In an abandoned underground city at the Spanish coast, near Malaga, I found a USB stick containing 300 random movies from arthouse to weird, from obscure to notorious. Now, in Lockdown, it is time to watch and discuss them all in an international podcast project. Two Turks and a German, two filmmakers and a mystery man - Welcome to Mysterium Pictorum!
This time, we are discussing Andrei Tarkovsky’s Science Fiction classic SOLARIS!
Go with us on a journey through our sprawling discussion sparked by this masterpiece, ranging from Turkish Kral Pop and German Schlager to American country music, back to German television and the Eurovision Song Contest - And that’s only the first five minutes!
We explain the concept of „Dad movies“ (analogue to „Dad rock), briefly go into Harry Potter (want to know which Hoghwarts houses we’re in? That’s only one of the secrets we’ll tell you!), talk about film festival judges, algorithm filmmaking, bad film schools, Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, the adoption of cats, Fassbinder, Event Horizon - Oh, by the way, in this episode, it will be proposed that Paul W. S. Anderson is a better director than Tarkovsky. Disagree? Shoot us a message!
We also coin a film studies term again, of course! This week, it’s „Boob-Death“! Boob-Death is a very common phenomenon in film that needs to be dissected and discussed more! But we don’t have time for that, because we still have to discuss Steam punk (or try to explain the concept to Nisan), Woody Allen (yellow blood - die hard fans of ours will chuckle), the Expo 2000 (we’re not done with this one! This topic will be resumed at some point!), the story of the prodigal son, practical effects vs. CGI, the Soviet Hobbit, A24, the death of cinema, slow cinema (in particular the movies Burning and Under the Skin), and, last but not least, man-eating vaginas.
Sounds fun? Then dive right in!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lars-henriks/message