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A podcast from renowned silent film accompanist/historian Ben Model covering the techniques of creating and performing live scores to silent films, as well as a discussion of the language of silent cinema. Find what goes on in the mind of a silent film accompanist before, during and after playing for a show. Learn about the aesthetics of silent filmmaking and storytelling language.
 
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It’s one of the wildest scandals in Hollywood history: In 1951, major Hollywood producer Walter Wanger (Jon Hamm) went to prison for shooting an agent who he suspected was having an affair with Joan Bennett (Zooey Deschanel), Wanger’s actress wife. When the dust settled, Wanger was accepted back into Hollywood’s inner circle with open arms, while a puritan panic virtually ended Bennett’s career in movies and her family would never be the same. How did Joan — the youngest member of one of Ame ...
 
Award-winning screenwriters, consultants, and historians Alex von Tunzelmann and Hannah Grieg are delving deep into historical films. In each episode they talk to an expert about their loves, their hates, and about whether they have what it takes to be a member of the History Film Club See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Welcome to the Sean Vigue Podcast where we discuss, chew on and celebrate all things health, fitness, film, building your own brand/business, opera, teaching, classical music and whichever topics happen to be dropped into our conversations. Watch (and listen) for solo podcasts with Sean and a wide variety of unique and interesting guests. If it's inspiring I want to discuss it. Sean Vigue is a bestselling author, international fitness instructor, featured in thousands of workout videos, oper ...
 
American Utopia tells the story of the Oneida Community, a radical 19th century free-love experiment in communal living. Building on his own research as well as interviews with top historians, host Dan Greenstone illuminates the fascinating lives of the liberated women and men who overturned society’s conventions about marriage, love, sex, work and childrearing. Subscribe now.
 
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“Live-Scoring for the Virtual Cinema” – in part two of this conversation, Ben Model discusses what it’s been like to accompany silent films throughout 2021 via live-streams he’s produced and presented out of his home. Ben and co-host Kerr Lockhart discuss: the differences for Ben between the creative mindsets of scoring a silent film while performi…
 
“Live-Scoring for the Virtual Cinema” – in part one of this conversation, Ben Model discusses what it’s been like to accompany silent films throughout 2021 via live-streams he’s produced and presented out of his home. Ben and co-host Kerr Lockhart discuss: the differences for Ben between the creative mindsets of scoring a silent film while performi…
 
In one last noir twist, Joan marries for a fourth and final time to a man with a secret life. The last chapter of our story takes us from the Greenwich Village cross-dressing scene of the 1960s, to the set of Dario Argento’s giallo classic, Suspiria (Joan’s last film), to post-reunification Berlin, where Bennett’s legacy as a key face of film noir …
 
While the shooting seems to enhance Wanger’s reputation in Hollywood’s eyes, the media frenzy that follows enacts a sharp price on the lives of Joan Bennett (Zooey Deschanel) and her children. Joan is forced to make a living largely through grueling touring theater. By the mid-1950s, Joan is essentially blacklisted from Hollywood movies, but her ac…
 
Walter Wanger (Jon Hamm) emerges from prison, and relaunches his career by producing several important films inspired by his experience, including the Oscar-winning I Want to Live!, and the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He sinks his newly re-acquired power into one final, major folly: Cleopatra. Working with Elizabeth Taylor as she and R…
 
Jason Kingsley, OBE, runs the video games and comics company, Rebellion. He's also a practical archaeologist, who tries to do the things they did in the past to come to a greater understanding of them. He presents the Modern History TV Youtube channel and has just launched the Future Imperfect podcast, where he talks to historians, scientists and e…
 
In December 1951, Walter Wanger (Jon Hamm) points his gun at Jennings Lang’s (Griffin Dunne) groin and fires -- and Joan Bennett’s (Zooey Deschanel) life and that of her family will never be the same. Though it’s her husband who commits a shocking act of violence, and it’s he who is actually sent to jail, Joan finds herself painted in the press as …
 
Alex von Tunzelmann and Hannah Greig talk to Manuel Barcia about depictions of slavery on film. If you'd like to watch La Ultima Cena, which they discuss, you can find it here. Produced by Natt Tapley for Gloaming Productions Assistant Producer: Abi Robinson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
In the years after World War II, the political climate abruptly shifts, and Walter Wanger’s (Jon Hamm) history of using movies to promote progressive causes makes him a target for persecution. Wanger’s personal and professional lives are thrown into chaos thanks to a conspiracy involving the FBI, the Bank of America and some of the same anti-commun…
 
The third member of the Bennett/Wanger love triangle is Jennings Lang (Griffin Dunne), an agent at MCA, then the largest talent agency in the world. In 1951, Lang represents a threat to Walter Wanger’s marriage, but also to his livelihood. Jennings’ son and former colleagues discuss the affair, how the relationship inspired the Oscar-winning Billy …
 
Walter Wanger (Jon Hamm) bets everything on a different Joan -- Joan of Arc, starring Ingrid Bergman -- and comes up short, as the actress playing the saint sparks an international sex scandal. With Walter’s fame and fortune seemingly running out, he becomes consumed with trying to make three adultery-themed films, which ironically draws his attent…
 
Collaborating with mad genius Fritz Lang, Joan (Zooey Deschanel) and Walter (Jon Hamm) hit the peak of both their careers and their marriage. After the success of the ultimate S&M noir Scarlet Street, Joan continues to play femme fatales on-screen, while cultivating an image as the perfect housewife and mom off-screen. But, with one misbegotten psy…
 
Hey folks, I just wanted to let you know about my new documentary film, Far Out West: Inside California's Kerista Commune. It's available now on Amazon, (or for iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu click here). The Kerista Commune (1971-1991) is the closest thing we have to a modern day descendant of Oneida. Kerista was a group marriage, that had a charis…
 
Walter Wanger (Jon Hamm) transforms Joan Bennett’s (Zooey Deschanel) acting career by giving her a makeover. Now a raven-haired woman of mystery, Joan does her part during WWII by appearing in more anti-Nazi films than any other major American actress, while also authoring a book aimed at women that combines diet tips with calls for political engag…
 
Already a divorced mom while still in her teens, Joan Bennett (Zooey Deschanel) becomes a movie actress out of financial necessity, but she struggles to define herself as a star. Her life takes a turn when she falls in love with Walter Wanger (Jon Hamm)--an independent producer and champion of progressive politics who wants to change Hollywood from…
 
When Hollywood mogul Walter Wanger (Jon Hamm) shot an agent he suspected was having an affair with his actress wife, Joan Bennett (Zooey Deschanel) — one of the key femme fatales of 1940s film noir — Bennett was the one who paid a public price for her husband’s crimes. Joan and Walter’s granddaughter/filmmaker Vanessa Hope, and film historian/podca…
 
Alex von Tunzelmann and Hannah Greig talk to Joy C. Mitchell about being an on-set writer for Bridgerton, making soundtracks for writing period dramas, and mood boards. Produced by Natt Tapley for Gloaming Productions Assistant Producer: Abi Robinson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Alex von Tunzelmann and Hannah Greig talk to Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Five about what one should never do as a historical consultant, what the worst pieces of costume are and there's a bit where they all shout "boobs!" for a while. Producer: Natt Tapley Assistant Producer: Abi Robinson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informatio…
 
Alex von Tunzelmann and Hannah Greig talk to Sunny Singh about how Hindi commercial cinema has changed over the last 15 years, how social media can affect film production and what the future for Bollywood is. Producer: Natt Tapley for Gloaming Productions Assistant Producer: Abi Roberts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Were the Middle ages all damp rock walls, mud-covered peasants, and bad dentistry? Alex von Tunzelmann and Hannah Greig talk to Eleanor Janega about the best representations of the mediaeval period on film. Producer: Natt Tapley Assistant Producer: Abi Robinson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Alex von Tunzelmann & Hannah Greig talk to Frank Spotnitz, the showrunner of Leonardo and Medici about the Renaissance, lighting, gender and sexuality in Renaissance Florence, and when you're allowed to make people up. Produced by: Natt Tapley for Gloaming Productions Assistant Producer: Abi Robinson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out in…
 
Alex von Tunzelmann and Hannah Grieg talk to period drama superfan Amanda-Rae Prescott about representation, which stories we've heard too often, and what's next for period dramas. NOTE: This episode was recorded in October 2020, before the release of Bridgerton. Produced by: Natt Tapley for Gloaming Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy a…
 
Alex von Tunzelmann & Hannah Greig chat to Grant Montgomery, production designer on The Limehouse Golem, Sanditon, The Crimson Petal and The White, Jamaica Inn, Gunpowder, Peaky Blinders and many, many more. Producer by Natt Tapley for Gloaming Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Alex von Tunzelmann & Hannah Greig talk to Dr Priya Atwal about Bollywood, how governments attempt to control historical narratives, having to put disclaimers on historical fiction and who the most attractive people in the world are. Produced by: Natt Tapley for Gloaming Productions See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Alex von Tunzelmann and Hannah Grieg chat to the executive producer of Peaky Blinder Jamie Glazebrook about genre in historical dramas, what the Peaky Blinders drink, and when the White Stripes are less anachronistic than Vaghan-Williams. Produced by: Natt Tapley for Gloaming Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
“Adventures In Sound!” – Ben tracks his own journey to find the digital devices that best re-create or at least evoke the classic theater pipe organ experience under modern screening conditions. Topics Ben discusses the “temporary” theme for the podcast, “Those Keystone Comedy Cops” Ben’s instrumental evolution Learning to play the organ Lee Erwin,…
 
Alex von Tunzelmann and Hannah Greig talk to Dan Snow about the best historical epics of all time, whether films can turn you into a historian, what some people can get away with in nightclubs and ponder which of them is the youngest. Produced by Natt Tapley for Gloaming Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Alex von Tunzelmann & Hannah Greig talk to Lizzy Talbot, Bridgerton's Intimacy Director about how sex scenes are managed in period dramas, what sort of sex people had in the past, and who the best Sean Bean characters are. Produced by: Natt Tapley for Gloaming Productions. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
On this episode Ben talks about meeting an audience’s expectations of a score when a certain piece of music or style is indicated onscreen, and in a rare case of a non-narrative film made after the silent era. Also covered are silent era mood cues and cue sheets, Marion Davies in “When Knighthood Was in Flower”, techniques in performance to match m…
 
On this episode Ben talks about: the annual Mostly Lost film identification workshop at the Library of Congress, currently postponed until 2021; underscoring a key scene in Keaton’s “The Cameraman” and noticing a parallel with “Singin’ In The Rain”, playing for “Spite Marriage”, the challenge of introducing and presenting “The General” at a college…
 
It's been a year-and-a-half since my last podcast and a lot has happened. In this episode I talk about the birth of my son, my new book, Vimeo stinks and losing my parents. It's been a year filled with great joys, sorrow and surprises. Thank you for listening and sharing. My new Yoga, Pilates and Bodyweight Training site for Athletes: CoachVigue.co…
 
On this episode Ben talks about: using music an audience may or may not expect to hear during a film in preparing scores for shows of Fairbanks’ “Robin Hood” and Raoul Walsh’s “Loves of Carmen”; using underscore to help smooth over missing footage; playing the theatre organ like it’s an orchestra and sparingly using its “toy counter”; expanding his…
 
On this episode, Ben Model talks with co-host Kerr Lockhart talk about a cancelled gig at the Metropolitan Museum of Art turning into an online one, Gage County Nebraska and Hollywood, accompanying Russian silent films, scoring a French film for an audience with live-translated intertitles. Plus: using leitmotifs, finding a lost reel of a Baby Pegg…
 
On this episode of the podcast, Ben Model discusses the creation of the Silent Comedy Watch Party and the response so far; talks about teaching his silent film course at Wesleyan using Zoom; shares an excerpt from his score for Alfred Hitchcock’s Champagne for the Hitchcock British International Pictures Collection for Kino Lorber; talks about the …
 
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