The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 8 – 2012 In Review

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 Ryan Gallagher as they take a look back at the Eclipse Series releases of 2012, and peer ahead to anticipate (or just wish) what 2013 may have in store.

About the Eclipse Series:

Eclipse is a collection of lost, overshadowed or forgotten classics in simple, affordable editions. Each series is a brief cinematheque retrospective for the adventurous home viewer.

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Timeline for the podcast:

Introduction (00:00:01 – 00:05:08)

Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin (00:05:09 – 00:15:08)

Pearls of the Czech New Wave (00:15:09 – 00:27:16)

Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr. (oo:27:17 – 00:35:15)

Jean Gremillon During the Occupation (00:35:16 – 00:43:33)

Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer (00:43:34 – 00:49:59)

Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures (00:50:00 – 00:56:43)

When Horror Came to Shochiku (00:56:44 – 01:04:05)

Conclusion (01:04:06 – 01:35:00)

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Eclipse Series Releases by Year:

2007 – (6) Early Bergman, The Documentaries of Louis Malle, Late Ozu, Raymond Bernard, The First Films of Samuel Fuller, Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy

2008 – (7) Postwar Kurosawa, Lubitsch Musicals, The Delirious Fictions of William Klein, Silent Ozu, Larisa Shepitko, Aki Kaurismaki’s Proletariat Trilogy, Rossellini’s History Films – Renaissance and Enlightenment

2009 – (4) Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu, Alexander Korda’s Private Lives, Nikkatsu Noir, Dusan Makavejev – Free Radical

2010 – (6) Chantal Akerman in the Seventies, George Bernard Shaw on Film, Oshima’s Outlaw Sixties, Presenting Sacha Guitry, The First Films of Akira Kurosawa, The Actuality Dramas of Allan King

2011 – (6) Basil Dearden’s London Underground, Silent Naruse, Raffaello Matarazzo’s Runaway Melodramas, The Warped World of Koreyoshi KuraharaAki Kaurismaki’s Leningrad Cowboys, Sabu!

2012 – (7)

Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin

Pearls of the Czech New Wave

Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

Jean Gremillon During the Occupation

Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer

Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

When Horror Came to Shochiku

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Next time on the podcast: Eclipse Series 31: Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin

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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