This week is our South of France episode, which coincides with the Cannes Film Festival. Graydon Carter, a Co-Editor at Air Mail, tells us about the inspiration behind this special issue and takes us inside our party at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Then we have two great stories about movies: Josh Karp has the scoop on a film Dame Helen Mirren called “an irresistible mix of art and genitals”—the 1979 erotic historical drama Caligula, which starred Mirren, Malcolm McDowell, more than a few Penthouse Pets, and Gore Vidal. (Talk about an orgy of talent … ) Then Sam Wasson has the story of the five-time Academy Award–winning director who was so angry that he could not get financing for his film that he literally threw his Oscars out the window in a fit of apocalyptic rage—and, in the process, created the template for a new kind of indie filmmaker. Can you guess who that is? Sam will reveal the answer. All this and more make this a show you won’t want to miss. Listen by clicking Play below. And be sure to subscribe at Apple Podcasts or Spotify so you don’t miss an episode.

Episode 140: It’s the South of France Issue

Graydon Carter on the mystique of the Cannes Film Festival; Sam Wasson on Francis Ford Coppola’s battle to make Apocalypse Now; Josh Karp on the insane mess that is Caligula; and more