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“The mother’s injuries are to be handed down to the daughter”: Love and Destruction in Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata

“The mother’s injuries are to be handed down to the daughter”: Love and Destruction in Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata

August 5, 2020

Michelle and Jimmy are joined in this episode by Media Arts teacher and film fanatic, Khoa Tran, to discuss, Autumn Sonata, Ingmar Bergman's late masterpiece about the difficult and, at times, destructive relationship between mothers and daughters.

The Relentlessness of Memory in  Michael Haneke’s Caché

The Relentlessness of Memory in Michael Haneke’s Caché

July 22, 2020

In this episode of From the Lighthouse, Jimmy and Michelle talk about Michael Haneke's 2005 intriguing and enigmatic film Caché.  The film, starring Juliet Binoche and Daniel Auteil, explores the absence of remorse and the relentlessness of memory in the life of French intellectual Georges, charting Georges response as the family start receiving anonymous video cassettes and crayon drawings reminding Georges of his childhood transgression against a young Algerian boy, Majid. The film explores the long shadow of French colonial violence against Algerians and critiques a national response that refuses to acknowledge the past. 

Classic Teendaptation #6: Get Over It

Classic Teendaptation #6: Get Over It

July 8, 2020

Get Over It is a 2001 teen adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This week, Stephanie and Kirstin discuss Kirsten Dunst, teen romance, and overexcited dogs.

Classic Teendaptation #5: She’s All That

Classic Teendaptation #5: She’s All That

June 24, 2020

The 1999 film She's All That is an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion...or is it? This week, Stephanie, Kirstin and Jimmy discuss glasses,  the class system, and disappointment. 

Classic Teendaptation #4: Easy A

Classic Teendaptation #4: Easy A

June 10, 2020

Easy A (2001) is a loose adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. This week, Stephanie, Kirstin and Jimmy discuss sexual double-standards, intertextual references, and the world's coolest parents.

Check out Kirstin's cool new blog on this series: http://www.kirstinmills.com/blog/teen-movie-adaptations-classic-literature-podcast/

Classic Teendaptation #3: Clueless … As if!!!

Classic Teendaptation #3: Clueless … As if!!!

May 27, 2020

Clueless brings Jane Austen's Emma into the world of a privileged LA teen, and it works perfectly. This week, Stephanie, Kirstin and Jimmy discuss Austen, Heckerling, and routine liposuction.

Macbeth: The Enduring Appeal of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play

Macbeth: The Enduring Appeal of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play

April 15, 2020

Shakespeare's Macbeth is so good that we can't stop thinking about it, or talking about it. This week, Stephanie, Jimmy and Kirstin discuss the appeal of the Scottish play, as well as the best and worst adaptations.

Double Indemnity: THE Film Noir

Double Indemnity: THE Film Noir

March 18, 2020

Double Indemnity is THE film noir: the film noir that most people think about when they picture the genre. This week, Stephanie and Jimmy discuss twisted relationships, murder, and Barbara Stanwyck's fringe.

Noir Files #1: Laura - The Unknowable Femme Fatale

Noir Files #1: Laura - The Unknowable Femme Fatale

January 8, 2020

The first in a new series on film noir, Stephanie and Jimmy discuss Otto Preminger's 1944 film Laura. Laura is both an excellent novel by Vera Caspary and a true classic of film noir. We discuss Gene Tierney's gorgeousness, boring detectives, and whether you should receive guests sitting in the bath. 

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