Episode 76: North by Northwest (1959)

The guys go on a thrilling adventure across the country with their podcast on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 action classic, North by Northwest. They talk about the ways in which the pretty straightforward thriller seems to differ from the typically Hitchcockian methods of telling a story, with the iconic director famously telling the viewer not to look too deeply at North by Northwest and a deeper enjoyment should arise. The Bit Players break that down in comparing it to James Bond films, Hitchcock’s other, more cerebral work, and the level to which Cary Grant’s Golden Era Hollywood star power translates to the modern viewer. Much of the film’s discussion can be narrowed down to one simple point, however: when put up against Richie Rich, is North by Northwest the best film to climax on the domepiece of Abraham Lincoln?

North by Northwest (1959)
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Stars
Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

Selected By
Jeff

4.6

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Aired Monday, November 7, 2016

The guys go on a thrilling adventure across the country with their podcast on Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 action classic, North by Northwest. They talk about the ways in which the pretty straightforward thriller seems to differ from the typically Hitchcockian methods of telling a story, with the iconic director famously telling the viewer not to look too deeply at North by Northwest and a deeper enjoyment should arise. The Bit Players break that down in comparing it to James Bond films, Hitchcock's other, more cerebral work, and the level to which Cary Grant's Golden Era Hollywood star power translates to the modern viewer. Much of the film's discussion can be narrowed down to one simple point, however: when put up against Richie Rich, is North by Northwest the best film to climax on the domepiece of Abraham Lincoln?

Episode 22: Citizen Kane (1941)

The Bit Players take on the “greatest American film of all-time” this week when they talk about Orson Welles’ iconic classic Citizen Kane. They examine just what it is about the film that helped it reach such an impossibly high stature, and whether those same ideals are still relevant today (or if it’s really historical context that gives it its place in the film canon), the likability of Charles Foster Kane as a character, and Welles himself as an amazing figure in media, writing, directing and starring in what is widely regarded as a classic film at only 25 years old. They also design their own Xanadu, complete with name, location and aesthetic style, as well as reveal what their own “Rosebud” would be on their deathbed.

Citizen Kane (1941)
Director
Orson Welles
Stars
Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore

Selected By
Anders

2.6

Aired Monday, September 7, 2015

The Bit Players take on the "greatest American film of all-time" this week when they talk about Orson Welles' iconic classic Citizen Kane. They examine just what it is about the film that helped it reach such an impossibly high stature, and whether those same ideals are still relevant today (or if it's really historical context that gives it its place in the film canon), the likability of Charles Foster Kane as a character, and Welles himself as an amazing figure in media, writing, directing and starring in what is widely regarded as a classic film at only 25 years old. They also design their own Xanadu, complete with name, location and aesthetic style, as well as reveal what their own "Rosebud" would be on their deathbed.