Category Archives: Classic Film
Regis Philbin will be TCM’s Guest Programer for September. His four picks will air on Tuesday, Sept. 4, beginning at 8 p.m. I loved three of the four films he chose. Can you guess which won I don’t like?
His picks are after the cut.
The Warner Archive has just released both Damon and Pythias and Hercules, Samson and Ulysses in newly remastered DVD form. Both films are prime examples of the Italian Sword-and-Sandal genre that was prominent in that country’s film industry in the late-1950s, early-1960s (just before the Spaghetti Western took over). Basically, take all of your favorite characters from ancient Biblical and Greek/Roman times, put them in a blender together and what you get is these ridiculous(ly great) films that do not care if these people could ever really have shared the same space. That is not the point. Just go with it and you will enjoy it, I swear.
I first saw Laura about two years ago during the inaugural Noirvember in 2010 (which later led to the creation of the filmnoirandfemmefatales as run by salesonfilm and myself). I loved it when I first saw it, but I watched so many films after it (2010 was the year I watched 517 new-to-me films, followed by 1117 in 2011) that it kind of got lost in the ether.
I’ve actually only seen two of these five films, but I loved both of them. So. Much. Stanwyck. TCM is partnering with Sony (aka Columbia) and Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation to release these films in a box set called Frank Capra: The Early Collection, which will be released on Monday, Sept. 3. The releases will include introductions by Robert Osborne, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and Michel Gondry, as well as audio commentaries by film historians Jeanine Basinger and Jeremy Arnold. More information after the cut.
TCM to Examine Hollywood’s Depiction of People with Disabilities in The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film in October
This looks like it could be a really interesting exploration of cinema history. The press release and full schedule are after the cut.
Prior to the Warner Archive’s releases of this collection earlier this month, I had actually never heard of these MGM-produced shorts. I have now watched all fifty of the Crime Does Not Pay shorts, and I must say I kind of really loved them. You could argue that something like these shorts is what led to the original crime procedurals like Dragnet, but also, since they are told mostly from the point of view of the criminals, something like Law and Order: Criminal Intent. If you love those shows, you will love these shorts.
In case you missed it on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter (I’m not sure how many of you just subscribe to these updates and don’t follow me elsewhere; and if that’s the case, why don’t you?!), I have been covering the 17th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival for YAM Magazine all weekend. Here are all my posts:
- The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival Begins Tonight
- The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival: Day 1
- The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival: Day 2
- The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival: Day 3
- The 17th Annual SF Silent Film Festival: Day 4
Turner Classic Movies will remember the life and career of Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine with a 24-hour marathon of his films on Thursday, July 26. Borgnine, who passed away Sunday at the age of 95, was a dear friend to the TCM community through his appearances at the TCM Classic Film Festival, on the TCM Classic Cruise and during TCM’s annual Road to Hollywood tour.
TCM’s 10-film memorial tribute is set to begin at 6 a.m. (ET) with The Catered Affair (1956). The daytime lineup will include such films as Torpedo Run (1958),Ice Station Zebra (1968) and The Dirty Dozen (1967). Primetime will kick off with an encore presentation of TCM’s 2009 special Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine, an hour-long, in-depth interview with the actor and TCM host Robert Osborne. It will be followed by Borgnine’s Oscar-winning performance inMarty (1955), as well as memorable roles in films like From Here to Eternity (1953), The Wild Bunch (1969) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955).
“Ernest Borgnine was a great friend of ours here at TCM, an actor we all greatly admired because of his talent and ability to play everything from nasty tough guys to likeable fathers to comical sailors,” said Osborne. “We saw firsthand how much he loved life, loved being an actor and enjoyed meeting his fans when he joined us at our TCM Classic Film Festival, TCM Classic Cruise and Road to Hollywood events. He was a joy to be around. Thank heavens for film. Ernie may have left us physically, but we’ll have his talent and film image with us forever.”
The following is a complete schedule of TCM’s Thursday, July 26, tribute to Ernest Borgnine (all times Eastern):
6 a.m. – The Catered Affair (1956) – with Bette Davis and Debbie Reynolds.
8 a.m. – The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) – with Kim Novak and Peter Finch.
10:30 a.m. – Pay or Die (1960) – with Zohra Lampert and Al Austin.
12:30 p.m. – Torpedo Run (1958) – with Glenn Ford and Diane Brewster.
2:30 p.m. – Ice Station Zebra (1968) – with Rock Hudson and Patrick McGoohan.
5:15 p.m. – The Dirty Dozen (1967) – with Lee Marvin, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Robert Ryan, Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, George Kennedy and Telly Savalas.
8 p.m. – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine (2009) – hosted by Robert Osborne.
9 p.m. – Marty (1955) – with Betsy Blair and Joe Mantell.
10:45 p.m. – From Here to Eternity (1953) – with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra.
1 a.m. – The Wild Bunch (1969) – with William Holden, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates and Ben Johnson.
3:30 a.m. – Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) – with Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan and Lee Marvin.
5:00 a.m. – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine (2009) – hosted by Robert Osborne.
Turner Classic Movies will remember the life and career of actor Andy Griffith on Wednesday, July 18. Veteran of the big and small screen, Griffith passed away this morning at the age of 86.
I’ve actually only seen one of these films, but I cannot recommend A Face in the Crowd enough. Actually, I believe TCM is showing the film on July 5th as well.
8 p.m. – A Face in the Crowd (1957) – with Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau and Lee Remick. Directed by Elia Kazan.
10:15 p.m. – No Time for Sergeants (1958) – with Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton and Don Knotts. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
12:30 a.m. – Hearts of the West (1975) – with Jeff Bridges, Donald Pleasance, Blythe Danner, Alan Arkin, Richard B. Shull, Herb Edelman, Alex Rocco and Marie Windsor. Directed by Howard Zieff.
2:15 a.m. – Onionhead (1958) – with Felicia Farr, Walter Matthau, Erin O’Brien, Joe Mantell, Ray Danton, James Gregory and Joey Bishop. Directed by Norman Taurog.