Cinematic Breadcrumbs

Cinematic Breadcrumbs

A film and pop culture history podcast brought to you by Elise Hernke teaching you about film history and finding underground hits, so you don't have to. Episodes range from historical deep-dives to casual discussions with guests, but it is always centered around the shared love of film. Instagram: @cinematicbreadcrumbs | Patreon can be found at


May 22, 2023 65 mins

Eat the Rich season is going strong & has been on the rise for the past decade. In this episode of Cinematic Breadcrumbs podcast, your host Elise Hernke speculates on what societally happened starting at the turn of the century to provoke such an interest in the suffering of the rich on film.

Films mentioned in this episode:
1990s/early 2000s - The Game, Titanic, The Family Man, Scrooged
2010-2019 - Knives Ou...

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This month we are diving into the Oscar nominated "Triangle of Sadness" (dir. by Ruben Östlund; 2022) as well as the 2023 Academy Awards which just aired on March 12th. The part 2 of this month will be focused on films of a similar vein, which I might call "Eat The Rich" films, so be on the lookout for that coming up in a couple weeks.

*If you want to jump straight to the "T of S" portion of t...

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On this episode of Cinematic Breadcrumbs, we dive into what you should watch if you liked "Babylon" and are looking for more. This includes the Old Hollywood references and history that inspired the story and which films to watch to get a better look at that time period, films that tackle similar themes and other of director Damien Chazelle's big hitters.

The main films we look at are, but are not limited t...

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We're back, baby!! To kick off the first episode of 2023, we are diving into "BABYLON" (2022) Damien Chazelle's latest, most controversial film, starring Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Diego Calva, as a bunch of dreamers who ride the wave of Hollywood's transition from silent film to talkies, which also marks the end of the depraved and decadent world that it once was.

In this episode, we discuss ma...

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Chris Motley joins us on this episode to help continue the angels on earth series with the 1978 Oscar winning football movie "Heaven Can Wait" starring Warren Beatty. He also brings the Cinematic Breadcrumbs listeners something that your host certainly can't - a nuanced look at the top 5 best sports movies out there, specifically the most underrated.

In this episode, we talk about the various depictions of ...

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On this episode, we continue with the series on angels with "City of Angels" the very 1998 Hollywood remake of one of the greatest films of all time ("Wings of Desire") starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. We have special guest Brittany Stiles, friend of the pod, who helps us break down the movie. Questions discussed include, but are not limited to: Should angels wear trench coats? Did this movie up the sales of ...

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This week we are sprinkling a little bit of angel dust on your holiday season with the 1996 Nora Ephron oddball rom-com fantasy movie starring John Travolta as an arch angel who comes to earth to seduce women, drink beer, make two naysayers fall in love, help a dog, see the largest ball of yarn and do some dancing. He might be an angel, but he ain't no saint! It's "Michael."

We have special guest Jason...

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This week is a double wammy to finish off the Midcentury Macabre spooky movie series (yes, it lasted through Thanksgiving, but I never want spooky season to end!!!). We talk about the 1960 Georges Franju classic horror "Eyes without a Face," the film that made seven Scots pass out, inspired Michael Myer's mask, and prompted Pedro Almodovar to create a loose adaptation. We also talk about that adaptation, a 2011 film ...

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This 1958 horror "The Blob" is known for being Steve McQueen's first on-screen leading feature, but there were so many more aspects to the film that keep it in the conversation even today. This week as part of the Mid-century Macabre series, we dive into the cultural landscape at the time that was used in the storytelling of this movie to make it that much more frightening for audiences at the time, including the spa...

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This week we continue with the Mid-Century Macabre series by diving into the 1942 classic "Cat People" which made Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list, Steven Schneider's "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," the Criterion Collection and it's way into my heart.

This episode is all about the feminine villain and sympathetic monsters going all the way back to the forties. There...

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Kicking off our next series "Mid-Century Macabre" - horror movies from the 1950s/60s is a film with a long-lasting legacy and surprising back story, "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954). This week is all about the creatures creator, Milicent Patrick, whose biography exists within the pages of the book "The Lady from the Black Lagoon" by Mallory O'Meara.

DIVE IN with me and we will loo...

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Continued discussion about Rear Window - for the second half of the conversation we dive further in and look at more of the technical aspects of the film, comparisons to the story it was based on and its legacy.

ALSO it's officially time to announce THE PATREON!! Launching October 1st, you will be able to have access to minisodes, monthly movie lists, book recommendations to pair with the episodes and more!


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My friend who is also a photographer Aaron Jacobi (see episode on "The Batman") is back! This week we embark on the first of a two-part-er (expect nothing less for a flawless Hitchcockian summer thriller). We talk about the beloved "Rear Window" (1954) and what it says about voyeurism, how placing a photographer in the foreground informs most of the shots and how it compares to the short story it is based on.

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On this weeks episode, we take a look at the year 1999 in film, and continue the sizzling summer series with one of my all time favorite thrillers: "The Talented Mr. Ripley" directed by Anthony Minghella, starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cate Blanchett. Stacked cast, perfect aspirational summer aesthetics and unexpected thrills.

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This week your host Elise Hernke and special guest Phillip Yancey of @coyotemustache talk the 1975 summer blockbuster of all summer blockbusters "Jaws" and do a draft pick of their top Steven Spielberg and John Williams (composer) collaborations.

Episode notes can be found here.

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This week we dive into the movie "A Bigger Splash" (2015) a remake, and the film its based on on, the 1969 French film "La Piscine" AKA "The Swimming Pool" (which was also filmed entirely in English as well). "A Bigger Splash" was made by CMBYN's Luca Guadagnino and stars Tilda Swinton,  Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson and Ralph Fiennes. The 1969 original stars Romy Schneider, Alain...

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Venturing further into the sunkissed, sundrenched sweltering sizzling summer series with one of my personal favorites, "Overboard" - the original 1987 cult classic directed by Garry Marshall led by long time Hollywood couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

This film is a fun watch, but also I wanted to highlight the career and life of Wayne A. Finkelman - the incredibly brilliant costume designer behind this film ...

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This episode kicks off the Sizzling Summer series which is all movies that *feel* like summer to me. Due to current events, I wanted to start with a fun & sexy, but also very important film, the 1987 iconic hit "Dirty Dancing."

Full episode notes can be found here.

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This episode we highlight Queer Opera Company's First Feature "Orfeo" with Special Guest Liz Kiger, dive into the various on-screen adaptations of the Greek story about Orpheus and Eurydice & celebrate pride on film through some recent highlights.

For more pride on Cinematic Breadcrumbs, peep the Drag on screen episode ft. Katy Cardin.

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