February 19, 2020

Episode 455: The Seed of Man (1969)

Special Guest: Nicoletta Ercole
Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Kat Ellinger

It's less than two minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock. Our Eastern Neighbors are being quarantined from the corona virus. And here we are talking about the end of the world as shown in 1969 by director Marco Ferreri. The Seed of Man / Il seme dell'uomo stars Marzio Margine as Cino and Anne Wiazemsky as Dora, the only lovers left alive after a plague has wiped out most of the world's population. The two live in a seaside home where Cino has a museum of trivial objects. He feels that he has to repopulate the world but Dora has other ideas.

Heather Drain and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss the work of Marco Ferreri while special guest Nicoletta Ercole discusses her film Marco Ferreri: Dangerous But Necessary.

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Buy The Seed of Man on DVD
Read Marco Ferreri: The Veterinarian of Wo/mankind

"End of the World" - Aphrodite's Child


February 12, 2020

Episode 454: The Laughing Woman (1969)

Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Elric Kane

Our appreciation of 1969 continues with a look at Piero Schivazappa's Femina Ridens / The Laughing Woman. Also sometimes known as The Frightened Woman, the film stars Philipe Leroy as Sayer, the head of a charity foundation, and Dagmar Lassander as Maria, one of his employees. She she expresses an interest in writing an article about male sterilization, he takes that as his cue to invite her to his house and enslave her. What else can a good chauvinist do?

Elric Kane and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss the film, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Men's Rights, and more.

Big thanks to Ashley West of The Rialto Report.

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Buy The Frightened Woman on DVD
Buy The Laughing Woman by Hardian Keene

Femina Ridens Soundtrack - Stelvio Cipriani


February 5, 2020

Episode 453: Blind Beast (1969)

Guest Co-Hosts: Coffin Jon, Elric Kane

Our appreciation of 1969 continues with our second look at an adaptation of ’s work, Blind Beast. Directed by Yasuzô Masumura, the film stars Mako Midori as Aki Shima, a model, and Eiji Funakoshi as Michio, a blind sculptor who becomes obsessed with her. He and his mother kidnap Aki and keep her in his warehouse studio where the two become engaged in a game of cat and mouse as he tries to create a new form of art that only the blind can appreciate.

Coffin Jon and Elric Kane join Mike to discuss the film specifically and Masumura's work generally.

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Buy Blind Beast on DVD
Buy Blind Beast by Edogawa Rampo

"Blind Love" - Tom Waits


January 29, 2020

Episode 452: Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jess Byard, Ben Buckingham

Our appreciation of 1969 continues with a look at Teruo Ishii's Horrors of Malformed Men. Based on the writings of , the movie tells the tale of Hirosuke Hitomi (Teruo Yoshida) who we first see locked up in an insane asylum. Things only go downhill from there...

Ben Buckingham and Jess Byard join Mike to delve into the ero-guro genre.

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Buy Horrors of Malformed Men on Blu-Ray
Buy The Strange Case of Panorama Island by Edogawa Rampo
Buy The Edogawa Rampo Reader

"Fireworks" - Siouxsie & the Banshees


January 22, 2020

Episode 451: Venus in Furs (1969)

Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Brad Jones

Taking its title from the notorious book by , Jess Franco's Venus in Furs (1969) stars James Darren as Jimmy Logan, a musician who can blow a cool horn. He finds the corpse of a woman he had seen at a party, the mysterious Wanda (Maria Rohm). When Wanda shows up -- alive and seducing -- shortly thereafter, Jimmy becomes obsessed with her, despite his loving relationship with chanteuse Rita (Barbara McNair).

Brad Jones and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss Franco's film as well as an alternate cut of the movie along with a few other adaptations of the Sacher-Masoch story.

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Buy Venus in Furs on DVD
Buy Venus in Furs by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch

"Phantom From The Past" - Manfred Mann
"Venus in Furs" - Velvet Underground
"Venus In Furs (End Credits)" - Manfred Mann


January 15, 2020

Episode 450: Porcile (1969)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Ken Stanley

Our appreciation of films from 1969 continues with a look at Pier Paolo Pasolini's Porcile. It's two stories in one -- the first is about a young man (Jean-Pierre Léaud) who doesn’t want to follow in his father’s capitalist footsteps nor in those of a student radical. The second is about a fine young cannibal (Pierre Clémenti) who ravages the countryside.

Ken Stanley and Jonathan Owen join Mike to discuss this oblique film.

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Buy Porcile on DVD

"Piggies" - R.A.M. Pietsch
"March of the Pigs" - Nine Inch Nails
"Pigs in Zen" - Jane's Addiction
"Do The Pig" - Merced Blue Notes
"Piggy in the Middle" - The Rutles


January 8, 2020

Episode 449: Z (1969)

Guest Co-Hosts: Keith Gordon, Eric Cohen

Based on a book by , Costa-Gavras’s Z (1969) stars Yves Montand as a political activist who is killed after a rally. The film also stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as the investigator of the incident who manages to uncover a vast conspiracy.

Keith Gordon and Eric Cohen join Mike to discuss this political thriller which is a thinly veiled re-telling of the events in Greece of 1963 and the assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis.

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Buy Z on DVD
Buy the Z soundtrack

"Psyche Rock" - Pierre Henry


January 1, 2020

Episode 448: Eros + Massacre (1969)

Special Guest: Dick Stegewerns
Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Stachiw, Samm Deighan

We’re kicking off 2020 with one in a whole series of films that were released in 1969.

Up first is a film that captures the essence of the Japanese New Wave, Yoshishige "Kiju" Yoshida's Eros + Massacre. The film sets up two parallel stories, one set in the late teens/early twenties of the 1900s and the other in the contemporary 1969. The early story concerns the anarchist Osugi Kasae (Toshiyuki Hosokawa) and the three women in his life, most pointedly Ito Noe (Mariko Okada). These true figures from history are contrasted with the fictional characters of 1969 which include Eiko, Megumi, and Wada.

Samm Deighan and an irate Chris Stachiw join Mike to smugly discuss the film. We're joined by special guest Professor Dick Stegewerns, author of Kiju Yoshida: 50 Years of Avant-Garde Filmmaking in Post-War Japan.

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Listen to the Kulturecast episode on Eros + Massacre:
Listen to "Eros + Massacre" on Spreaker.

Buy the Love + Anarchism box set
Buy Eros Plus Massacre by David Desser
Buy Politics, Porn and Protest: Japanese Avant-Garde Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s by Isolde Standish

"The Lost Mother Land (Part 1)" - The Apryl Fool