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Wed., 8-20 for SUTS Thelma Ritter:

 

2:15 pm ET
C- 99 min
western

A widow with several children leaves New York City to become a ranch hand in territorial Arizona.

DirVincent Sherman CastDebbie Reynolds , Steve Forrest , Andy Griffith .

 

4:00 pm ET
C- 108 min
comedy

A millionairess forces her lawyer to find suitable husbands for her three daughters who stand to inherit a fortune.

DirMichael Gordon CastKirk Douglas , Mitzi Gaynor , Gig Young .

 

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Apparently there aren't any actual TCM premieres on Lee Tracy day tomorrow, but there are at least half a dozen of his films that will be showing that haven't been around here for the past five years. And to repeat the Old Gold catchphrase, there's not a cough in the carload.

 

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Wed., 8-20 for SUTS Thelma Ritter:

 

2:15 pm ET
C- 99 min
western

A widow with several children leaves New York City to become a ranch hand in territorial Arizona.

DirVincent Sherman CastDebbie Reynolds , Steve Forrest , Andy Griffith .

 

4:00 pm ET
C- 108 min
comedy

A millionairess forces her lawyer to find suitable husbands for her three daughters who stand to inherit a fortune.

DirMichael Gordon CastKirk Douglas , Mitzi Gaynor , Gig Young .

 

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just a bump for Thelma Ritter Day

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Wed., 8-27 for SUTS Edmond O'Brien:

 

9:30 pm ET
91 min
crime

When a judge learns his wife has terminal brain cancer, he begins to consider mercy-killing.

DirMichael Gordon CastFredric March , Edmond O'Brien , Florence Eldridge .

LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Michael Gordon. Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Edmond O'Brien, Geraldine Brooks.

"March is excellent as strict jurist who must judge himself for saving his wife the anguish of illness by killing her; absorbing drama."

"..holds up very well as a family drama, a courtroom drama, and a tale of ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges"

 

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Sat., 8-30 for SUTS Betty Grable:

 

2:30 pm ET
C- 86 min
comedy

The star of a Broadway show suspects her husband may be having an affair with the show's backer.

DirRichard Sale CastBetty Grable , MacDonald Carey , Rory Calhoun .

LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Richard Sale. Betty Grable, Macdonald Carey, Rory Calhoun, Eddie Albert, Lois Andrews, Irene Ryan.

Undistinguished Grable musical lacking bounce of her other vehicles, with usual show biz storyline.

 

4:00 pm ET
C- 114 min
musical

Two sisters from Hungary become famous entertainers in the early 20th century.

DirIrving Cummings CastBetty Grable , John Payne , June Haver .

LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Irving Cummings. Betty Grable, John Payne, June Haver, S. Z. Sakall, Reginald Gardiner, Frank Latimore.

"Sassy hokum about popular vaudeville sister act with two lovely stars and a bevy of old song favorites, plus newly written ``I Can't Begin to Tell You.''

 

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Mon., 9-1 for 24 Hr. Telluride Festival Tribute:

2 PREMIERES....

 

8:00 pm ET
146 min
documentary
Le Joli Mai (1963)

Two directors paint a portrait of Paris during May of 1962.

DirChris Marker CastCommentators: , Yves Montand , Simone Signoret .

"What was once a front-lines report of Parisian life has been deepened by time....This is a film to get lost in, and one of those films which beckons us to consider our own fate."

 

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/491747/Le-Joli-Mai/articles.html

 

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2:15 am ET
C- 112 min
crime

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists befriends one of his captors.

DirNeil Jordan CastStephen Rea , Miranda Richardson , Forest Whitaker .

"it has .... continued to remain mysterious and highly durable over the ensuing years, rewarding repeated viewings with its emotional resonance, haunting atmosphere, and razor sharp performances. Even if you know the secret going in, there's nothing else quite like it."

 

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/71978/Crying-Game-The/articles.html

 

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2:15 am ET
C- 112 min
crime

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists befriends one of his captors.

DirNeil Jordan CastStephen Rea , Miranda Richardson , Forest Whitaker .

"it has .... continued to remain mysterious and highly durable over the ensuing years, rewarding repeated viewings with its emotional resonance, haunting atmosphere, and razor sharp performances. Even if you know the secret going in, there's nothing else quite like it."

 

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/71978/Crying-Game-The/articles.html

 

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Thanks for posting the link to TCM's article on THE CRYING GAME. 

I never picked up on the VERTIGO connection in the names of THE CRYING GAME characters until I read this article.

At the time of its release the movie's American distributor Miramax was truly an independent film company (although it would be purchased by Disney the next year). For that reason it is amazing that it  received so many Oscar nominations including Best Picture (although perhaps Disney was actively campaigning for the movie at the time the nominees were chosen).

 

Dil's "It's all right, Jimmy, I can take it. Just not on the face" is one of my all-time favorite movie lines.

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Tonight under Beatrice Lillie:

 

8:00 pm ET
80 min
comedy
On Approval (1944)

Two wealthy Victorian widows are courted tentatively by two impoverished British aristocrats.

DirClive Brook CastClive Brook , Beatrice Lillie , Googie Withers .

LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Clive Brook. Beatrice Lillie, Clive Brook, Googie Withers, Roland Culver.

"Minor British gem showcasing the hilarious Bea Lillie as woman who decides to give her prospective husband a trial run, with unexpected results. Drawing-room comedy par excellence. Leading-man Brook also directed, produced, and co-wrote script (from Frederick Lonsdale's play)--the only time he ever worked behind the camera!"

 

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/555832/On-Approval/articles.html

 

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late tonight for TCM Imports:

 

2:00 am ET
105 min
drama
Il Sorpasso (1961)  PREMIERE

A shy law student meets a bon vivant who takes him for a drive through the Roman and Tuscan countryside.

DirDino Risi CastVittorio Gassman , Jean-Louis Trintignant , Catherine Spaak .

"For a good part of its running time, a contemporary (and ostensibly non-Italian) viewer might not be sure of how to take the film - its comedy is mild and circumstantial, and the social-critique subtext that gives the movie bite could be missed by anyone not familiar with Italian road culture and the social stress it produces."

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/t...o/articles.html

 

 

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Tues., 9-16, under Projected Image: The Jewish Experience On Film:

3 PREMIERES

 

8:00 pm ET (note time change from NPG schedule)

101 min
adventure

The first movie produced in Israel describes the outbreak of hostilities during the war for independence in 1947.

DirThorold Dickinson CastEdward Mulhare , Haya Hararit , Michael Shillo .

LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Thorold Dickinson. Edward Mulhare, Haya Harareet, Michael Wager, Michael Shillo, Arieh Lavi. "Evocative..... drama, played in flashbacks, of the fight for modern Israel, centering on the stories of four soldiers defending a hill outside Jerusalem during the 1948 war."

 

10:00 pm ET (note time change)
110 min
comedy
Sallah (1964)

A Jewish man from Asia immigrates to 1948 Israel with his family and struggles to provide for them.

DirEphraim Kishon CastHaym Topol , Geula Noni , Gila Almagor .

"A mordant satire of social, cultural, and political foibles. Kishon (screenwriter) won the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement in 2002, winning praise for his skill at deploying razor-sharp humor to expose and explore very real problems in Israeli life, including those that accompanied the birth pains of the country's early years."

 

12:00 am ET (again note time change)
99 min
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After smuggling Jewish refugees into pre-Israel Palestine, a freighter captain becomes embroiled in the conflict.

LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: George Sherman. Dana Andrews, Marta Toren, Stephen McNally, Jeff Chandler, Philip Friend.

"Interesting account of underground trail of European refugees during WW2; fairly good suspenser."

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Quite interested in seeing Sallah tonight. It and Hill 24 Doesn't Answer are both Israeli films, in case anyone didn't know, the latter apparently being the first feature film that the country ever produced. Starting about now! Gotta go!

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i missed most of 'sword in the desert'; only caught a few minutes of the beginning.         angry.gif

 

it appeared to be a great flick.

 

but i had to go do cardio,; gotta watch the ole waistline.       smile.gif

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airs late Sun., 9-21 for TCM Imports

 

2:00 am ET   Premiere
99 min
drama

An aristocrat is too proud to curb his extravagant lifestyle even though his riches are turning into debts.

DirSatyajit Ray CastChhabi Biswas , Padma Devi , Pinaki Sengupta .

 

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/t...e/articles.html

 

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"Ray represented India for most, but for the world film community, his works represented all of humanity. To this day, they are some of the greatest works of art to deal with the desolation of the soul and the rejuvenation of the spirit. The Music Room is one of his best."

 
 

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The Music Room (1958) is a very wonderful movie! It contains music and it was made in India but it is as far from Bollywood as it is possible to be. It is a gentle and evocative movie which strikes deeply in sensitive souls.

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Mon., 9-22, for Brigette Bardot

 

11:30 pm ET
102 min
comedy
Plucking the Daisy (1956)  (En Effeuillant La Marguerite)

A Paris schoolgirl unwittingly ignites hellfire in the minds of men from Seine to Sorbonne.

CastBrigitte Bardot , Daniel Gelin

LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Marc Allegret. Daniel Gelin, Brigitte Bardot, Robert Hirsch, Darry Cowl.

"Low-brow THEODORA GOES WILD variation, following Bardot's plight after she pens an anonymous, scandalous book. Scripted by Allegret and Roger Vadim. Aka MADEMOISELLE STRIPTEASE and PLUCKING THE DAISY."

 

1:30 am ET
C- 91 min
crime

A convent girl vacationing in Spain finds herself in a romance with a murderer.

DirRoger Vadim CastBrigitte Bardot , Alida Valli , Stephen Boyd .

 LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Roger Vadim. Brigitte Bardot, Alida Valli, Stephen Boyd, Pepe Nieto.

"Turgid drama of Bardot dallying with Boyd, who's planning to kill her uncle."

CinemaScope.

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this movie, imo, administered the perfect effect of a tranquilizer.      sleep.gif

 

i'm flexible when it comes to premiering foreign flicks, but this one did not pass mustard.

 

 

airs late Sun., 9-21 for TCM Imports

 

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late Tues., 9-23, under The Jewish Experience in Film:

 

2:00 am ET
C- 107 min
drama
Focus (2001)

In New York during the height of World War II, an American community begins to unravel when a man and his wife become victims of mistaken identity.

DirNeal Slavin CastWilliam H. Macy , Laura Dern , David Paymer .

"based on a novel by Arthur Miller, which he says was written during a period of disillusionment with the stage; angered by American anti-Semitism even during the war against Hitler, he wrote it in a white heat. It's a didactic warning that it can happen here."

 

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/451674/Focus/articles.html

 

"The problem in all societies throughout history, the opening for all prejudice, is that we don't look at all. We look away, or at our prejudices, or we allow the worst among us to look on our behalf, and accept their reports."

 

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this movie, imo, administered the perfect effect of a tranquilizer.      sleep.gif

 

i'm flexible when it comes to premiering foreign flicks, but this one did not pass mustard.

 

I enjoyed that film quite a lot, but I also really liked the music and performances. Especially the singer who could do that amazing thing with his voice; I was skeptical whether it was even natural, I've never heard anything like it! He was my favorite moment in the film. The film seemed to be based on this man's love of music, and it probably helps if that love is shared by the viewer.

 

I also liked the images and the flood-washed scenery. The storyline was pretty minimalist; I felt like I understood the character, even though his actions weren't explained. Yes, I liked it, but I do understand why it could fall outside of someone's taste.

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airs Sun., 9-28, for Director Whit Stillman:

 

8:00 pm ET
C- 99 min
comedy
Metropolitan (1990)

A group of friends from New York's haute-bourgeoisie gather together during the holiday season.

DirWhit Stillman CastCarolyn Farina , Edward Clements , Taylor Nichols .

 

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/83370/Metropolitan/articles.html

"Stillman has made a film Scott Fitzgerald might have been comfortable with, a film about people covering their own insecurities with a facade of social ease. And he has written wonderful dialogue, words in which the characters discuss ideas and feelings instead of simply marching through plot points as most Hollywood characters do."

 

10:00 pm ET
C- 102 min
comedy
Barcelona (1994)

An American businessman living in Spain and his naval officer cousin discuss women and their home country.

DirWhit Stillman CastTaylor Nichols , Chris Eigeman , Tushka Bergen .

 

ARTICLE: ww.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/18570/Barcelona/articles.html

"the film's most singular achievement is the portrayal of the manifold ways -- from subtle to overt -- in which anti-American sentiments were vented overseas during a certain period in the '70s and '80s."

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airs late Sun., 9-28 for TCM Imports:

 

2:30 am ET
C- 106 min
drama
Claire's Knee (1970)  PREMIERE

On holiday, a conflicted man lusts after beautiful stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter.

DirEric Rohmer CastJean-Claude Brialy , Aurora Cornu , Beatrice Romand .

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/t...e/articles.html

 

"Rohmer's depiction of a constellation of vivid, unique female characters has always been one of his strongest points, and it serves him especially well here with a film ostensibly about a man's plan to conquer a young girl but actually about so much more."

 

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airs late Sun., 10-5 for TCM Imports

 

2:00 am ET
158 min
drama
River Called Titas, A (1973)    PREMIERE

Inhabitants of a Bangladeshi fishing village endure life in one of the world's most poverty-stricken areas.

DirRitwik Ghatak

 

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/t...A/articles.html

"...captures a way of life little known in the West. Set in the Bangladeshi fishing villages along the river Titash, the film focuses on the lives of the area's working poor, showing the joys and misfortunes of their lives while also capturing the gradual effects of progress, particularly as new generations move away in search of better lives."

 

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Tonight's Back to the Drawing Board:

 

(ALL but one short are Premieres)

times are ET

 

8:00 PM
C- 113 min
shorts compilation

Animated compilation: Gertie the Dinosaur (1914), Little Nemo (1911), How a Mosquito Operates (1912), The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918), Bug Vaudeville (1921), The Pet (1921), The Flying House (1921), The Centaurs (1921), Gertie on Tour (1921) and Flip's Circus (1921).

 
9:45 PM
58 min
shorts compilation

Animated compilation: The Artist's Dream (1913), How Animated Cartoons are Made (1919), Farmer Alfafa Sees New York (1916), The Circus (1920), The Mad Locomotive (1922), A Fitting Gift (1920), The Best Mouse Loses (1920), Colonel Heeza Liar, Detective (1923), Bobby Bump's Pup Gets the Flea-Enza (1919) and Dinky Doodle in Lost and Found (1926).

 
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11:00 PM
C- 59 min
shorts compilation

Animated compilation: The Fly's Bride (1929), A Swiss Trick (1931), Silvery Moon (1933), Rough on Rats (1933), A Little Bird Told Me (1934), The Wizard of Oz (1933), The Sunshine Makers (1935) and Pastry Town Wedding (1934).

 

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late tonight for Friday Spotlight: Africa

 

 

2:30 am ET
C- 117 min
epic
Zulu Dawn (1979)

The British military lead an ill-advised war against the Zulu nation.

DirDouglas Hickox CastBurt Lancaster , Peter O'Toole , Simon Ward .

ARTICLE: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/96685/Zulu-Dawn/articles.html

 

"...a prequel to Zulu, a film of the same genre released in 1964. Although the movies premiered only fifteen years apart, the geopolitical attitudes they reflect - relating to colonialism, militarism, and Africa's long-suffering struggle against European domination - are different in fascinating and revealing ways."

 

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