I think I’ll keep this one pretty short. This is the final episode of the year. The film is Hudsucker Proxy and the guest is the old standby, Jon. This is, for both of us, a favorite film from the first time either of us first watched it.
It belongs on this show because it is a film of magical realism, steeped in German expressionism and Art Deco and rapid fire dialogue. It’s informed by earlier films like Singing in the Rain & A Matter of Life and Death & Sweet Smell of success. But even though it was made decades after the aformentioned films, it should be considered contemporary to them, as it isn’t a send-up of their sort; rather it’s a film that is as unique and artful as they, set in a similar time, though it remains timeless nonetheless. It’s also the subtlest Christmas movie…
This is one of my very favorite films and I very much want you to watch it before you listen to this episode. But whatever you chose to do, please enjoy our episode discussing The Hudsucker Proxy
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