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David Hast

David Hast is a retired high school English teacher. He has an MFA in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University and worked 15 years in the film and video industry. Some years ago he taught video production part-time at GVSU, and as a high school teacher he regularly taught a course in Film and Media Analysis.

  • David Hast and Scott Vander Werf discuss the Italian Neo-Realism movement that occurred after the end of World War II. It was a school of filmmaking that influenced movie makers around the world
  • David Hast and Scott Vander Werf talk about movies that changed cinema. They look at six movies that range from classic Hollywood to the French New Wave and some contemporary examples. The movies they discuss are: Breathless, Citizen Kane, Psycho, 2001, A Space Odyssey, Jaws and Marvel's Iron Man
  • David Hast and Scott Vander Werf discuss Man on Wire, the Academy Award-winning documentary about Phillip Petitt, who walked a high-wire between the World Trad Center buildings in 1974. Directed by James Marsh, it’s presented as a heist film
  • David Hast and WGVU’s Scott Vander Werf talk about ‘On the Waterfront,’ the 1954 film starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, directed by the controversial director Elia Kazan. Kazan had named names before the House Unamerican Activities Committee in Congress. On the Waterfront is a film that grapples with labor issues and organized crime.
  • David Hast and Scott Vander Werf talk about The Conversation. Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman, the film that was ahead of its time looking at privacy and surveillance
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love The Bomb is one of the greatest American cold war movies. David Hast talks with Scott Vander Werf talk about the Stanley Kubrick classic
  • David Hast and Scott Vander Werf discuss the Spike Lee classic, Do the Right Thing. Released in 1989 it stars Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Danny Aiello, Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito and Rosie Perez
  • David Hast and WGVU’s Scott Vander Werf discuss the three films of contemporary director Robert Eggers; The Witch, The Lighthouse and The Northmen. Eggers presents a unique, personal vision in his highly imaginative filmmaking.
  • David Hast and Scott Vander Werf talk about the seminal hard-boiled detective film The Big Sleep. Directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, The Big Sleep is adapted from the classic crime novel by Raymond Chandler
  • David Hast and Scott Vander Werf talk about the 1947 film The Man I Love starring Ida Lupino and directed by Raoul Walsh. It’s a film noir that mixes family and jazz