Sound On Sight Radio #183: The White Ribbon / Broken Embraces

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This week on Sound on Sight, we kick off our first Director Showcase, in which we’ll discuss one filmmaker’s work, one film at a time, over a month. This time out, Spain’s Pedro Almodovar, that purveyor of cinema buff porn and layered melodrama, has his number up, and we’ll be starting off on his latest picture, Broken Embraces, which has been dividing critics since its Cannes premiere. One film that’s seen more or less unanimous praise since Cannes, however – including the Palme D’or and now an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film – is Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, his two-and-a-half-hour, black-and-white allegory chronicling the possible origins of Nazi Germany. We’ve enlisted the help of returning guest Derek Gladu to help us sort out all this European jive.

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