Citizen Dame

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

Episode 167: Blockbusting Dames

The Dames discuss:

Fear Street 1666 discussion starts at 58:00 and ends at 1:08:30, so skip if you don't want spoilers!

Episode 166: Dame Street 2021

In this grab bag episode, the Dames discuss what we've been watching lately (Zola! Fear Street! Black Widow!), more Twitter kerfluffles, and some great listener questions about Guys and Dolls, Oscar nominations, and best comedies by decade.

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Bonus: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

In honor of Pride Month, our listeners have selected Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire for our June bonus episode. Check out this excerpt, and then go to patreon.com/citizendame to subscribe and hear the rest.

Episode 161: The Dames Made Me Do It

The Dames celebrate the start of Pride month with a discussion of favorite LGBTQ+-themed films! Plus:

  • Cannes found FOUR WHOLE FEMALE DIRECTORS!
  • Favorite Palme d'Or winners across the ages!
  • Apparently Shrek 2 premiered at Cannes?
  • The Conjuring 3 has Catholic imagery! And other shocking revelations.

Episode 158: The Dame-quisition

This week! The Dames are talking about:

  • Great directors who never get included in the Great Directors lists
  • Dracula, Dracula movies, and anticipating Chloé Zhao's Dracula movie
  • Plus a bit of what we've been watching and more Twitter wars

Episode 155: Kar and Laur Go to Vista Del Mar

The Dames head to Florida to discuss the brilliance of Barb and Star, plus: 

Episode 153: Dames on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

The Dames spend some time this week discussing what constitutes a feminist film, including whether or not male directors can make them. Plus:

Episode 143: Wonder Dame 1984

We're ringing in 2021 with an in-depth (and spoilery) discussion of Wonder Woman 1984. Topics include:
  • Why the film is so much better and deeper than a lot of people want to think it is
  • Body swapping and consent
  • How long is too long to pine for Chris Pine?
  • Barbara and Diana and the relationship we never got to see
  • Is Pedro Pascal's Maxwell Lord the greatest movie villain ever?
  • And more!

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. 
 

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