Monocle 24: The Cinema Show

Monocle 24: The Cinema Show


Tune in every week to a brand new show on Monocle 24 devoted to the best in cinema. Hear from filmmakers, critics and students of the genre as we shine a spotlight on everything from revivals and the restoration of vintage cuts, to Hollywood's golden age and the role of the auteur. Hear feature length interviews with the biggest names, roundtable discussions, special reports and more as Monocle 24 delves into the rich history of the silver screen. The Cinema Show is brought to you in association with MUBI.


PREVIEW - Christopher Guest  

From 1984’s ‘This is Spinal Tap’ to 2000’s ‘Best in Show’, Christopher Guest is the driving force behind some of cinema’s most awkwardly accurate comedies. His latest film follows the bizarre journey of a group of mascots. In this preview Monocle’s Tom Hall asks the film-maker how the ‘mockumentary’ approach alters the production process.

The Dardennes and ‘The Room’  

Two-time Palme d'Or winners the Dardenne brothers discuss their response to the surprisingly negative reaction to their latest film. Plus: Oscar winner Eva Orner explains how her new documentary caught the attention of Australia’s border force and we talk to one of the stars of the famously awful film ‘The Room’.

PREVIEW – The Dardenne brothers  

Belgian film-makers the Dardenne brothers are members of a very exclusive club: they’ve won Cannes’ Palme d’Or twice. In this special preview Ben Rylan sits down with the duo to discuss the slightly negative reaction to their latest film and their unexpected response.

Does the London Film Festival matter anymore?  

With the politically charged opening-night film ‘A United Kingdom’, national identity and racial politics are impossible to miss at the 60th London Film Festival. Ben Rylan reviews our selection of not-to-be-missed titles with film critic Tara Judah. Plus: a visit to the Borsalino hat workshop in Milan.

Raindance, James Dean and President Muffley  

Are film-makers and audiences afraid of taking risks? We ask Elliot Grove, founder of the Raindance Film Festival. We also recall a US president who was never far from the nuclear codes and take a look at pre-fame James Dean. Plus: former TV talk-show host Sally Jessy Raphael tells us about the last time she spoke to Audrey Hepburn.

‘Baden Baden’ and Simon Callow  

Actor and writer Simon Callow discusses the emergence of the gay-best-friend character and how it has promoted diversity on screen. Plus: film-maker Rachel Lang on the role of Strasbourg’s architecture in her feature debut ‘Baden Baden’, a recap of Rome’s Live Cinema Festival and the blazing colours of Joan Crawford’s wardrobe as seen in 1954’s ‘Johnny Guitar’.

The man behind ‘The Infiltrator’  

Former US Customs and Border Protection agent Robert Mazur recalls his undercover mission to expose Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering ring as portrayed by Bryan Cranston in new film ‘The Infiltrator’. Plus: the directors of new documentary ‘The Lovers and the Despot’ discuss the kidnapping of an actress and film director by North Korea and Australian journalist Leigh Sales dreams of walking away from TV and into a career in musicals.

Wim Wenders  

Wim Wenders discusses modern film-making and his love for 3D in a special extended interview recorded at the Venice Film Festival. Plus: Davide Cazzaro, editor of Asian cinema magazine ‘Nang’, reflects on one of his favourite titles ‘The Big Durian’.

Frank Sinatra called it a day  

In this special musically themed episode we revisit a long-forgotten chapter from the original Oz books by L Frank Baum published in 1914. Plus: Matt Wolf, theatre critic for ‘The New York Times’, discusses how musicals leapt from stage to screen and remembers Gene Wilder.

Rossy de Palma  

Pedro Almodóvar’s muse Rossy de Palma recalls her early years as part of a band in 1980s Madrid and her first encounter with the legendary Spanish director. We also explore the Spanish capital via an essay written by film journalist David Bernal and Jason Solomons revisits 1990’s ‘Goodfellas’.

The Childhood of a Leader  

Actor Daniel Klemens reads an essay by Australian film critic Glenn Dunks recalling his first childhood visit to the cinema. Meanwhile, we hear from actor-turned-director Brady Corbet about his striking debut ‘The Childhood of a Leader’. Plus: Argentine director Pablo Trapero discusses his record-breaking Silver Lion winner ‘The Clan’ and ‘Little White Lies’ editor David Jenkins looks back at his favourite western ‘My Darling Clementine’.

Like they did in the ’80s  

They really don’t make movies like they used to – but why? Author Hadley Freeman explains how changing corporate structures brought a virtual end to real mainstream cinema. Plus: Australian film-maker Abe Forsythe on why Sydney’s infamous race riots make the perfect basis for a comedy and a look at Studio Ghibli’s stunning reissue of 1991’s ‘Only Yesterday’.

Most fashionable movies ever: part one  

Former fashion editor for ‘BlackBook’ magazine Bryan Levandowski discusses some of cinema’s most fashionable movies, including 1972’s ‘Cabaret’. We also trace the emergence of the t-shirt (with thanks to Marlon Brando), discover why location scouts are keeping an eye on Serbia and author Hadley Freeman recalls 1982’s ‘Tootsie’.

Todd Solondz  

We discuss the director’s latest film, ‘Wiener-Dog’, and a career that spans more than 20 years. Plus: Susan Seidelman, director of ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’, looks back at her 1982 cult hit ‘Smithereens’ – and this week’s Critics’ Choice explores how films become classics by way of 1945’s ‘Detour’.

Hitchcock’s London  

Darting through the hallways of the British Museum and over the rooftop of Scotland Yard, we present a tour of Alfred Hitchcock’s London. Plus: jazz composer David Braid’s soundtrack to the Chet Baker biopic ‘Born to be Blue’, how to programme repertory cinema in London and regional Australia, and remembering ‘Happy Days’ creator Garry Marshall.

Simon Callow on Orson Welles  

Newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane and respected police captain Hank Quinlan, both were men tempted by darkness and both were played by Orson Welles at opposite ends of his career. Actor, writer and director Simon Callow joins Ben Rylan for an extended interview in which they unpick the many myths surrounding one of cinema’s greatest talents. Plus: as Ghostbusters finally hits theatres, we ask how the fluffy comedy became so politically controversial.

Nicolas Winding Refn  

Nicolas Winding Refn explains how his electro-infused horror ‘The Neon Demon’ made it to the big screen and discusses his special curation of movies for Mubi, with a special focus on 1995's ‘To Die For’). We also cross to Los Angeles to hear from the cinematographer on ‘The Neon Demon’, while Aaron Brookner discusses his late uncle's tragically short career as chronicled in his new documentary ‘Uncle Howard’.

Woody Allen and Dario Argento  

Venturing deep into the mind of Italian auteur Dario Argento, we explore the art nouveau design of 1977’s ‘Suspiria’ and how it helped inspire Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’. Plus: the directors of documentary ‘Notes on Blindness’; the ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ film; and critics Jason Solomons and Karen Krizanovich on their top Woody Allen favourites.

‘Suburra’ and ‘Remainder’  

Director Stefano Sollima and star Pierfrancesco Favino discuss ‘Suburra’ and the dark underbelly of Rome. We hear from the star of ‘Remainder’ Arsher Ali, discuss documentary ‘Oriented’ about what it’s like to be a gay Palestinian in Israel; plus this week’s Critics’ Choice – 1961’s ‘The Innocents’.

Bang Gang  

The teenagers in Eva Husson’s nudity laced ‘Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)’ are anything but awkward. We sit down with the writer-director to discuss the film’s conflicting attitudes towards sex. Plus: Austrian avant-garde film-maker Peter Tscherkassky, Capri’s Villa Malaparte (as seen in Godard’s ‘Le Mépris’) and Portuguese director Marco Martins on why he followed his Cannes victory by taking a job as a debt collector.

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