Revisiting John Huston: The Battle of San Pietro and Let There Be Light

san pietro

It’s time for another edition of Revisiting John Huston. This time we’re picking up with two more of his WWII documentaries: 1945’s The Battle of San Pietro and 1946’s Let There Be Light. I mentioned last time that Report from the Aleutians came under some scrutiny from the Army, but these two were lucky to have seen the light of day (pun kind of, eh, intended).

I recently went through John Huston’s autobiography An Open Book, which provides a lot of details regarding Huston’s troubles with Army censors while making all three of these films, and while I’m going to focus on the films themselves, the stories behind them are almost as compelling.

San Pietro was controversial for its depiction of war, and it was only through the intervention of General George Marshall, who said it’d make a good training film, that it was shown. Let There Be Light wasn’t so lucky.

The Battle of San Pietro depicts the eponymous battle between Allied Forces and the Italian Royal Army and Germany. But the actual battle is not the main focus, just as the Aleutians were not the main focus of Report from the Aleutians or the Mason General Hospital in Let There Be Light is the main focus, as we’ll see. In all three, Huston uses his setting to address a larger theme—the daily life of soldiers; the brutality of battle; the psychological consequences of war.

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Episode 449: Cha Cha

Cha Cha

It’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week it’s Episode 449: Cha Cha.

On this episode Chris and Joe, as they usually do, get right into it with discussions about new and recurring topics. Some of these include a new trailer for Marvel’s Eternals, the latest novel from The Martian author Andy Weir called Project Hail Mary, a rather emotional episode of the Marvel/Disney+ series What If. . . ? featuring the last role of Chadwick Boseman and a whole lot more.

In addition to the above, you can also expect the usual “more” and a few tangents. Not as bad as last week, so that’s something. This episode is shorter too. We’re trying to keep them to around an hour. Trying being the key word. 

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider supporting the show on Patreon. That would be cool. 

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War Movie Mondays Again: Zulu Dawn

Zulu Dawn

It’s time for another edition of War Movie Mondays Again. This week’s movie is 1979’s Zulu Dawn.

Zulu Dawn is a prequel to the 1964 film Zulu and tells the story of a proud British army unit which suffered the worst defeat by a native army during the Victorian era. It features quite a cast including Burt Lancaster (Colonel Anthony Durnford), Peter O’ Toole (Lord Frederick Chelmsford), Simon Ward (Lt. William Vereker), Bob Hoskins (Sgt-Major Willams) and Denholm Elliot (Lt. Col. Henry Pulliene).

The film is a well researched account of the battle of Isandlwana. This was in Zulu land, which bordered the British colony of Natal in South Africa. In January, 1879. Sir Henry Bartle Frere (Mills) is the High Commissioner for her majesty Queen Victoria. Along with Lord Chelmsford (O’ Toole) he starts a war against Cetshwayo (Simon Sabela), the King of the Zulu people, who rules in ways the British view as a threat to their colony and hegemony in the region.

After a British ultimatum to disband his army, Cetshwayo refuses to capitulate to the British and the war begins. Lord Chelmsford leads his army which consists of two battalions of the 24th regiment of foot, to cross the Buffalo River which divides the border of the Zulu territory. Believing that their technological superiority will aid them in victory, the British send 1350 troops against a Zulu army of 25,000.

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Western Wednesdays Again: The Quick and the Dead

the quick and the dead

It’s time for another edition of Western Wednesdays Again. This time we’re talking about Director Sam Raimi’s 1995 epic The Quick and the Dead, which stars Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe, Gene Hackman and a young Leonardo DiCaprioIf you’re hearing the ominous sound of clinking spurs, hissing rattlesnakes, and squeaking saloon doors, well, you’re probably crazy. But it also means it’s Western Wednesday and you’re just really excited!

But first, I have to take you back into a sepia-tinted time of 1995. I was 13, and I hated Westerns.

I was all about sci-fi and fantasy, and no history was interesting to me unless it was medieval and European. Westerns were a dusty, dull genre where everyone just drank whiskey,  had silly shoot-outs, went on cattle drives, and visited brothels.

My family rented The Quick and the Dead, and my world was rocked. This Western starred a woman — a mysterious woman with no name. She rarely spoke, and when she did it was always snarly. She smoked a cigar.   It was the most original character I had ever seen.

If more Westerns were like this, I thought, I would like them all.

Well,  I wasn’t always very film literate. Clint Eastwood was just a cranky old man who had made too many Dirty Harry movies, and had frightened me by taking his shirt off that same year in The Bridges of Madison County. And I hated Westerns, remember?

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Episode 448: The Good Leads

the good leads

It’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week we’ve got Episode 448: The Good Leads.

On this episode Chris and Joe, as they usually do, get right into it with discussions about new and recurring topics. Some of these include more on the upcoming Y: The Last Man series on Hulu, how credits work in movies and TV, David Mamet and their favorite movies of his like House of Games and Glengarry Glen Ross, the new Marvel/Disney+ series What If? and a whole lot more.

In addition to the above, you can also expect the usual “more” and couple tangents. Not as bad a last week, so that’s something. This episode is shorter too. Not that size matters. Right?

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider supporting the show on Patreon. That would be cool. 

Thanks for listening!

As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or, yes, even Facebook. Or shoot us an email. We don’t mind.

 

 

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Episode 447: The Flickcast Squad

the flickcast squad

It’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The podcast about stuff nerds love. This week we’ve got Episode 447: The Flickcast Squad.

On this episode Chris and Joe, as they usually do, get right into it with discussions about new and recurring topics. Some of these include the new trailer for Y: The Last Man and the upcoming FX on Hulu series, Dredd with Karl Urban and Lena Headey, the career of Brian K. Vaughan, “difficult” comic book adaptations, F9, Jason Momoa, what makes a “movie star”, the awesomeness of The Wire and James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.

In addition to the above, you can also expect the usual “more” and several tangents. This episode features 24.6% more tangents than last week, but it’s still shorter. Not that size is important. Besides, who knows why madmen do what they do?

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider supporting the show on Patreon. That would be cool. 

Thanks for listening!

As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or, yes, even Facebook. Or shoot us an email. We don’t mind.

 

 

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Episode 446: Crossing the Streams

crossing the streamsIt’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The pop culture podcast about stuff nerds love. This week we’ve got Episode 446: Crossing the Streams.

On this episode Chris and Joe, as they usually do, get right into it with further discussion about Dune and the recent trailer, Chris’ love for the Gom Jabbar podcast from Lore Party, the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer, the David Ayer letter, Scarlett Johansson suing Disney and quite a few other things.

In addition to the above, you can also expect the usual “more” and several tangents. Good or bad, this episode features 17.4% more tangents than usual, so we had to cut it down a bit. Still, it’s one big mother of an episode. Not that size is important.

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider supporting the show on Patreon. That would be cool. 

Thanks for listening!

As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or, yes, even Facebook. Or shoot us an email. We don’t mind.

 

 

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445: The Golden Path

the golden path

It’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. The pop culture podcast about stuff nerds love. This week we’ve got Episode 445: The Golden Path.

On this episode Chris and Joe jump into a discussion about one big recurring topic and a couple smaller ones. The big one this week is the latest trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and then they also get into movie marketing, trailer cutting and Joss Whedon’s Avengers movie.

In addition to the above, you can also expect the usual “more” and several tangents. Actually, this episode only features 6.2% more tangents than usual, so at least the number is trending down. That’s not bad. We’re still trying. Change doesn’t happen overnight.

If you like the show, please consider rating or reviewing it on Apple Podcasts, or your podcast app of choice. Every rating or review helps. And if you’re really feeling it, consider supporting the show on Patreon. That would be cool. 

Thanks for listening!

As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or, yes, even Facebook. Or shoot us an email. We don’t mind.

 

 

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