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Extra Milestone – The Elephant Man (1980), After Hours (1985), Close-Up (1990)

Will Ashton returns to Extra Milestone yet again to chart an unusual cinematic path across the 1980s and 1990s! We begin with an examination of David Lynch’s The Elephant Man, including our thoughts on the story’s emotional core, trivia on why the film is significant to the history of the academy, our impressions of David Lynch, and more! From there, we return to the films of Martin Scorsese with After Hours, an unusual and underseen comedic outing from the acclaimed director, and we close out the show by bringing the films of Abbas Kiarostami into focus with Close-Up, a hybrid documentary exploring the very nature and function of cinema.

NOTE: This episode was recorded prior to the 2020 U.S. Election.

SHOW NOTES:

  • 00:02:50 – The Elephant Man
  • 00:40:30 – After Hours
  • 01:03:35 – Close-Up

MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE: Theme from The Elephant Man composed by John Morris, “One Summer Night” by The Danleers, trailers for The Elephant Man and After Hours, brief excerpt from Close-Up.

CINEMAHOLICS IN THIS EPISODE: Sam Noland and Will Ashton


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4 Comments

  1. Been meaning to catch up on CLOSE-UP for the first time, and this might just be the boost that will get me there.

    1. That would be awesome! It’d be hard to cover them satisfactorily in only one episode, even a really long one, but there have definitely been ideas of retrospectives like this tossed around, so maybe it’s closer to reality than we think. Thanks for listening!

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