81 Immortal North2018-01-03 11:14:00
Listen
Listen
82 Illuminating the Stage2017-12-25 19:30:00
Listen
Listen
83 Sunday Feature : Laura Ingalls’ America2017-12-10 21:00:00
Listen
Listen
84 New Generation Thinkers: Edmund Richardson and Sarah Jackson2017-12-03 18:45:00
Listen
Listen
85 Sunday Feature: Kandinsky - a story of revolution2017-11-26 19:00:00
Listen
Listen
86 Resurrecting Mayakovsky2017-11-19 19:30:00
Listen
Listen
87 Sunday Feature: A Column For Infinity2017-11-12 10:33:00
Listen
Listen
88 Sunday Feature: Emigranti - 1917 Revisited2017-11-06 11:29:00
Listen
Listen
89 A Flapper's Guide to the Opera2017-10-22 18:30:00
Listen
Listen
90 Seven Ages of Memory2017-10-13 18:00:00
Listen
Listen
91 Sunday Feature: John Tusa's Opera Journey2017-10-08 18:30:00
Listen
Listen
92 Sunday Feature: Every County in the State of California2017-10-01 18:31:00
Listen
Listen
93 Sunday Feature: The Killers2017-08-13 20:45:00
Listen
Listen

Sunday Feature: The Killers

Adam Smith traces Ernest Hemingway’s brutal, brilliant short story - from its birth in gangster-era Chicago, through its Hollywood afterlife as a noir classic, to its strange status as Ronald Reagan’s last movie. Ernest Hemingway wrote his short story ‘The Killers’ in 1926. Two hitmen enter a small-town lunch-room. They have come to kill an ex-boxer who has double-crossed someone. The boxer is warned, but doesn’t run. Hemingway captures the American man at a moral crossroads. Should he follow the code of the boxing ring, where a man proves himself, and go down fighting? Or should he grab the easy money and throw in his lot with the gangsters? Hollywood loved it - and so Adam traces how a colourful cast of characters turned this short, sharp story into two very different movies. The first, in 1946, is a black-and-white noir classic. It was the brainchild of Mark Hellinger, a producer who was all too friendly with real-life gangsters like Bugsy Siegel. It made the names of its new stars, Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner. But its main screenwriter - Hemingway’s friend and fellow boxing fan John Huston - went unsung. The next, in 1964, was much gaudier. At the heart of this version is a truly bizarre scene. Ronald Reagan, his acting career on the slide, reluctantly agreed to play a violent crook who is pretending to be a legitimate businessman. And yet this hinted at the pasts of the producers of this movie. They too had long-time links with the gang world, stretching right back to Al Capone’s Chicago. It was meant for TV but was deemed too violent. Especially as it featured a scene queasily similar to the assassination of President Kennedy, which happened on the second day of shooting. And the sniper? Future President Ronald Reagan. And so finally Adam explores how this failing actor ended up playing a role that catches the delicate moral line between playing by the rules and doing whatever it takes to get rich. Just as he was about to launch his career as a political megastar.…read more

94 Edinburgh 70: Nothing Short of a Miracle2017-08-07 12:16:00
Listen
Listen
95 Literary Pursuits: EM Forster's Maurice2017-07-09 18:30:00
Listen
Listen
96 Canada 150: Geeking Glenn Gould2017-06-25 18:30:00
Listen
Listen
97 Sunday Feature: Monteverdi's Women2017-05-14 18:30:00
Listen
Listen
98 Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution. Reformation 5002017-05-08 15:49:00
Listen
Listen
99 A Square Dance in Heaven2017-05-02 15:58:00
Listen
Listen
100 v. is for Tony2017-04-24 13:08:00
Listen
Listen