Pitt Alum Rico Gagliano launches new show

Rico Gagliano got his Film Studies BA at Pitt before earning a Screenwriting MFA from the American Film Institute. He has worked for over a decade as an award-winning public radio arts-and-culture journalist, most notably on the national show he co-created and co-hosted, "The Dinner Party Download."

Episodes include interviews with filmmakers form D.A. Pennebaker to Jordan Peele.

His latest show is a podcast he hosts and writes for the international cinephile streaming service MUBI. Pitt's Film Studies faculty and students may enjoy and appreciate it.

The first season is a series of deep documentary-style dives into films that were huge cultural phenonmenons in one country... and nowhere else. In each episode, Gagliano tries to figure out why a movie was so impactful in one place, at one time—in the process he explores the intersection of popular culture, history, politics, economics and national character.

It features exclusive interviews with the filmmakers themselves—including Paul Verhoeven, Jan De Bont, and 2019 Cannes-winner Klebher Mendoca Filho—and with film scholars and critics from around the world.

The Spectator has also written a review.