Episode 992

Falling Down: Everything right and wrong with an American Classic


July 7th, 2023

1 hr 54 mins 18 secs

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"Falling Down," directed by Joel Schumacher, is a captivating exploration of a disillusioned man's descent into chaos amidst the urban jungle of Los Angeles. Starring Michael Douglas in a career-defining role, this American classic has garnered both acclaim and criticism for its unflinching portrayal of societal tensions and the dark underbelly of the American dream.

As we delve into this timeless piece of filmmaking, we'll examine the film's merits and missteps, analyzing its themes, performances, and directorial choices. Our hosts will engage in a spirited conversation, offering their unique perspectives on the various elements that make "Falling Down" a gripping and controversial cinematic experience.

Join us as we dissect the film's social commentary, exploring its relevance in today's world and reflecting on its impact on subsequent works in the genre. From its raw portrayal of the protagonist's unraveling mental state to its examination of societal divisions, "Falling Down" invites us to confront uncomfortable truths about the human condition.

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