Gabriella and Claudette discuss the books, film, theatre and podcasts that they loved (and a few that they loathed) in 2016. Length: 1hr 6mins, Recorded December 2016 iTunes Link/Download HERE Notes: Sport for Jove’s Summer Season, a double bill of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar/Antony & Cleopatra (playing to January 29, 2017) Eimar McBride on TLS, reading […]

In this episode, Gabriella and Claudette review Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey by Elena Ferrante (2016), a non-fiction tesserae of letters and interviews between the mysterious Italian author and her publishers, journalists, and readers. Notes: Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante The Italian author, Elsa Morante Gabriella’s essay: Who gets to speak and why? Claudette’s essay: The Bogeywoman Length: […]

In this episode Gabriella and Claudette review Whit Stillman’s enchanting “Love & Friendship” based on Jane Austen’s epistolary novel Lady Susan. Among other things, Gabriella and Claudette chat about Stillman’s career, Kate Beckinsale’s star turn as Lady Susan Vernon, the “Cult of the Janeite” and what exactly constitutes a perfect Jane Austen adaptation. Notes: Apologies […]

In this episode, Gabriella and Claudette review all seventeen films in the Coen Brothers oeuvre (not really). They do however, discuss a sensible number of the Coen Brothers’ films including: Barton Fink, Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Inside Llewyn Davis and their latest film, Hail Caesar. Tune in for discussions about bro-cinema, artistic failure, Hollywood nostalgia, Minnesotan accents and more.

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Length: 47 mins, Recorded May 2016

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Gabriella and Claudette discuss Todd Haynes’ film Carol (2015), starring Rooney Mara as a young shopgirl who falls in love with the eponymous character, Carol, a wealthy housewife played by Cate Blanchett. Oodles of Oscar umbrage found within.

Notes: Claudette mentions Douglas Sirk who was a German director, not Hungarian. Rainer Werner Fassbinder is another influential German director mentioned. This episode was recorded before the 2016 Oscar ceremony. The ‘blue one’: Fresh Air NPR on Carol.

This episode is podcast only.

Length: 31mins, Recorded February 2016

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