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November 3, 2015

Episode 243: Ghost Dog - Way of Le Samouraï

Special Guests: Tim Palmer & Sara Piazza
Guest Co-Host: Peter Rozovsky

Noir November returns with a quartet of unusual titles. We kick off the month with a double dose from Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai.

Our guests include Sara Piazza, author of Jim Jarmusch: Music, Words and Noise and Tim Palmer, Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and author on many pieces on Jean-Pierre Melville/French Cinema. Our guest co-host, Peter Rozovsky, is the author of Detectives Beyond Borders.

Buy Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai on DVD
Buy Le Samourai on DVD
Buy Jean-Pierre Melville: An American in Paris by Ginette Vincendeau
Buy Jim Jarmusch: Music, Words and Noise by Sara Piazza
Buy The Jarmusch Way: Spirituality and Imagination in Dead Man, Ghost Dog, and The Limits of Control by Julian Rice
Read Jean-Pierre Melville and the 1970s French film style by Tim Palmer
Read French Crime Cinema before the New Wave by Tim Palmer
Be sure to visit Detectives Beyond Borders
Listen to our episode on The Killer

"Ronin (feat. Stranga Tha Great, El*a*kwents & Scripture)" - Guerrilla Alliance
"Cold Lampin' With Flavor" - Public Enemy

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  1. I naturally got a great kick out of Tim Palmer's mentioning the streak of humor in Melville that a lot of people might miss.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    "Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

  2. Thank you Rob, thank you Projection Booth - it is truly one special and visionary podcast you guys created. 3 + hours about Melville and Jarmusch. My hat (a fedora?) goes off to you. It was a pleasure to be part of it. I wished I would stutter a bit less... ;o)

  3. Sara, I mentioned the use of sound in "Le Samouraï, " so I was especially interested in your remarks. I may try to track down your book because of this podcast. Mille grazie!

    1. Hi Peter, sorry - just saw your comment. Yes! I really liked where you spoke about "silence" forcing the viewers/listeners to concentrate more. And also the idea of a lack of dialogue which does not al all imply a lack of communication tout court...
      I suspect you might enjoy my book ;o)
      Grazie a te!