‘Recommends…’ is a series of articles (a sentence that is probably too grand a description, even if it’s accurate) on things we at the Film Book Club would like to recommend to you. Obviously these will mostly be film related, but sometimes they may swerve into TV, podcasts, novels or and something we can’t think of right now, like maybe a good pressure washer we’ve bought recently. This particular article is both Film and Podcast related, we’d like to recommend to you ‘You Must Remember This’.
Produced and presented by Karina Longworth (a name almost too perfect for the Golden Era of Hollywood she tends to focus on) ‘You Must Remember This’ is a podcast that about Hollywood’s first century. About it’s stars like Greta Garbo and Errol Flynn, but also the people behind the scenes like Louis B. Mayer and Eddie Mannix, the fixer liberally fictionalised in the Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail Caesar!’. The podcast takes the form of Longworth retelling stories of the lives of these important people from Hollywood’s history, sometimes focusing on their lives generally, and sometimes with a view on a more specific topic. The podcast also goes through it’s own series’ such as a group of podcasts on the Blacklistings in Hollywood and a series on stars during wars entitled, funnily enough, Star Wars.
Not only is the podcast enjoyable enough as it’s own piece, I regularly crack through a couple of episodes a day on the commute to and from work, but it also inspires a great desire to watch so many of these artists work. After listening to the Audrey Hepburn episode, a great work that helps you understand how this most unusual star was born, I have had Hepburn’s films on repeat. I HAVE SABRINA ON RIGHT NOW (I love her chauffeur dad). You don’t have to know much about the subject of each episode, you don’t have to pick the episodes about Frank Sinatra etc. because you’ve heard of them. You can listen to them all just the same.
Karina Longworth herself is formally a film critic for LA Weekly so has a great knowledge of film making itself and not just the good investigative mind needed to find the sources and such necessary for what is in essence a really high standard history documentary. I really can’t overstate how good this podcast is, you should have to pay for it, but luckily you don’t.