Week 51 – Esperanto, Molestation, Spiders, Satan and the Klan – the “other” career of William Shatner

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A man of contradictions whose name’s literal derivation is “from the shadows”, yet is one of the most recognizable, well beloved cultural icons of our time.  A Canadian actor, nearly all of whose performances were both lensed and based in the States. A “singer” whose recordings consist of hilariously bombastic theatrical spoken word readings…mostly of popular hits of the day.  A persona noted for his onscreen virility, despite spending the better part of same busting out of every suit he’s seen in, right from the dawn of the 80’s.

Beloved and mocked in equal measure by cultish fanboys and mainstream audiences alike, oft imitated but never paralleled, we could only be referring to one man: the legendary William Shatner (née Schattner).

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Week 50: Radley Metzger – a dash of Euro Chic

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Born in the Bronx at the dawn of the Great Depression, a young man falls in love with film…and specifically the burgeoning European arthouse cinema coming in from celebrated critical darlings all over France, Italy and even Sweden, whose loftier and more visual (if not downright highbrow) approach to film would later inform his own strange career.

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Week 49: …Io, Emmanuelle – an exploration and overview of the global Em(m)anuelle filmic phenomenon

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At the very dawn of the 1960s, a then-typically “Anonymous” book of erotica appeared on the shelves of the more specialized and discreet booksellers and bodegas of Paris.

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Week 48: Watch Out, Baby…It’s Eddie Constantine

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A Russian-Pole cabaret singer and contemporary (and collaborator!) of Edith Piaf, Eddie Constantine made his fame in the bohemian Left Bank of Paris…first as a proto-Serge Gainsbourg chanteur…but more famously, as the unlikely star of a long running series of generally hard boiled neo-noir (but just as often, self-mocking and comedically oriented!) crime pictures.

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Week 47: In the Shadow of Giants: the Weird World of Amicus films

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In the wake of the surprising runaway success of the Hammer Horrors, any number of budget conscious producers suddenly saw gold in them thar hills, ranging as far distant as Roger Corman’s California production house (with the much lauded Hammer-derived “Poe cycle”) and as close to home as Kevin Francis’ short lived Tyburn, Tony Tenser’s far more credible Tigon…and a Shepperton Studios based, yet American founded company with an obsession for EC Comics and the portmanteau format, namely Amicus films.

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Week 46: The Icy Eyes of Death – the films of Barbara Steele

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How does a nice British girl out of Liverpool wind up as the figurehead of Italian horror cinema?

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Week 45: Embracing Mania – Ken Russell in the 80’s

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We’d previously discussed the life and career of one of his most famed (and controversial) collaborators, Oliver Reed…and now we go whole hog and dive in for the full monte.  Just pardon us if we don’t wrestle in the buff…

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Week 44: The First Gay Action Hero? George Nader and the films of Jerry Cotton

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Groomed as a potential leading man and heartthrob for the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s, George Nader went from a debut in an acknowledged camp classic (Robot Monster) through roles alongside the likes of Tony Curtis, Maureen O’Hara, Esther Williams, Hedy Lamarr and John Saxon, eventually winding up in the career-defining role of FBI G-man Jerry Cotton in an unforgettable series of two fisted German action films that drew equally from the Bondian excess of the Eurospy craze and the wild and wooly vibe of the Edgar Wallace krimi.

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you probably won’t believe this, but…

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Never Say Never Again!

After 15 months of inactivity and darkness across the podcast landscape (with a few sporadic breaks of light courtesy of Third Eye Cinema),

with At Eye Level‘s 6 or 7 years worth of material migrated over to Archive.org and Weird Scenes, the Third Eye Cinema podcast (for the most part) and a certain other podcast yours truly has been involved with having all gone dark for the nonce, things were looking a bit grim on the airtime front.

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Those who appreciated some of our more off the cuff banter…

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…and some of the humor and politicosocial sentiments expressed therein may enjoy At Eye Level, our longest running podcast (since Summer of 2011, in fact!), where standup comic Matt G and “Doc” Savage (Third Eye Cinema, Weird Scenes) discuss current events from our own down to Earth, tongue in cheek absurdist and decidedly blunt perspective.

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