Criterion Now – Episode 125 – Inside Albert Brooks

Becky D’Anna returns to the show to talk about one of her favorite filmmakers, Albert Brooks. We dive a little deeper into one of her favorite films and recent Criterion release, Defending Your Life. We also get into his early stand-up work, his acting chops, his relationship with James Brooks, and of course his film library.

Episode Links

Becky’s Website
James Brooks Closet Video
Albert Brooks Ventriloquist
Albert Brooks New National Anthem
Albert Brooks on the Tonight Show 1973
Albert Brooks and his friend Buddy on the Tonight Show
Bob Einstein Sneaker scene in Modern Romance
Wrong Reel 308 – Albert Brooks and the Genius of an Open-Faced Sandwich

Aaron West

I am a somewhat educated Criterion dork, with a History and Film Studies bachelor's degree and plenty of self-education over the years. My tastes are all over the map. Probably my favorite is 1930s French Poetic Realism, but I like everything from noir, to animation, to horror, westerns, and modern film. Usually I prefer film that challenges and requires something of the viewer.