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late Sun., 4-6

2:00 AM
156 min

A schoolteacher struggles to imbue her students with a positive view of the world and their place in it, despite the fact that she knows of the oncoming war.

DirKeisuke Kinoshita CastHideko Takamine , Yumeji Tsukioka , Takahiro Tamura .


article: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/94119/Twenty-Four-Eyes/articles.html


(seems they're not airing "Nihon No Higeki" (''53) afterwards as shown in NPG)



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Guest midwestan

Sometimes, a little insomnia is totally worth it!  I don't know how often TCM shows this film, but it was a first-time view for me early Monday morning, and overall, I'd give it a 7 on a 10-point scale.  The closing scene when the former students gave their beloved teacher the bicycle so she could get to school was touching, as was the blind young man remembering the class photo from 18 years earlier.  The symbolism of the song about the mother crow leaving then coming back to her chicks while they waited for her on the mountainside was appropriate, as 7 students of the original 12 survived the Depression and the War.  Nice job TCM!

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late Sun., 4-27


2:00 AM
C- 69 min

An unskilled laborer in a match factory is oppressed by her parents and ignored by men at the local dances.

DirAki Kaurismäki CastKati Outinen , Elina Salo , Esko Nikkari .


Article: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/83086/Match-Factory-Girl-The/articles.html


3:15 AM
C- 72 min
Ariel (1989)

A series of unfortunate events befall a Finnish coal miner in this coldly comedic film.

DirAki Kaurismäki CastTuro Pajala , Susanna Haavisto , Matti Pellonpaa .


Article: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/505304/Ariel/articles.html

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