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Week 66: That Knowing Smile, That Piercing Gaze: The Tao of Charlotte Rampling

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Charlotte Rampling, like Diana Rigg and many others of her generation, began her career as a 60’s fashion model.

After bit parts in such well remembered films as A Hard Days Night and The Knack and How to Get It, she stepped into a major role in the seminal Swinging London kitchen sink drama Georgy Girl, which got her noticed and brought over to Italy where she showed up in two WWII related epics that made her famous (and perhaps unintentionally helped kick off a certain infamous and short lived exploitation subgenre in Italy, France and the US): Visconti’s The Damned and Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter.

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Week 65: From Brixton to Brexiteer: The Films of Michael Caine

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Born to a poor Cockney fishmonger and charwoman (you know, the
folks that come around after hours to clean the office?), Michael Caine
quickly discovered some important things about himself and the world
around during a then-mandatory stint in National Service…a shattering
of ivory tower illusions about communism, and a zest to live each day
as if it were your last.

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Week 64: Disreputable: the cult cinema of David Hemmings

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With his sleepy eyed look and tousled blond locks, he came across as some amalgamation of Robert and Chris Mitchum…with more than a touch of Paul McCartney as a finisher. Generally strolling through films as oddly passive, even disinterested, he could flip to a crazed enervation unexpectedly, leading him to serve as the ultimate outsider figure: either failing to react or overreacting to the events onscreen, in turn.

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Week 63: He Always Comes Back: the life and films of Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Born into a stiff, lower middle class Austrian background just after the war, Arnold Schwarzenegger rebelled from his rigid father and proscribed life at an early age, eschewing the family plans for his life and career to pursue a rocky road in the dubious world of bodybuilding.

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Week 62: Sean Connery – Beyond Bond

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Our late in the run At Eye Level correspondent from Scotland regularly brought up, as a sort of bemused reality check, the fact that his grandmother’s milkman was none other than Sean Connery. A prophet has no honor in his own country…

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Week 61: Roddy McDowall – a true character

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A British character actor, who made precious few films outside the US. A former child actor who made his fortunes more on his adult career than what came before.

A man who’s starred in well over a hundred films and dozens of television shows, many falling well inside the realm of cult, SF and horror, but seldom as more than a minor role, even a cameo.

And yet, he’s the one you’ll remember when the credits roll…

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Week 60: The Italian Stallion: the Films of Sylvester Stallone

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Hells Kitchen brought the world two rather formidable things: my grandfather and the inimitable Sylvester Stallone.

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Week 59: The King died on the throne: the weird world of the Elvis movie

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Elvis Presley.  The very name conjures a host of associations, both general and particular to the individual.

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Week 58 – Superhero cinema from the 90s to today pt 3: Marvel Studios steps in (or superhero cinema as you know it)

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We’ve talked superhero television (and the serials before them) in an earlier show, now buckle in as we take on the long running, seemingly inexhaustible run of superhero cinema, from the serials to its (mostly televised) fits and starts of the 1970s and 80’s through the Fox Studios licenses of the early millenium to the ever more interconnected Marvel Studios universe of today!

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Week 57 – Superhero cinema from the 90’s to today pt. 2 : early Marvel

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We’ve talked superhero television (and the serials before them) in an earlier show, now buckle in as we take on the long running, seemingly inexhaustible run of superhero cinema, from its (mostly televised) fits and starts of the 1970s through the Fox Studios licenses of the early millenium to the ever more interconnected Marvel Studios universe of today!

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