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On this episode of BARTEL ME SOMETHING GOOD (the world’s finest Paul Bartel-themed podcast) we’re tackling Paul Bartel’s final directorial feature, the sadly abused (and semi-unavailable) bunker comedy SHELF LIFE from 1993! Born out of a stage-play by stars O-Lan Jones, Andrea Stein, and Jim Turner, Bartel turns it into a wildly visual phantasmagoria of rituals, re-enactments and hormonally confusing games, with a typically wicked sense of humor. Check it out!

While currently not available on streaming services, some kind soul has uploaded a version to YouTube that is (as of this recording) the best quality yet released:

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This is more like it! Bartel Me Something Good returns with Paul Bartel’s end-of-the-80s satirical sex comedy triumph SCENES FROM THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN BEVERLY HILLS, featuring an all-star cast witnessing – and participating in – all sorts of bad taste fun. Jacqueline Bisset, Mary Woronov, Ray Sharkey, Robert Beltran, Ed Begley Jr., Wallace Shawn and Bartel himself chew up the scenery – and some wonderful dialogue from writer Bruce Wagner – while indulging in the best and worst of Reagan-era debauchery. CHECK IT OUT!

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On this episode of BARTEL ME SOMETHING GOOD we’re off to the races with the Tim Conway-penned and Mike Nichols-produced gambling comedy THE LONGSHOT, starring Conway, Harvey Korman, Jack Weston and Ted Waas! A passion project for Tim Conway (and a work-for-hire gig for Paul Bartel) it’s.. a bit of an odd duck, but it DOES have a theme song rapped by Conway AND Ice-T! Enjoy!

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On this episode of YOU DON’T KNOW DICK we’re boldly going where no podcast has gone before with Dick Miller in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine two-parter ‘Past Tense’. Wildly considered one of the best (and most prescient) episodes of the series, it looks at the state of cities in the far off future of 2024 and how struggling people are carted off to walled off ‘sanctuaries’, and one of the people guarding these sanctuaries is none other than Dick Miller. Joining us on this trek across the stars is our Bartel Me Something Good podcast co-host (and Trekkie) Adrianna Gober, who makes the case of DS9 being the best of all Star Treks, and is utterly baffled by the choice to watch a Rod Stewart music video (also featuring Dick Miller). A good time was had by all. CHECK IT OUT!

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On this episode of Bartel Me Something good we’re checking out Paul Bartel’s inauspicious 1984 screwball comedy NOT FOR PUBLICATION, starring Nancy Allen, David Naughton and Laurence Luckinbill! Allen plays Lois Thornedyke, a tabloid reporter aiming to go clean, while simultaneously working for the mayor of New York (Luckinbill) who is – wait for it – trying to get rid of “porno papers”, like the one she’s working at! Naughton plays a hapless bird photographer she hires to help with both jobs. There’s animal-themed musical numbers, (attempted) murder, and.. not much more. We also discuss a clip of Sandra Bernhard interviewing Paul Bartel on Reel Wild Cinema. CHECK IT OUT!

Watch the entire episode of Reel Wild Cinema right here:

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On this episode of Bartel Me Something Good we’ve reached Paul Bartel’s Criterion Collected classic EATING RAOUL featuring Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran and Paul Bartel himself as Paul Bland. A darkly comedic social satire (/w cannibalism), it remains a gem in the Bartel filmography, and we’re delighted to be joined by EATING RAOUL’s editor Alan Toomayan to discuss his work on Bartel’s films, including LUST IN THE DUST and SCENES FROM THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN BEVERLY HILLS. Alan also regales us with stories of his early work with New World Pictures, the guerilla filmmaking that went into Eating Raoul’s production, and his transition to becoming an editor of film trailers and featurettes. CHECK IT OUT!

You can find plenty more about Alan Toomayan and his work over at http://www.toomayan.com/ 

Thanks to Brian Saur from the Pure Cinema Podcast for his help on this episode.

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David Carradine POPS THE CLUTCH again in Paul Bartel’s follow-up to Death Race 2000, which features a cross-country race full of oddballs competing for a huge cash prize. Featuring an awesome cast of recognizable faces (Mary Woronov! Gerrit Graham! Robert Carradine! DICK MILLER! Joe Dante!) and even more awesome cameos (Martin Scorsese eating KFC with Bartel and Sylvester Stallone), it’s a sometimes shaky, but always entertaining, collection of comedy, musical numbers (?) and car stunts. Find out how it all came together on this brand new episode of BARTEL ME SOMETHING GOOD.

Watch CANNONBALL for free (with ads) on Tubi right here: https://tubitv.com/movies/656712/cannonball?start=true

Adrianna mentioned an upcoming screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant taking place on November 27th at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas in Bethlehem, PA. Details of the event can be found right here: https://www.steelstacks.org/event/13289/the-bitter-tears-of-petra-von-kant-50th-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR1uxwJbKW52iG2ucjF-nZg0_Twb9gwB_zx-JENLIn6Wxu35izVwdjQfTd0

 

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Paul Bartel POPS THE CLUTCH and brings the world the gory sci-fi satire DEATH RACE 2000 in 1975, a box office smash that remains a popular (and influential) exploitation film and a jewel in Roger Corman’s New World Pictures catalogue. On this episode of BARTEL ME SOMETHING GOOD we look at how the film came to be, the difficulties in filming (including David Carradine nearly being replaced by Lee Majors!), and the enduring legacy of the film. FRANKENSTEIN SCORES!

Check out the Killer B’s Podcast on Paul Bartel right here:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-047-paul-bartel/id1555954415?i=1000571442958

Check out the July, 1978 issue of Take One magazine with the article “Another Evening with David Carradine” written by Paul Bartel

https://archive.org/details/take_one_magazine_july_1978

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We continue our chronological look at the career of the great Paul Bartel with his feature length debut PRIVATE PARTS from 1972. Equal parts perverse and hilarious, it’s a film that is filled with twists and turns and set the blueprint for much of what was to come from the always unpredictable director. We’re also looking at Bartel’s 1969 short film NAUGHTY NURSE, which showed that Bartel’s taste for boundary pushing was something that came about very early in his career.

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On BARTEL ME SOMETHING GOOD, host Adrianna Gober is looking semi-chronologically at the life and career of director/writer/actor Paul Bartel, along with regular Cinema Smorgasbord hosts Liam and Doug! On this premiere episode we’re looking at Bartel’s short film THE SECRET CINEMA from 1966, as well as his own remake of the film as an episode of the Steven Spielberg produced TV anthology series AMAZING STORIES. An incredibly prescient work, both versions of the story reflect both the time they were made and – improbably – the rise of social media, reality television, and voyeurism, and we’re going to talk about it ALL. Check it out!

You can watch The Secret Cinema on YouTube right here.

And you can watch his Amazing Stories episode on NBC.com right here.