Ken Russell tackles the life of “the great lover” Rudolph Valentino in 1977’s VALENTINO, an occasionally inspired bio-pic that fixates (and speculates) on the silent film star’s much-debated sexuality. On the latest episode of PRAISING KANE we’re looking at the film, its stars, and whether or not it’s Ken Russell-y enough to deserve rediscovery. Of course we also look at the performance of the great Carol Kane as Valentino’s first wife (and Fatty Arbuckle beau) Jean Acker. CHECK IT OUT.
Our chronological exploration of the films of Carol Kane continues on PRAISING KANE! On this episode we’re looking at Mike Nichols’ controversial comedy-drama CARNAL KNOWLEDGE starring Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkle, Candice Bergen, and Ann-Margret (and also, briefly, Carol Kane). The sexual politics of the early 70s is laid bare, but is it revealing? Or simply misogynistic? Let’s talk about it!
Vic Diaz is a character actor often referred to as “The Filipino Peter Lorre” and best known for his appearances in the Roger Corman-produced Philippines-lensed exploitation films of the 1970s. On WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ?, Liam and Doug dig deep into the talented performer’s career, examining his films and – in turn – the evolution of the Filipino film industry.
Our first episode focuses on the controversial women-in-prison film THE BIG BIRD CAGE!
Watch The Big Bird Cage on ShoutFactory TV right here.
On our next episode, we’ll be looking at 1988’s WHITEFORCE, which can be watched on Tubi right here.