Wanda (1970), Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Vagabond (1985)


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To officially commence the Milestone month of August, Will Ashton and Andrew McMahon make their long-awaited returns to help break down a unique and unexpected triple feature, the likes of which the podcast world may have never seen before. We begin with an analysis of Barbara Loden’s Wanda, the first film to be written, directed, and led by a female filmmaker. We follow this up with a look back at Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, the iconic feature debut of Tim Burton. Finally, we dive into the work of the great Agnès Varda with an observational look at her acclaimed and influential film Vagabond.


  • 00:03:45 – Wanda
  • 00:37:20 – Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
  • 00:57:00 – Vagabond
  • 01:20:00 – Recommendations of similar films to seek out

NEXT WEEK: Jon Negroni returns yet again to examine Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 masterpiece Rashomon!

MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE: Score for Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure composed by Danny Elfman, trailers for Wanda and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, interview for “Observations on Film Art” with Prof. David Bordwell on Vagabond.

CINEMAHOLICS IN THIS EPISODE: Sam Noland, Will Ashton, and Andrew McMahon

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1. Intro (00:00:00)

2. Wanda (00:03:45)

3. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (00:37:20)

4. Vagabond (00:57:00)

5. Recommendations of similar films to seek out (01:20:00)

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