The Allure of Really Bad Films
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 596
- Aug 5, 2020 6:00 pm
- 52:48 mins
Films So Bad, They’re Actually Good Guest: Jeffrey Sconce, Associate Professor in the Screen Cultures program at Northwestern University ‘Badfilm’ is a genre long characterized by movies “so bad that they are actually good.” What makes a truly great badfilm? Citizen Kane Guest: Harlan Lebo, author, "Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey" The making of "Citizen Kane," long recognized as one of the greatest films ever made, has a story as interesting as the movie itself. The Real Lawrence of Arabia Guest: Eugene Rogan, Professor, Modern Middle Eastern History, and Director, Middle East Centre, University of Oxford Few true stories have inspired more awe than that of T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. Winston Churchill said of Lawrence, “I deem him one of the greatest beings alive in our time . . . we shall never see his like again. His name will live in history. It will live in the annals of war. . . . It will live in the legends of Arabia.” The 1962 film about Lawrence also became iconic. How well did the film capture the legend?