The Shadowcast #2: Midterm Mayhem

The second edition of our podcast is here! Listen to Fiona and I plus Momo the podcat discussing US political satires from 1997 and 1998 — MAD CITY, WAG THE DOG, PRIMARY COLORS and, best of all, Mr. Warren Beatty’s extraordinary BULWORTH.

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7 Responses to “The Shadowcast #2: Midterm Mayhem”

  1. I don’t think you guys “get” Warren Beatty. He’s a filmmaker who acts rather than an actor who directs. Remember he made his motion picture debut in 1961 in “Splendor in the Grass” in which he STARRED. Five years later, “Bonnie and Clyde”

    “Bulworth” is a “mourning work” for Bobby Kennedy, who he knew personally. In a fairly recent “Vanity Fair” interview he recalls how he met Marilyn Monroe the night before she died at Bobby’s place in Malibu. (The mind reels at the intense iconography alone.)

    “Reds” is his best film. It’s all about liberalism and its limitations. Warren is a liberal but he knows how the world works as is obvious from “Shampoo” and “Bulworth.”

    As for his age in the latter he asks Halle Berry how old she thinks he is and she says “60” — which is obviously true as his face falls to the floor in response. Bulworth couldn’t possibly have been reconciled with his “Stepford” wife — no matter how well Christine Baranski plays her. Warren wants us all to fall for Halle Berry — which isn’t difficult,

    Yes it’s all “Chinese Adventures in China” (which DeBroca made a nice film of with Belmondo) but retrofitted to encompass white guilt over the failure of Black politics to gain a foothold in this country. Obama was full of “hope” for “change” but now we’ve got Trump — an unapologetic racist.

  2. What mystifies me with Beatty is not Reds and Bulworth which seem consistent with each other, even if the tone is very different, but Dick Tracy and Rules Don’t Apply, which seem hard to square with his seriousness…

    I am fascinated to see what films emerge in response to this era of American society. I have a feeling it may be a while before anyone can engage with the trauma.

  3. “Dick Tracy” is Warren reliving his childhood. The eye=popping colors are really something and the Sondheim songs are great.

  4. “Rules Don’t Apply” is more curious a result of his overthinking coupled with his procrastination. He wane a movie about Howard Hughes 30 years go. Well as we all know Marty and Leo beat him to the punch with “The Aviator” so elected instead to make a film about the effect Hughes had on other people. I love the scene where he has a hamburger in front of the Spruce Goose. But that’s about it.

    I wish he’d make a film with his transgender son Stephen Ira.

  5. The sound file cuts out half way through….I was enjoying it …boo!

  6. Hmm, I can hear it all. Try downloading again, or listening online?

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