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Game of Thrones: The Portrayal of LGBTQ Characters was farcical

Game of Thrones: The Portrayal of LGBTQ Characters was farcical

November 11, 2019

Game of Thrones turned several gay side characters from the books into caricatures of contemporary gay people, weak gay men and butchy gay women, while the gender fluidity in the books of characters like Cersei and Daenerys was left in the editing room. Gotributor John Taggart, with a BA Film and Television Studies and currently working on his Masters, joins Gil Kidron for a pleasant conversation that devolves into frustrated rants.

The Evolution of Wall Street in Movies

The Evolution of Wall Street in Movies

October 21, 2019

Wall Street and its flaws are a common theme in movies, which emphasize the excesses, the risk-taking, and the societal fallout. But once upon a time, banking and finance were boring, steady occupations - and even before that, they were the domain of Florentine family businesses and Venetian Jews. What changed, and why? In this History in Movies podcast Gil Kidron welcomes again Rutger Vos, this time to talk about how Hollywood portrays the world of finance capitalism.

The Evolution of Robin Hood in Movies

The Evolution of Robin Hood in Movies

August 5, 2019

In this History in Movies podcast, Gil Kidron and Dr. Rutger Vos are breaking down three Robin Hood movies, to learn how the image of Robin Hood has changed since its inception, throughout the centuries, and more specifically since its popular portrayal in the 1991 Kevin Costner Prince of Thieves, the 2010 Russel Crowe Robin Hood and the super political 2018 version. The presentation of a legendary character can tell us so much about the social and political values of the time, according to the changes and additions to it.

King Arthur in Movies: Excalibur, King Arthur, The Holy Grail

King Arthur in Movies: Excalibur, King Arthur, The Holy Grail

June 24, 2019

In this History in Movies podcast, Gil Kidron and Dr. Rutger Vos, a huge history buff, are breaking down three movies centered around the Arthurian Myth, to learn more about the different legends are Arthur, the historical details, the mythical additions, the way the story changed throughout history, what it says about the 3rd-century Roman-era Britain, about the time these movies were made, and about our present days.

 

HBO’s Chernobyl: Historical, Political and Scientific Analysis

HBO’s Chernobyl: Historical, Political and Scientific Analysis

June 10, 2019

HBO's Chernobyl mini-series has been a smash hit with audiences and critics alike, lauded for its brutal realism, historical accuracy, cinematography and great acting. In this podcast, Gil and Rutger break down the main political messages in Chernobyl, the depiction of the USSR in light of the (mis)handling of the disaster, relate it to current politics and geopolitics in the age of climate change, and talk about the state of nature in and around Chernobyl today.

Game of Thrones Historical Review: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Trotsky and Napoleon

Game of Thrones Historical Review: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Trotsky and Napoleon

May 28, 2019

Now that Game of Thrones season 8 is behind us and the conclusion is that the 7 kingdoms are now two kingdoms made up of 6+1, with Bran Stark king in the south and Sansa Stark Queen in the North, Rutger and Gil break down the conclusion from a historical and political point of view. What happened to the decline in feudalism? To British history? Is Bran the Dalai Lama or the Fisher King? Is Daenerys Targaryen Stalin, Trotsky or Napoleon? We talk Game of Thrones and history!

Ancient Greece in Movies

Ancient Greece in Movies

April 30, 2019

Welcome to our first History in Movies podcast! Gil and Rutger break down three movies about the classical period, to learn more about Ancient Greece, about the time that the movies were made, and about how things look different today. For this podcast episode, we review the movies Troy, 300 and Alexander.

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