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On this week’s episode, our critics discuss Phil Spector, David Mamet’s HBO movie about the music producer’s murder trial, from its soggy, static scenes to its intense wig action. The Culturefesters then ponder Spring Breakers: Does Harmony Korine’s latest movie offer ecstatic freedom and transcendence or merely a lecherous camera focused on bikini-clad gyrations? Finally, they discuss Lew Wallace, the disgraced Civil War general and author of the best-selling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
Here are links to some of the things we discussed this week:
- Los Angeles Times reporter Harriet Ryan on HBO’s Phil Spector.
- Troy Patterson for Slate on Phil Spector.
- Dana Stevens’ Slate review of Spring Breakers.
- The movies of writer/director Harmony Korine.
- The rapper RiFF Raff.
- Spring Breakers’ costume designer Heidi Bivens on selecting wardrobe for the movie.
- John Swansburg on “The Passion of Lew Wallace” for Slate.
- The 1880 book Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace, and its 1959 film adaptation Ben-Hur.
John’s pick: James Salter’s forthcoming novel All That Is.
Outro: “Spanish Harlem” by Ben E. King
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