La Pointe Courte, playing on IFC on Thursday.
Quite a few new ones to highlight this week, as well as a bunch that we have featured before but don’t play very often. Be sure to check out first films from John Cassavetes (Shadows late Monday/early Tuesday) and Agnès Varda (La Pointe Courte on Thursday), plus the full edit of Erich von Stroheim’s plauged Greed on Wednesday, classic mockumentary This is Spinal Tap late Wednesday/early Thursday, Bruce Lee’s magnum opus Enter the Dragon later on Thursday, and more!
Monday, September 20
6:00am – IFC – Broadway Danny Rose
It’s lesser Woody Allen, but it’s still Woody Allen. Danny Rose (Woody) is a theatrical agent whose clients always leave him when they start becoming successful. His current client, a has-been tenor trying to make a comeback, gives him further grief by having an affair with a young woman (Mia Farrow) with gangster connections. Not very substantial, but enjoyable.
1984 USA. Director: Woody Allen. Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Apollo Forte.
(repeats at 10:50am and 3:30pm)
11:30am – TCM – My Darling Clementine
John Ford’s version of the famous confrontation at the OK Corral actually focuses more on Wyatt Earp’s fictional romance with the fictional Clementine than on the real-life Earp/Clanton feud, but history aside, this is one of the greatest and most poetic westerns on film, proving yet again Ford’s mastery of the genre and of cinema.
1946 USA. Director: John Ford. Starring: Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Linda Darnell, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt.
1:30pm – TCM – Topper
Cary Grant and Constance Bennett are hard-living young couple who crash their fancy car after a night of drinking and end up as ghosts. They choose to spend their afterlife haunting Grant’s uptight boss Cosmo Topper (Roland Young) and teaching him to enjoy life again. Something of a screwball comedy without the battle of the sexes part; slight but a lot of fun.
1937 USA. Director: Norman Z. McLeod. Starring: Roland Young, Cary Grant, Constance Bennett.
7:35pm – IFC – Annie Hall
Often considered Woody Allen’s transition film from “funny Woody” to “serious Woody,” Annie Hall is both funny, thoughtful, and fantastic. One of the best scripts ever written, a lot of warmth as well as paranoid cynicism, and a career-making role for Diane Keaton (not to mention fashion-making).
1977 USA. Director: Woody Allen. Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane.
(repeats at 3:00am on the 21st)
10:00pm – TCM – The Red Shoes
Almost all of the films Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger made together are incredibly good, but The Red Shoes might just be the best. In the film, a mix of the tale of Svengali and of Hans Christian Anderson’s story about a ballerina who couldn’t remove the red shoes and was doomed to dance to her death, actual ballerina Moira Shearer is the dancer made successful by a jealous ballet impresario, though she loves a poor composer. The centerpiece of the film is a Technicolor extravaganza performance of the titular ballet, still one of the greatest ballet sequences on film.
1948 UK. Directors: Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. Starring: Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook.
12:30am (21st) – TCM – Shadows
John Cassavetes’ first film is a super-low-budget proto-indie about a trio of siblings moving through New York City’s music scene – one brother working to be a jazz musician, the sister dating a white man until he meets her darker-skinned brothers. The highly improvisational style mixed with the subtle racial commentary gives this a lot more layers than its meandering narrative at first seems to hold.
1959 USA. Director: John Cassavetes. Starring: Ben Carruthers, Hugh Hurd, Lelia Goldoni, Anthony Ray.
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