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Imelda Marcos As 'The Kingmaker'

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Lauren Greenfield interviews Imelda Marcos for the documentary, "The Kingmaker."
Lauren Greenfield interviews Imelda Marcos for the documentary, "The Kingmaker."

On today's show:

More Than Shoes And Money

(Starts at 7:45)

In some ways, Imelda Marcos seems like a natural subject for a Lauren Greenfield documentary. "The Queen of Versailles" director has spent her career examining wealth and extreme materialism. But in "The Kingmaker," Greenfield goes further than Marcos' famous shoe collection and the billions of dollars she supposedly stole from the Filipino government. When Greenfield first became interested in the story, Marcos had returned from exile to her homeland and to politics. The filmmaker likens this to Richard Nixon returning to office after Watergate. The film tracks the rise and fall of  Marcos – who tells her side of her story in her own words – but also follows the present day political ambitions of her son, BongBong, as well as the impact of this powerful family on the Philippines then and now. Greenfield spoke with John Horn at the Telluride Film Festival where the movie made its North American premiere. (The film debuts Nov. 8 on Showtime.)

Why Same-Sex Scenes Won't Fly

(Starts at :45)

John talks with Adam Vary of BuzzFeed about his reporting on movies that are edited for viewing on airlines: "Delta Air Lines will restore same-sex love scenes to its in-flight versions of the 2019 movies 'Booksmart' and 'Rocketman,' the company confirmed to BuzzFeed News. The airline said that it was provided an edited version of each film, but only realized this week that those versions omitted key same-sex love scenes involving its lead characters ... The Delta spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that studios hire outside companies to make in-flight versions of its films."

A Personal Language And Cultural Barrier

(Starts at 18:45)

James Kim is the creator of a new podcast called “Moonface.” It’s a semi-autobiographical story about a Korean-American son who can’t come out to his mother because they don’t speak the same language. Kim’s use of music and sound design has cinematic influences and features music by Big Thief and Clairo. He spoke with John about his personal connection to “Moonface” and how he used sound and music to drive the story.

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