CINEOPOLIS — The Films of George Romero

Episode 102 of CINEOPOLIS delves into the filmography of George Romero to dissect how Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities inspired his cinematic wonders…

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When is the last time you thought about where a movie took place? The rooms, cities, and architecture where movies are set are just as important as the script, actors, and special effects, yet we rarely give locations and sets their due. It’s high time that conversation began to change. CINEOPOLIS is a podcast, hosted by film historian Christian Niedan and editor and culture journalist Dante A. Ciampaglia, about movies — and the places that made them. Through deep dives into movies and filmmakers and discussions with professionals, critics, and authors, CINEOPOLIS will change how you see movies…and the world around you. Over the ten episodes that comprise this inaugural season, Christian and Dante will be your guides on a journey into the rooms, cities, and architecture where movies are set through thorough examinations into films and filmmakers.

Episode 102 of CINEOPOLIS finds your hosts celebrating the films of famed filmmaker George Romero. Without George Romero, the world wouldn’t have zombies. And without Western Pennsylvania, the world wouldn’t have George Romero. The low-budget horror film-slash-social freakout Night of the Living Dead (1968) put Romero on the map. But despite gaining national (and global) recognition over his fifty year career directing films like Martin (1977), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Knightriders (1981), Creepshow (1982), and Bruiser (2000), Romero never strayed far from the industrial landscapes, Rust Belt socioeconomics, or blue-collar people he saw outside his window. On this episode of CINEOPOLIS, co-hosts Christian and Dante dig into the George Romero filmography to dissect how Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities inspired his work — and how his dedication to Western PA turns all his game-changing zombie films into not-so-covert documentaries of a region in flux. Stay scared!

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