I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: The audience is listening

Join us every week for a trip into the weird and wonderful world of trailers. Whether it’s the first teaser for the latest instalment in your favourite franchise, an obscure preview for a strange indie darling, whether it’s good, bad, ugly or just plain weird – your favourite pop culture baristas are there to tell you what they think.

Not all films by Ingmar Bergman can be stone-cold classics, and Matt definitely wasn’t convinced that After the Rehearsal belongs in that category. Nonetheless, this late-career TV movie set in the world of theatre has found a second life on the stage – and since YouTube doesn’t seem to have a trailer for After the Rehearsal that can actually be embedded, here’s a trailer for a Dutch theatre company’s double-header of After the Rehearsal and Persona. None more Bergman!

And if ’80s Bergman doesn’t offer enough fun and laughs, check out Sam’s ode to Madeline Kahn, focusing in particular on some of her hilarious musical performances. What would Blazing Saddles be without her Marlene Dietrich parody “I’m Tired”?

And then there was our latest podcast episode, in which Julie, Sam and Matt revisited Milos Forman’s 1984 classic Amadeus – a great film that (some say) doesn’t get nearly as much attention these days as it should.

And this is where we check out… well, one trailer picked by our trusty team of baristas, namely one of the all-time paranoia-infused greats:

Matt: My favourite cinema – the REX in Bern, Switzerland – originally wanted to show a series of films to go with the last few months of DT’s presidency. They’d titled it United States of Paranoia, and yes, they were planning to screen classics such as The Manchurian Candidate and The Parallax View – and Francis Ford Coppola’s wonderful The Conversation. Then COVID-19 numbers started spiking and cinemas were closed for months. Now, more than a year after the films were originally supposed to be shown, the REX is finally showing them – under the heading “Pandemic Paranoia”. The context changes, the paranoia remains… and The Conversation is as great to watch on the big screen in February 2022 as it would have been in November 2021.

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