Special Guests: Daniel Bird, James Steffen
Guest Co-Host: Larry Revene

We're looking at Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates. Released in 1969, the film is something of a look at the life of Armenian ashugh told in an oblique and beautiful way.

Director and DP Larry Revene joins Mike to talk about this poetic film. Daniel Bird, director of The World is a Window: The Making of The Color of Pomegranates and James Steffen, the author of The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov, discuss the making of the film as well as the cuts imposed by Russian censors.

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Buy The Color of Pomegranates on Criterion Blu-Ray
Buy The Color of Pomegranates on Second Sight Blu-Ray
Read Cecilia Cenciarelli; “The restoration of ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ was Scorsese’s idea.” by Ruzan Bagratunyan
Read What Color is The Color of Pomegranates? A Critique of the 2014 World Cinema Project/L’Immagine Ritrovata Restoration of Parajanov’s Film by James Steffen

All music by Nicholas Jaar's Pomegranates



Special Guests: Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley
Mike talks to filmmakers Michael Galinski and about their careers from their early narrative work (Half-Cocked) to their documentary Horns & Halos to their most recent work, All The Rage (Saved by Sarno) (2017).

Visit the AllTheRageDoc.com website.

"All the Rage" - The Royal We

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All the Rage - Trailer from rumur on Vimeo.


Special Guest: Daniel Roebuck

Mike talks to Daniel Roebuck about his career from his early days in Cavegirl to working with Rob Zombie and Don Coscarelli to his latest effort where he not only acts but is the co-writer, producer, and director, Getting Grace (2017).

Find out more at GettingGraceTheMovie.com

"Ghost Riders in the Sky" - Fire Jam Band

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Special Guest: Justin Bozung
Guest Co-Hosts: Dennis Tafoya, Scout Tafoya

Directed by Frank Perry, the film was written by and based on the book Girl on the Volkswagen Floor by , Man On A Swing (1974) stars Cliff Robertson as detective Lee Tucker who investigates the mysterious murder of a young woman. When things are at a stalemate with the case, he’s approached by Franklin Willis, played by Joel Grey, an alleged psychic with uncanny insights into the case.

Justin Bozung returns to The Projection Booth to discuss Frank Perry and the production of Man On A Swing while writer Dennis Tafoya and film scholar Scout Tafoya talk with Mike about this unusual film.

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Buy Man On A Swing on DVD
Buy Girl on the Volkswagen Floor by William Arthur Clark
Buy Blue Pages by Eleanor Perry

Original Score by Lalo Schifrin


Chris Stachiw from Kulture Shocked allowed Mike to program a month of shows for The Kulturecast. And thus, "Mike White March" was born. The theme Mike chose was Japanese New Wave with a quartet of films that exemplify what the vanguard of the Japanese New Wave film "movement".

Death By Hanging

Funeral Parade of Roses

Eros + Massacre

Ecstasy of the Angels


Special Guest: Mei Fong
Guest Co-Hosts: Keith Gordon, Christine Makepeace

While we often talk about a few movies on every episode -- one main film and some supporting works, sequels, and so on -- we're spotlighting two movies on this episode: Michael Campus's Z.P.G. (1972) and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men (2006).

Z.P.G. (Zero Population Growth) stars Oliver Reed as Russ McNeil and and Geraldine Chaplan as his wife Carol. The film is set the near future where global resources have been strained and the environment has paid the price for the blight of human beings which have polluted the air so much that they live under a shroud of smog. The film was inspired by Paul Ehrlich's 1968 clarion call, The Population Bomb which warned of overpopulation.

Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men is a very loose adaptation of P.D. James's 1992 novel. The film stars Clive Owen as Theo Faron who's biding his time on planet earth as the population is dying -- or killing itself off. No babies have been born in over 18 years which has exacerbated social strife, leading to terrorism, mass suicide, and refugee crises.

Furthering the discussion about population control, author Mei Fong discusses her book One Child: The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment while Keith Gordon and Christine Makepeace join Mike to talk about the two different approaches to similar sci-fi material.

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Buy The Edict by Max Ehrlich
Read Nightmare for Future Reference by Stephen Vincent Benet
Buy Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
Listen to The Feminine Critique podcast
Read Understanding Art In Movies: Children of Men Read China Wants to Abandon the Two-Child Policy from ThatsShanghai
Read about Forced Sterilization in Puerto Rico
Read ‘Children of Men’: Alfonso Cuarón’s Bleak but Genius Vision of the Past, Present and the Future

"Children of the Revolution" - T-Rex



Special Guests: Myrna Sokoloff
Guest Co-Hosts: Mike Sullivan, Rob St. Mary

We’re looking at the Conservative comedy, An American Carol 2008. The child of Charles Dickens and Bill O'Reilly, the film tells the tale of Michael Malone -- a stand-in for filmmaker Michael Moore (Kevin P. Farley). He's a liberal know-nothing who’s inflamed hate against the Land that We Love and is visited by four ghosts -- well, three ghosts and a contemporary country singer -- to try and convince him to love country music and stop complaining about gun control, global warming, unjust wars, and other bleeding-heart liberal causes.

Directed by David Zucker (Airplane!, Top Secret), the film was co-written by , as a reaction to Hollywood intolerance.

Rob St. Mary returns to the show along with Mike Sullivan to discuss the film, satire, and falafels. This isn't a podcast, this is The Flintstones.

Note: The Thomas Jefferson joke is from Joe Machi.

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Buy An American Carol on Blu-Ray
Buy Hand of Fatima by Myrna Sokoloff
Buy Postal on Blu-Ray
Buy The Onion Movie on DVD
Buy Team America: World Police on Blu-Ray

"American Idiot" - Richard Cheese
"Freedom Isn't Free" - Trey Parker



Welcome to the first show as part of the Set The Tape podcast network... Cinema Obscura.

Hosted by Tony Black, co-editor/co-creator of Set The Tape, Cinema Obscura's mission statement is to examine "cool, cult and classic cinema", and hopefully along the way shed new light on your favorite movies while exploring hidden gems.

Joined by different guests every episode, Tony will focus on one movie each episode, digging into the production, the story, characters and behind the scenes tales.

In this first episode, Tony is joined by Mike White, esteemed film scholar and host of the fantastic The Projection Booth podcast, to discuss Steven Spielberg's legendary first motion picture, 1971's Duel .

If you like the podcast, why not leave us a 5-star review on iTunes? Or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or subscribe at SetTheTape.com.


Listen to Cinema Obscura
Buy Duel on DVD
Read Killer Cars: Death on the Highway by Mike White
Buy Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a Film Career by Steven Awalt