Podcast – If I Die Before I Wake

Orson Welles’ 1947 film The Lady From Shanghai is a classic film noir, laced with intrigue and a lead with a dodgy Irish accent. CinePunked sit down to discuss the film in our latest podcast.

Sleeve notes are below.

With Robert JE Simpson, Dr Rachael Kelly, Ben Simpson.
Produced by Ben Simpson

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Episode URL: https://player.whooshkaa.com/episode?id=601254

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CinePunked first assembled in 2015 to discuss the cinema of Orson Welles, and while he regularly features in our conversations – both public and private – its has taken until now for us to return to his cinema – his screen presence looming large over us,

Rachael and I are both admirers of Welles as a director, though with different takes on what works and doesn’t. Ben is a Welles novice – his only real exposure before now was that first event when we screened A Touch of Evil. When it came up during the recording I was reminded about the fractured way most of us come to filmmakers – we don’t see their work in chronological order, the quality of the work ebbs and flows but to the viewer, not necessarily in the way that it originally played out.

Based on the novel “If I Die Before I Wake”, The Lady From Shanghai also marks another in our mini-series of San Francisco-based narratives, following on from VertigoSo I Married An Axe Murderer, and Harold and Maude.

We talk Welles’ Irish credentials, the mythology of Rita Hayworth’s screen image, and Welles’ unique vision and mythmaking among others.

Recorded in Comber, Northern Ireland on 15 March 2020.
Engineered and mixed by Ben in studio. Final edit by Robert and first published on 25 March 2020.


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