The Man with the Golden Arm, playing on TCM on Friday.
Though I included a number of newly featured ones this week, there are two I’d point out especially. First, Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm on TCM on Friday, which has an unusually direct depiction of drug addiction for the 1950s, a great role for Frank Sinatra, and a great Elmer Bernstein jazz score. Second, Victor Erice’s highly imaginative Spirit of the Beehive on TCM late Sunday/early Monday, which is followed immediately by the original 1931 Frankenstein, a perfect double feature, since the latter plays such a large role in the former.
Monday, June 13
8:30am – IFC – My Life as a Dog
Lasse Hallstrom gives us this simple but effective coming-of-age story, focusing on the every day life of a young boy as he’s sent to live in a provincial village after acting out at home.
1985 Sweden. Director: Lasse Hallstrom. Starring: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén, Melinda Kinnaman.
(repeats at 3:45pm)
10:45am – IFC – Away from Her
A very strong directing debut film from actress Sarah Polley, about an older woman (Julie Christie) suffering from Alzheimer’s and her husband’s difficulty in dealing with essentially the loss of his wife as she has more and more difficulty remembering their life together. It’s a lovely, heartbreaking film, bolstered by great understated performances.
2006 Canada. Director: Sarah Polley. Starring: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis, Stacey LaBerge.
11:35am – MGM – The Long Goodbye
Robert Altman’s brilliant take on Raymond Chandler’s quintessential gumshoe Philip Marlowe complicates the hard-boiled detective genre with an apathetic and often ineffectual lead, while still bearing nostalgia for a time when the genre could be taken seriously. Works as homage, satire, elegy, and straight genre piece, which is something very hard to pull off.
1973 USA. Director: Robert Altman. Starring: Elliott Gould, Sterling Hayden, Nina Van Pallandt.
(repeats at 2:00am on the 19th)
1:30pm – TCM – Sherlock Holmes films
Basil Rathbone made umpteen films as Sherlock Holmes in one of the longest running and most popular serial film series of all time, and TCM is playing four of the better-known ones today, including The Woman in Green and Terror by Night.
1942-1946 USA. Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce.
12:05am – IFC – Carrie
There aren’t that many movies that you can say are equally loved by horror fans and feminist academics, but Carrie is one of them – Carrie’s physical coming-of-age sparks telekinetic abilities, allowing her to take bloody revenge on the schoolkids who mistreated her. And who can’t relate to that, really?
1976 USA. Director: Brian DePalma. Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving.
12:15am (14th) – TCM – Captains Courageous
Spencer Tracy won an Oscar for this film, based on Rudyard Kipling’s adventure story about a spoiled rich kid who falls off a steamship and ends up having to work on a fishing vessel to get home. A young Mickey Rooney plays the ship captain’s rough-and-tumble son.
1937 USA. Director: Victor Fleming. Starring: Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Mickey Rooney.