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Now displaying: December, 2017
Dec 18, 2017
Bill speaks to The Rialto Report’s Ashley West. West explains how his ongoing documentary project detailing the birth of the adult film industry in New York put him on the path to recording audio commentaries with figures like Radley Metzger, consulting on the HBO series THE DEUCE and co-founding The Rialto Report, a collection of podcasts, articles and photographs chronicling the history of the golden age of adult film. Other topics covered include: fanzines, the field recordings of Alan Lomax, the adult film work of Wes Craven, BOOGIE NIGHTS, the Golden Age Appreciation Fund, Video Nasties, Jamie Gillis, BARBARA BROADCAST and how an eBay bidding war can lead you to a PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO moment.
 
(Pretty much all NSFW) Links:
 
Visit The Rialto Report:
http://www.therialtoreport.com/
 
Learn about the annual Golden Age Appreciation Fund:
http://tgaafund.blogspot.com/
 
Read Ashley West (writing as Benson Hurst) and Mark Kernes of AVN on the life and career of actor Jamie Gillis:
https://distribpixblog.com/2010/02/25/the-life-of-jamie-gillis/
 
Hear the Rialto Report podcast: ‘More, More, More’: The Search for Andrea True, and the Creation of a Disco Sensation
http://www.therialtoreport.com/2017/05/21/more-more-more/
 
Hear the Rialto Report podcast: ‘Deep Sleep’ (1972): Deep, Deep Trouble
http://www.therialtoreport.com/2015/07/25/deep-sleep/
 
See C.J. Laing in BARBARA BROADCAST, featuring audio commentary by Ashley West and Radley Metzger:
http://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/barbara-broadcast-radley-metzger-blu-ray-dvd-all-region/
 
See locations from Russ Meyer’s FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! as they appear today:
http://www.therialtoreport.com/2017/11/19/faster-pussycat-kill-kill/
Dec 12, 2017
Bill talks to author and film critic Molly Haskell about some of the many contributions she’s made to film culture, from writing film criticism for publications like The Village Voice and Vogue to developing books like her landmark FROM REVERENCE TO RAPE: THE TREATMENT OF WOMEN IN THE MOVIES and the recent STEVEN SPIELBERG: A LIFE IN FILMS. Other topics covered include: Feminism, Andrew Sarris, Leo McCarey, DIABOLIQUE, the Sarasota French Film Festival, Twitter, Pauline Kael, women’s films of the 1970s, film theory, Agnes Varda, the origins of the National Society Of Film Critics and New York film culture in the 1960s.
 
Visit Molly Haskell’s official site:
 
Hear a podcast containing the 2008 talk given by Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris at the Museum Of The Moving Image:
 
Read the joint review Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris wrote for Robert Altman’s NASHVILLE:
https://www.villagevoice.com/2006/11/21/a-critics-duet-on-nashville/
 
Hear Molly Haskell on the Film Comment Podcast:
 
Read Molly Haskell at Film Comment:
https://www.filmcomment.com/author/molly-haskell/
 
Read Molly Haskell’s essay on CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA for the Criterion Collection:
https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/4120-iclouds-of-sils-maria
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