Moviedrome Mondays: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and F for Fake (1973)

Series 5 of Moviedrome opens spectacularly with not one, but two great films in my opinion. It also happens to be (as you guessed) another double bill entry 🙂

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to Australian filmmaker George Miller’s widely acclaimed 1981 post-apocalyptic action masterpiece Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was May 24, 1992 (read here). For me, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior ranks alongside 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road (also directed by Miller) as my two favorites of the Mad Max franchise, which consists of four films altogether. Along with Fury Road, I also rank The Road Warrior as one of the two many greatest action films ever made (sequel or not). If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite George Miller films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer


F for Fake (1973)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to legendary American filmmaker Orson Welles bold 1973 avant-garde masterwork F for Fake, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was May 24, 1992 (read here). On the surface, what makes F for Fake so innovative lies in how Welles cleverly blends form (the film essay format) with content (the theme of fakery). At the center, it comes from Welles playful delivery of this already inspired combination. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Orson Welles films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to what may be a 9-minute trailer for the film, though it reportedly contains no scenes from the film (read here).


Here is a youtube video link to another trailer, but I am not sure If it was one for the U.S. or another country


This youtube video link is for another trailer to it


Here is a youtube video link to a Ventura Club Society trailer.


Here is a youtube video link to documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville’s commentary for it from The Criterion Collection


Here is a youtube video link to film director/critic/historian Peter Bogdanovich’s commentary for it from The Criterion Collection

Here is a youtube video link to Bogdanovich’s longer version of that commentary

BTW, the then unfinished film Bogdanovich talks about in the link (The Other Side of the Wind) got completed and was released on the streaming service Netflix back in 2018. Here is a youtube video link to the trailer below

Last, but not least, If any of you readers are interested in learning more about the term film essay (or essay film), here is a link to a 2013 BFI (British Film Institute) article on it

https://www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/features/deep-focus/essay-film

19 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and F for Fake (1973)

  1. Once again I’m on the same wavelength as Alex Cox. Mad Mad 2 is my favourite George Miller film and by extension my favourite Mad Max movie so far.

  2. As I said above, along with Mad Max: Fury Road, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior ranks as two of the many greatest action films ever made 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. After Mad Max: Fury Road, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is my favorite George Miller film, but both films are tied when it comes to my favorite Mad Max film 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. Welles is one of my favourite actors and directors, so I naturally loved ‘F for Fake’. I can take or leave Mad Max films, though the original was something different at the time.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. Glad to see that somebody else on here familiar with F for Fake 🙂 You probably already knew this, but did you know that Oja Kodar was Orson Welles’s partner from 1961 till his death in 1985? Interesting isn’t it? 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. As you saw in the blog entry, both Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road are tied as my two favorites of the Mad Max franchise 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  7. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is simply one of the ten best action films ever made. It combines a little of everything that makes a great film,lots of heart,sacrifice,loss and redemption as well as a life lesson on why you never try to catch a boomerang in flight. I remember how sad I was when Mike Preston’s Pappagallo was killed and he was left driving into the desert……I sort get that now.

  8. I totally agree with everything you said about Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Michael 🙂 I too felt the same way about Pappagallo too. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  9. ‘Mad Max’ – the film that launched Mel Gibson. To this day I have never seen the original – though it’s been on TV several times. I consider ‘Mad Max 2’ to be an Action Film Masterpiece. Have watched it several times. ‘Fury Road’ is also an exceptional Action Movie. Rumor has Chris Hemsworth playing Max sometime in the future. That sounds pretty good.

    Elmyr de Hory? I read Clifford Irving’s book ‘Fake’ because I had studied Art and thus had interest. Really an amazing tale. He invented many techniques that fooled many ‘Experts’. Filled whole galleries with fakes. And eventually became so famous (notorious) that his fakes have become valuable. Worthy of a movie or documentary for sure.

    Nice post.

  10. I totally agree with you on both Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road 🙂 Only time will tell If Chris Hemsworth will actually play Max in the future? 🙂

    Your thoughts on Elmry de Hory are interesting 🙂 I also love how Orson Welles pranks his own audience in F for Fake since the whole theme of it revolves around fakery 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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