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A Place For Film – Cold War Cinema

On this week's episode, we invite Professor Barb Klinger to talk about the upcoming Cold War Cinema series at the IU Cinema.

Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate

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Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate

Episode 47 – Exploring The Cold War Cinema Series

On this week’s episode, we invite Professor Barb Klinger from IU’s Department of Communication and Culture to discuss the Cold War Cinema series she programmed for the IU Cinema. Coming to the Cinema Wednesdays in September are The Day the Earth Stood Still, Kiss Me Deadly, and The Manchurian Candidate.

In What Have You Seen Lately, Jason raves about a couple of movies, including Crazy, Stupid, Love (Andy concurs… go see it… now), and Andy and Barb discuss Tree of Life.

We then talk about the Cold War Cinema series, the individual films included, along with some other films that aren’t in the series, but are also available to see at the Cinema, and in Bloomington this fall. Barb also discusses her reasoning behind the films she selected.

We manage to connect Manchurian Candidate to Red Dawn and all the way back to Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. Join us for a great discussion.

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Movies Mentioned In This Episode:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Cave Of Forgotten Dreams
Cedar Rapids
Colombiana
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Die Hard
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Fail-Safe
Godzilla
Gojira
Incredible Shrinking Man
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Italian Job
Jess + Moss
Kiss Me Deadly
Kung Fu Panda
Magic Trip
Manchurian Candidate
Night of the Living Dead
North By Northwest
Our Idiot Brother
Pulp Fiction
Rape of Europa
Red Dawn
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Robocop
Seven Days in May
Shaft
Stella Dallas
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Lady Vanishes
The Spy in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Terminator
THEM!
Thor
Tree of Life
War Games

Andy Hunsucker

Andy Hunsucker is the creator and co-host of A Place for Film - The IU Cinema podcast. Along with his co-host Jason Thompson, he produces a weekly podcast focusing on events at the IU Cinema, and film at Indiana University. He also designs posters and video animations for the Cinema on a volunteer basis.

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  • Craig Simpson

    The varying reactions to “Tree of Life” are interesting. I didn’t find it “dark” at all, rather soul-stirring in fact, and the most vivid evocation of childhood since Spielberg in his hey-day. Pitt’s character really isn’t that brutal, either, at least compared to cartoon sadists like Robert De Niro’s stepfather in “This Boy’s Life.” Pitt plays a tormented, tragic figure, one of his best performances. I can understand Sean Penn’s frustration with how his own part turned out – always an actor’s risk in a Malick movie – especially considering how Pitt’s shines through. It’s an overwhelming, at times confounding film: not just the “creation” sequence, but in random images that pop up without warning throughout the movie (e.g., Jessica Chastain, who plays Jack’s mother, suddenly floating in the air). Overall a great experience that I can’t wait to see again.
    Barb’s selections for the Cold War series are excellent. I’m looking forward to seeing “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Kiss Me Deadly,” and other titles on the big screen. 

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