Jump to content
 
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

The Story of Film on The Late Late Show


badartfilm
 Share

Recommended Posts

Prior to the airing of My Brilliant Career earlier in the night, Mr. Osborne was unusually candid in pulling back the curtain a bit about programming decisions accompanying this series, stating the featured films were being cut back to one night a week for the final leg of this series because A) Newer films are more difficult to acquire the rights to air; and B) Because of the adult content of some of them, TCM could only show them in the middle of the night, like they did with this episode of The Story of Film. I found these comments particularly revealing. There are posters on here who posit the theory that TCM is aggressively trying to drive away its older, longtime loyal viewers by showing as many "newer" films as possible (I put newer in quotes, because it's a relative term; The Graduate is now a 46-year-old movie, for point of reference, and even something like Out of Africa is now 28 years old). Whether that's actually true or not (and I don't think it is), I don't think those viewers have a lot to worry about, because the truth is, there's actually competition to get the rights to those films, while who else but TCM has any interest at all in showing some B picture about a runaway bus Loretta Young made in 1932 before she was famous? There will always be a home on TCM for those kinds of movies, I think.

 

But I'm rambling. TCM prides itself on showing its material "uncut and unedited", so if the guy who made this series insisted on putting full frontal male nudity in one of his episodes, he has to expect it's not going to air until after midnight. I don't know if the series was completed before a deal was made with TCM to air it; I don't really know anything at all about the history of its production. It is distressing that with a series is heavily hyped as this, one of the episodes would suddenly be shuffled off to the post-midnight wasteland. If TCM had any say in content (and I doubt they did), surely they would have considered excising that clip so that the episode could have been shown in primetime.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well that was some intelligent rambling.

 

I agree that the fear that TCM will change their programming to show mostly post 1968 films is way overblow. While I can see programming films related to a series like The Story of Film can cause one to pause, this, like Oscar month, don't reflect TCM's overall programming choices.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Let's face it the time period covered during The Story of Film comes into the era of more explicit detail in language, subject matter and nudity. I think it very wise to show it during a time period when most younger viewers are supposedly asleep in their wee little beds. Just set your recorders whatever you have and view it later the next day.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Share

© 2023 Turner Classic Movies Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Cookie Settings
×
×
  • Create New...