Black Narcissus, playing Sunday on TCM.
Keep an eye out this week for gung-ho adventure Gunga Din on Tuesday, acclaimed Angry Young Man drama This Sporting Life on Wednesday, Tony Jaa’s martial arts extravaganza The Protector and first-class homage Murder by Death on Thursday, class gangster flick Scarface on Friday, and most of all, Powell & Pressburger masterpiece Black Narcissus on Sunday. Sundance also has the full Red Riding trilogy late Thursday/early Friday, which is nice to see after they’ve just had the first one playing periodically for a few weeks. Also, if you’re into silent comedy, check out TCM’s tribute to the Hal Roach studios on Wednesday, starting with a bunch of Charley Chase shorts – I’ve seen a few of these, and they’re definitely worthwhile.
Monday, January 17
8:15am – IFC – Before Sunrise
Before Sunrise may be little more than an extended conversation between two people (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) who meet on a train in Europe and decide to spend all night talking and walking the streets of Vienna, I fell in love with it at first sight. Linklater has a way of making movies where nothing happens seem vibrant and fascinating, and call me a romantic if you wish, but this is my favorite of everything he’s done.
1995 USA. Director: Richard Linklater. Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy.
(repeats at 3:15pm)
1:15pm – TCM – The Defiant Ones
Convicts Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier escape, but are chained together and must learn to work with each other to evade the authorities. Made in 1958, just a few years into the Civil Rights Movement, it probably falls squarely into the message picture arena, but sometimes those are needed.
1958 USA. Director: Stanley Kramer. Starring: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel.
3:00pm – TCM – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Interracial marriage may not be quite the hot topic now that it was in 1967 (although if you check some parts of the American South, you might be surprised), but at the time, Katharine Houghton bringing home Sidney Poitier to meet her parents Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy (in his last film) was the height of socially conscious filmmaking.
1967 USA. Director: Stanley Kramer. Starring: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton, Cecil Kellaway.