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Oeuvre Busters

Deep Dives by Dialectical Dudes.

A bi-weekly podcast hosted by Liam Billingham and George Fragopoulos. Oeuvre Busters explores movies through the lens of politics, masculinity, and probably a few bad jokes.To become a patreon, visit patreon.com/oeuvrebu
9/2/2020

Talking about Stray Dog (1949) with special guest Joyce Wu

Season 4, Ep. 6
On this doggish episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George invite Joyce Wu to discuss Stray Dog (1949), directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring, of course, Toshiro Mifune. Topics discuss? Horniness; isolation, alienation, AND ennui; the shadow-self; people are bad; ACAB, have a beer; sucking popsicles. Also, Kurosawa can direct the shit out of anything.Topics not discussed? The origins of the bicameral mind.Joyce Wu is a writer and director based in Los Angeles. She was an inaugural member of the Made in NY Writers Room, a fellowship developed by the WGA East in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where she developed and wrote a half-hour comedy pilot based on her web series Mr. Right. Her first feature film She Lights Up Well is currently available on iTunes. Hey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebustersFor only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get a bonus episode and a essay from George about the films being discussed on the podcast. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
8/26/2020

Bonus: Talking about No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) with Nancy Schwartzman!

Season 4, Ep. 5
On this not-at-all regrettable episode Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George welcome Nancy Schwartzman to discuss Akira Kurosawa’s No Regrets for Our Youth (1946), starring Setsuko Hara.Topics discussed? Swingers; heroic university professors; bending the knee; fast-asleep cops; ignorant villagers. Also, proper farmer etiquette!Topics not discussed? Nothing. This episode is incredibly ambitious, and we pretty much cover everything there is to cover in a tight 1:02:31. You’re welcome!Nancy Schwartzman is a Peabody Award nominated documentary film director, producer, and media strategist whouses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls.RollRed Rollis her feature film debut, and goes beyond the headlines of the notoriousSteubenville, Ohio high school sexual assault case to uncover the social-media fueled“boys will be boys” culture that let it happen.Roll Red Rollpremiered in 2018 at theTribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs, and has screened at over 40 film festivalsworldwide and garnered 7 best documentary awards. The film opened theatrically at theFilm Forum in New York City and the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Los Angeles touniformly positive reviews with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was a Critic’s Pick in TheNew York Times and reviewed in The New Yorker, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, theChicago Tribune, the Guardian, and the Los Angeles Times amongst others. Nancyappeared on CNN’s Amanpour, BBC Women’s Hour and People TV. The film openedthe 32nd season of the acclaimed PBS documentary series POV, broadcast on BBCStoryville in the U.K., and is now streaming in 190 countries on Netflix.A globally recognized human rights activist, Nancy is a tech founder and created theObama/Biden’s White House award-winning mobile app Circle of 6 designed to reducesexual violence among America’s youth and college students. Over 350,000 people in36 countries use Circle of 6 and it is currently being adapted for journalists working in Mexico in partnership with Article 19 and the Guardian Project. She has presented herwork at the White House, the United Nations, TEDxSheffield, CNN, Forbes, Good Pitch,DOCNYC and at over 60 colleges and universities. She is a graduate of ColumbiaUniversity.Hey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebustersFor only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get a bonus episode and a essay from George about the films being discussed on the podcast. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
8/5/2020

Talking about Drunken Angel with Stuart Galbraith IV!

Season 4, Ep. 3
On this angelic episode of Oeuvre Busters, Liam and George welcome Stuart Galbraith IV, the man who literally wrote the book on the Kurosawa/Mifune relationship, The Emperor and the Wolf. Topics discussed: cynicism and hopefulness; curmudgeonly doctors; Yakuza feudalism; spiritual sickness. Also, Clint Eastwood is just a watered down version of Mifune, really.Topics not discussed: How Vladimir Nabokov’s translation of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin lead to the ending of his friendship with Edmund Wilson.Stuart Galbraith IV is a Kyoto-based film historian, writer, and publisher-editor of World Cinema Paradise. He is the author of seven books, including The Emperor and the Wolf (Faber & Faber, 2002), the joint-biography of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune hailed by Martin Scorsese as "a must read." Within the home video field, Galbraith has written essays for Criterion's three-disc Seven Samurai DVD and Blu-ray, Optimum's Rashomon, BCI Eclipse's The Quiet Duel and Subkultur's The Long Good Friday. In 2015, Galbraith recorded an audio commentary and wrote and produced a new short documentary, Rashomon at 65, for the British Film Institute's Blu-ray of Kurosawa's 1950 classic. Concurrently, he served as an consultant on Oscar-winning director Steven Okazaki's documentary feature, Mifune - Last Samurai (2015). Holding a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California's prestigious School of Cinema-Television, Galbraith worked as an archivist and researcher at both Warner Bros. and M-G-M. At Warner Bros., Galbraith implemented preservation projects and procedures at both its USC-Warner Bros. Archives and the Warner Bros. Corporate Image Archives. At M-G-M, Galbraith worked as a "film detective," tracking down the original camera negatives to more than three dozen "lost" films. Since 2003 he has lived in Kyoto, Japan with his wife, Yukiyo, and their daughter, Sadie. He is currently at work on a new act of preservation, which he’ll tell us all about.Hey, you all know we love you out there, right? But do you love us? If so, please consider subscribing to our new Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/oeuvrebusters For only $3 dollars a month, you’ll get a bonus episode and a essay from George (the first one drops August 17th!) about the films being discussed on the podcast. (George promises no problematic manifestos about the current state of the world.) Also, we will definitely give you a shout out on the podcast! Your financial support will also help us upgrade our equipment and improve the show in a variety of ways.Please, if you can, rate, review, and subscribe to Oeuvre Busters on Stitcher and iTunes and wherever else you might download your favorite podcasts. Your ratings and reviews help the show reach a wider audience. Please also feel free to send us regular and hate mail at: Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. Again, we appreciate all the support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/