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Episode 45: Force of Evil

Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir

Each film noir weaves its own yarn of longing, corruption, and fateful decisions. In this podcast series, Clute and Edwards investigate one noir or neo-noir in detail. Following various threads of inquiry, they attempt to unravel the vast canvas of noir.

Noircast Special 4: TCM Presents Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir 2015/06/04, 04:34
Noircast Special 4: TCM Presents Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir

<p>Miguel Rodriquez of <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.monsterislandresort.org"><em>Monster Island Resort</em> </a>&nbsp;and Will McKinley of <a rel="nofollow" href="https://willmckinley.wordpress.com">Cinematically Insane</a>&nbsp;interview Clute and Edwards on the topic of <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.canvas.net/browse/bsu/tcm/courses/film-noir"><strong>TCM Presents&nbsp;</strong><strong><em>Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir</em></strong></a>, a free multimedia online course presented by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Ball State University.&nbsp; This course is the latest collaboration by the creators of the <em>Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir</em> podcast series and will benefit from the promotional and social media support of TCM, where Clute now serves as head of Marketing and Editorial, and the innovative multimedia course materials created by Ball State University, where Edwards is Executive Director of iLearn Research.&nbsp; The course is free and open to the public, will run in conjunction with the two-month &ldquo;Summer of Darkness&rdquo; festival on TCM, featuring 24 hours of film noir every Friday in June and July, 2015.</p>

OUT OF THE PAST ON AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING RADIO NATIONAL 2012/07/09, 02:57
OUT OF THE PAST ON AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING RADIO NATIONAL

<p class="MsoNormal">Clute and Edwards are pleased to announce that the <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Out of the Past </b>podcasts are being broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Radio National, as part of their new "Top of the Pods" programming &mdash;their selection of the world's best podcasts. (<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/topofthepods/">http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/topofthepods/</a>)<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"></p><br><p class="MsoNormal">It is truly an honor to be included in this program, and a pleasure to hear the podcasts introduced by ABC host Robbie Buck.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The ABC episode show descriptions will be posted on the NOIRCAST website as the programs are broadcast in Australia, and go live on the ABC Radio National website for streaming.</p>

FILM NOIR, BRAIN GAP (OUT OF THE PAST ON ABC) 2012/07/09, 02:53
FILM NOIR, BRAIN GAP (OUT OF THE PAST ON ABC)

<p class="MsoNormal"><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/topofthepods/ootp-the-killing-26-brain-7/4019376">http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/topofthepods/ootp-the-killing-26-brain-7/4019376</a></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>26 June 2012:<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: #333333;">Film Noir duo Clute and Edwards <b>Out of the Past</b> take a deep and meaningful look at <b>The Killing</b>, directed by Stanley Kubrick - and it's compared with Quentin Tarantino&rsquo;s Reservoir Dogs &ndash; in the filming techniques, plot and narrative construction. Kubrick's careful composition of every shot shows his deep sympathy for noir tradition but to it he adds a non-linear narrative and omniscient voice-over and inventive sound design which guide the viewer through the non-linear tale. Is the most powerful force in this noir universe one of self-determination or fate?</span></p><br><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt; mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: #333333;">And our cognitive abilities are further stimulated with the <b>BBC's History of the Brain</b>, Episode 7 is subtitled <b>Mind the Gap</b> and focuses on how the microscope allowed neurologists to detail the structure of brain cells. Sigmund Freud had hoped his gold chloride staining method would revolutionise brain research but in fact Camillo Golgi's La Reazione Nero ilver nitrate technique enabled brain scientists to see the cell composition more clearly.<o:p></o:p></span></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: #333333;">And ending with a nice trip out on the boat - and doesn't she look great! <b>Libby Purves</b> from <b>Yachting Monthly </b>tells us how not to fret about mishaps.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

THE KILLERS AND BEE CURATORS (OUT OF THE PAST ON ABC) 2012/07/09, 02:52
THE KILLERS AND BEE CURATORS (OUT OF THE PAST ON ABC)

<p class="MsoNormal"><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/topofthepods/noir2c-museum-and-shorts/3945740">http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/topofthepods/noir2c-museum-and-shorts/3945740</a></p><br><p class="MsoNormal">24 April 2012:</p><br><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt; mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"><b><span style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: #333333;">Out of the Past</span></b><span style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: #333333;"> film Noir reviewers Clute and Edwards discuss <b>The Killers</b>. Hemingway's 1927 short story is little more than a pretext and the film really asks the fundamental post-WWII question: <i>in a world where every man bears scars from the fight, how and why does he keep fighting?</i> Director Robert Siodmak's answer is seemingly the one given by Albert Camus in his essay The Myth of Sisyphus: <i>At the moment a man accepts the burden of his existence ... he is greater than his destiny</i>. Hear how Out of the Past relate this classic film noir to Greek philosophy and myth.<o:p></o:p></span></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: #333333;">After which we pay a visit to the busy cabinets of <b>Museum Victoria</b>, as Dr Andi Horvath goes to watch an assortment of bees doing their thing around the comb.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

SUNSET BOULEVARD WITH RARE BOOKS AND APPLE TREES (OUT OF THE PAST ON ABC) 2012/07/09, 02:51
SUNSET BOULEVARD WITH RARE BOOKS AND APPLE TREES (OUT OF THE PAST ON ABC)

<p class="MsoNormal"><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/topofthepods/ootp2bbooks2btrees/3900878">http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/topofthepods/ootp2bbooks2btrees/3900878</a></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>27 March 2012:</strong></p><br><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt; mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: #333333;">Our favourite purveyors of film Noir - Clute and Edwards from <b>Out of the Past </b>- get to work on the underpinnings to Billy Wilder's 1950 masterwork Sunset Boulevard. There are mysterious deaths; a doomed male protagonist, and a femme fatale. Actually, it's more than noir - it's a self-conscious staging of the crime that is Hollywood.<o:p></o:p></span></p><br><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;line-height:18.0pt;mso-pagination:<br>none;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">After which we're off to </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;"><b>Museum Victoria </b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">for a guided look at their rare books collection - and branching out to carefully tended apple trees - many varieties in one - with </span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;"><b>Radio New Zealand's This Way Up</b></span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">.</span><span color="#333333" face="Arial" data-mce-style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial;" style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial;"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml><br> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings><br> <o:AllowPNG/><br> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings><br></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml><br> <w:WordDocument><br> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom><br> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves><br> <w:TrackFormatting/><br> <w:PunctuationKerning/><br> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing><br> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing><br> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery><br> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery><br> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/><br> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid><br> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent><br> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText><br> <w:Compatibility><br> <w:BreakWrappedTables/><br> <w:DontGrowAutofit/><br> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/><br> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/><br> </w:Compatibility><br> </w:WordDocument><br></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml><br> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"><br> </w:LatentStyles><br></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><br><style><br> /* Style Definitions */<br>table.MsoNormalTable<br> {mso-style-name:"Table Normal";<br> mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;<br> mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;<br> mso-style-noshow:yes;<br> mso-style-parent:"";<br> mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;<br> mso-para-margin:0in;<br> mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;<br> mso-pagination:widow-orphan;<br> font-size:12.0pt;<br> font-family:"Times New Roman";<br> mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria;<br> mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;<br> mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";<br> mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;<br> mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria;<br> mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}<br></style><br><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--></span></p><br><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt; mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"></p><br><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 12.0pt; line-height: 18.0pt; mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none; text-autospace: none;"><span color="#333333" face="Arial" style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial;"></span></p>

NOIR MOVIES, THE MUSEUM AND THE MOON (Out of the Past on ABC) 2012/07/09, 02:47
NOIR MOVIES, THE MUSEUM AND THE MOON (Out of the Past on ABC)

<p class="MsoNormal"><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/topofthepods/21/3816384">http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/topofthepods/21/3816384</a></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>21 February 2012:</strong></p><br><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; color: #333333;">We're with the beguiling film genre of Noir, and one of the most prestigious of the genre -<strong> The Maltese Falcon</strong>. Noir reviewers Clute and Edwards discuss its literary genesis and plot development, as well as characterisation and innovative camera work. Also today we venture inside <strong>The Memory Palace</strong> with Nate DiMeo, who sets stories to music - and then we're at The Melbourne Planetarium, for a chat about the moon.</span></p>

Noircast Special 5: L.A. Noire The Collected Stories: A Conversation with Jonathan Santlofer 2012/02/11, 21:03
Noircast Special 5: L.A. Noire The Collected Stories: A Conversation with Jonathan Santlofer

<p>Clute and Edwards are joined by L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories editor Jonathan Santlofer, a hard-boiled writer and artist extraordinaire. Santlofer discusses the particular challenges and rewards of bringing together a short story collection for a video game production company from tight deadlines to restrictions on spoilers and the need for publishers of all media to put story first in this brave new era when the medium and the target audience grow ever harder to define. A fascinating conversation for all fans of videogames, hard-boiled fiction and things noir. For more noir podcasts and projects, visit Noircast.net or join us on Noircast at Facebook.</p>

Episode 53: Out of the Past Act II 2011/11/24, 06:14
Episode 53: Out of the Past Act II

<p>OUT OF THE PAST is perhaps the most carefully structured of all films noir--a narrative divided (like protagonist Jeff Markum/Bailey) between an inescapable past and an impossible future, teetering on the slimmest hope for the present such that any action taken by its poor players tips them down into the abyss. Director Jacques Tourneur, cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca and screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring perfectly synchronized their efforts on this film, creating a narrative masterpiece where every image perfectly accompanies or contrasts every line of dialogue, where the whole is so self-conscious that it forces us to view each moment through every other, creating a true mise-en- abyme. It would be as impossible for the viewer to enter into such a story as it is for the characters to escape it, if it weren't for the decision to create a "Meta" narration at exactly the halfway point of the film, allowing the viewer to sort past from present in a film that constantly blurs that distinction in order to show how lives are always lived in servitude to what comes out of the past. For all of these reasons, the film is a constant source of inspiration, and a constant obsession, for those who watch it carefully. Artist and novelist Jonathan Santlofer joins Clute and Edwards to discuss how the film has repeatedly inspired his work, and Clute and Edwards consider how the case they would make for this movie is reframed each time they reopen their investigation into its means and motives.</p>

Episode 52: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (with Scott McGee) 2011/10/16, 00:03
Episode 52: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (with Scott McGee)

<p>Appearances can be deceiving. On the surface, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS is pure science fiction, the tale of seed pods from outer space that produce emotionless body doubles of each citizen in the small town of Santa Mira. Often read as an allegory of either Communism or McCarthyism, where every person who becomes "one of them" loses autonomy by willingly buying into the unthinking collective, the film in fact plumbs questions of humanity in the modern era with subtlety and nuance more common to films noir than to science fiction movies. As Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) and Becky Driscoll (Dana Wynter) fight to remain human, they question the mass hysteria of the era, recognize that all appearances are misleading in a mass media culture, and discuss how we lose our humanity in times of social dislocation. Director Don Siegal, screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring and producer Walter Wanger draw on their extensive experience in creating iconic films noir to craft a movie that self-consciously adopts a noir style and noir thematics whenever the stakes are high, demonstrating in the process that noir is ideally suited to addressing human questions in the years following WWII, when retaining our humanity in spite of technological progress is precisely what is in question.</p>

Episode 51: L.A. Noire 2011/08/16, 07:18
Episode 51: L.A. Noire

<p class="p1">A product of Clute and Edwards' longstanding fascination with film noir and hard-boiled literature, this podcast investigates how certain mid-century visual and storytelling conventions evolved into Rockstar Games/Team Bondi's new video game L.A. NOIRE.&nbsp; To some degree, noir and hard-boiled themselves evolved from a 19<sup>th</sup>-century literary tradition that involved contests of deduction and linear modes of problem-solving (a tradition established by Edgar Allan Poe), but in the wake of two world wars and other evidence of the havoc wreaked by modern "progress" those storytelling traditions evolved into something darker and more nuanced&mdash;something that offered less certain outcomes.&nbsp; L.A NOIRE plays on both traditions: it is linear and problem-based in its narrative structure, yet its underlying worldview is as brooding and morally ambiguous as the finest films noir and hard-boiled novels.&nbsp; Like all great digital works it is a mashup that weaves together swaths of historical events and pop culture yarns, and the result is a vast tapestry of noir at once familiar and altogether unique.</p>