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Fri., 2-27

8:00 PM (ET)


😧 Edward Dmytryk. Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Jean Peters, Richard Widmark, Katy Jurado, Hugh O'Brian, Eduard Franz, Earl Holliman, E. G. Marshall.

Tracy is superlative in tight-knit script (by Richard Murphy, from an Oscar-winning Philip Yordan story) about patriarchal rancher who finds he's losing control of his cattle empire and his family is fragmenting into warring factions. Remake of HOUSE OF STRANGERS (although it owes more to King Lear!). CinemaScope.

".......it was well received at the time by audiences and critics. The New York Times deemed it "refreshingly serious" and trade paper Variety called it a "topnotch Western drama. Scenes of breathtaking beauty...are captured by Joe McDonald's [sic] exceptional use of the C'Scope lens. This footage shows a grown-up CinemaScope, a process that has lived up to the promise of the pioneer The Robe (1953)... Wagner does his best work yet [and] Widmark's gift for menace rates a hackle-raising display."

In addition to Jurado's Best Supporting Actress nomination, Broken Lance won the Oscar for Best Story........

see: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/69764/Broken-Lance/articles.html

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Here are the TCM premieres for March, as determined by MovieCollectorOH’s report published on February 1.

 - On Saturdays TCM is premiering episodes of The Mysterious Mr. M serial along with selected cartoons, so these are listed separately.
 - There is an ongoing issue with premieres disappearing from the TCM schedules (leaving gaps), but based on past experience these are likely to be presented.  'Missing' films are marked with *, and approximate show times are included.

Mar 2 - The Card (1952)
Mar 3 - Say Amen, Somebody - The Good News Musical (1982)
* Mar 8 - Siren of the Tropics (1927) (12 am ET 86 min)
Mar 8 - Insiang (1979)
* Mar 10 - It's Love Again (1936) (8 pm ET 83 min)
* Mar 10 - Three Little Girls in Blue (1946) (10 pm ET 93 min)
Mar 11 - Our Time (1974)
* Mar 13 - Anne Frank Remembered (1995) (11:15 pm ET 117 min)
* Mar 13 - The Big Doll House (1971) (2 am ET 93 min)
? Mar 18 - 2 films are listed at 8 pm ET, either one would be a TCM premiere:
       - Shut My Big Mouth (1942) 71 min
       - Beware Spooks (1939) 68 min
Mar 19 - Purple Hearts (1984)
Mar 19 - Doc (1971)
Mar 20 - Across 110th Street (1972)
Mar 21 - Syncopated City (1934) (short)
Mar 22 - D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)
* Mar 22 - Von Ryan's Express (1965) (10 pm ET 117 min)
Mar 24 - Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) (2 showings)
Mar 26 - Malcolm X (1992)
* Mar 27 - The New Gladiators (1983) (aka Rome, 2072 A.D.) (2:30 am ET 90 min)
* Mar 27 - Land of Doom (1984) (4:15 am 87 min)
Mar 29 - The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
Mar 29 - Satan's Brew (1976)
* Mar 31 - The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) (8 pm ET 85 min)
* Mar 31 - Rails Into Laramie (1954) (3:15 am ET 81 min)

 - Saturdays: serials
Mar 7 - The Mysterious Mr. M Ch. 7: Strange Collision (1946)
Mar 14 - The Mysterious Mr. M Ch. 8: When Friend Kills Friend (1946)
Mar 21 - The Mysterious Mr. M Ch. 9: Parachute Peril (1946)
Mar 28 - The Mysterious Mr. M Ch. 10: The Human Time-bomb (1946)

 - Saturdays: cartoons
Mar 7 - Popeye: Wimmin Hadn't Oughta Drive (1940)
Mar 14 - MGM: Shooting of Dan McGoo, The (1944)
Mar 14 - Popeye: Puttin' on the Act (1933)
Mar 21 - Popeye: Popeye Meets William Tell (1940)
Mar 28 - MGM: Pipe Dreams (1938)
Mar 28 - Popeye: My Pop, My Pop (1940)

Thanks as always to MCOH!


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13 hours ago, cmovieviewer said:

? Mar 18 - 2 films are listed at 8 pm ET, either one would be a TCM premiere:

       - Shut My Big Mouth (1942) 71 min
       - Beware Spooks (1939) 68 min

Really??  They better show both, as I don't have either.

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This is the first time I've noticed them listing 2 films for the same time period.  Since these are premieres selected for the Joe E. Brown Star Of The Month theme, it will be especially disappointing if either is not shown.  Makes me wonder how this will be resolved.  Perhaps it would be better to replace one of the other films on the schedule that has been shown before -  I think most of us would prefer that over not getting to see a premiere.

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early Mon., 3-2

6:00 AM (ET)
B/W - 91 m
Card, The (1952)     (aka "The Promoter")

Synopsis:  Henry, the earnest young son of a washerwoman, uses his wits, and occasional sleight of hand, to become the most successful man in town.

DirRonald Neame CastAlec Guinness , Glynis Johns , Petula Clark .




😧 Ronald Neame.   Cast: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson, Petula Clark, Edward Chapman.

Charming comedy about a likable but penniless young man who sees how to get ahead in the world--and seizes his opportunity. Script by Eric Ambler from Arnold Bennett's story The Card, also its title in England.

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Tues., 3-3 for                                           AAFCA PRESENTS: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE ON FILM........

11:30 PM (ET)
B/W - 101 min

Synopsis:  gospel music as performed by church choirs and special vocalists. Performance sequences are interspersed with interview testimony, focusing on two talented old-timers that helped originate the gospel movement back in the 1930s.

DirGeorge T Nierenberg CastSallie Martin , Charles White , Edgar O'Neal .

...... Roger Ebert called the film "joyful ... one of the best musicals and one of the most interesting documentaries. And it's also a terrific good time.".....

see: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/482928/Say-Amen-Somebody-The-Good-News-Musical/articles.html

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For the primetime programming on Wednesday March 18, some of the online scheduling services are showing Shut My Big Mouth (1942) at 8 pm ET followed by Earthworm Tractors (1936) at 9:30 pm.  So if I had to guess I would say TCM will premiere Shut My Big Mouth and will not be showing Beware Spooks (1939) (which has also been listed on the TCM schedules).

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35 minutes ago, cmovieviewer said:

For the primetime programming on Wednesday March 18, some of the online scheduling services are showing Shut My Big Mouth (1942) at 8 pm ET followed by Earthworm Tractors (1936) at 9:30 pm.  So if I had to guess I would say TCM will premiere Shut My Big Mouth and will not be showing Beware Spooks (1939) (which has also been listed on the TCM schedules).

Thanks.  It would be nice if they could bump one of their tired old redundant things.  Create a time slot for it.


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Sun., 3-8

12:00 AM (ET)                                  Silent Sundays........
B/W - 87 m

Synopsis:  A native of the French Antilles follows the man she loves to Paris where she becomes the toast of the city.

DirHenri Étiévant    CastJosephine Baker , Regina Thomas , Pierre Batcheff .

"....... it received almost unanimously positive reviews from film critics. The film was screened from December 1927 until July 1928, which was considered an exceptionally long running time. Most of these positive reviews focused on Baker's body, comparing her agile movements to those of animals. Following her positive reception in Siren of the Tropics and increased public interest surrounding her, Baker published an autobiography called "Les mémoirs de Josephine Baker." Following the film's very successful premiere, Baker also had a doll made in her likeness and sold in Stockholm, and starred in a toothpaste commercial.[3] This positive reception of Baker's feature film debut set the stage for her starring roles in the films Zouzou (1934) and Princesse Tam-Tam (1935). "



2:00 AM (ET)                                                TCM Imports.........
B/W - 94 m

Insiang (1979)

Synopsis:  Slum life for pretty young Insiang (Hilda Koronel) is an ugly trap. She and her mother Tonya (Mona Lisa) do laundry for a living; their home is a shack constructed from scraps of metal and cardboard. It's a harsh world, ...........

DirLino Brocka    CastHilda Koronel , Mona Lisa , Ruel Vernal .

".....Brocka said that he had structured Insiang as a tragedy, and that his intention was "to show the annihilation of a human being, the loss of human dignity caused by the physical and social environment and to point out the need to change these life conditions."

see:  http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/524891/Insiang/articles.html


& happy to see return of Silents + Imports!!  :D 



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Tues., 3-10 for                                      UNDER-APPRECIATED SONGWRITERS

                                                                         WITH MICHAEL FEINSTEIN ........

(times ET)

8:00 PM
B/W - 80 m

DirVictor Saville CastJessie Matthews , Robert Young , Sonnie Hale .

"It's Love Again (1936) was Gaumont-British's attempt to sell their quintessentially British star, Jessie Matthews, to the American public. To do this, they created a Hollywood-style film, written by an American writer, Marion Dix, directed by Victor Saville, a British filmmaker who had worked extensively in Hollywood, and co-starring Hollywood leading man Robert Young. Paradoxically, Gaumont-British used the film to reinforce how shallow they thought Hollywood was......."

see:  http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/79586/It-s-Love-Again/articles.html



😧 Victor Saville. Robert Young, Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Ernest Milton, Robb Wilton, Sara Allgood.

Lighter-than-air musical-comedy vehicle for Matthews following her success with Saville on EVERGREEN. Young is wise-guy publicity man who dreams up idea of creating an imaginary socialite, until Matthews steps out of the chorus line to fill the role. Funny, charming and imaginatively done, with several pleasant songs.



😧 H. Bruce Humberstone. June Haver, George Montgomery, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm, Vera-Ellen, Frank Latimore, Charles Smith.

Colorful tale of three sisters out to trap wealthy husbands; familiar plot with good tunes like "You Make Me Feel So Young.'' A remake of THREE BLIND MICE and MOON OVER MIAMI, set in turn of the century Atlantic City. Holm's film debut.


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Wed., 3-11

4:30 PM
B/W - 90 m

Our Time (1974)

Synopsis:  Two teenagers are attending a private school for girls in New England in 1955. When they lose their virginity, there are some unexpected and tragic consequences.

DirPeter Hyams CastPamela Sue Martin , Betsy Slade , Parker Stevenson .

,,,,,,,,,, Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 1 star out of 4 and wrote that it "probably sees itself as the female equivalent of 'Summer of '42' ... Unfortunately, the story this time is nothing more than a B-grade soap opera."[3] Arthur D. Murphy of Variety called it "an unexciting, sterile story ... More of a made-for-TV feature than anything else."[4]Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times was positive, stating that the film "turns nostalgia back on itself with remarkable deftness and subtlety. In doing so it makes certain aspects of the '70s seem not all that bad." ......


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Fri., 3-13  :o                              REMEMBERING ANNE FRANK........

(times ET)

11:15 PM
B/W - 117 m


Synopsis:  Documentary reconstructing the life of Anne Frank from her early childhood to her death in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp just weeks before the Third Reich fell.

DirJon Blair CastMiep Gies ,

"......Miep Gies, the woman who had helped shelter the family, and who had saved the diary after the group was betrayed, collaborated with Blair and is interviewed about her memories of hiding the Frank family. ....

The film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1996.[1] The award was jointly collected by Jon Blair and Miep Gies, who received a standing ovation during the award ceremony.[2]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 97% based on 29 reviews, and an average rating of 8/10"



2:00 AM                                                         UNDERGROUND........
C - 95 m


Synopsis: Female prisoners in the Philippines plot their escape from a sadistic warden.

DirJack Hill CastJudy Brown , Roberta Collins , Pam Grier .

".......... As you'd expect from this type of movie, there are chances to see attractive women getting naked or scantily clad and you get amusing foodfights and catfights. The female leads are obviously in on the joke though and have fun with it. There's some amusing moments and unlike the "Charlie's Angels" tv show, these resourceful, smart women really do get a chance to kick **** and get tough. Classic feelgood exploitation!"


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5:30 PM (ET)
B/W - 115 m
Purple Hearts (1984)

Synopsis:  focusing on the romance between Dr. Don Jardian (Ken Wahl) and Nurse Deborah Solomon (Cheryl Ladd), who are continually split up by the Vietnam war.

DirSidney J. Furie CastKen Wahl , Cheryl Ladd , Stephen Lee .

".....The reviewers were not kind. Roger Ebert gave the film half a star in the Chicago Sun-Times, writing, "This isn't war, this is bad plotting. And this isn't romance, it's soap opera." Janet Maslin at the New York Times wasn't much kinder, saying it has "an ending so contrived it may make your teeth ache." .....



1:15 AM (ET)                                              STORIES OF WYATT EARP.........
C - 96 min
Doc (1971)

Synopsis: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday deal with personal problems while preparing for the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

DirFrank Perry Cast:  Stacey Keach,  Faye Dunaway , Harris Yulin , Mike Witney .

".......Perry does a fine job handling material that's straightforward and to the point, as heavy on Western iconography and tropes as any other entry in the genre.......The true revelation in this version of Holliday's story is the central performance by Stacy Keach, who had yet to appear in his star-making role in John Huston's Fat City (1972). ......Doc deserves greater recognition, for its take on the harsh west and the legendary figures who gave it color, both in fact and fiction. "



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Fri., 3-20 for                                          Underground.........

2:00 AM (ET)
B/W - 101 m


Synopsis:  an illegal Harlem bank, run by black mobsters but ultimately controlled by Italian ones, is the target of a robbery gone wrong which results in the killing of mobsters and a trio of criminals on the run. Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto star as Captain Mattelli and Lieutenant Pope, who reluctantly team together to solve the crime.

DirBarry Shear Cast:  Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto,  Frank Adu , Frank Arno , Joe Attles .


"........ casting director Marion Dougherty wrote, "there was some very tough material in Across 110th Street. They went for the blood and violence but had the screenplay been edited for integrity it would've really been an eye-opening film..." Across 110th Street received negative reviews with critics pointing out the use of graphic violence and racial stereotypes. The film was praised for the excellent storytelling and Shear's direction. "


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Sun., 3-22

(times ET)

8:00 PM
C - 106 m

Synopsis: An American and a British soldier in love with the same woman head for the Normandy Invasion.
DirHenry Koster CastRobert Taylor , Richard Todd , Dana Wynter .



😧 Henry Koster. Robert Taylor, Richard Todd, Dana Wynter, Edmond O'Brien.

Well-executed study of WW2's Normandy invasion, with massive action shots; film focuses on American officer Taylor and British leader Todd, their professional and personal problems. You may like THE LONGEST DAY better.


10:00 PM
B/W - 117 m


Synopsis:  During World War II, Allied POWs get a chance at freedom when their Italian captors lose the war effort, but then their escape route to Switzerland is intercepted by Germans.

DirMark Robson CastFrank Sinatra , Trevor Howard , Raffaella Carra .

"..... a solid performance by Sinatra that drew enthusiastic reviews, as did the crisp, well-paced film overall, which was a major commercial hit. "Sinatra at his best as an actor," said the Hollywood Citizen-News. "Fast, suspenseful and exciting," declared Variety. "The best of its kind since The Great Escape (1963)," said The Hollywood Reporter. "The action sequences on the train are thrillingly handled. The logistics of these scenes are enormous. Yet the picture slips along as slick as a highball express."


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TCM has added what appears to be the premiere of the film Malcolm X (1992) to the schedule at 8 pm ET for this coming Thursday March 26.  (The primetime theme for the evening is 'Racism in America'.)

This change was a case of filling in a gap in the schedule, so no previously scheduled film was replaced to make room.

The list of March premieres above has been updated for anyone referring back.

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If one wants to watch a seriously politically-incorrect movie about 'Racism In America' watch BOOK OF NUMBERS (1973).  Directed by and starring Raymond St. Jacques.  Also stars a young Philip Michael Thomas and Freda Payne (the "Band of Gold" singer).  The plot is about a numbers racket in Depression-era Arkansas.  It's only 80 minutes long -- I reckon there were more subplots in the original cut of the movie that ended up biting the dust.  The poster says "THE BLACK KING OF THE NUMBERS GAME" (who is played by Mr. St. Jacques).  

Definitely worth a watch in my opinion. 

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Tues., 2-24 for                                      ALICE GUY-BLACHE............

8:00 PM & 12:00 AM (RT)
B/W - 103 m



Pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy-Blache began her career in the late 1800s in France, and directed, wrote or produced over 1,000 films. She founded one of the first film studios in the United States. She created over 150 of the first films with synchronized sound. Yet her importance in the history of cinema has been largely ignored. Contemporary filmmakers and film historians including Catherine Hardwicke, Joan Simon, Kevin Brownlow, Claire Clouzot and Serge Bromberg discuss the significance of her innovations and accomplishments.

DirPamela Green

"...........The Guardian gave the film a 4 out of 5 star rating, calling it a "fascinating documentary."[12] Gaby Wood of The Telegraph  gave a positive review, calling it "gripping and poetic."[13] Danny Leigh of The Financial Times also gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, stating: "With timing both flawless and bleak, few films arrive feeling so vital as Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché."[14]


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Thurs., 3-26                                                    RACISM IN AMERICA.......

8:00 PM (ET)
B/W - 202 m

Malcolm X (1992)

Synopsis:  a kaleidoscopic biography of the controversial and hugely influential black civil rights leader, anchored by a passionate lead performance by Denzel Washington, who was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

DirSpike Lee CastDenzel Washington , William E Kilson , Phyllis Yvonne Stickney .

"The film, even at three-and-a-half hours, cannot come close to covering every event in Malcolm X's remarkable life, so it focuses on major phases - his time as a small-time criminal in Harlem, his imprisonment and conversion to Islam, his rise to the top of the ranks of the Nation of Islam, and his subsequent falling out with that organization's leader Elijah Muhammad. It's like four movies in one, held together by Lee's visual bravado and the haunting score by Terence Blanchard, which undergirds the whole epic edifice. ..........

a modern classic that was later selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. With a fiery, committed performance by Denzel Washington at its heart, Malcolm X is a complex, thought-provoking, and wildly entertaining portrait of an American original. "


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Here are the TCM premieres for April, as determined by MovieCollectorOH’s report published on March 1. Note that on Saturdays TCM is premiering episodes of The Mysterious Mr. M serial along with selected cartoons, so these are listed separately.

Apr 2 - Fingers (1978)
Apr 2 - Report to the Commissioner (1975)
Apr 3 - Cover Me Babe (1970)
Apr 3 - Jennifer on My Mind (1971)
Apr 5 - Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)
Apr 5 - Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
Apr 7 - Cry of the City (1948)
Apr 12 - Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
Apr 12 - Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
Apr 14 - The Man Who Never Was (1956)
Apr 19 - Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)   (part of TCM Film Festival)
Apr 25 - Saint Jack (1979)
Apr 26 - Fireworks (1997)
Apr 27 - Foxfire (1955)

 - Saturdays: serials
Apr 4 - The Mysterious Mr. M Ch. 11: The Key to Murder (1946)
Apr 11 - The Mysterious Mr. M Ch. 12: High-line Smash-up (1946)
Apr 18 - (TCM FF)
Apr 25 - The Mysterious Mr. M Ch. 13: The Real Mr. M (1946)

 - Saturdays: cartoons
Apr 4 - MGM: Car of Tomorrow (1951)
Apr 4 - Popeye: With Poopdeck Pappy (1933)
Apr 11 - Popeye: Popeye Presents Eugene the Jeep (1933)
Apr 25 - MGM: C*ck-a-Doodle Dog (1950)
Apr 25 - Popeye: Problem Pappy (1941)

Thanks as always to MCOH!


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Fri., 3-27 for                                                     Underground......

(times ET)

2:30 AM

New Gladiators, The ( 1983)


The year is 2072, and in an attempt to compete with a rival network based in America, an Italian network based in Rome decides to start a show where modern day gladiators on motorcycles battle to the death.


Dir Lucio Fulci Cast Jared Martin , Fred Williamson , Howard Ross .

BW- 90 mins, Letterbox Format

"....The film is little more than a footnote in Fulci's career today, but one that is more interesting than many of his better-known horror films. More interesting is how many source materials are combined and, to some degree, how well they work. For a knockoff sci-fi film, it manages to look at television of the future in a way that seems almost prescient, years before reality television became, well, a reality. Mainly though, it's just fun and silly schlock cinema, and whether it will one day be viewed as a masterpiece in the year 2072 remains to be seen. "

see : http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/504431/New-Gladiators-The/articles.html

4:15 AM

Land of Doom ( 1985)

depicts the violent remainder of civilization after the "Final War" with amoral biker gangs terrorizing the populace. One particularly nasty gang, the Raiders, can only be stopped by the union that forms between our heroes,



Dir Peter Maris Cast Deborah Rennard , Garrick Dowhen , Daniel Radell .

BW- 87 mins, CC, Letterbox Format

"....Reviews at the time were few and far between with Variety dismissing it as a "weak Mad Max imitation" on October 8, 1986 upon the film's VHS bow. "Absence of any nudity makes it of little interest to exploitation film fans. Stark locations are atmospheric, looking as if it were filmed in Turkey or some other exotic locale." After that very modest debut, the film vanished into complete oblivion for decades until it passed into the hands of MGM, who finally gave it much broader exposure on home video and cable TV where its dusty charms could be better appreciated. "

see:  http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/80744/Land-of-Doom/articles.html

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late Sun., 3-29 for                            TCM Imports.......

times ET

2:15 AM

Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, The ( 1972)

Like the play, the film plays out entirely in the apartment of fashion designer Petra Von Kant, an open-plan home where bedroom, living room, dining area and kitchen all flow into one another, and the script divides the action into five clearly delineated acts. Margit Carstensen, whom Fassbinder had directed in stage productions of Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House, reprises her role as the narcissistic, controlling Petra, who becomes besotted with a callow, shallow, young beauty Karin (Hanna Schygulla). ...........



Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder Cast Margit Carstensen , Hanna Schygulla , Eva Mattes .

BW- 125 mins,

"....became a critical hit both in Germany, where it won awards for actors Margit Carstensen and Eva Mattes and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus at the German Film Awards, and abroad. It helped bring international attention to the filmmaker and is now considered a landmark in Fassbinder's career and one of his finest movies. "

see: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/68829/Bitter-Tears-of-Petra-von-Kant-The/articles.html

4:30 AM

Satan's Brew ( 1976)

The story of an arrogant poet who hasn't written a word in two years, the film is a screwball farce with a cast of grotesques, ****, madmen, and masochists. ....Characters are humiliated, abused, degraded, betrayed, and in one scene dispassionately murdered, and it is all played for perverse humor....



Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder Cast Kurt Raab , Margit Carstensen , Helen Vita .

BW- 111 mins,

"....The film was polarizing. Janet Maslin, reviewing the film for The New York Times, described the film as "a kind of Father Knows Best on acid... something of a sicko sit-com, with a set of domestic characters nonchalantly acting out their most **** impulses." In Germany, film critic Wilfried Wiegand called it "an act of hatred of the human race."

But it also had its champions and for many critics it is one of the most revealing of Fassbinder's films: a self-portrait as bitter, brutal comedy. "


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