Third episode, and to mix it up a little I’ve gone for something a little more recent with the infallible decay of The French Connection. It’s such a clever picture – efficient action delicately laced with the artistic degradation of a crime-ridden New York City. If you don’t fancy a listen just click here for the orthodox read.

Stick with me, boys and girls! The blog will be back up and running one day, I assure you!

The Awesome Bleakness Of The French Connection Over-The-Shoulder Podcast

This happens to be a great film, yet also an action film, yet also with a deep, dark message. How? In the modern age, it’s sad that all of those are basically exclusive from one another. But, back in the early seventies, The French Connection was just about ready to revolutionise cinema… This episode is also available as a blog post: https://overtheshoulder129848657.wordpress.com/2021/05/23/the-awesome-bleakness-of-the-french-connection/ — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/over-the-shoulder/message
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By the way, if the link above doesn’t seem to work on the reader, either listen on the Spotify player at the top or on the website, where a podcast player should appear. Enjoy!

26 Comments

  1. I love the podcast! Clear and concise. Also, the Spotify block is working great for me in Reader FYI

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    1. Very glad to hear it, mate. Quite like the aesthetic of that Spotify block…

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      1. scifimike70 says:

        Thanks for this podcast. You have a very good speaking voice.

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        1. Glad you like it Mike. This may shock you, but it’s actually a robot speaking, not me. The wonders of technology…

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        2. scifimike70 says:

          Indeed. Thanks.

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        3. I suspected A.I., but I admit I was still fooled! Thought it was you.

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        4. Wish I sounded like that!

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  2. Looks good. I’ll have a listen. Adore the sordid backdrop and those streets and bars. So gritty. Then the contrast of 21 and the 3 Degrees. So beautifully done. H

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    1. Thanks Heather! Have to say, the 3 Degrees scene may just be one of my favourite scenes in any film…

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      1. Yes, wonderful isn’t it. And I love that song so much

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  3. beetleypete says:

    I can’t listen to too much of the American robot, but I do have a lot of time for that excellent film.
    Cheers, Pete.

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    1. Haha! Unfortunate that Cassidy isn’t to your taste, but I understand. As long as we can agree on The French Connection…

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  4. I read it the first time round, so will pass on listening to Optimus Prime read it out. 🙂

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    1. Understandable! Cassidy takes great offence, however…

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  5. Brian Hannan says:

    Do you get a choice of robot voices?

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    1. Unfortunately not. Just female American and male American…

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      1. Brian Hannan says:

        You didn’t fancy the female voice then?

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        1. I didn’t feel it accurately represented the man behind the mask…

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        2. Brian Hannan says:

          Fair point.

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  6. Brian Hannan says:

    Lots of interesting stuff on the film in the Friedkin autobiography, fantastic detail about the lighting and cinematography.

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    1. Brilliant director. Will have to search that out.

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      1. Brian Hannan says:

        Well worth a read.

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        1. After your recommendation of the brilliant Marathon Man many moons ago, how can I resist?

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  7. The Awesome Feelgood Upbeat Perkiness of the French Connection.

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    1. That’s one hell of a montage, befitting of one hell of a film. Where’d you stumble over that one? You forget how brilliant some of FC’s parched humour is.

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