The new season of the award-winning MUBI Podcast, titled “Only in Theatres,” features great filmmakers telling stories of cinemas that made movie history, including exclusive commentary from directors Barbet Schroeder, Luc Moullet, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mary Harron, Peter Strickland, Prano Bailey-Bond, Nick Broomfield, and more. Additionally, film writers J Hoberman, Amy Nicholson, Louis Menand, Danny Leigh and many more also add insights.
The complete season is now available and is paired with a Special Bonus Episode “Being Like Water” featuring Tilda Swinton and Apichatpong Weerasethakul discussing their latest film Memoria, and coinciding with MUBI’s exclusive release of the film in Germany, Italy, India, Turkey, and select countries in Latin America.
This conversation explores the creative process of two of film’s greatest names while working together on the film, an intimate collaboration founded on their long friendship. Swinton and Weerasethakul reunited in Colombia for Memoria’s release and talked about the importance of understanding that you’re not in control and how cinema is an attempt to put what’s inside one’s head on screen, something they achieved through sound.
LISTEN TO THE SPECIAL EPISODE HERE:
Being Like Water: Tilda Swinton and Apichatpong Weerasethakul on MEMORIA
Hosted by acclaimed arts and travel reporter Rico Gagliano, the MUBI Podcast is a documentary-style show available on all major podcast platforms and on MUBI’s online publication Notebook.
Season two, titled “Only in Theatres,” tells surprising stories of individual cinemas that had a huge impact on film history, and in some cases, history in general. Recently, cinemas have been facing many unique challenges, especially during the last two years of the pandemic, and in a time when too many cinemas are shutting down, MUBI continues to be committed to celebrating them and lifting them up.
Season 2 episodes include:
Episode 1: The Cinémathèque Française Launches Two Revolutions
The story of the Cinematheque Francaise, which so inspired a generation of filmmakers around the world, that when its founder was briefly fired, it led to demonstrations in the streets of Paris — and arguably set the stage for the May ‘68 protests that followed.
Episode 2: The Elgin and EL TOPO plunge NYC into “Midnite Madness”
The birth of the Midnite Movie phenomenon at New York’s Elgin Theater, with its legendary late-night screenings of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo.
Episode 3: HAROLD AND MAUDE find new life at The Westgate
The story of the Westgate, an unassuming neighborhood cinema in suburban Minnesota where a record-breaking two-year run of Harold and Maude helped turn that film from a total flop into one of the most beloved movies of the 20th century.
Episode 4: London’s Scala Cinema becomes “A country club for lunatics” (feat. Mary Harron and Peter Strickland)
The rise and fall of London’s infamous Scala Cinema Club, where punk and cinema collided in the shadow of conservative Thatcher-era Britain, and inspired filmmakers from Mary Harron to Steve McQueen.
Episode 5: The Dryden Theatre’s Nitrate Picture Show explodes our view of movie history
The George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre, home of the unique Nitrate Picture Show, which spotlights the irreplaceable experience of seeing rare, highly-flammable nitrate prints projected.
Episode 6: Zanzibar’s Majestic, the Last Cinema Standing (feat. Nick Broomfield)
And finally, the cautionary tale of the Majestic Theatre – the last purpose-built cinema left on the island of Zanzibar…and one of very few cinemas left in the entire country of Tanzania.
You can find all MUBI Podcast episodes Here.