The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 4 – The First Films of Samuel Fuller

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Robert Nishimura give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Robert are joined by special guest West Anthony to discuss The First Films of Samuel Fuller, a collection of three films that Fuller released between 1949 and 1951.

About the films:

His films have been called raw, outrageous, sensational, and daring. In four decades of directing, Samuel Fuller created a legendarily idiosyncratic oeuvre, examining U.S. history and mythmaking in westerns, film noirs, and war epics. And characteristically, it all began with a bang: after printing the legend with the elegant B-pictures  I Shot Jesse James  and  The Baron of Arizona,  he got himself into hot water with the  FBI  on  The Steel Helmet,  the first American movie to portray the Korean War. These three independent films showed off Fuller’s genre diversity, gutter wit, and subversive force, and pointed the way to a controversial career in studio moviemaking.

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Timeline for the podcast:

Introduction (00:00:01 – 00:07:21)

I Shot Jesse James  (00:07:22 – 00:41:07)

The Baron of Arizona  (00:41:08 – 01:16:14)

The Steel Helmet  (01:16:15 – 01:59:33)

Conclusion (01:59:34 – 02:04:40)

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Episode Links:

Fuller Overview:

“Why Samuel Fuller?”  Senses of Cinema essay by Tag Gallagher

The Narrative Tabloid of Samuel Fuller by Grant Tracey from Images Journal

Samuel Fuller Spills His Guts by Jonathon Rosenbaum

I Shot Jesse James:

The Baron of Arizona:

Next time on the podcast: Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer

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David Blakeslee

David hosts the Criterion Reflections podcast, a series that reviews the films of the Criterion Collection in their chronological order of release. The series began in 2009 and those essays (covering the years 1921-1967) can be found via the website link provided below. In March 2016, the blog transferred to this site, and in August 2017, the blog changed over to a podcast format. David also contributes to other reviews and podcasts on this site. He lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan and works in social services. Twitter / Criterion Reflections