The Brattle Film Podcast

The official podcast of Boston’s unofficial film school: The Brattle Theatre. Since 1953 the Brattle has been a home for film lovers to gather and share great cinema; showing an eclectic mix of classic, cutting-edge, foreign, cult, and art-house movies on 35mm film, digital projection, and now virtually.

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The official podcast of Boston’s unofficial film school: The Brattle Theatre. Since 1953 the Brattle has been a home for film lovers to gather and share great cinema; showing an eclectic mix of classic, cutting-edge, foreign, cult, and art-house movies on 35mm film, digital projection, and now virtually.
The official podcast of Boston’s unofficial film school: The Brattle Theatre. Since 1953 the Brattle has been a home for film lovers to gather and share great cinema; showing an eclectic mix of classic, cutting-edge, foreign, cult, and art-house movies on 35mm film, digital projection, and now virtually.
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Podcast: Episode 13 – Wicked Queer Cinema

1:16:02 • We’re joined by Shawn Cotter, director of Wicked Queer, The Boston LGBT Film Festival to talk movies to watch while closing Pride Month – including the three Pioneers of Queer Cinema re-released by Kino Lorber that are featured in the Brattle’s Virtual Cinema.

Programs Discussed: Wicked Queer, Pioneers of Queer Cinema

Podcast: Episode 12 – Lisa Simmons of Roxbury International Film Festival

41:43 • In a special interview episode, we talk with Lisa Simmons of the Roxbury International Film Festival, which had to postpone its 21st season due to COVID-19.

Podcast: Episode 11 – #BreakYourAlgorithm

53:46 • We discuss films from our ongoing series that attempt to trick your streaming platforms (and your minds) into helping you discover a more eclectic mix of movies.

Programs Discussed: #BreakYourAlgorithm

Podcast: Episode 10 – More Virtual Cinema Offerings

59:56 • We discuss five films playing in our virtual cinema: The Ghost of Peter Sellers, Lucky Grandma, Vitalina Varela, Fourteen, and Thousand Pieces of Gold. Plus, we get a surprise visit from the editor of one of those films for an unplanned Q&A.

Programs Discussed: The Ghost of Peter Sellers, Lucky Grandma, Vitalina Varela, Fourteen, and Thousand Pieces of Gold

Podcast: Episode 9 – Reunion Week 2020

1:05:41 • For our annual Reunion Week, we take a look at some films from the classes of 1945, 1970, and 1995.

Programs Discussed: Reunion Week 2020

Podcast: Episode 8 – Women of Sci-Fi

1:55:05 • We’re joined by our friends Alex and Kristen from Strictly Brohibited for a series of sci-fi films that have a significant creative contribution from women – either behind the camera or the page of the script.

Programs Discussed: Women of Sci-Fi

Podcast: Episode 7 – Virtual Cinema Offerings

1:19:59 • In this episode, we explore some of the films recently run in our Virtual Screening Room as well as the #BreakYourAlgorithm series, and we read and play some more of our listener’s earliest cinema-going memories.

Programs Discussed: The Cordillera of Dreams, Deerskin, L’Innocente, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, #BreakYourAlgorithm

Podcast: Episode 6 – Screwball Comedy Edition

1:35:24 • In this episode, we spar over what exactly constitutes a screwball comedy and share our thoughts on some of our favorite examples of the genre as well as a few other films it inspired.

Programs Discussed: Screwball Comedy

Podcast: Episode 5 – Other Music, Other Movies

1:28:29 • As we enter week six of COVID-19 lockdown we dive deep into the documentary Other Music, which tracks the last days of an indispensable institution and explore what made it special; and we talk about our favorite movies from all our virtual series so far: Music Matters, #BreakYourAlgorithm, “Y’Know, For The Kids,” and Take the Red Pill: The Pop-Art Sci-Fi of the Wachowskis.

Programs Discussed: Other Music, Music Matters, #BreakYourAlgorithm, “Y’Know, for the Kids,” and Take the Red Pill: The Pop-Art Sci-Fi of the Wachowskis.

Podcast: Episode 4 – Virtual Vacation International

1:29:14 • We travel the globe via movies that present international cities from insider and outsider perspectives; also we learn about the Brattle’s long legacy of bringing iconic foreign language films to American audiences.

Programs Discussed: Virtual Vacation International

Podcast: Episode 3 – Virtual Vacation USA

1:27:11 • We go around the USA via movies that make the cities in which they take place into a character; also we hear from listeners about cinematic kindertrauma memories.

Programs Discussed: Virtual Vacation USA

Podcast: Episode 2 – Keep Your Distance

1:20:22 • We hear from listeners and discuss our first virtual series.

Programs Discussed: Keep Your Distance

Podcast: Episode 1 – Childhood Favorites and Our First Virtual Series

48:31 • Ned, Ivy, Alissa, and Ian talk about their earliest memories of going to the cinema, some of the movies in Ned’s “You Know, for the Kids” program, and the Brattle’s first virtual series to watch along with us on the podcast.

Programs Discussed: Y’Know, for the Kids, Keep Your Distance

Childhood Favorites and Our First Virtual Series
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Introduction: Welcome to The Brattle Film Podcast

5:13 • Stay engaged with films at The Brattle while the theater is dark.

Welcome to The Brattle Film Podcast
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