Nightmare Alley vs Nightmare Alley – More Movies Weekly – Episode 39

In this episode of the More Movies Weekly podcast, Greg and Dave discuss Nightmare Alley (2021), the new neo-noir psychological thriller film from Guillermo del Toro starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen and David Strathairn.

In 1940s New York, down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle endears himself to a clairvoyant and her mentalist husband at a traveling carnival. Using newly acquired knowledge, Carlisle crafts a golden ticket to success by swindling the elite and wealthy. Hoping for a big score, he soon hatches a scheme to con a dangerous tycoon with help from a mysterious psychiatrist who might be his most formidable opponent yet.

They contrast this new version with the original Nightmare Alley (1947), a film noir directed by Edmund Goulding starring Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell and Helen Walker. Nightmare Alley was somewhat unusual among film noir in having top stars, production staff and a relatively large budget. The film was not a financial success upon its original release but has since found acclaim and is regarded as a classic.

They also discuss the Academy Award nominations for 2022, covering the Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories plus their opinions on what they think might win at this years Oscars.

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Nightmare Alley vs Nightmare Alley – More Movies Weekly – Episode 39

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