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Where the Long Tail Ends

Jan 13, 2016

This month Nat, Cody, and Robert journey back to the silent era for a German science fiction film starring Brigitte Helm. Surprisingly, it's not METROPOLIS but rather the decidedly perverse film ALRAUNE aka A DAUGHTER OF DESTINY aka UNHOLY LOVE aka MANDRAKE.

Before we get to ALRAUNE though, we talk about a little known film in theaters now called STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. I imagine some of our listeners might have heard of it. And, some might even be interested in what we have to say about it.

We follow that up with our main discussion on ALRAUNE. The story of a man creating a woman through somewhat artificial means and her rebelling against his control is fairly well worn. But, has that story been told quite like this? How does the Sky Watching crew rate Brigitte Helm? We talk about German expressionist cinema, eugenics, Frankenstein, and just how much in need of a restoration this film is.

But wait, there's more. We finish up by discussing our top ten lists for 2015 and our film resolutions for 2016. Maybe it will inspire some lists to be sent in to the podcast.