Mick LaSalle, author of Dream State: California in the Movies, and film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky. Recorded as a Zoom event for KPFA, edited for audio. Link to complete 81-minute video.
A wide-ranging discussion that includes a look at the work of French director Eric Rohmer, movie viewing during the pandemic, the rise of long-form television, and the real reason why Dorothy should never have gone back to Kansas.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Mick LaSalle is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, where he has worked since 1985. He is the author of two books on pre-censorship Hollywood, “Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood” and “Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man.” Both were books of the month on Turner Classic Movies and “Complicated Women” formed the basis of a TCM documentary in 2003, narrated by Jane Fonda. He has written introductions for a number of books, including Peter Cowie’s “Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star” (2009). He was a panelist at the Berlin Film Festival and has served as a panelist for eight of the last ten years at the Venice Film Festival.