The Pointless Century

S2E3 - The Monstrous 20s (pt. 1)

Rachel complains about pacing; Anna rants about the wrong movie; Frank compares Rambo to Charlie Kelly; and Madalyn does an excellent job of editing together a long and rambling set of conversations.

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Episode Notes

S2 E3: The Monstrous 20s (pt. 1)

The Penalty. Dir. Wallace Worsley. Writ. Gouverneur Morris. Perf. Lon Chaney. Goldwyn, 1920.

Nosferatu. Dir. F.W. Murnau. Perf. Max Schreck, Gustave von Wagenheim, Greta Schröder. JABJ, 1922.

Waxworks. Dir. Paul Leni & Leo Birinsky. Writ. Henrik Galeen. Perf. Emil Jannings, Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss, William Dieterle. Neptune, 1924.

In the first installment of a two-part series, Rachel complains about pacing; Anna rants about the wrong movie; Frank compares Rambo to Charlie Kelly; and Madalyn does an excellent job of editing together a long and rambling set of conversations about power-mad tyrants, disfigured geniuses, subhuman predators, empty husks of human flesh, the invention of genre cinema, (as always) the First World War, & (inevitably) fascism. // T-shirts are now available: http://tee.pub/lic/1yd0lBadbP4

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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

REFERENCES:

Elsaesser, Thomas. Weimar Cinema and After: Germany’s Historical Imaginary. Routledge, 2000.

Fussell, Paul. Class: A Guide through the American Status System. Simon & Schuster, 1983.

Horkheimer, Max & Theodor Adorno. The Dialectic of Enlightenment, ed. Gunzelin Schmid Noerr, trans. Edmund Jephcott. Stanford, 2002.

Kracauer, Siegfried. From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film. Princeton, 1947.

Poole, W. Scott. Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror. Counterpoint, 2019.

MUSIC: The Melvins – “Vile” from Ozma (Boner, 1989)

Fantômas – “Der Golem” (written by Karl Ernst Sasse) from The Director’s Cut (Ipecac, 2001)

ART: Paul Nash, We Are Making a New World. Oil on canvas, 1918. Imperial War Museum.

Albin Grau, promotional poster for Nosferatu, 1922.

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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.