TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Julien Nitzberg

Season 03 | Episode 08

Julien Nitzberg

Producer / Director / Writer

The director of The Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia and creator of the new musical For The Love Of A Glove talks with Josh and Joe about some of his favorite unexpected and unlikely political musicals.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (2009)
The Producers (1967)
The Critic (1963)
The Twelve Chairs (1970)
Head (1968)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Risky Business (1983)
Fantasia (1940)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Drive, He Said (1971)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1980)
The Departed (2006)
Infernal Affairs (2002)
42nd Street (1933)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Parasite (2019)
Hustlers (2019)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Cabaret (1972)
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
The Pirate (1948)
Sweet Charity (1969)
O Lucky Man! (1973)
If… (1969)
Harold and Maude (1971)
The Graduate (1967)
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1978)
Heathers (1988)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Amadeus (1984)
Blood Simple (1985)
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
That’s Entertainment! (1974)
That’s Entertainment, Part II (1976)
That’s Entertainment! Part III (1994)
East Side Story (1997)
Circus (1936)
Freaks (1932)
Jolly Fellows (1934)
Volga-Volga (1938)
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)
Space Is The Place (1974)
Petey Wheatstraw (1977)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Return To Oz (1985)
Touch Of Evil (1958)
Psycho (1960)
Under the Rainbow (1981)
Spice World (1997)
That’ll Be The Day (1973)
Star Dust (1974)
Catch Us If You Can (1966)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Slade in Flame (1975)
KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park (1978)
The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
The Man From Elysian Fields (2001)
Ned Kelly (1970)
The Oscar (1966)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
A Bucket Of Blood (1959)
The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960)
All Night Long (1963)
Catch My Soul (1974)

Other Notable Items

Julien’s play For The Love Of A Glove
For The Love Of A Glove composers Drew Erickson, Nicole Morier, and Max Townsley
Michael Jackson
The Carl Sagan Ann Druyan Theater
The Jackson 5
Donny Osmond
The Osmonds
Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers
The Marx Brothers
Maus graphic novel by Art Spiegelman (1980-1981)
Zero Mostel
Mel Brooks
Carl Reiner
The 2,000 Year Old Man
William Hickey
The Producers Broadway play (2001)
The Monkees
Thalia Cinema in New York
Frank Zappa
The Monkees TV series (1966-1968)
Russ Meyer
The Sex Pistols
The Beatles
Victor Mature
Mike Nesmith
The Egyptian Theatre
Mickey Dolenz
Bob Rafelson
Carole King
The Brill Building
Martin Scorsese
Warner Brothers
RKO Pictures
Dick Powell
Ruby Keeler
Joan Blondell
Luis Buñuel
Judy Garland
Liza Minelli
Bob Fosse
Fosse/Verdon TV miniseries (2019)
Vincente Minelli
Louise Brooks
Lindsay Anderson
Bleecker Street Cinema
Alan Price
The Animals
Ray Davies
The Kinks
Malcolm McDowell
Hank Williams
Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams III
Ralph Richardson
Tim Curry
David Suchet
Antonio Salieri
Miloš Forman
F. Murray Abraham
Amadeus play (1979)
Peter Shaffer
Tom Hulce
The Coen Brothers
Brad Pitt
The Elephant Man
Trecey Dory
Amazon Prime
Todd Haynes
Karen Carpenter
Richard Carpenter
Sun Ra
Iggy and the Stooges
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Ingmar Bergman
What’s The Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won The Heart Of America by Thomas Frank (2004)
L. Frank Baum
William Jennings Bryan
John Glover
Ted Turner
Walter Murch
Janet Leigh
The Spice Girls
David Essex
The Dave Clark Five
John Boorman
Tony Bennett
The Original Chico Hamilton Quintet
Martin Miller
Fred Katz
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Patrick McGoohan
Othello play by William Shakespeare (1603)
Jerry Lee Lewis
Catch My Soul musical
Richie Havens

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.