TEN MOVIES ABOUT COUPS D’ETAT


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This is next in my series in which I list a group of films that have some relevance to events in the world today. This time, the idea of an overthrow of the government has been in the news of late, so here are ten of my favorite films about coups d’etat.

What are some of yours?

1927 October (Ten Days that Shook the World) – directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Sergei Eisenstein, it is an exciting, at times almost surrealistic, look at the lead up to the October Revolution.

1933 Duck Soup – Not the most successful of The Marx Brother’s films, but it is the best, this satire of war was directed by Leo McCarey and revolves around the country of Sylvania trying to overthrow the government of Freedonia headed by Rufus T. Firefly, played by who else, but Groucho Marx.

1962 Seven Days in May – With a screenplay by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer, a Marine Colonel, played by Kirk Douglas, discovers his superior officer, played by Burt Lancaster, plans to lead the military in a takeover of the US.

1962 The Manchurian Candidate – John Frankenheimer again, but with a screenplay by George Axelrod. A group of American soldiers have been brainwashed when captured during the Korean War to help eventually stage a coup of the US.

1969 Burn! – Gillo Pontecorvo’s follow up to The Battle of Algiers follows an agent provocateur, played by Marlon Brando, as he is sent by the sugar industry to overthrow a Portuguese colony in the Caribbean by instigating a slave revolt.

1969 Z – Directed by Costa-Gavras and based on a true story, a liberal, anti-nuclear candidate is assassinated in Greece. But though people try for justice, it ends in a military coup.

1970 Start the Revolution Without Me – A satire of the French revolution and literature thereof. One half of two sets of identical twins end up getting separated at birth; one set grows up aristocratic, one poor. Both get caught up in the intrigue on the eve of the overthrow of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Not a fully successful movie, but Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland are hysterical playing two parts.

1971 Bananas – Written, directed and starring Woody Allen as a man who is dumped by his activist girlfriend. He decides to win her back by becoming involved in the revolution in a Latin American country.

1980 Dogs of War – A British tycoon wanting the

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POP ART: Episode 83, Knives Out/Gosford Park


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WHO DOOD IT: Join me and founder and editor in chief at For Reel, Thomas Stoneham-Judge, as we talk Knives Out/Gosford Park, two locked door, closed circle of suspects murder mysteries.

“We have the nanny cam footage.” It’s a remote mansion. Someone has been murdered. It has to be someone who is staying there. What do you do?…Sounds like it’s time for Episode 83 of Pop Art, where we find the pop culture in art and the art in pop culture. It’s the podcast where my guest chooses a movie from popular culture, and I’ll select a film from the more art/classic/indie side of cinema with a connection to it. For this episode, I am happy to welcome back as my guest, founder and editor in chief at For Reel, Thomas Stoneham-Judge, who has chosen as his film Rian Johnson’s modern day locked room/closed circle of suspects murder mystery, Knives Out, while I have chosen Robert Altman’s period locked room/closed circle of suspects murder mystery, Gosford Park, both murder mysteries that take place at remote mansions with a limited number of suspects.

And in this episode, we answer such questions as: What is a locked room, closed circle of suspects murder mystery? Who did Ryan Philippe replace in Gosford Park? What does Benoit Blanc’s name in Knives Out translate as? What did Raymond Chandler say about these types of murder mysteries? Why did Robert Altman use two cameras constantly moving in every scene? Is Gosford Park a bait and switch? How did Knives Out get around the reading of the will cliche? What is the relationship between Gosford Park and Downton Abbey?

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POP ART: Episode 82, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World/Kind Hearts and Coronets


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ONE DOWN AND…: Join me and animator/writer Glenn Dion (King of the Hill/Big Mouth/Human Resources) while we talk two films about people eliminating one’s enemies one by one.

“Don’t you talk to me about grammar.” We all have obstacles in our lives. Roadblocks that keep us from achieving our goals. But how do we deal with them? Do we work around them? Outsmart them? Manipulate them to our advantage? Or do we do everything to completely obliterate them, destroy their utter existence, ground them to complete dust, so they no longer pose the remotest impediment to our journey?

Sounds like it’s time for Episode 82 of Pop Art, the podcast where we find the pop culture in art and the art in pop culture. It’s the podcast where my guest chooses a movie from popular culture, and I’ll select a film from the more art/classic/indie side of cinema with a connection to it. This time round, I am happy to welcome as my guest, animator and writer Glenn Dion, who has chosen as his film the graphic novel and video game influenced Scott Pilgrim v. The World, while I have chosen the classic Ealing comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets, both films about someone needing to eliminate a series of people who are stopping them from achieving their goal.

And in this episode we answer such questions as: Why are comic book/graphic novels so popular to adapt to films today? What is it about serial killer comedies? What is transmedia storytelling? Why are the 40s and 50s in film much more cynical than people think? What changes were made to the endings of both films and why? What problematic element of Kind Hearts… had to be changed for US distribution? Who are the unsung heroes of Scott Pilgrim…? What was difficult about the special effects in both films? Why did Scott Pilgrim… bomb? From where do we get the phrase, Revenge is a dish best served cold? What is it about that light switch?

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My books, More Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader, The Starving Artists and Other Stories and The Five Corporations and One True Religion can be found at https://www.amazon.com/s?k=howard+casner&ref=nb_sb_noss

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Check out my Script Consultation Services at http://ow.ly/HPxKE. I offer several types of service. Testimonials can be found at the blog entry.

Finally, I have published a collection of three of my plays, 3 Plays, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08478DBXF as well as two collections of short stories, The Starving Artists and other stories, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FS91CKJ and The Five Corporations and the One True Church and other stories, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KY5Z3CF.

Ever wonder what a reader for a contest or agency thinks when he reads your screenplay?  Check out the second edition of my screenwriting book, More Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader published on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1XP9Y