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1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: 1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees • Wuthering Heights
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Wuthering Heights

We wrap up our series on 1940 Academy Award Best Picture nominees with a conversation about William Wyler’s adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic gothic romance, ‘Wuthering Heights.’ How does it compare to the novel? Do Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier work as Cathy and Heathcliff? Is it something that works for us? Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: 1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees • Of Mice and Men
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Of Mice and Men

We continue our journey through all the films nominated for Best Picture at the 1940 Academy Awards, today with Lewis Milestone’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men.’ It’s a strong film and provides for a fantastic conversation. Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: 1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees • Love Affair
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Love Affair

We continue our exploration of 1939 films nominated for Best Picture at the 1940 Academy Awards. In today’s episode, we discuss Leo McCarey’s ‘Love Affair’ with Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. Where does the film stand in comparison to its remakes? How are Dunne and Boyer as a pair? How iconic is that ending? Tune in!

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Dark Victory

We’re kicking off our 13th season of the show looking at various awards categories over the decades, starting with 1940 Academy Awards Best Picture nominees. Today, we discuss Edmund Goulding’s 1939 Bette Davis melodrama ‘Dark Victory.’ In the scope of disease films, how does it hold up? Tune in!

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: 1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees • Goodbye, Mr. Chips
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Robert Donat defied the odds and beat both Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart for the Best Actor Oscar in the 1939 Academy Awards with his portrayal of Mr. Chips in Sam Wood’s “Goodbye, Mr. Chips.” It’s a movie that celebrates school heroes everyone had (or should’ve) and connects in its ability to reflect back on the nostalgia of one’s life. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our series on films from 1939 with Wood’s film.

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: 1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees • The Wizard of Oz
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The Wizard of Oz

Victor Fleming didn’t just direct two movies in 1939, he directed two of what many consider to be the greatest films made – ”Gone With the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Where the former, though, has more problems to contend with in today’s society, what with its depiction of slavery and race in the South during the Civil War, the latter is nothing but pure cinematic joy. Seen by more people than any other movie, “The Wizard of Oz” has become infused in who we are. Quotes from the movie can pop up in everyday conversation without people even realizing they’re quoting it. The songs – particularly “Over the Rainbow” – have been burned into our brains at an early age. It truly is a shining example of what cinema can be. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our ‘films of 1939’ series with one of the great cinema achievements, Flemings’ “The Wizard of Oz.”

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: 1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees • Stagecoach
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Stagecoach

When John Ford decided to helm “Stagecoach” in 1939, he hadn’t done a western since his days in the silent film era. Yet it was this film, along with his relationship with John Wayne, that would lead to him making arguably some of the greatest westerns in cinema. Yet with this film, it was really more of a chance to make a western that could be a bit more serious, not just another b-level shoot-em-up, while still making a movie that was pretty light and entertaining. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our series on films from 1939 with Ford’s “Stagecoach.”

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: 1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

It’s rare to find a film from 75 years ago that feels relevant still in today’s world, but Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” is one of those films. Corruption in the Senate? Check. Corporate interests secretly working their own machinations behind the scenes to get their political puppets to do their bidding? Check. Cynical office staff who are only interested in making a buck? Check. Sad to say that the only thing that doesn’t feel modern is that a politician like James Stewart’s titular character could actually exist. Or at least survive in today’s political world. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue with our great films from 1939 series with Capra’s fantastic film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: 1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees • Ninotchka
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Ninotchka

Taking a completely different turn from last week’s Civil War epic, “Ninotchka” is a very light comedy by Ernst Lubitch dealing with Russians in their post-Revolution society. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our film about the great films of 1939 with Lubitch’s “Ninotchka.”

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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: 1940 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees • Gone With the Wind
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Gone With The Wind

Considering the racially-charged climate of the US right now, it’s oddly perfect timing that we’re starting our 1939 series with “Gone With The Wind,” a film as technically brilliant to look at as it is hard to watch because of it’s portrayal of slavery and the ‘lost cause’ Southern view of the Civil War. It certainly gives us a lot to talk about in this episode! Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we dive into Victor Fleming’s “Gone With The Wind.”

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