RohmerCast presented by Oeuvre Busters!

10/21/2022

BONUS: White Elephant Art Vs. Termite Art!

Hi!While you all eagerly await the announcement of our second season, we thought we'd re-share Shaun's appearance on Oeuvre Busters, the podcast that launched this feed and got some fun attention last week.On the ep, Shaun goes into full 'cool teacher' mode, taking us through Manny Farber's theory. It's a fun listen, and we hope you enjoy it!We'll be back in soon with announcements about season 2!--This week, based on a question from a listener, we sat down with filmmaker pal Shaun Seneviratne to talk about Manny Farber's influential theory of White Elephant Art and Termite Art. We talk about what the theory means, whether one type is good or bad, and whether Batman films are an elephant or termite. Finally, we discuss Liam's solo record, Neon Elephant.Shaun Seneviratne is a Sri Lankan-American filmmaker and educator in Brooklyn, NY. His past work has screened at festivals such as Nantucket, Montclair, CAAM, and San Diego Asian Film Festival. Currently, Shaun is developing his first feature film and teaches film production at the Brooklyn STEAM Center, as well as film history and visual storytelling at Pace University.Follow Shaun on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebrownshaun/?hl=enCheck out Shaun's work: https://www.shaunseneviratne.com/Read more about Manny Farber here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manny_FarberHere's a link to Farber's essay: http://www.coldbacon.com/writing/mannyfarber-termiteart-annotated.htmlYou can find more OB content at www.oeuvrebusters.com. Also, please feel free to drop us a line, either via email or voicemail, at Oeuvrebusters@gmail.com. We are always looking to incorporate feedback from our listeners for the show, so leave us some thoughts and we might share them on the podcast. Please don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review whenever and wherever you can. We appreciate all the love and support."Robobozo" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
9/9/2022

Season 1 Finale: What is Rohmerian? (or, The Rohmerian Cinematic Universe!)

Season 5, Ep. 4
Welcome to RohmerCast, the podcast about Rohmer: his films, his working methods, and anything else we want to talk about related to Éric Rohmer. In finale of season one, we ask ourselves, “What is Rohmerian?” and explore the “Rohmer Cinematic Universe” through The Aviator’s Wife (1981), Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987), and Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987) -- the three films programmed by Metrograph in their Summer of Rohmer series. This leads to the following tangents: what makes someone an auteur, the qualities of a Rohmerian performance, “reasonable” characters, testing one’s own philosophies and principles, the use of dramatic irony and planting and payoff in his narratives, location setting, his direct visual style, and  the role of coincidence in our lives.All the films discussed in this season are available as part of the Metrograph’s Summer of Rohmer series and can be streamed via Metrograph at Home (membership required). The films are also available on Archive.org.Music note: the music in this week's episode comes from the Summer of Rohmer trailer on Metrograph's site. You can find Liam Billingham on Twitter @liamgbillingham and Shaun Seneviratne on Instagram and Twitter @thebrownshaun.Primary Sources:Eric Rohmer: Interviews edited by Fiona HandysideEric Rohmer: A Biography by Noël Herpe and Antoine De Baecque#ericrohmer #frenchnewwave #cinema #nouvellevague #filminstagram #filmtwitter #frenchcinema #cinephile #criterioncollection @criterioncollection @metrograph @mubi #podcast #filmpodcast
9/2/2022

RohmerCast: Boyfriends and Girlfriends

Season 5, Ep. 3
Welcome to RohmerCast, the podcast about Rohmer: his films, his working methods, and anything else we want to talk about related to Éric Rohmer. In our third episode, hosts Liam Billingham and Shaun Seneviratne discuss Boyfriends & Girlfriends (1987), the final film in his Comedies & Proverbs cycle. This leads to the following tangents: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the Screwball Comedy, streamlined production methods, location sound as sound aesthetic, the suburbs as a location, setting up webs of relationships, sympathy for the youth, Blanche as a character, jobs decentered, color blocking, and assessing the most accurate title translation.In this episode, Liam is wearing a ScreenSlate NYC hat and Shaun is drinking absinthe at two in the afternoon. Listen wherever you listen to podcasts! Boyfriends and Girlfriends is screening as part of the Summer of Rohmer  series at Metrograph and can be streamed at Metrograph at Home. You can find Liam Billingham on Twitter @liamgbillingham and Shaun Seneviratne on Instagram and Twitter @thebrownshaun. Special thanks to our buddy George Fragopoulos, who you'll hear on the show soon! Primary Sources:Eric Rohmer: Interviews edited by Fiona HandysideEric Rohmer: A Biography by Noël Herpe and Antoine De Baecque#ericrohmer #frenchnewwave #cinema #nouvellevague #filminstagram #filmtwitter #frenchcinema #cinephile #criterioncollection @criterioncollection @metrograph @mubi #podcast #filmpodcast