TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Allan Arkush

Season 02 | Episode 16

Allan Arkush


Director and long time TFH guru Allan Arkush strolls down memory lane and the movies that made him. Slideshow: Josh’s photos of Allan’s original NYU-era copy of The American Cinema by Andrew Sarris, notes from Allan’s Martin Scorsese NYU class, and notecards detailing some of the film prints he watched with Joe Dante and Jon Davison during March of 1975.



Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Elvis Meets Nixon (1997)
Get Crazy (1983)
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1979)
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
The Searchers (1956)
Pinocchio (1940)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Rio Bravo (1959)
Earthquake (1974)
West Side Story (1961)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Woman In Green (1945)
8 1/2 (1963)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Breathless (1960)
Blow-up (1966)
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Trip (1967)
Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
Ed Wood (1994)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Peter Pan (1953)
These Raging Loins (1968 – est.)
Shane (1953)
Shock Corridor (1963)
The Green Berets (1968)
Rear Window (1954)
The Band Wagon (1953)
The Big Heat (1953)
El Dorado (1966)
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Force of Evil (1948)
The Killers (1964)
7 Women (1966)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Mean Streets (1973)
The King of Comedy (1983)
New York, New York (1977)
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
The Time Machine (1960)
Exit Smiling (1926)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? (1975)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Things to Come (1936)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Gun Crazy (1950)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Moonrise (1948)
America America (1963)
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Red River (1948)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Night of Terror (1933)
Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)
Murder By Television (1935)
The Death Kiss (1932)
Woodstock (1970)
The Basketball Fix (1951)
Harvey (1950)
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Amarcord (1973)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)
The Great Escape (1963)
Don’t Look Now (1973)
Stairway To Heaven a.k.a. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Rope (1948)
The Awful Truth (1937)
Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Tokyo Story (1953)
Summer Hours (2008)
Demonlover (2003)
Personal Shopper (2017)
Ikiru (1952)
Umberto D (1952)
Nebraska (2013)
Nashville (1975)
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
The Blue Angel (1930)
Lost Horizon (1937)
Lost Horizon (1973)
Great Expectations (1946)
The Thrill of It All (1963)
North By Northwest (1959)
Funny Face (1957)
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954)
Damn Yankees (1958)
The World of Apu (1959)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Other Notable Items

The American Cinema by Andrew Sarris
The Davy Crockett miniseries (1954-1955)
Fess Parker
The Gilligan’s Island theme song
The Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier soundtrack
Ricky Nelson
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet television series (1952-1966)
Father Knows Best television series (1949-1954)
The Real McCoys television series (1957-1962)
Fame television series (1982-1987)
TFH Guru Jon Davison
The Grateful Dead
Heroes television series (2006-2010)
TFH Guru Jonathan Kaplan
Harry Hurwitz (NYU professor-turned-director)
Martin Scorsese, Allan’s NYU film school professor
The importance of TV Guide to 20th century film buffs
Lee Marvin
New World Pictures
Letterboxd, the best
Van Morrison
Olivier Assayas
Carlos miniseries (2010)
Ingmar Bergman
Beulah Bondi
Robert Altman
The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959)
Musso and Frank Grill

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.