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The filmmaker Adam Leon (“Gimme the Loot”, “Tramps”) makes his first appearance on the podcast with his latest film, “Italian Studies“. He’s joined by one of the young actors who appear in the film, Simon Brickner. “Italian Studies” is a lyrical film about dislocation, connection, and the elusive nature of identity. While visiting New York City from her native London, writer Alina Reynolds (Academy Award®-nominee Vanessa Kirby) inexplicably loses her memory and suddenly becomes unmoored and adrift on the streets of Manhattan with no sense of time or place — or even her own name. As Alina’s consciousness swings between imagined conversations, fragments of her own short stories and the bustling city around her, she finds an anchor in charismatic teenager Simon (Brickner). Drawn to the lost woman, Simon soon introduces Alina to his free-spirited group of friends, and together they make their way through a disorienting cityscape full of life, beauty, and music.
Also, in an homage to the recently deceased legendary director Peter Bogdanovich, I am including our 2018 interview once again.