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Ricardo Cortez: The Magnificent Heel

During the 1920s and 1930s, Ricardo Cortez was one of Hollywood’s most versatile leading men. His best known films include D.W. Griffith’s “The Sorrows of Satan,” Greta Garbo’s first American film “Torrent” and the original 1931 version of “The Maltese Falcon.” In this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” we celebrate the life and career of this remarkable talent with Dan Van Neste, author of the book “The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez.”

The episode can be heard here.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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Danger Boys: Punks in Osaka

Nick Romi is one of the most exciting new talents in today’s independent film scene. On this episode, we highlight his new feature documentary, “Danger Boys: Punks in Osaka,” and learn about the challenges of shooting this Japanese-based nonfiction music production.

The episode can be heard here.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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The Monkees in “Head”

What a difference a half-century makes: dismissed by critics and ignored by audiences when first released in 1968, the Monkees’ sole feature film “Head” is now considered a cult classic rich with innovative psychedelic effects, razor-edged satire and a wonderful score. On this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” we reconsider this last hurrah of Monkee-mania with Peter Mills, author of “The Monkees, Head, and the 60s.”

The episode can be heard here.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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The Godfather: The Greatest Movie Ever?

I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse: an episode devoted to the Corleone family and their impact on movie history. Our guest on this episode is film critic Jerry Roberts, who cites “The Godfather” as his all-time fave. But is it the all-time best film? Let’s talk!

The episode can be heard here.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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Jamaica: The Land of Film

For the past century, Jamaica has been the setting for scores of classic films. On this episode, we are joined by Peter Polack, author of “Jamaica, The Land of Film,” who discusses the role played by this Caribbean gem in filmmaking from the silent movie era through today’s digital age.

The episode can be heard here.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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Jean Seberg Leaves Us Breathless

Jean Seberg was one of the most enchanting yet elusive figures in 1960s cinema. On this episode, filmmaker and biographer Garry McGee recalls Seberg’s life and career, from her unsteady overnight stardom via Otto Preminger’s “Saint Joan” to her crowning glory in the French New Wave to the harassment from J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.

The episode is now online.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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Michael Legge: Ghoul’s Night Out

Underground film icon Michael Legge is celebrated for his distinctive horror-comedy films that mix the macabre with wonderfully droll silliness. On this episode on “The Online Movie Show,” the Massachusetts-baed creator of such brilliantly batty films as “Working Stiffs,” “Honey Glaze,” “Brain Drainer,” “My Mouth Lies Screaming” and “Monochromia” – as well as his foray into serious horror, “Evan Straw” – discusses his remarkable career and previews his upcoming film “Crawlers.”

The episode can be heard here.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at Platinum Wolfe Studios.

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When the World’s Fair Changed the Movies

Many of the most significant changes in film technology and presentation did not occur in a commercial theater, but in the specialized venues of World’s Fair exhibitions. On this episode, historian Charles Pappas, author of the new book “Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords: How World’s Fairs and Trade Expos Changed the World,” discusses how World’s Fair audiences came to experience a very different approach to film – as well as learning how live TV broadcasting got its foothold in the 1939 New York’s World’s Fair.

The episode can be heard here. Please note: There is a very brief technical glitch in the beginning of the episode. We apologize for that audio oops.

“The Online Movie Show” is produced at the Platinum Wolfe Studios.