China’s Lunar New Year movie season is like America’s summer blockbuster season… on steroids. And it got that way thanks to The Dream Factory — a wry 1997 comedy directed by Feng Xiaogang, who’d come to be known as “the Chinese Spielberg.” Ho
The biggest box office hit in the history of the Soviet Union was an early 1970s Mexican romance so obscure in its home country that even many experts on the era haven’t heard of it. Host Rico Gagliano talks with several who have, including es
One of the world’s most prolific film industries was founded on the success of a direct-to-video film distributed on VHS cassettes. Host Rico Gagliano learns the history of Living in Bondage — the indie project that launched Nigeria’s “Nollywo
In the mid-70s, in the midst of a military dictatorship, a Brazilian filmmaker barely out of his teens brought a beloved magical realist story about food, sex and happy compromises to the screen... and nearly blew Jaws out of Brazil’s box offic
The longest-running film in Bollywood history, 1995's "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (aka DDLJ) caught the imagination of a country in transition and practically created a new Bollywood subgenre. Rico gets the inside story of its creation and le
To get a deeper idea of what makes his favorite country tick, Rico dives into Paul Verhoeven’s wild sophomore feature “Turkish Delight” — the biggest home-grown box office hit in the history of the Netherlands. Featuring interviews with Verhoe
Coming soon. The MUBI Podcast. Subscribe now and tune in June 3.Hosted by Rico Gagliano, the first season of the MUBI Podcast focuses on movies that have great importance in their home country, but are lesser known by international audiences an
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