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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 27 “Dead Man’s Letters”

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 by | 2 comments

This month, Cody and Robert, minus Nat, take a trip to the Cold War and to the former Soviet Union with Tarkovsky protege’ Konstantin Lopushansky and experience nuclear holocaust through DEAD MAN’S LETTERS. Also discussed is Denis Villeneuve’s ARRIVAL and Marvel’s latest hit, DOCTOR STRANGE.


First up is DEAD MAN’S LETTERS which is something of the Soviet response to THE DAY AFTER and THREADS. Shot with extreme thoughtfulness and sepia tinting under the direction of Konstantin Lopushansky it’s fair to say that we were all suitably impressed by the look of the film. Is it deep? Is it depressing? What do we make of the ending? How does it fit in with our experiences with Soviet cinema? There’s an interesting discussion here as we delve into the film.


Realizing that it’s not the easiest film to find, although hopefully you’ll find our discussion worthwhile, we also dive into a pair of films that our listeners probably have seen. Cody discusses ARRIVAL and both of us dive into the Steve Ditko inspired dimensions of DOCTOR STRANGE.

So, don’t slowly suffer and die, give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Next month, we take a vacation to the robotic themepark WESTWORLD (1973). What could go wrong? There likely will be some discussion on HBO’s new show as well.


Robert Reineke
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  1. Did you watch ”A Visitor to a Musem” as well? It’s sort of spiritual sequel to ”Dead Man’s Letters’.

    • Not yet, but it’s something I’d like to see at some point.

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