of the film, talk about its influence and throw in a couple of tangents along the way...   Links to Rob's work can be found below and there's also a link to the original uncut video version of this podcast, which includes footage of the film to complement the conversation   Enjoy!   'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms.   Feedback to antony@antonyrotunno.com   Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod  Twitter- @FilmGold75   Antony's website (blog, music, podcasts)  https://www.antonyrotunno.com  Rob's website and 3 you tube channels  http://www.collativelearning.com  https://www.youtube.com/user/robag88  https://www.youtube.com/user/robag555  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG0_...  Video version of this podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maAJmtHzTN8 show links The trailer and full film  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5Xwr...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ8ZK...  Rob's analysis of the film (see his website for information on the full version)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xb_D...  Further analysis of the film and its importance  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2nhV...
01:17:22
June 12, 2022
Episode 16- Rear Window (1954)
Alfred Hitchcock, The Master of Suspense, makes his first appearance on the podcast as we take a look at his 1954 ‘limited setting’ classic, starring Hitchcock regulars James Stewart and Grace Kelly in their only on-screen collaboration. Antony is joined by Matt Williamson, who has a highly recommended you tube channel called ‘Pop Goes The 60s’. Antony and Matt work through the plot and dive into the interesting themes around voyeurism, class, surveillance and movie watching (as voyeurism) itself Hope you enjoy it! 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to antony@antonyrotunno.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 Antony's website (blog, music, podcasts) https://www.antonyrotunno.com If you'd like to make a donation or get a monthly/yearly subscription across Antony's 3 podcasts, go to: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno show links Rear Window featurette https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGtJhaLUbHI Insightful essay on the film https://www.ukessays.com/essays/film-studies/alfred-hitchcocks-rear-window-film-studies-essay.php All Hitchcock’s cameos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okLiLsncyi0 Matt’s channel and our ‘Get Back’ deep dive https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvo1Jlu5WD67tgDaaUVLlgg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t_ttqmFzsU
01:05:08
March 28, 2022
Episode 15- Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1975)
For this episode, we take our first (but surely not last) trip into the surreal, anarchic world of the comedy group known as Monty Python. Luke Thompson, fellow English teacher and podcaster, helps Antony navigate the choppy but hilarious waters of King Arthur's somewhat pointless quest 'on horseback', aided by some eccentric knights, to seek the Holy Grail. We discuss and dissect favourite scenes from the film, look at the multi-layered process of a comedy film that plays with time periods while seeming to be critiquing the film medium itself, and also look at the magic blend of 6 gifted comedians and performers that made the Python team so special  Hope you enjoy it! 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to antony@antonyrotunno.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 Antony's website (blog, music, podcasts) https://www.antonyrotunno.com If you'd like to make a donation or get a monthly/yearly subscription across Antony's 3 podcasts, go to: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno show links Luke’s website & podcast https://teacherluke.co.uk/ The Camelot Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ghXxXyAuw Brave Sir Robin complete song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACajzIlzvH0 The Holy Grail on Location (BBC) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ddLWJTBTyU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG5mDncBHcY Rob Ager’s Holy Grail analysis videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTDALu3f4-g&t=8s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo7msYCOodk Monty Python Live at Drury Lane https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLo9EOW3X__oGlKToKybImsXMbqN0RySi7
01:37:43
February 20, 2022
Episode 14- The Graduate (1967)
The groundbreaking Mike Nichols 'romantic comedy' (if it is that) from 1967, arguably the birth of the 'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls' period, sees Antony and the returning Jcrash covering another film starring Dustin Hoffman, with stellar support from Anne Bancroft and Katherine Ross. This is a multi-layered movie with a very interesting turn in the second half and layers of symbolism that we do our best to unpack Enjoy! 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to antony@antonyrotunno.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 Antony's website (blog, music, podcasts) https://www.antonyrotunno.com If you'd like to make a donation or get a monthly/yearly subscription across Antony's 3 podcasts, go to: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno  show links Jcrash's music and film analysis channel https://www.youtube.com/user/Jcrashinthecar Film analyst and former 'Film Gold' guest Rob Ager's wonderful analysis of the film's opening  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTSpHn_jhQY Further analysis of the film 50 years on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS-B-vLUIzo
01:10:19
January 14, 2022
Episode 13- Sleuth (1972)
We return to the 1970s for a fantastic film showcasing the formidable talents of two of Britain's finest ever, Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. For this task, I'm ably assisted by Film Gold veteran Scott Phipps (The Stinking Pause, Rainbow Valley, Talking Pictures TV podcast) and his 'Reel Britannia' co-host Steven Byford 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to antony@antonyrotunno.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 Antony's website (blog, music, podcasts) https://www.antonyrotunno.com If you'd like to make a donation or get a monthly/yearly subscription across Antony's 3 podcasts, go to: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/antonyrotunno show links Sleuth Behind The Scenes (Anthony Schaffer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaTstqQ7NmY Scott and Steven's podcasts https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/reelbritannia https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/stinkingpause https://rainbowvalley.libsyn.com/podcast https://open.spotify.com/show/5awYjtfOdERcxFZYr9u8sK
01:21:58
November 18, 2021
Episode 12- Marlon Brando: The Greatest (Part 2 of 2)
We conclude our 2-part look at the mercurial, infuriating but always compelling actor and cultural figure Marlon Brando. In this part, we look at some key books (including Brando's memoir 'Songs My Mother Taught Me'), documentaries and interviews as well as discussing Brando's turbulent personal life, the less well-known periods of his career and a few other things. There are many sound clips included for your enjoyment and to complement the conversation 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to antony@antonyrotunno.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 Antony's website (blog, music, podcasts) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Ghosty's you tube channel (radio interviews) https://www.youtube.com/user/GhostyTMRS episode links 'Meet Marlon Brando' short documentary (1965) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU7Gwv4PRNE Trailer for 'Listen To Me Marlon' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgoFFzy0z8k Brando on the Dick Cavett Show 1973 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU-4wmwc2Rw Brando with Connie Chung 1989 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHou3oDFP84&t=1520s Brando with Larry King 1994 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdmXB-OYnS4
01:49:27
September 30, 2021
Episode 11- Marlon Brando: The Greatest (Part 1 of 2)
I'm joined by radio host David 'Ghosty' Wills for this special 2-part look at the person we both consider the most compelling actor in cinema history, as well as a fascinating cultural figure. In this part, we don't get beyond going through our lists of top ten Brando performances, but there is information galore and some of Brando's less-known films are discussed here as well as the classics 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to antony@antonyrotunno.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 Antony's website (blog, music, podcasts) https://www.antonyrotunno.com Ghosty's you tube channel (radio interviews) https://www.youtube.com/user/GhostyTMRS episode links Marlon Brando documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suPqM8Dx0QM&t=2957s Hearts of Darkness (making of 'Apocalypse Now') https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102015/ Podcast about 'Mutiny on the Bounty' (Antony as guest) https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/stinkingpause/id/16925084
01:36:57
August 07, 2021
Episode 10- Jaws (1975) Audio Commentary
Antony is rejoined by fellow film podcaster and Jaws superfan Scott Phipps (see Episode 2) for an audio companion to the evergreen classic film from the 1970s along with some bonus material after the film discussing some other aspects of it, such as books, documentaries, sequels and recuts. The film is audible at low volume in the background but if you would like to follow along with your copy of the film (recommended), we give a time stamp at the beginning. We hope you enjoy it, and there are links to Scott's work and useful Jaws-related links below. This commentary is also on you tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOe3n9eO6Lc 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to antony@antonyrotunno.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 links Recommended Jaws documentaries  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYtYIF_g-T4  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl-5jzTxzdE  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MiVtavjD8w  Jamie Benning's superb Jaws filmumentary  https://vimeo.com/68400837  Jaws recuts (very clever and amusing)  https://www.youtube.com/c/RecutWTM/videos  Robert Shaw on the Dick Cavett Show  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81Zx9K4My9E Scott's film podcasts ('The Stinking Pause' and 'Reel Britannia') https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/stinkingpause  https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/reelbritannia
02:21:15
July 25, 2021
Episode 9- Snowtown (2011) Part 2 of 2 with Rob Ager
Rob Ager and Antony complete their discussion of the darkly compelling Australian film in the 'small-town horror' genre, which looks at the shocking real-life events that happened in a suburb of Adelaide in South Australia in the 1990s. Once again, we discuss the film and the real murder case, along with the many wider societal issues surrounding it (see Part 1 description for more details) Links to Rob's prodigious output can be found below 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to contrafib2001@gmail.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 links Rob Ager's main website and 3 you tube channels http://www.collativelearning.com https://www.youtube.com/user/robag88 https://www.youtube.com/user/robag555 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG0_xoRPkJm7tiFDp9bVg7g Rob's Social Justice/Snowtown video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOlRyWuphN8 An Australian documentary about the real case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeHL0bQVIfU Interview with Daniel Henshall and Lucas Pittaway https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPNZlHiK6rw
58:03
May 30, 2021
Episode 8- Snowtown (2011) Part 1 of 2 with Rob Ager
Rob Ager, filmmaker and film analyst extraordinaire, joins Antony to discuss an incredibly dark but incredibly compelling and well-made Australian film in the 'small-town horror' genre, which looks at the shocking real-life events that happened in a suburb of Adelaide in South Australia in the 1990s. As well as discussing the film and the real murder case, we discuss the wider issues of psychopathy, generational deprivation and 'social justice'. Part 2 will follow soon. Links to Rob's prodigious work can be found below (including a video about this case) 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to contrafib2001@gmail.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 links Rob Ager's main website and you tube channels http://www.collativelearning.com https://www.youtube.com/user/robag88 https://www.youtube.com/user/robag555 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG0_xoRPkJm7tiFDp9bVg7g Rob's Social Justice/Snowtown video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOlRyWuphN8 An Australian documentary about the real case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeHL0bQVIfU Interview with Daniel Henshall and Lucas Pittaway https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPNZlHiK6rw
01:11:23
May 23, 2021
Episode 7- Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
Antony is joined by Jcrash and podcast debutante Filippo to discuss Alan Parker's film adaptation of the Roger Waters-driven concept album by Pink Floyd. Among other things, we discuss the many themes of the film, our own experiences of state education, the film's animation by Gerald Scarfe and finally the incredible music that drives it all. Hope you enjoy it! 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to contrafib2001@gmail.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 links 'Making of' documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAfnnIo-pC8 Antony's music https://antonyrotunno.bandcamp.com Antony's John Lennon podcast https://soundcloud.com/glassonionjlpod/tracks Jcrash's music and film analysis channel https://www.youtube.com/user/Jcrashinthecar Filippo's art website (his instagram is @filippofrancocci) https://filippofrancocci.wixsite.com/artist Filippo's music channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD99skUs3XOsmWKi_P2DrmQ
01:15:36
April 24, 2021
Episode 6- Groundhog Day (1993)
Antony is joined by Jenifer Thyssen of jeniferthyssen.com and Julian Charles of themindrenewed.com to discuss what is on one level a romantic comedy but which, as you will hear, has many subtleties and offers endless points of discussion about life and existence. Hope you enjoy it! 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to contrafib2001@gmail.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 links Jenifer and Julian's main websites https://jeniferthyssen.com https://www.themindrenewed.com Antony's other podcasts https://soundcloud.com/glassonionjlpod/tracks https://lifeandlifeonly.podbean.com Making of Groundhog Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d7kkecft4w An Inescapable Premise (film analysis) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSQZvAKfwvA Everything Wrong With ‘Groundhog Day’ (humorous critique) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ_1WAKRTwE&t=5s
01:10:44
March 29, 2021
Episode 5- The Social Network (2010)
Antony is joined by his niece and film fan Olivia to discuss David Fincher's 2010 film about the formation of Facebook and all the legal ramifications and friendship challenges that surrounded it. We also discuss social media in general and its pros, cons and potential pitfalls 'Film Gold' is on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to contrafib2001@gmail.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 links 'The Social Network' making of documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP9BrtvBIY0 Facebook behaviour in real life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn45jEQ5H8Y TED talk about why you don't need social media in your life https://www.ted.com/talks/cal_newport_why_you_should_quit_social_media The show will be back next month with 'Groundhog Day'. See you then!
54:56
February 18, 2021
Episode 4- 10 Rillington Place (1971) Audio Commentary
Antony is joined by Jonathan Oates, the most recent biographer of serial killer John Reginald Christie, for an unofficial audio commentary of the 1971 film '10 Rillington Place', starring Richard Attenborough and John Hurt and based on the book by Ludovic Kennedy, along with general discussion of the case,  Since this is audio only, its worth following along with the film if you have it. This commentary was originally recorded in October 2013. We are on all the main podcast platforms Feedback to contrafib2001@gmail.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 link to John Christie documentary (following the 'standard version') https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oyIlv850Zolink
01:47:44
January 24, 2021
Episode 3- Marathon Man (1976)
Antony and Jcrash reconvene to discuss the classic, multi-layered thriller from 1976, starring Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier and Roy Scheider. In case you're asking yourself 'is it safe?', it's very clear that nothing is safe in this incredible film! We are now on all the main podcast platforms. Feedback to contrafib2001@gmail.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75  link to making of documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCSGUKmSWs0 The show will be back next month with 'The Social Network'. See you then!
01:23:53
January 21, 2021
Episode 2- It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
For the first review of the podcast, Antony is joined by film podcast master Scott Phipps to discuss and dissect the perennial Xmas classic (Scott has also previously appeared on my other podcast 'Glass Onion: On John Lennon'). Among other things, we talk about key scenes, the themes of the film, marvel at Jimmy Stewart's characterisation of George Bailey and discuss alternative interpretations of the 'happy ending'. The podcast is on most major podcast platforms and there is a Facebook page 'https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod' and we're also on Twitter '@FilmGold75' Hope you enjoy the show! Feedback to contrafib2001@gmail.com Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/filmgoldpod Twitter- @FilmGold75 links Scott's podcasts (The Stinking Pause, Reel Britannia, Rainbow Valley and the Talking Pictures TV Podcast) https://stinkingpause.libsyn.com https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/reel-britannia/id1252427836 https://rainbowvalley.libsyn.com/podcast https://player.fm/series/talking-pictures-tv-podcast Scott's previous 'audio commentary' of the film https://stinkingpause.libsyn.com/episode-110-its-a-wonderful-life-1946 SNL does It's A Wonderful Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw89o0afb2A the host Antony's other podcast about John Lennon https://soundcloud.com/glassonionjlpod/tracks
01:16:40
December 22, 2020
Episode 1- Introduction
If you've taken the decision to download and listen, welcome to the show! This is a short introduction in which host Antony and soon-to-be regular contributor Jcrash talk about some of their favourite films and discuss what will be coming when the regular episodes start. Hope you enjoy it!
35:18
December 12, 2020