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TCM Programming Challenge #32 “The Sum of Its Parts”


Some background:

Path40a created the first TCM Programming Challenge in February, 2006 to give people a glimpse into the complexities of the programming process. The challenge has endured because it allows entrants to exercise their imagination, display their knowledge and introduce rare classics. TCM Programming Challenges are neither sponsored nor endorsed by TCM but “tcmprogrammr” has stated that programmers happily steal ideas from these schedules.  Many entrants have had the joy of seeing their themes and movie selections air on TCM. The Challenge is to create a week’s schedule following TCM’s standard format. 


When it begins/When it ends:


This challenge opens at 12:00 PM (EST) Sunday, March 13, 2016 and runs through 11:59 PM (EST) Sunday, April 17, 2016  A voting thread will be started shortly after the end of the challenge.


Who can enter/Who can vote:


Everyone is welcome to create and post a schedule.  Don’t be shy! Anyone who was a registered forum member prior to March 1, 2016 will be allowed to vote for their favorite schedule in a separate voting thread after the challenge is closed.  You may either vote by posting your selection on the thread or by directly messaging the moderator. The winner has the honor of running the next challenge.


What you need to do:


1. Create a week's schedule which begins at 6 AM (EST) Sunday and ends at 6 AM (EST) the following Sunday.  The week selected must be between Jan 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

2.  Each day’s programming should begin at 6 AM (EST.) However, if you begin an occasional day at 6:15 AM or 6:30 AM you won't be tarred and feathered.  Even TCM's schedules don't always start at 6AM on the dot.

3.  Primetime/Evening MUST begin at 8 PM (EST.)  No exceptions.

4. Feature films must start on the hour, quarter-hour, half-hour or three-quarters hour.  Short films or other material can be used to “fill-in” between movies so that there is never more than 14 minutes of unscheduled time between features.


Your schedule must include:


1.  Star of the Month  -- At least four films need to be scheduled featuring a particular individual.  Note, that this person must have a large enough body of work that three more nights featuring this person could be scheduled.

2.  Silent Sunday Night  -- A silent movie which begins at approximately 12 AM (EST) Sunday night/Monday morning.

3.  TCM Imports  -- A foreign film that begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Monday morning.

4.  Friday Night Spotlight  -- A group of films which showcase a theme which appears in primetime each Friday night for a month.

5.  The Essentials  --- An indispensable classic film that begins at 8 PM (EST) Saturday night.

6.  TCM Underground  -- A little known or “cult” film which begins at approximately 2 AM (EST) Saturday night.

7.  Mandatory Challenges as noted in the 'Challenge' post for TCM Programming Challenge #32 “The Sum of Its Parts”


Please note:


Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports and TCM Underground are exempt from the limit of premieres stated in the requirements for this challenge. 


You may include a Guest Programmer but you are not required to do so.


Programming related to birthdays, anniversaries of historical or cinematic importance, genres, places or anything else that can reasonably be thematically grouped together is encouraged. Thought provoking, humorous and/or outrageous themes are especially welcome.


Programming notes to explain your themes or to provide additional information on your selected movies are not required but are greatly encouraged. These notes should be on a separate post following the posting of your schedule.


Format and Justifications:


Follow the standard TCM scheduling format for each film: Time, Title, Year, Actor(s) Director(s) Studio, Running Time and justification.


For example:

6:15 PM Stevo's Ridiculous Movie (1938) Joan Blondell, Orson Welles, Takashi Shimura. Dir:  Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount, 94 min., Premiere #1.


Running times and studio information may be found in the TCM database or at IMDB.com



P/S for movies or programs which have been previously shown on TCM.

E or “Exempt” for Silent Sunday Night, TCM Imports or TCM Underground films.

PD or “Public Domain” for films in the public domain.

“Premiere” for movies which count toward the Challenge allowance on premieres.

No notation is needed for any movie in the original Turner film library.


Film library, SOTM, and previous challenge archive links plus other information:


The original Turner library consisted of:  Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only,) MGM (pre-1986 only) and RKO (all years.)


Please note that only live-action Disney films can be used for this challenge.  Animated Disney films will not be permitted. 


Movies in the original Turner library are:


Warner Brothers (pre-1948 only):


MGM (pre-1986 only):


RKO (all)



Movies in the public domain are:



All other theatrical movies are allowed as premieres. 
The most commonly used libraries are:

Columbia Pictures 
United Artists
Samuel Goldwyn 
J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors: 
20th Century Fox:
Paramount Pictures
Universal Pictures
British Gaumont Pictures:


A link of previous Stars Of The Month can be found here:



Previous Challenges can be reviewed here:




How to tell if a movie has aired previously on TCM:


The TCM database has programming notes and articles for most of the movies which have aired. However, there are some movies which have been shown on TCM which do not have notes or articles.


Another fantastic resource is the database compiled by MovieCollectorOH, which not only lists most of the films TCM has shown over the years, but contains pertinent information about the films as well. The database can be found at the following link:

MovieCollectorOH's database 


Thanks to previous Challenge Moderators for the opportunity to copy and paste the usual rules and to borrow different requirements in order to craft TCM Programming Challenge #32.




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TCM Programming Challenge #32: “The Sum of Its Parts” - The Challenges



Challenge 1: “Play it, Sam”

You are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) relating in some way to (two of my favorite “M's”) music in the movies. For example, you could choose memorable movie scores/soundtracks, favorite composers, musician biopics, or musicals just to name a few. Anything goes! You may have 2 films in this challenge which will not count towards your premiere limit. Justify these as: Music-Exempt


Challenge 2: It's “practically” magic

You are to program a block of films (minimum of 4) that showcases impressive, unique, or simply favorite effects used in the movies. Anything from makeup to models, miniatures to mattes, or pyrotechnics to puppets are fair game. You may have 2 films in this challenge which will not count towards your premiere limit. Justify these as: Effects-Exempt


Challenge 3: (optional) “If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed” - Kubrick

You may program a block of films (minimum of 4) spotlighting screenplays. Whether it's filled with snappy dialogue, intriguing characters, exotic settings or a fascinating plot, the screenplay can (more often than not) make or break a film. Here's a chance to showcase some that speak to you! You may have 2 films in this challenge which will not count towards your premiere limit. Justify these as: Script-Exempt


Challenge 4: (optional) “...a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant, and a b@st@rd” - Wilder

You may program a block of films (minimum of 4) focusing on the person who has to try and mold all the individual parts of a film into a cohesive product – the director. Feel free to either focus on a single director's oeuvre, or compare/contrast multiple directors. You may have 2 films in this challenge which will not count towards your premiere limit. Justify these as: Director-Exempt



You may use up to 12 premieres in this challenge. The week selected for your

schedule must be between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.


The challenge opens at 12 Noon (EST) Sunday, March 13, 2016 and ends 11:59 PM

(EST) Sunday, April 17, 2016. A voting thread will be started shortly after the end of the challenge.


I can't wait to see some great schedules! Have fun!

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I feel that this is excellent Challenge! 


I have idea now for: optional Challenge number four which combines options of one director and many directors.


I do so hope to have time to do schedule for this Challenge. I may have to recuse my schedule from voting for several reasons. I hope that will not create problem.

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Schedule for February 5-11, 2017



1. That Darn Cat (1965)

2. The New Land (1972)

3. Cross Creek (1983)

4. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

5. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

6. Peter Ibbetson (1935)

7. The Light That Failed (1939)

8. Private Worlds (1935)

9. The Royal Family of Broadway (1930)

10. Zaza (1939)

11. Clue (1985)


Exempt Premieres:

1. Madame Sousatzka (1988)

2. I Wanted Wings (1941)

3. Torch Singer (1933)


Sunday, February 5, 2017


Pianists (Challenge #1)


6:00 AM Intermezzo (1939) Leslie Howard & Ingrid Bergman Directed by Gregory Ratoff United Artists 70 min. (p/s)

7:15 AM Humoresque (1946) Joan Crawford & John Garfield Directed by Jean Negulesco Warner Bros. 125 min.

9:30 AM Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) Joan Fontaine & Louis Jourdan Directed by Max Opuls Universal 86 min. (p/s)

11:00 AM Madame Sousatzka (1988) Shirley MacLaine & Navin Chowdhry Directed by John Schlesinger Universal/Cineplex Odeon Films 122 min. Music-Exempt #1

1:15 PM The Great Lie (1941) Bette Davis & Mary Astor Directed by Edmund Goulding Warner Bros. 108 min.

3:15 PM The Seventh Veil (1946) James Mason & Ann Todd Directed by Compton Bennett Universal 94 min. (p/s)

5:00 PM Confession (1937) Kay Francis & Basil Rathbone Directed by Joe May Warner Bros. 87 min.

6:30 PM The Man Who Played God (1932) George Arliss & Bette Davis Directed by John G. Adolfi Warner Bros. 80 min.


Feline Double Feature

8:00 PM That Darn Cat (1965) Hayley Mills & Dean Jones Directed by Robert Stevenson Disney 116 min. Premiere #1

10:00 PM Harry and Tonto (1974) Art Carney & Melanie Mayron Directed by Paul Mazursky 20th Century Fox 115 min. (p/s)


Silent Sunday

12:00 AM The Wind (1928) Lillian Gish & Lars Hanson Directed by Victor Sjostrom Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 95 min.


TCM Imports

2:00 AM The Emigrants (1971) Liv Ullmann & Max Von Sydow Directed by Jan Troell Warner Bros. 151 min (p/s)

4:45 AM The New Land (1972) Liv Ullmann & Max Von Sydow Directed by Jan Troell Warner Bros. 102 min Premiere #2


Monday, February 6, 2017

A Sampling of Great European Directors (Challenge #4)

6:30 AM Le Million (1931) Annabella & Rene Lefevre Directed by Rene Clair Films Sonores Tobis 81 min. (p/s)

8:00 AM M (1931) Peter Lorre & Ellen Widmann Directed by Fritz Lang Nero-Film AG 99 min (p/s)

9:45 AM Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932) Michel Simon & Marcelle Hainia Directed by Jean Renoir Pathe 85 min. (p/s)

11:15 AM The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Maria Falconetti & Eugene Silvain Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer Gaumont 114 min. (p/s)

1:15 PM Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) Ulla Jacobsson & Eva Dahlbeck Directed by Ingmar Bergman Svensk Filmindustri 108 min. (p/s)

3:15 PM The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) Catherine Deneuve & Nino Castelnuevo Directed by Jacques Demy Landau 92 min. (p/s)

5:00 PM Stolen Kisses (1968) Jean-Pierre Leaud & Claude Jade Directed by Francois Truffaut United Artists 90 min. (p/s)

6:30 PM Vivre Sa Vie (1962) Anna Karina & Sady Rebbot Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Pathe 85 min (p/s)


Oscar-Nominated (or winning) Special Effects in the Classic Era (Challenge #2)

8:00 PM The Wizard of Oz (1939) Judy Garland & Ray Bolger Directed by Victor Fleming Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 102 min,

9:45 PM The Rains Came (1939) Tyrone Power & Myrna Loy Directed by Clarence Brown 20th Century Fox 103 min. (p/s)

11:30 PM I Wanted Wings (1941) Ray Milland & William Holden Directed by Mitchell Leisen Paramount 135 min Effects-Exempt #1

2:00 AM A Stolen Life (1946) Bette Davis & Glenn Ford Directed by Curtis Bernhardt Warner Bros. 109 min.

4:00 AM The Story of Dr. Wassell Gary Cooper & Laraine Day Directed by Cecil B DeMille Paramount 140 min. (p/s)


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Snappily-Scripted Pre-Code Films (Challenge #3)

6:30 AM I'm No Angel (1933) Mae West & Cary Grant Directed by Wesley Ruggles Paramount 87 min. (p/s)

8:00 AM Torch Singer (1933) Claudette Colbert & Ricardo Cortez Directed by Alexander Hall & George Somnes Paramount 72 min Script-Exempt #1

9:15 AM Red Dust (1932) Clark Gable & Jean Harlow Directed by Victor Fleming Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 83 min.

10:45 AM Trouble in Paradise (1932) Herbert Marshall & Kay Francis Directed by Ernst Lubitsch Paramount 83 min. (p/s)

12:15 PM Love Me Tonight (1932) Maurice Chevalier & Jeanette McDonald Directed by Rouben Mamoulian Paramount 104 min. (p/s)

2:00 PM Platinum Blonde (1931) Robert Williams & Jean Harlow Directed by Frank Capra Columbia 89 min. (p/s)

3:30 PM Million Dollar Legs (1932) Jack Oakie & W.C. Fields Directed by Edward Cline Paramount 64 min (p/s)

4:45 PM Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) Joan Blondell & Dick Powell Directed by Mervyn Leroy Warner Bros. 97 min.

6:30 PM Duck Soup (1933) The Marx Brothers Directed by Leo mcCarey Paramount 68 min. (p/s)


Star of the Month: Warren William

8:00 PM Skyscraper Souls (1932) Warren William & Maureen O'Sullivan Directed by Edger Selwyn Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 99 min.

9:45 PM The Mouthpiece (1932) Warren William & Aline MacMahon Directed by James Flood & Elliott Nugent Warner Bros. 86 min.

11:15 PM Smarty (1934) Warren William & Joan Blondell Directed by Robert Florey Warner Bros. 65 min.

12:30 AM Employee's Entrance (1933) Warren William & Loretta Young Directed by Roy Del Ruth Warner Bros. 75 min

2:00 AM Beauty and the Boss (1932) Marian Marsh & Warren William Directed by Roy Del Ruth Warner Bros. 68 min.

3:15 AM The Dark Horse (1932) Warren William & Bette Davis Directed by Alfred E. Green Warner Bros. 75min.

4:45 AM Three on a Match (1932) Ann Dvorak & Joan Blondell Directed by Mervyn Leroy Warner Bros. 64 min.


Wednesday February 8, 2017

80s Films with a Classic Era Feel

6:00 AM The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Mia Farrow & Jeff Daniels Directed by Woody Allen Orion 82 min. (p/s)

7:30 AM Cross Creek (1983) Mary Steenburgen & Peter Coyote Directed by Martin Ritt Universal 127 min. Premiere #3

9:45 AM 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) Anne Bancroft & Anthony Hopkins Directed by David Jones Columbia 100 min (p/s)

11:30 AM The Trip to Bountiful (1985) Geraldine Page & Rebecca De Mornay Directed by Peter Masterson Island Alive 108 min. (p/s)

1:30 PM The Dead (1987) Donal McCann & Anjelica Huston Directed by John Huston Vestron 81 min. (p/s)

3:00 PM The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) Meredith Salinger & John Cusack Directed by Jeremy Paul Kagen Disney 101 min Premiere #4

4:45 PM Radio Days (1987) Seth Green & Mia Farrow Directed by Woody Allen Orion 88 min. (p/s)

6:15 PM The Mirror Crack'd (1980) Angela Lansbury & Elizabeth Taylor Directed by Guy Hamilton EMI 104 min. Premiere #5


Starring Kay Francis

8:00 PM Mary Stevens M.D. (1933) Kay Francis & Glenda Farrell Directed by Abby Berlin Warner Bros. 67 min.

9:45 PM One Way Passage (1932) William Powell & Kay Francis Directed by Tay Garnett Warner Bros 69 min.

11:00 PM Jewel Robbery (1932) William Powell & Kay Francis Directed by William Dieterle Warner Bros 70 min.

12:15 AM Guilty Hands (1931) Lionel Barrymore & Kay Francis Directed by W.S. Van Dyke Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 71 min.

1:30 AM Mandalay (1934) Kay Francis & Ricardo Cortez Directed by Michael Curtiz Warner Bros 65 min

2:45 AM Transgression (1931) Kay Francis & Ricardo Cortez Directed by Herbert Brenon Warner Bros 70 min

4:00 AM Another Dawn (1937) Kay Francis & Errol Flynn Directed by William Dieterle 73 min.

5:15 AM The Goose and the Gander (1935) Kay Francis & George Brent Directed by Alfred E. Green Warner Bros 65 min


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Starring Ida Lupino

6:30 AM Deep Valley (1947) Ida Lupino & Dane Clark Directed by Jean Negulesco Warner Bros 104 min.

8:15 AM In Our Time (1944) Ida Lupino & Paul Henreid Directed for Francis Sherman Warner Bros 110 min.

10:15 AM On Dangerous Ground (1952) Robert Ryan & Ida Lupino Directed by Nicolas Ray RKO Radio 82 min.

11:45 AM Peter Ibbitson (1935) Gary Cooper & Ann Harding Directed by Henry Hathaway Paramount 88 min. Premiere #6

1:15 PM The Light That Failed (1939) Ronald Colman & Ida Lupino Directed by William Wellman Paramount 97 min. Premiere #7

3:00 PM Ladies in Retirement (1941) Ida Lupino & Louis Hayward Directed by Charles Vidor Columbia 92 min. (p/s)

4:45 PM Pillow to Post (1945) Ida Lupino & Sidney Greenstreet Directed by Vincent Sherman Warner Bros 92 min

6:30 PM The Sea Wolf (1941) Edward G Robinson & John Garfield Directed by Michael Curtiz Warner Bros 90 min.


TCM Spotlight: Black History Month

8:00 PM Imitation of Life (1959) Lana Turner & Juanita Moore Directed by Douglas Sirk Universal 124 min. (p/s)

10:15 PM Carmen Jones (1954) Dorothy Dandridge & Harry Belafonte Directed by Otto Preminger 20th Century Fox 105 min (p/s)

12:15 AM Pinky (1949) Jeanne Crain & Ethel Waters Directed by Elia Kazan 20th Century Fox 102 min. (p/s)

2:00 AM The Defiant Ones (1958) Tony Curtis & Sidney Poitier Directed by Stanley Kramer United Artists 97 min. (p/s)

3:45 AM Lilies of the Field (1963) Sidney Poitier & Lilia Skala Directed by Ralph Nelson United Artists 93 min (p/s)

5:30 AM Bright Road (1953) Dorothy Dandridge & Harry Belafonte Directed by Gerald Mayer Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 69 min.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Directed by Gregory La Cava

6:45 AM Symphony of Six Million (1932) Ricardo Cortez & Irene Dunne Directed by Gregory La Cava RKO Radio 94 min.

8:30 AM Private Worlds (1935) Claudette Colbert & Charles Boyer Directed by Gregory La Cava Paramount 84 min. Premiere #8

10:00 AM Bed of Roses (1933) Constance Bennett & Joel McCrea Directed by Gregory La Cava RKO Radio 67 min.

11:15 AM The Half Naked Truth (1932) Lee Tracy & Lupe Velez Directed by Gregory La Cava Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 77 min

12:45 PM What Every Woman Knows (1934) Helen Hayes & Brian Aherne Directed by Gregory La Cava Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 92 min.

2:30 PM The Age of Concent (1932) Dorothy Wilson & Arline Judge Directed by Gregory La Cava RKO Radio 63 min

3:45 PM Gabriel Over the White House (1933) Walter Huston & Karen Morley Directed by Gregory La Cava Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 87 min

5:15 PM Smart Woman (1931) Mary Astor & Robert Ames Directed by Gregory La Cava RKO Radio 68 min

6:30 PM Fifth Avenue Girl (1939) Ginger Rogers & Walter Connolly Directed by Gregory La Cava RKO Radio 83 min.


Dietrich/Von Sternberg

8:00 PM Shanghai Express (1932) Marlene Dietrich & Anna May Wong Directed by Josef von Sternberg Paramount 80 min (p/s)

9:30 PM The Scarlet Empress (1934) Marlene Dietrich & John Lodge Directed by Josef von Sternberg Paramount 110 min (p/s)

11:30 PM Morocco (1930) Marlene Dietrich & Gary Cooper Directed by Josef von Sternberg Paramount 92 min. (p/s)

1:15 AM Blond Venus (1932) Marlene Dietrich & Herbert Marshall Directed by Josef von Sternberg Paramount 97 min (p/s)

3:00 AM The Blue Angel (1930) Marlene Dietrich & Emil Jannings Directed by Josef von Sternberg UFA 106 min (p/s)

5:00 AM The Devil is a Woman (1935) Marlene Dietrich & Lionel Atwill Directed by Josef von Sternberg Paramount 83 min. (p/s)


Saturday February 11, 2017

Marion Davies

6:30 AM Five and Ten Marion Davies & Leslie Howard Directed by Robert Z Leonard Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 89 min.

8:00 AM Blondie of the Follies (1932) Marion Davies & Robert Montgomery Directed by Edmund Goulding Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 90 min.

9:30 AM Polly of the Circus (1932) Marion Davies & Clark Gable Directed by Alfred Santell Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 69 min.

10:45 AM Marianne (1929) Marion Davies & George Baxter Directed by Robert Z. Leonard Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 112 min.

12:45 PM The Patsy (1928) Marion Davies & Marie Dressler Directed by King Vidor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 77 min

2:15 PM Show People (1928) Marion Davies & William Haines Directed by King Vidor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 82 min.

3:45 PM Peg O' My Heart (1933) Marion Davies & Onslow Stevens Directed by Robert Z. Leonard Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 89 min.

5:15 PM Going Hollywood (1933) Marion Davies & Bing Crosby Directed by Raoul Walsh Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 80 min

6:45 PM Not So Dumb (1930) Marion Davies & Elliott Nugent Directed by King Vidor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 73 min.


The Essentials: George Cukor

8:00 PM What Price Hollywood (1932) Constance Bennett & Lowell Sherman Directed by George Cukor RKO Radio 88 min

9:45 PM The Royal Family of Broadway (1930) Fredric March & Ina Claire Directed by George Cukor & Cyril Gardner 82 min. Premiere #9

11:15 PM Zaza (1939) Claudette Colbert & Herbert Marshall Directed by George Cukor Paramount 83 min. Premiere #10

12:45 AM Rockabye (1932) Constance Bennett & Joel McCrea Directed by George Cukor RKO Radio 67 min.


TCM Underground

2:00 AM Clue (1985) Tim Curry & Lesley Ann Warren Directed by Jonathan Lynn Paramount 97 min. Premiere #11

3:45 AM The Fisher King (1991) Jeff Bridges & Robin Williams Directed by Terry Gilliam TriStar 137 min (p/s)

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I was thinking of passing this schedule.  But with four possible evenings filled, a fifth for the star of the month, a directorial tribute and a special nationality schedule, it actually seems easy to fill.  I've already got Sunday done.

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Great to have you aboard CinemaInternational!

I like your selection of "pianist" films, and it's hard to go wrong with a day chock-full of precodes.

As for 80s films with a Classic Era feel...very cool.

Nice ideas all around. Thanks for your schedule!

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Great schedule.  So many of my favorites  -- Warren Williams, Kay Francis, Ida Lupino, Gregory LaCava. 80's films with a classic feel is grand and Feline Double Feature is such fun.  Great job!



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Week of May 28-June 3, 2017


Sunday May 28, 2017

The glories of Lusitania:  Portugal and Brazil on film

06:00 AM Burn!  (1969) United Artists C-112 min Marlon Brando, Evaristo Marquez D:  Gillo Pontecorvo P/S
08:00 AM Flying Down to Rio (1933) RKO BW-89 min Dolores del Rio, Gene Raymond, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire D: Thornton Freeland P/S
09:30 AM The Three Caballeros (1944) RKO/Walt Disney Productions C-72 min Clarence Nash, Jose Oliveira, Joaquin Geray D: Norman Ferguson P/S
10:45 AM Brazil (1985) Universal C-143 min Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Michael Palin D: Terry Gilliam P/S
01:15 PM In Vanda's Room (2000) RTSI/ZDF C-179 min Vanda Duarte D: Pedro Costa P/S
04:15 PM Notorious (1946) RKO BW-102 min Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains D: Alfred Hitchcock P/S
06:00 PM Black Orpheus(1959) Dispat films/GAGA Communications C-107 min Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn D: Marcel Camus P/S
08:00 PM Doomed Love (1978) Centro Portugues de Cinema (CPC)/Cinequipa C-260 min Antonio Sequeira Lopes, Cristina Hauser, Elsa Wallencamp D: Manoel de Oliveira PREMIERE#1
12:30 AM Limite (silent) (1931) Cinedia BW-114 min Iolanda Bernades, Edgar Brasil D: Mario Peixoto (EXEMPT)
02:30 AM Mysteries of Lisbon (foreign) (2010) C-272 min Adriano Luz, Ricardo Pereira D: Raul Ruiz (EXEMPT)

Monday, May 29, 2017

On Wisconsin!


07:15 AM Primary (1960) Drew Associates BW-60 min D: Robert Drew P/S
08:15 AM Come and Get it (1935) United Artists BW-99 min Edward Arnold, Joel McCrea, Walter Brennan D: William Wyler/Howard Hughes P/S
10:00 AM Point of Order (1964) Continental Distributing D: Emilio De Antonio PREMIERE #2

Happy Birthday Josef von Sternberg!

11:45 AM The Last Command (1928) Paramount BW-85 min Emil Jannings, William Powell, Evelyn Brent D: Josef von Sternberg P/S
01:15 PM Dishonored (1931) Paramount BW-91 min Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen D:  Josef von Sternberg P/S
03:00 PM The Devil is a Woman (1935) Paramount BW-76 min Marlene Dietrich, Lionel Atwill D: Josef von Sternberg P/S
04:30 PM Crime and Punishment (1935) Columbia BW-88 min Peter Lorre, Edward Arnold, Marion Marsh D: Josef von Sternberg P/S
06:00 PM The Scarlet Empress (1934) Paramount BW-110 min Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe D: Josef von Sternberg P/S

Star of the Month Danielle Darrieux

08:00 PM The Earrings of Madame de... (1953) Gaumont BW-105 min Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer, Vittorio De Sica D: Max Ophuls P/S
10:00 PM The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) Madeleine Films C-120 min Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Francois Dorleac, Gene Kelly D: Jacques Demy P/S
12:15 AM Persepolis (2007) Sony Picture Classics BW-95 min Danielle Darrieux, Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve D: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Parronaud PREMIERE#3
02:00 AM The Red and the Black (1954) Distributors Corporation of America C-137 min Danielle Darrieux, Gerard Philipe  D: Claude-Autant Lara PREMIERE#4
04:30 AM Une Chambre en Ville (1982) TFI/Union Generale Cinematographique C-90 min Danielle Darrieux, Domique Sandra, Michel Piccoli D: Jacques Demy P/S

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Happy Birthday Howard Hawks

06:00 AM Fig Leaves (1926) Fox BW-71 min Olive Borden, George O'Brien D: Howard Hawks  PREMIERE#5
07:15 AM The Criminal Code (1931) BW-97 min Walter Huston, Boris Karloff, Phillips Holmes D: Howard Hawks P/s
09:00 AM Scarface (1932) United Artists BW-93 min Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, George Raft, Boris Karloff D: Howard Hawks P/S
10:45 AM Twentieth Century (1934) Columbia BW-91 min John Barrymore, Carol Lombard D: Howard Hawks P/S
12:30 AM Bringing up Baby (1938) RKO BW-102 min Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn D: Howard Hawks P/S
02:15 PM His Girl Friday (1940) Columbia BW-92 min Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy D: Howard Hawks P/S
04:00 PM To Have and Have Not (1944) Warner Bros BW-100 min Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan D: Howard Hawks P/S
05:45 PM Red River (1948) United Artists BW-127 min John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan D:  Howard Hawks P/S
08:00 PM The Big Sleep (1946) Warner Bros BW-114 min Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall D: Howard Hawks P/S
10:00 PM The Thing from Another World (1951) RKO BW-87 min  Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness D: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks P/S

11:30 PM Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 20th Century Fox C-91 min Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell D: Howard Hawks P/S
01:15 AM The Land of the Pharoahs (1955) Warners Bros C-106 min Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, James Robertson D: Howard Hawks P/S
03:15 AM Hatari! (1962) Paramount C-157 min  John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons D: Howard Hawks P/S

Wednesday May 31, 2017: 

Happy Birthday Don Ameche!

06:00 AM Midnight (1939) Paramount BW-94 min Don Ameche, Claudette Colbert, John Barrymore D: Mitchell Leisen P/S
07:45 AM Heaven Can Wait (1943) 20th Century Fox C-112 min Don Ameche, Gene Tierney, Charles Coburn D: Ernst Lubitsch P/S

Happy Birthday Alida Valli!

09:45 AM Senso (1954) Lux C-117 min Alida Valli, Farley Granger D; Luchino Visconti P/S
11:45 AM The Third Man (1949) London Films BW-108 min Alida Valli, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles D: Carol Reed P/S
01:45 PM  The Paradine Case (1947) Selznick Releasing Organization BW-114 min Alida Valli, Gregory Peck, Ann Todd, Charles Laughton D: Alfred Hitchcock P/S

Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood!


03:45 PM For a Few Dollars More (1965) Constantin Film/United Artists C-132 min Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonte D: Sergio Leone P/S
06:00 PM White Hunter Black heart (1990) Warner Bros C-110 min Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey D: Clint Eastwood P/S

The Magic of the Movies:  Programming Challenge #1

08:00 PM A Trip to the Moon (1902) Star Film Company BW-14 min Georges Melies, Bluette Bernon D: Georges Melies P/S
08:30 PM Hugo (2011) Paramount C-126 min Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloe Grace Moretz D: Martin Scorsese Effects-EXEMPT
10:45 PM The Playhouse (1921) First National Pictures BW-22 min Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox D: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
11:15 PM The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) UFA BW-67 min Animated Silent Film D; Lotte Reiniger P/S
12:30 AM La Jetee (1962) gos BW-28 min Davos Hanich, Helene Chastelain D: Chris Marker P/S
01:15 AM Victoria (2015) Senator Film C-138 min Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski D: Sebastian Schipper Effects-EXEMPT
03:45 AM Alice (1988) Condor Films C-86 min Kristyna Kohoutova D: Jan Svankmajer Premiere#6
05:15 AM Sherlock Jr., (1924) Metro Pictures BW-45 min  Buster Keaton, Ward Crane D: Buster Keaton P/S

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hunting Nazis


06:00 AM The Stranger (1946) RKO BW-96 min Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young D: Orson Welles P/S
07:45 AM Hotel Terminus:  the Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988) The Samuel Goldwyn Company C-267 minD: Marcel Ophuls Premiere#7

Happy Birthday Les Fleurs de Mal

12:15 PM The Grandmother (1970) American Film Institute BW/C-33 min Richard White, Dorothy McGinnis D: David Lynch P/S
01:00 PM Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) Mystic Fire Video BW-15 min Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid D: Maya Deren P/S
01:15 PM Un Chien Andalou (1929) Les Grand Film Classiques BW-21 min Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil D: Luis Bunuel P/S
01:45 PM The Blood of a Poet (1932) Vicomte de Noailles BW-55 min Lee Miller, Pauline Carton D: Jean Cocteau Premiere#8

Happy Birthday Frank Morgan!

02:45 PM The Mortal Storm (1940) MGM BW-100 min Frank Morgan, James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan D: Frank Borzage P/S
04:30 PM Bombshell (1933) MGM BW-96 min Frank Morgan, Lee Tracy, Jean Harlow, D: Victor Fleming P/S
06:15 PM The Wizard of Oz (1939) MGM C-101 min Frank Morgan, Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton D: Victor Fleming P/S

The Glories of Screenwriting:  Programming Challenge #2  (Surprise!)

08:00 PM Chinatown (1974) Paramount C-131 min Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston D: Roman Polanski P/S
10:15 PM The Usual Suspects (1995) Polygram C-106 min Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Pollak D: Bryan Singer Script-EXEMPT
12:15 AM Memento (2000) Newmarket C-113 min Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano, Carrie-Anne Moss D: Christopher Nolan Script-EXEMPT
02:15 AM The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) Dean Film C-100 min Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur D: Luis Bunuel P/S
04:00 AM Citizen Kane (1941) RKO BW-119 min Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore D: Orson Welles P/S

Friday, June 2, 2017

Performances that SHOULD have won Best Actress

06:00 AM Pandora's Box (1929) Sud-Film BW-133 min Louise Brooks, Francis Lederer D: G.W. Pabst P/S
08:15 AM My Man Godfrey (1936) Universal BW-84 min Carole Lombard, William Powell, Alice Brady D: Gregory Le Cava P/S
10:00 AM Street Angel (1937) Mingxing Film Company BW-87 min Zhou Xuan, Zhao Huishen, Zhao Dan D: Yuan Muzhi Premiere #9
11:30 AM Black Narcissus (1947) The Archers C-99 min Deborah Kerr, Sabu, Jean Simmons, D: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger P/S
01:15 PM L'Amore (1948) Finecine BW-70 min Anna Magnani, Federico Fellini D: Roberto Rossellini P/S
02:30 PM The Cloud-Capped Star (1960) Chitrakalpa BW-134 min Supriya Choudhury, Anil Chatterjee, Niranjan Ray D: Ritwik Ghatak Premiere#10
04:45 PM Tess (1979) Columbia C-186 min Natassja Kinski, Peter Firth D: Roman Polanski P/S

Friday Night Spotlight:  Eastern European Cinema Glasnost and After
Tonight:  Comparing Alexander Sokurov and Aleksei German:  Programming Challenge #3


08:00 PM Russian Ark (2002) The Hermitage Bridge Studio C-96 min Sergei Dontsov D: Alexander Sokurov P/S
09:45 PM Hard to be a God (2013) Lenfilm Studio BW-177 min Leonid Yarmolnik, Aleksandr Chutko D: Aleksei German Director-EXEMPT
01:00 AM Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998) Lenfilm Studio BW-150 min Yuriy Tsurilo, Nin Ruslanova D: Aleksei Geman Director-EXEMPT
03:45 AM Days of Eclipse (1988) Lenfilm Studio BW/C-133 min Aleksei Anainishnov, Eskender Umarov D: Alexander Sokurov Premiere#11

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Paulette Goddard!

06:00 AM The Cat and the Canary (1939) Paramount BW-72 min Paulette Goddard, Bob Hope, Gale Sondergaard D: Elliott Nugent P/S
07:15 AM Diary of  a Chambermaid (1946) United Artists BW-86 min Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith D: Jean Renoir P/S
08:45 AM The Ghost Breakers (1940) Paramount BW-83 min Paulette Goddard, Bob Hope, Paul Lukas D: George Marshall P/S
10:15 AM Modern Times (1936) United Artists BW-87 min Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard D: Charles Chaplin P/S

Happy Birthday Alain Resnais!

11:45 AM Night and Fog (1955) Argos Films BW/C-32 min D: Alain Resnais P/S
12:30 PM Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) Pathe Films BW-91 min Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada D: Alain Resnais P/S
02:15 PM Last Year in Marienbad (1961) Cocinor BW-94 min Delphin Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoeff D: Alain Resnais P/S
04:00 PM Je t'aime, Je t'aime (1968) Europa Fox C-91 min  Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac D: Alain Resnais Premiere#12
05:45 PM Mon Oncle D'Amerique (1980) Gaumont C-126 min Gerard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre D: Alain Resnais P/S

The British Invasion:  Special Music Programming Challenge #4

08:00 PM (Essentials) A Hard Day's Night (1964) United Artists BW-87 min John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfrid Brambell D: Richard Lester P/S
09:45 PM  Yellow Submarine (1968) United Artists C-85 min The Beatles D: George Dunning Music-EXEMPT
11:15 PM Magical Mystery Tour (1967) BBC Films/New Line Cinema C-52 min The Beatles, Jessie Rubens, Victor Spinetti D: The Beatles Music-EXEMPT
12:15 AM Gimme Shelter (1970) 20th Century Fox C-91 min The Rolling Stones D: Albert and David Maysles P/S
02:00 AM Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973) 20th Century Fox C-90 min David Bowie, Mark Ronson D: D.A. Pennebaker P/S
03:30 AM (Underground) The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) C-138 min David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark D: Nicolas Roeg EXEMPT

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Programming Notes:  Week of May 28, 2017 to June 3, 2017

SOTM:  Danielle Darrieux
The Essentials:  A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Silent Sunday Nights:  Limite (1931)
TCM Imports:  Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
Friday Night Spotlight:  Eastern European Cinema Glasnost and After
TCM Undergound:  The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)


Doomed Love (1978)
Point of Order (1964)
Persepolis (2007)
The Red and the Black (1954)
Fig Leaves (1926)
Alice (1988)
Hotel Terminus (1988)
The Blood of a Poet (1932)
Street Angel (1937)
The Cloud-Capped Star (1960)
Days of Eclipse (1988)
Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)

Exempt Premieres

Limite (1931) (Silent)
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) (Foreign)
Hugo (2011) (Effects)
Victoria (2015) (Effects)
The Usual Suspects (1995) (Scripts)
Memento (2000) (Scripts)
Hard to be a God (2013) (Directors)
Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998) (Directors)
Yellow Submarine (1968) (Music)
Magical Mystery Tour (1967) (Music)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) (Underground)


1900s:    1
1920s:    7
1930s:   19
1940s:   17
1950s:     9
1960s:   13
1970s:     8
1980s:     6
1990s:     3
2000s:     4
2010s:     4

Sundays starts off with a celebration of Lusitania--Portugal and its most famous colony, Brazil, though another colony is the subject of the first movie, Burn!  Trying to find a good day to celebrate was a bit difficult, since none of the leading authors in Portuguese, Saramago, Pessoa, Machado de Assis, or Eca de Queiros have their birthday fall on Sunday this year.  Nor does the Carnation Revolution of 1974 that led to Portuguese democracy.  So ironically the day commemorates the founding of the dictatorship that the revolution would overthrow 46 years later.  So today's movies include a number of Brazilian and Portuguese subjects, along with Hollywood treatments of Brazil.  Brazil is included, although it takes place in an alternate Britain, since it also deals with brutal violence, underdevelopment and romantic escape.  Monday starts off celebrating Wisconsin's entry into the union.  It includes a 1960 documentary on a key Kennedy primary victory.  And while Wisconsin has a surprisingly high number of highly respected senators, such as Robert Lafollette,  William Proxmire, Gaylord Nelson and Russell Feingold, there aren't any movies about them.  There is, however, a documentary about the considerably less admired Joseph McCarthy. 

Monday continues with five movies from birthday boy Josef von Sternberg.  Monday evening is devoted to star of the month Danielle Darrieux who turns 100 May Day 2017.  Tuesday is entirely devoted to birthday boy Howard Hawks.  Wednesday we get movies for birthday honorees Don Ameche, Alida Valli and Clint Eastwood.  Wednesday evening is devoted to the magic of the movies.  We start with a film from the first master of special effects, Georges Melies, then go to the TCM premiere of Martin Scorsese's tribute to him.  As the evening goes on we have two films from Buster Keaton (trick photography and incredible stunts), two unique animated movies by Lotte Reiniger and Jan Svankmajer, as well as Chris Marker's especially striking movie--composed entirely of still photographs.  There is no shortage of movies from the century with bombastic special effects.  Instead I chose last year's Victoria:  a 138 minute long movie consisting of a single take. 

Thursday marks the anniversary of the execution of Adolph Eichmann, so we have two movies about hunting Nazis, a fictional Orson Welles and a very really Klaus Barbie.  Today is also the 160th anniversary of the publication of Charles Baudelaire's The Flowers of Evil, one of the most important of 19th century poetry collections.  So we have four films that deal with disturbing surrealist imagery.   Thursday is also the birthday of famed supporting actor Frank Morgan, so we have three movies with him in a drama, a comedy and an obscure, under-appreciated musical.  Finally we have another TCM challenge, in this case five examples of original screenplays (three winners of the Oscars, and two nominees), all united by striking surprises. 

Friday marks the birthday of Thomas Hardy, one of my favorite novelists.  Unfortunately the number of great movies based on Thomas Hardy novels is exactly one, so Tess joins six other movies that should have won the best actress oscar for that year.  Friday night is both the Friday night spotlight, and the director's challenge.  We compare two visually innovative and inventive Russian directors, who both provide a historical and a science fiction film.  On Saturday we celebrate the birthdays of Paulette Goddard and Alain Resnais.  And for the evening, we celebrate the British Invasion with movies by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie.


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Another great schedule Skimpole!

Excellent selections for the screenwriting challenge, and I'm intrigued by Victoria now. I'll have to check it out.

I really like British Invasion night. A Hard Day's Night slots perfectly into The Essentials.

Also, it's nice to see Black Orpheus make an appearance on your day devoted to Lusitania.

I'm glad you decided to participate this time around. Thanks!

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I feel this is perfectly wonderful schedule, Skimpole! It is quite eclectic and filled with movies which are eloquent and powerful. I find the range to be quite amazing. I would be impossibly delighted if: TCM Programmers would use this schedule.


I believe that: Danielle Darrieux is perfect choice for: Star of the Month. She is quite beautiful and talented and the range of her movies in time and style is unique. Rouge et noir (1954) is an excellent showcase of her ability to simply be the character. 


The birthday tribute to: Howard Hawks is brimming with favorites. You have selected works which clearly exhibits his incredible variety. Hatari! (1962) is one of my particular favorites and I feel it airs far more rarely than it deserves.


I love with no limitations your tribute to: Don Ameche! Midnight (1939) and Heaven Can Wait (1943) are two of my for-all-time favorite movies.


I love: Czech cinema and I feel that: Alice (1988) deserves a far wider audience. I am surprised that any here know of it.


I am sorry to say that I have a fear for your theme of: Alexander Sokurov and Aleksei German. I doubt that most viewers and most posters here will recognize the brilliance of your selections as comparisons and contrasts. It is a very esoteric and subtle in its nuances. I do so very much wish that: TCM would program such powerfully stylistic and emphatic movies as: Dni zatmeniya (1988) and: Trudno byt bogom (2013) but I fear that it never will. I fear also that: Khrustalyov, mashinu! (1998) requires a viewer much more sophisticated than: TCM can find if the movie is to be appreciated to the full. I feel that: Russian Ark (2002) is the most straight-forward and therefore accessible to viewers and I remember well the disparaging remarks made in this forum when: TCM first aired it some time ago.


I feel that there is much more that I could say of all the wonderful movies which you choose but I fear that even the most which I can say is but faint praise to the brilliance of your schedule! I believe that it would not be possible to create better schedule and so I feel confident that you will have: my vote and: Capuchin's vote.

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Two very interesting but very different schedules.  Skimpole's for the foreign film lover and CinemaInternational's for the classic American film devotee.


Way too early in this competition to be able to know where my vote is going.  I look forward to seeing more schedules before I make up my mind.



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In regard to SanFin's statement:


"I am sorry to say that I have a fear for your theme of: Alexander Sokurov and Aleksei German. I doubt that most viewers and most posters here will recognize the brilliance of your selections as comparisons and contrasts. It is a very esoteric and subtle in its nuances."


I think it is unfortunate that you feel so few folks on this board can appreciate this theme.  There appears to be a common misconception among some foreign film afficiados that TCM posters who love old/new American films cannot possibly enjoy foreign films which is simply not the case.  Film lovers love great films, all great films, though probably most folks feel a greater comfort level with the films we have been most exposed to as children and young adults.  


Don't sell your fellow posters short!



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I will be brief.  There is no way that this "amazing" schedule represents what TCM is all about.  To my mind it is an attempt to "out arcane" everyone else.  "Russian Ark" is most notable for its use of the hackneyed technique of the "single take." Ohhh.  So creative!  It didn't work in "Rope" and the extended takes in "Birdman" were equally pointless.  Movies are about narrative.  You tell a story, you don't tie yourself to a "technique."


Listen, I've been watching "foreign" (non-American) films since the early 70s, so I've seen my share.  Many are amazing, but they don't for the most part, make up the programming that TCM is all about.  Like it or not, TCM is a network that focuses on "classic" films, not independent foreign stuff.


Of course I'm a crude American with no taste.  Deal with it.


Finally, I find it wrong for someone to so clearly throw in their lot with one schedule before all the others have been posted.  Just my opinion....

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There appears to be a common misconception among some foreign film afficiados that TCM posters who love old/new American films cannot possibly enjoy foreign films which is simply not the case. 



I am far from being: aficionado. It has been my experience with this board that foreign movies are most often considered intrusions. Even tributes to: Akira Kurosawa and: Hayao Miyazaki received many negative comments. Threads concerning foreign movies die quickly from lack of interest. The only foreign movies which seem to receive any respect are those which received wide: International distribution and became part of culture because they are inoffensive. 

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