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Posted Yesterday, 06:10 PM

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It's having a 35th Anniversary. I'd love to be listening to that Henry Mancini score in LA in April. Here's Vincent Canby's original review: http://www.nytimes.c...750C0A964948260

Roger Ebert's take: http://www.rogereber...orvictoria-1982

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Blake Edwards wrote and directed many comedies, and it would be fabulous to have Julie Andrews visit the TCMFF again to celebrate this masterpiece!

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Maybe we will have another star-studded update this week!
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Posted 18 February 2017 - 01:22 AM

Anyone interested in a newly restored pre-code at the fest?
Pre-codes are so popular at the TCM Film Festival. I hope we have a chance to see this one in 2017....
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Ernest Lubitsch's "Trouble in Paradise" (1932) has been restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation: https://www.cinema.u...take-this-woman
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:45 PM

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One film that certainly blends with our comedic fest theme this season is 1982's My Favorite Year. I hope it will be added to the lineup. Director Richard Benjamin and Marc Linn-Baker have recently introduced it at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which has just concluded. Maybe it was a practice run for April in LA? Will we have our swash buckled? I shall raise a flagon of ale to toast it's arrival on the list!

 

Dick Benjamin would be a great guest!

And so would Marc Linn-Baker!

 

Here's a link to the AJFF announcement for My Favorite Year, and take time to notice who sponsored the screening if you have a few minutes....  ;)


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 07:20 PM

Kingrat, I'm unsure what happened to "King of Hearts," and it's possible that Sidney Poitier may just be "in attendance" but in previous years, "in attendance" usually means some sort of participation in an introduction or concluding remarks. Since we don't have much more to go on as far as comments, what you've stated could be the premise. Even if Mr. Poitier is just "in attendance" in the audience, I'd be thrilled to be there, as would most pass holders.

As for Lee Grant, it says "tribute" in one of the email notifications and on the latest news bulletin, but she's scheduled for a Club TCM interview, so she's probably not the "big interview." No definite subject for the "Live From The TCM Film Festival" interview has been formally announced. We just need to wait for more definite clarification.

Genevieve Bujold's name is still on the guest list, so I'm hoping she'll be at the fest. More later! ;-)

 

Can't wait to see you! I always enjoy watching a film with such a knowledgeable young man!


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Posted 14 February 2017 - 01:06 PM

SueSue, I noticed that King of Hearts is no longer listed with the films announced for the festival. Do you know anything about this? Does this mean Genevieve Bujold is less likely to appear?

 

The press release seemed to suggest that Lee Grant will be the featured interviewee. With her work as actress and director and her experience with the blacklist, she would certainly be an interesting subject. Because the release merely says that Sidney Poitier will be in attendance at the showing of In the Heat of the Night, that may mean that he is not well enough to be interviewed, but will be introduced and receive a thunderous ovation from those in attendance.



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 11:31 AM

With an esteemed actor like Sidney Poitier, many of our TCM pass holders' hearts are aflutter with the anticipation of seeing such a talented, generous man grace the stage at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, April 6, for the Gala Festival Premiere Screening of In The Heat of The Night.

 

​From The Turner Pressroom Release:

 

"Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will kick off the 8th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Thursday, April 6th with a 50th anniversary screening of the Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger classic In the Heat of the Night (1967). The iconic actor Sidney Poitier, who will attend the screening, broke stereotypes and new ground when he starred in this five time Academy Award winner about a black detective from the north who finds himself investigating a murder in a small-town in Mississippi. Producer Walter Mirisch and Director Norman Jewison along with actress Lee Grant and composer Quincy Jones will be on hand to discuss the film which is considered to be a landmark."

 

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"Actress Lee Grant will be feted with a tribute featuring a screening of her debut film Detective Story (1951), along with The Landlord (1970) and a conversation in Club TCM.

 

Many of us are hoping that Sidney Poitier will be the Live From The TCM Film Festival extended interview. Hope you all are as excited as I am about these latest special guest additions as well as the 8 new films.

 

 

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90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema begins February 17 here: https://thewonderful...tier-blogathon/

 

 

The Sidney-Poitier-as-Social-Barometer Film Theory by Silver Screenings: https://silverscreen...rometer-theory/

 

Sidney Poitier and The Civil Rights Movement in Hollywood by Margaret Perry: http://margaretperry...t-in-hollywood/

 

TCM Database biography of Sidney Poitier: http://www.tcm.com/t...Sidney-Poitier/

 

​If you haven't ordered a festival pass, there's still time!

 

There are still Classic, Palace, and Spotlight passes available here: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/attend/

 

 

 

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​Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger..."In The Heat Of The Night" is our Gala Premiere!

 

​Just don't be left out in the cold! This year's slate of films and iconic guests make it one of the most exciting years to enjoy historic, favorite films, pay tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, and mingle with film lovers from all over the world.  See you in less than two months!

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 07:52 PM

Latest films update:

In the Heat of the Night (1967)
A 50th anniversary screening of Norman Jewison’s landmark drama (and Best Picture winner) starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Poitier broke stereotypes and new ground for his leading role as a black northern cop who finds himself investigating a murder in small-town Mississippi.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
You’ve got a Golden Ticket to enter a world of pure imagination as you relive the magic of this whimsical fantasy film that celebrates the bliss of being young at heart. Gene Wilder stars as the quirky candy tycoon Willy Wonka, who opens the doors of his factory to five lucky children from around the world.

Detective Story (1951) – Featuring an appearance by Lee Grant
Lee Grant earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her film debut as a shoplifter, who finds herself in the hot seat of an angry, hard-nosed detective (Kirk Douglas) obsessed with getting justice. William Wyler directs this day-in-the-life police drama that received three other Oscar nominations, including Eleanor Parker for Best Actress.

The Landlord (1970) – Featuring an appearance by Lee Grant
Hal Ashby made his directorial debut with this film about a wealthy young man (Beau Bridges) who buys a tenement in a Brooklyn neighborhood and attempts to evict the current black tenants, only to have his life changed when he gets to know them. Lee Grant co-stars in a scene-stealing role as Bridges’ well-to-do mother.

The Graduate (1967) – Featuring an appearance by Buck Henry
A 50th anniversary screening of Mike Nichols’ iconic film that made a star out of Dustin Hoffman and become a pop culture milestone due to its highly quotable dialogue and memorable soundtrack from Simon & Garfunkel. Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a college graduate who has an affair with a neighbor’s wife, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), then finds himself falling for the woman’s daughter (Katherine Ross).

Saturday Night Fever (1977) – Featuring appearances by John Badham and Donna Pascow
John Travolta danced his way to superstardom with his iconic performance as Tony Manero, a young Brooklyn man who finds success and love at the local disco. With its infectious soundtrack from the Bee Gees and iconic dance sequences, the film brought disco into mainstream and became an instant classic still much loved by audiences 40 years later.

The Last Picture Show (1971) – Featuring an appearance by Peter Bogdanovich
Director Peter Bogdanovich left his mark with this eight-time Academy Award-nominated coming-of-age story about love, loss and boredom in a tiny Texas town set in 1951. The film was the screen debut of Cybil Sheperd and stars Jeff Bridges, with Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson both garnering Oscar wins for their roles in the film.

What’s Up, Doc? (1972) – Featuring an appearance by Peter Bogdanovich
In Peter Bogdanovich’s homage to classic screwball comedy starring Ryan O’Neal and Barbra Streisand, four identical, plaid overnight bags cause a slew of zany misadventures for four strangers in San Francisco. This film earned a Golden Globe nomination for Madeline Kahn and cemented her onscreen comedic persona.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Featuring an appearance by Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd
TCM honors the late Debbie Reynolds with this 65th anniversary screening of the film often called the greatest musical ever made. Reynolds and Gene Kelly star as an ingénue and silent film star, respectively, who fall in love as Hollywood transitions from silent films into talkies.

Postcards From The Edge (1990) – Featuring an appearance by Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd
The late Carrie Fisher adapted the screenplay of this dramatic comedy from her semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Meryl Streep stars as a recovering drug addict whose acting career is jeopardized when her famous mother (Shirley MacLaine) moves in. An all-star cast rounds out this Mike Nicolas directed picture featuring Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss and Annette Bening.

High Anxiety (1977) – Featuring an appearance by Mel Brooks
The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, is the inspiration (and co-writer) of this 40th anniversary genre spoof, where Mel Brooks plays a doctor who must overcome his diagnosis of “high anxiety” to prove he was framed for murder. A number of Brooks’ repertory company returns including Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman and Ron Carey.
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Posted 13 February 2017 - 02:43 PM

More films, more special guests!!!!  Sidney Poitier, Lee Grant, Buck Henry, Todd Fisher, Billie Lourd, Mel Brooks! Wowee!!!

Thank you, powers that be. :D

Announced 2017 Special Guests:

JOHN BADHAM - Director
JERRY BECK - Animation Historian
PETER BOGDANOVICH - Actor, Director and Author
MEL BROOKS - Director, Producer, Actor, Writer
GENEVIÈVE BUJOLD - Actress
LEE GRANT - Actor, Director and Author
BUCK HENRY - Writer and Actor
FREDERICK HODGES - Music director
LESLIE IWERKS - Director and Producer
NORMAN JEWISON - Director
QUINCY JONES - Producer, Composer, Conductor and Musician
BILLIE LOURD
RUSSELL MERRITT - Director and producer
WALTER MIRISCH - Producer
DONNA PESCOW - Actress
SIDNEY POITIER - Actor and Director
SEAN SHARP - Baritone, graphics director and DJ

*We regret the following will no longer attend as previously announced:

STEPHEN HORNE - Composer and Musician
DIANA ROWAN - Composer and Musician
 
 
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Posted 10 February 2017 - 01:54 PM

Art Directors Guild Awards To Showcase 30 Original Film Backdrops
Over 30 Backdrops from Films Such as Singin in the Rain, Ben-Hur
and "North by Northwest" Will Be Displayed at the Feb. 11 Ceremony

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"LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8, 2017 Monumental Hollywood backdrops from classic films such as Singin in the Rain, Ben-Hur, Hello, Dolly! and North by Northwest will be showcased at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards (IATSE Local 800), held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland and hosted by Emmy®-winning comedian Patton Oswalt.

Hand-painted film backdrops from over 30 films will be displayed on canvas and on a large LED monitor during the pre-show cocktail reception and awards program. Guests will have the opportunity to take photos in front of the "Make Them Laugh" backing from Singin' in the Rain.

The awards presentation, organized by ADG Awards co-producer Thomas Walsh, is part of a continued collaboration between ADG and J.C. Backings in celebration of The Art of the Hollywood Backdrops book release in November 2016, published by Regan Arts, a Phaidon Global Company. The Art Directors Guild Archives joined forces with the books authors Karen L. Maness and Richard M. Isackes to compile a definitive behind-the-scenes history of scenic artists who crafted the iconic but now endangered art form of the Hollywood backdrop.

"We delight in the fact that historic motion picture backings will be displayed at the Art Directors Guild Awards, said Karen L. Maness, the books co-author. Attendees will witness for themselves the majesty of these classic paintings. Added Walsh, This book proves that this profession cannot be fully replaced by technology, rather that this art form remains a necessary, tactile, visual, and immersive creative endeavor."
I'd love to see a few of these backdrops at the festival!!!!

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 11:27 PM

Kingrat, it's great to hear from you. I hope all is well in your "neck of the woods." ;-)

1984's Choose Me: "Three previously unconnected lives unexpectedly intertwine in this romantic drama. Mickey (Keith Carradine) is a charming storyteller and ladies' man who becomes involved with Nancy (Geneviève Bujold), a radio personality known on the air as "Dr. Love," who confidently dispenses relationship advice, yet has a disastrous love life of her own. Also crossing their paths is Eve (Lesley Ann Warren), an ex-call girl who operates her own bar and hops restlessly from lover to lover."

I'd be there, Kingrat!!
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Keith Carradine hosted the Westerns series in July of 2016 entitled "Shane Plus A Hundred More Great Westerns" which was very popular. Carradine also walked the TCMFF 2016 Red Carpet chatting with all the journalists and sharing his love of classic film, introduced "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" in 2016, and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" a few years ago. So he is a good friend of TCM.

What makes a film classic according to Keith Carradine? A stellar cast, a great script, and a dedicated director. If a film continues to be watched and enjoyed decades after its production, it qualifies. He stressed that great scripts make great films.
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Posted 09 February 2017 - 01:10 PM

SueSue, although I would be happy for either Coma or Anne of the Thousand Days to be added to the schedule, the one I would truly love to see is Choose Me. Let's dream a little: with Keith Carradine and Lesley Ann Warren, too.

 

If not this year, another year. Of course Keith Carradine is busy with Madam Secretary and his other projects, but he has appeared at the festival before, to great acclaim.


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 09:17 AM

What a lovely comparison, laffite! I've never seen that episode of Twilight Zone, so I'll have to put that on my watch list.

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Dodsworth has screened at the TCM Film Festival in 2011 (with film historian Marilyn Ross, I believe), and it's one of my favorite Mary Astor vehicles, and it's one of my favorite screen romances!

Here's one of the reviews I wrote for Joseph Egan's latest book:
The Diaries May Be Purple, But This Book Is Pure Gold!
A review of "The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s"

"Having a top-notch researcher plumbing the depths of archives for minute details that flesh out the experiences of all the major players in one of the hottest scandals to ever grace newspaper headlines makes fascinating reading. Access to Mary Astor's daughter, Marylyn Thorpe Roh, and being able to conduct an in-depth interview with her makes the narrative arrive to a coda that captures all the nuances of the mother and daughter struggles through the trial and its aftermath. Roh, the only person who could answer all of biographer Joseph Egan's probing questions consented to several interviews and shared her personal experiences, photos, and memories of her mother. A more compelling analysis of the main player in such a well-publlicized saga doesn't exist, while the evolution of such a massive research project is just as fascinating as its subject. Photos of and comments about major Hollywood players, high-priced legal eagles, abusive parents, and a self-seeking ex-husband enrich Egan's narrative as much as the motivations of such a popular Oscar-winning actress who struggled with alcoholism and a heart condition while also realizing one of her earlier ambitions to become a writer. If you are intrigued, this review pales when compared to the actual treasures of reading "The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s."

"Dodsworth" is also one of Robert Osborne's "picks" on his favorite's list.
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Posted 08 February 2017 - 06:59 PM

Mary Astor (reference your post below) gave me one of my favorite characters of all time.

 

Edith Cortright (Dodsworth)

 

Edith reminds me of the Twilight Zone episode where Keenan Wynn creates his lady companions by simply recording her traits into a reel-to-reel tape recorder and then depositing the snip in an envelope. And she appears! When his current favorite (Phyllis Kirk) rebels against her "created" nature and becomes intractable he simply disposes of the the clip and creates another. The traits he records for the incoming are something along the lines of intelligent, gentle, educated, breathtaking common sense, agreeable (without surrender), conversational, loving, etc etc.

 

... in other words ... ... Edith.

 

I'm sure the KW character was a good guy and that Edith might have suited him well but I would beg him to do a redo; I would never let Keenan take Edith away from Sam.

 

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 08:22 PM

Since the TCM Film Festival is all about comedy this year, my TCM Message Boards pal, author and historian Lynn Zook, and I were chatting about what films would be fun to see.

How about a screening of "9 to 5" and have a panel reunion of Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin?
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I always enjoyed those "dream" sequences...

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It's about time for a reunion. They keep promising a sequel, so why not start it at the TCM Film Festival in 2017?

Sounds like a plan!

And aren't we about due for an update? ;-)
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Posted 04 February 2017 - 02:11 PM

The latest news on Variety for film lovers, bloggers, the lonely and bereft, and historians:

"Blame the trolls: IMDb, the Amazon-owned website that provides movie, TV and celebrity content, has decided to shut down its message boards because they’re “no longer providing a positive, useful experience” for the vast majority of its users."

Glad we still have the TCM Message Boards!

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TCMFF UPDATES: None to report this week..... :-(

Since a tribute to Peter Bogdanovich is part of the fare this year with screenings of "The Last Picture Show" and "What's Up, Doc," maybe he might be our TCL Chinese (Grauman's) Hand and Footprint Ceremony Honoree.....
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Posted 03 February 2017 - 02:20 PM

The Latest From The Hollywood Reporter-A Look Back at How Hollywood Has Welcomed Immigrants:

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 12:03 PM

Canadian actress Genevieve Bujold will be in attendance at the TCMFF 2017 for 1966's King of Hearts.

 

"Set during World War I, this French cult classic comedy starring Alan Bates and Geneviève Bujold follows a young Scotsman trying to find and diffuse a bomb in a town overrun by lunatics. This film is presented in a special 50th anniversary North American premiere restoration in collaboration with Cohen Media Group’s Cohen Film Collection."

 

 

 

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And learn "All About Genevieve" from the set of a film from 2013, Still Mine:

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Will we also have a screening of Coma or Anne of the Thousand Days in honor of Ms. Bujold?

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 10:41 PM

Rogert Ebert revisits the timelessness of "The Last Picture Show" in 2004. From RogerEbert.com:

"The best scene in "The Last Picture Show" takes place outside town at the "tank," an unlovely pond that briefly breaks the monotony of the flat Texas prairie. Sam the Lion has taken Sonny and the **** boy Billy fishing there, even though, as Sonny observes, there ain't nothing in the tank but turtles. That's all right with Sam: He doesn't like fish, doesn't like to clean them, doesn't like to smell them. He goes fishing for the scenery.

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"Try one?" he says, offering Sonny the makings of a hand-rolled cigarette. And then he begins an wistful monologue, about a time 20 years ago when he brought a girl out to the tank and they swam in it and rode their horses across it and were in love on its banks. The girl had life and fire, but she was already married, and Sam even then was no longer young. As he tells the story, we realize we are listening to the sustaining myth of Sam's life, the vision of beauty that keeps him going in the dying town of Anarene, Texas.

The scene has a direct inspiration, I believe, for the writer-director, Peter Bogdanovich. I'm sure he was thinking of the monologue in "Citizen Kane" (1941) where old Mr. Bernstein remembers a girl with a parasol who he saw once, 50 years ago, and still cherishes in his memory as a beacon of what could have been.

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Sam, played by the veteran Western actor Ben Johnson, is the soul of Anarene. He owns the diner, the pool hall, and the Royal theater, and without those three places, there is no place to go in Anarene except to bed, which explains the desperate and lonely adulteries and teenage fumblings that pass for sex. Among those who treasure Sam the Lion are Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane Jackson (Jeff Bridges), co-captains of the local football team, which is so bad the local men look at them in disgust and shake their heads.

Bogdanovich's 1971 film, based on the novel by Larry McMurtry, opens on Saturday, Nov. 12, 1951 -- the eve of the Korean War, and the beginning of the end for movie houses like the Royal, where Sonny grapples in the back row with his plump girlfriend Charlene (Sharon Taggart), while enviously watching Duane kiss the town beauty, Jacy Farrow (Cybill Shepherd). On the screen are classics like "Red River" and "Wagonmaster," which speak to the legends of this land, but already the ugly little black and white sets in local living rooms are hypnotizing the locals with "Strike It Rich!" and other banal trivialities that have nothing to do with their lives, or anyone's lives.

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It always seems too hot or too cold in Anarene. A wind blows down the deserted main street and in through the door of the pool hall. Sam the Lion hunches his shoulders into his sheepskin jacket. Bogdanovich and his cinematographer, Robert Surtees, use a lot of horizontal pans to show the town hunkered down flat against the land; we have the feeling that emptiness surrounds these weathered buildings.

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Duane and Sonny presumably have homes to go to, but their lives center around their cars -- Sonny's old pickup and Duane's like-new Mercury. In high school., a valiant English teacher (John Hillerman) reads from Keats that truth is beauty and beauty is truth, but truth and beauty seem remote from their lives, and the most wonderful thing that happens to Sonny is that Ruth (Cloris Leachman), the 40-ish wife of the football coach, takes him to her bed and treats him fondly. Duane, meanwhile, is toyed with by Jacy, who has her eyes on a rich kid in a nearby city and isn't above getting an invitation to his pool party by leading on the local goofball Lester (Randy Quaid).

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Jacy's parents are what pass for rich in the town, and her mother Lois (Ellen Burstyn) is still pretty, although she spends too much time drinking on the sofa next to her TV-mesmerized husband. Lois is at least a realist, advising her daughter to sleep with Duane so she'll find out it's not as great as she thinks it is. Lois sometimes sleeps with one of her husband's oil hands, but like Ruth, she places no great faith in sex and yearns instead for tenderness and conversation and someone who has not been defeated by life.

When "The Last Picture Show" opened in 1971, it created a sensation. I saw it on its first engagement in New York, where audiences crowded in with the eagerness reserved, these days, for teenage action pictures. It felt new and old at the same time. Bogdanovich, a film critic and acolyte of Welles, shot in black and white, which gave the film a timelessness, then and now. He used a soundtrack entirely made up of pop songs, which was something new (Scorsese had tried it with his first film, in 1967). It was mostly Hank Williams who provided the soundtrack for these lives, and Bogdanovich used real sources in the scenes for the music -- radios, jukeboxes -- where "Cold, Cold Heart" and "Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used to Do)" commented directly on the action.

We had not seen these faces before, except for Ben Johnson and a few other supporting players. Like "Citizen Kane" by his hero, Bogdanovich made a film introducing future stars. Cybill Shepherd was in her first film. Tim Bottoms was in his second but spent his first, "Johnny Got His Gun," as a soldier who could not see, hear or speak. Jeff Bridges had done nothing memorable, and Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn caught fire with their roles here. For Leachman and Ben Johnson, who for years gave dependable support in the John Ford stock company, there were supporting actor Oscars.

The film has an unadorned honesty that came as a jolt after the pyrotechnics of the late 1960s. While the "Easy Rider" generation was celebrating a heedless freedom, Bogdanovich went back to the directness and simplicity of Ford, who he admired no less than Welles. But "The Last Picture Show" took place long after the heroics of "Red River" and the other classic Westerns. It was based on the first of many novels where Larry McMurtry (whose hometown of Archer City, Texas, supplied the location of Anarene) charted the Texans who came after the age of heroes.

Seeing the film once again, I was struck by how many of the scenes involve sex, and how little they involve eroticism. Cybill Shepherd's celebrated striptease on a diving board got a lot of attention at the time, but her character coldly uses sex as a way to get the best deal she can out of Anarene. The only real warmth comes from the Leachman character, Ruth, combing Sonny's hair while they're both fully dressed.

There is simply no way in this town to touch life and glow. The last ones who knew the secret were Sam the Lion and maybe Genevieve (Eileen Brennan), the waitress at Sam's diner. Sonny and Duane, we suspect, will grow up to drink too much, work too hard and marry desperate women -- unless Duane is killed first in Korea. There is certainly no future for gentle Billy (Sam Bottoms), who always smiles but has no reason to.

The film is above all an evocation of mood. It is about a town with no reason to exist, and people with no reason to live there. The only hope is in transgression, as Ruth knows when she seduces Sonny, the boy half her age. And then he, too, falls briefly under the spell of Jacy, leading to the powerful scene where he returns to Ruth and she hurls the coffeepot against the wall and spills out her soul. (Leachman did that scene in one take, first time, no rehearsal.)

At the end, Bogdanovich shows us brief moving shots of his stars, with titles giving their names and characters. This is a reminder of Welles' credits at the end of "Citizen Kane." In 1971, those played simply as effective titles.

Today, seeing Bridges, Bottoms, Burstyn, Leachman, Brennan, Quaid, Johnson (who died in 1996) and the others 33 years later, the images in the credits have a sharp poignancy. There is a line from "Citizen Kane" that comes to mind: "I was there before the beginning ... and now, I'm here after the end."

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Bogdanovich was there after the end, too. In 1990, he gathered most of the members of his original cast for "Texasville," a sequel set in the early '80s, some 30 years after the period of the original."

How wonderful it would be if Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Bogdanovich, Cloris Leachman, and Ellen Burstyn appear at the festival to celebrate this film. Here's hoping!

To find out what Bogdanovich thinks about the legacy of "The Last Picture Show," read this November 2016 article: http://www.sltrib.co...s-about-why-the
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 08:58 PM

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If you enjoyed all the Las Vegas themed films last night, you might have heard Ben Mankiewicz discuss TCM Message Boards Member Lynn Zook's lastest book, "Gambling On A Dream."
If you love to read about Classic Las Vegas, you'll enjoy the photos, interviews and stories.

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:44 PM

RIP Barbara Hale.
She appeared in The Window, Airport, The Houston Story, and was Perry Mason's loyal secretary for....38 years.

Rest In Peace, Barbara Hale: http://www.hollywood...ry-mason-893891


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Ben Mankiewicz visits with Todd Fisher to honor his mother, Debbie Reynolds, tonight on TCM: http://www.tcm.com/t...nolds-1-27.html
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