Cinephile! In this week’s Big FRED Tuesday, I bring you conversations with filmmaker Karen Cinorre in her feminist war fantasy drama Mayday from the 2021 International Film Festival Rotterdam and Stephen DeBro, first-time director of 18th and Grand, a documentary on Los Angeles’ iconic combat sports and entertainment venue, The Olympic Auditorium, also seen in such movies as Raging Bull.
Speaking of Raging Bull, the recent words of Martin Scorsese have inspired me to dedicate a segment to sharing my thoughts about the current state of cinema as highlighted by one of my favorite directors of all time. I have endless respect for Scorsese and what he has done to film culture, not only through his own films (which particularly resonated with me as an Italian emigré) but also as a champion of movies, particularly in the field of preservation.
I also chat with Isabelle Gattiker, director of the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, which is soon to take place. And with this Popcorn Classic, Mark Donskoy’s The Childhood of Maxim Gorky from 1938, I argue that the oft-maligned Socialist Realist cinema of the 20th century wasn’t all that bad. Listen to the show via the player below!