Citizen Dame

The podcast for feminists who love film, brought to you by two female critics who want to broaden the conversation.

Episode 130: The Dames Meet Frankenstein

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The Dames discuss a fave horror subgenre: Horror-comedy!
In this episode:
  • Why do we love horror-comedy?
  • Does a horror-comedy have to be scary?
  • Where does the Scream franchise fall in this subgenre?
  • Plus: discussions of Young Frankenstein, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Slumber Party Massacre, The Cat and the Canary, and many more!
 

Episode 129: Dame Diana Rigg

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Episode 126: The Dames Go West

The Dames discuss the Most American Genre: the Western! This episode includes:

  • The history of the Western
  • Western tropes
  • Subgenres galore!
  • The weird relationship between Japan and the American Western
  • Why The Searchers is really good and also really not-good
  • Blazing Saddles!
  • And Johnny Guitar's challenge against toxic masculinity

Episode 124: Expressionist Dames

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The Dames dive into the twisted world of German Expressionism! This episode includes:

  • German Expressionism: WTF is it?
  • A discussion of the major filmmakers, films, and cinematographers of the movement. 
  • The long history of Expressionism and how it still shapes and influences the films of today. 

Episode 122: The Baby Yoda Show!

This week, the Dames discuss the most important topics, including:

Plus: Listener questions!

Episode 120: The Dames Undergo Emotional Whiplash

This week, the Dames discuss any manner of bad (and good!) things, including the return (sigh) of the Garbage Men:

Plus Listener Questions and What We've Been Watching!

Episode 118: Studio Dames

The Dames are covering the Studio System and the Golden Age of Hollywood this week, including:
  • The Big Five
  • The Paramount Case and anti-trust laws (1948)
  • The 1950s and the further decline of the system into the independent era
  • Important genres: film noir, horror, melodrama, prestige pictures
  • Star personas! 
  • Female filmmakers during the system
  • Some lesser known essentials of the era
 

Episode 116: Silent Dames

The Dames return to cover the history of early and silent cinema, why it's so important, and how women basically did everything first. 

  • The birth of motion pictures and the Silent Film era 
  • Lumieres vs. Melies
  • The development of the mobile camera and continuity narrative
  • Different film industries and influences (Hollywood, Weimar cinema/expressionism, etc.) - how techniques, images, themes, etc. continue to influence filmmaking TODAY
  • Early female filmmakers and artists, including Alice Guy-Blaché, Frances Marion, Mary Pickford, Lotte Reiniger, Marion E. Wong, and Lois Weber. 
 

Episode 114: Dame Criticism

The Dames discuss the meaning and background of Film Theory and Criticism. Plus listener questions and a Very Special Contest announcement!

Further reading:

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To enter the Criterion Contest, send an email with subject line Criterion to: citizendamepod@gmail.com
 
Or a Twitter DM to: @citizendamepod
 

Episode 112: Dame Noir

This week, the Dames take some time out to discuss the many ins and outs of film noir and the Columbia Noir collection on the Criterion Channel, including:

  • The Lady from Shanghai
  • The Sniper
  • Pushover
  • My Name is Julia Ross
  • How hot is Rita Hayworth?!
  • And why Fred MacMurray is the worst. 

Plus, a tribute to the awesomeness that is Honor Blackman.

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