I’m leaving for college tomorrow and it just hit me how much I’m going to miss Turner Classic Movies (I know, it sounds dorky). Maybe it’s because after months of a few boring film festivals/tributes, something I’m actually interested in seeing is going to be aired. Or maybe it’s because of my mother’s refusal to tape any (and I mean any) movies for me. Or maybe it’s because TCM is a comfort of home that I’ve gotten used to having in my life. Whatever reason it is, I’m going to miss TCM… a lot.
Here’s some highlights of TCM’s September schedule that I am going to miss:
Airing on Tuesdays, TCM will pay tribute to Janus Films, one of the first distribution companies bring classic international films to American audiences. Launched in 1956, Janus Films was key in introducing European mastermind such as Ingmar Bergman and Frederico Fellini to the mainstream.
Today, Janus Films works closely with The Criterion Collection on the distribution of films on DVD.
Featured movies include: The Seventh Seal, The Wild Strawberries, La Strada, Grand Illusion, Rashomon and Viridiana.
And this is a special note to anyone in my family who might be reading: I want THIS!
STAR OF THE MONTH: William Holden
Wednesday nights will pay tribute to screen icon William Holden with a 17-film tribute.
From TCM.com: “He started out as Hollywood’s golden boy, one of the handsomest actors ever to appear on film. After years of lighthearted roles, he burst into solid dramatic work with Sunset Boulevard (1950), then gracefully moved into character roles as craggy men of character. By the time William Holden died in 1981, he had grown into Pete Martin’s description of him, “When you look at him, the map of the U.S. is right there on his face.” […]
Featured films include: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Sabrina, Golden Boy, Network, Picnic, Born Yesterday (my personal favorite) and, of course, Sunset Boulevard.
Entire William Holden profile and programming schedule HERE
On September 9, TCM salutes Oscar nominee (for Sons and Lovers in 1966) and British acting great, Trevor Howard.
Starting at 8:00 pm est, five of his films will be featured. They are: Brief Encounter, Father Goose, Operation Crossbow, Run For The Sun, and So Well Remembered.
From TCM.com: “Trevor Howard was one of the greatest actors ever to appear on the screen and the reason for his success lay in the simple fact that he was always believable, even when the films themselves weren’t. He could transcend less than stellar material and always seemed to inhabit the character he played, no matter how long he was on-screen. And he was so good that he could steal scenes from the biggest stars. Unlike leading men whose careers always have the inevitable expiration date, Howard’s went on for more than forty years.”
Complete Trevor Howard profile and programming schedule HERE
Also, one more shameless pitch for Brief Encounter. If you have never seen this picture. Take the time out of your busy schedule, settle down in front of your television on September 9 and be swept by the magic of Brief Encounter. It is my pick of the month.