Van Gogh expert, Martin Bailey, joins us on the show this week to enlighten us on all things Vincent as we review the Willem Dafoe starring biopic, At Eternity's Gate, and we revisit to a childhood favourite with Tim Burton's Dumbo.
First up we discuss Julian Schnabel’s Vincent van Gogh biopic, At Eternity’s Gate. Shot with a painter’s eye, Schnabel once again shows his talent for working with complex biography and the lives of artists as in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Basquiat. And, earning him an Oscar nomination, Willem Dafoe is mesmerising as Vincent van Gogh.
We talk to journalist and van Gogh expert, Martin Bailey, who teaches us the correct pronunciation of “Gogh”, debunks some van Gogh conspiracy theories, and reminds us just how significant and relevance Vincent’s work was and remains today.
Next we discuss the nostalgic delights of Tim Burton’s reimagined Disney classic, Dumbo. You may think you already know all there is to know about that flying elephant, but Burton's film is an altogether different adventure. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) is hired by Max Medici (Danny DeVito) to work in his circus, charged with tending to the newborn elephant with outsize ears. Holt’s children are the first to discover that Dumbo can take to the air, but will he be able to escape the cynical clutches of V.A. Vandemere (Michael Keaton)?
Discussing the films are podcast regulars Jake Cunningham, Sam Howlett, Ella Kemp and Steven Ryder.
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Produced by Jake Cunningham
Edited by Mark Towers