Episode 303: FILMWORKER and SAMMY DAVIS, JR: I'VE GOTTA BE ME
July 4, 2018
Happy 4th of July, everyone! Today's topics are not exclusively patriotic – though we do talk about Sammy Davis, Jr., a great American – but then again, these are fraught times, and we are by no means a podcast purely for Americans (plus, you know, there's that whole "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" thing). In the spirit of international comity (and of Samuel Johnson), we talk about a man from the land of our former oppressors, too. So sit back, give us a listen, and lose yourself in the brilliance of the fog.
This episode features a review of Filmworker, that fascinating portrait of director Stanley Kubrick's long-suffering (and very loyal) helpmate Leon Vitali, and an interview with Sam Pollard, director of the equally interesting Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me, a profile of the late, great titular entertainer. We open with a discussion of documentaries about creative process. As always, you can find the episode on our "episodes" page, on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are generally available.