Episode 156: Hail, Caesar!

17 Mar


In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels.

00:00:44- Intro, International Christian Film Festival
00:03:00- Hail, Caesar!
01:03:05- Sullivan’s Travels
01:22:40- Episode wrap-up

2 Responses to “Episode 156: Hail, Caesar!”

  1. Bob K March 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    Great podcast, guys. I’ve been eagerly anticipating your take on this film since I first saw it and it was as great as I hoped.

    In addition to the great general themes you mentioned, though, I also see some more specific allegories at work. Mannix is someone who, at the direction of an unseen higher force, takes the troubles of those under him upon himself, even when that direction calls him to do things that don’t immediately make sense (for instance to take a seeming simpleton and set him among the great). And in his three weakest moments he is tempted to abandon his boss by a figure whose business is putting people in a place higher than the kingdoms of the Earth.

    As you might guess, I think there’s a deliberate parallel between the cinematic Mannix (Cinemannix?) and Jesus Himself. Perhaps, not so much to show that we should worship film studio executives, as to show that WWJD can have relevance in the most unlikely of work lives.

  2. Robert March 29, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    I’ll buy that, Bob, at least in the context of the discussion in the episode. No reason to think the Coens DIDN’T let this parallel pass through their conjoined brains. In a movie that mocks Jesus movies, as well as the profound differences amongst organized religions, there’s a real sense from this movie and others that the brothers have at least a modicum of respect for at least the idea of Christ – even if it may just be as another theme to stack and twist in their inimitable way.

    Glad you listened to and liked the episode.

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