MUBI Podcast will be a documentary-style look at the world’s film industry, with contributions from filmmakers, critics, academics, and historians
Curated film streaming service MUBI has today announced the launch of its first ever original podcast. The new audio series, simply titled MUBI Podcast, will be a documentary-style look at the world of cinema, with contributions from filmmakers, critics, academics and historians. Published weekly, the first episode is set to premiere on June 3, with five more to follow.
The podcast will be hosted by arts and travel reporter Rich Gagliano of the Wall Street Journal and will follow a different theme each season. The first, titled Lost in Translation, will examine the cultural legacy of lesser-known international films that have “great importance in their home country.” Their unique stories will be brought to life with accompanying audio clips, music and a variety of original interviews.
“After years of showcasing great cinema on MUBI and covering film culture through our digital magazine, Notebook, I’m thrilled for us to expand into the audio space to explore the world of cinema in new ways,” said Daniel Kasman, VP of content, in a statement. “It’s been great conceptualizing such a fun subject and a surprising slate of guests. I know our audiences will be delighted.”
The season’s pilot episode will dissect Paul Verhoeven’s second feature Turkish Delight (1973) – an intensely violent and erotic film charting the fallout of a stormy love affair. Although unsung on an international stage, it has been named the greatest Dutch film of the 20th century by critics in its native Netherlands, and played a significant role in the country’s countercultural history.
In the episode, Host Gagliano will speak to Verhoeven himself, as well as actress Monique van de Ven and cinematographer Jan de Bont. “For my entire career as an audio journalist, I’ve been fascinated by the arts and travel,” added Gagliano. “To bring them together with MUBI, and learn about world cultures through the lens of cinema, is basically a dream come true.”