The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio’s smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy – so let Studio 360 steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life.
February 8th, 2016
Episode 109 of 201 episodes
Back when Jimmy Carter was president, an Australian director named George Miller made his first, super-low-budget movie. It starred a little-known Australian actor named Mel Gibson.“Mad Max”was a hit, and Miller’s vision became the blueprint for post-apocalyptic cinema. Now, at 70, Miller has resurrected the franchise he invented. In"Mad Max: Fury Road,"a warrior played by Charlize Theron runs from a tyrannical warlord. Like all the "Mad Max" films, it’s high on epic action and low on dialogue. “Fury Road” is up for 10 Academy Awards – including Best Picture and Best Director. In this extended conversation with Kurt Andersen, Miller explains how he created some of this year’s most thrilling action scenes with very little CGI – and why "Mad Max" would be better in black-and-white.