The Pointless Century

S2E1 - The Big Parade / 1917

Rachel dreams of reality; Anna wonders whether anti-war movies are really possible; Frank gives an extended description of 1920s special effects; we all agree that the common vernacular of film has changed immensely in 95 years but still manage to find common threads in the genres and narratives that have evolved over that time.

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Episode Notes

S2 E1: The Big Parade / 1917

Rachel dreams of reality; Anna wonders whether anti-war movies are really possible; Frank gives an extended description of 1920s special effects; we all agree that the common vernacular of film has changed immensely in 95 years but still manage to find common threads in the genres and narratives that have evolved over that time.

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1917 . Dir. Sam Mendes, Perf. Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch. Dreamworks, 2019.

The Big Parade. Dir. King Vidor, Writ. Lawrence Stallings, Perf. John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Tom O’Brien, Karl Dane. MGM, 1925.

March, William. Company K. (1933) U of Alabama, 1989.

They Shall Not Grow Old. Dir. Peter Jackson. House / Imperial War Museum, 2018.

The Pointless Crew: Frank Fucile (he/him/his) – Lit & Theory, Film & Media, Genre, Enviro & Tech Studies // Anna Wendorff (she/her/hers) – Communications, Rhetorics of Sci & Tech, Feminism // Rachel Hamele (she/her/hers) – History, Humanities, Queer Studies, Fandoms // Madalyn McCabe (she/her/hers) – Sound Editing, French, European Studies

MUSIC: The (International) Noise Conspiracy – “Last Century Promise” from New Morning…Changing Weather (Burning Heart/Epitaph, 2001)

Refused – “Servants of Death” from Freedom (Epitaph, 2015)

ART: Gustave Moreau, Helen at the Scaen Gate, oil on canvas (Paris, 1880s)

The Big Parade, film still feat. John Gilbert (MGM, 1925)

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The Pointless Century is a podcast of informal discussions about literature and film seeking to understand 20th century history and illuminate 21st century politics. Professor Frank Fucile and research assistants Anna Wendorff and Rachel Hamele work their way through comparative studies of canonical works, examples from pop culture, and some cult classics while reflecting on subjects like technology, art, class, race, gender, sexuality, the environment, (as always) war, and (inevitably) fascism.