#739: The Blair Witch Project at 20 / Dietrich-Von Sternberg #1 - The Blue Angel
Two decades later, is the seminal found footage horror movie a genre classic or a dated relic of its time?
Benefiting from an ingenious viral marketing campaign, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT wasn't just a massive hit at the box office in 1999, it was a cultural phenomenon – two things that made it difficult to reckon with as a work of art at the time. But 20 years later, the myth that shrouded the movie has lifted, and Adam and Josh discuss the merits of a film that relies on some of our most fundamental fears to generate its scares. That review part of the 9 From '99 series.
Plus, the first film in our Marlene Dietrich/Josef von Sternberg Marathon: 1930's THE BLUE ANGEL, with Dietrich as a cabaret temptress, and silent movie veteran Emil Jannings as the scolding professor who falls for her.
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0:00 - Billboard
1:20 - 9 from '99 Review: "The Blair Witch Project"
Marlene Dietrich, "Falling in Love Again"
43:54 - D.A. Pennebaker / Facets' Milos Stehlik
48:52 - Next Week / Notes
54:10 - Polls [MCU Phase 4 / Decade-defining actresses]
1:06:00 - Dietrich/Von Sternberg Marathon #1: "The Blue Angel"
1:38:02 - Close