Screen Test of Time, Ep. 19: Five Star Final
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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TRIGGER WARNING: This week's episode features extensive discussion about suicide as plot device. Please proceed with caution, and if you or someone you know is at risk for suicide or experiencing suicidal ideation, please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can visit their website at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call them at 1-800-273-8255.
Another nominee that focuses on the behind the scenes business of newspapers, this time as an indictment of tabloid journalism. There's marriage, death, and a lot of showboating monologues in Five Star Final, but each of our hosts has a very specific pet peeve about this movie. A movie that focuses on the dangers of irresponsible reporting definitely has a timely message in 2018, but does it stand the Screen Test of Time?
Year Eligible: 1931/1932 (Eligible)
Intro and Outro Audio: Clip from Five Star Final