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Title: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Groggy on February 19, 2007, 01:38:20 PM
I just got a look at TCM's schedule for next Saturday, and they must be up to their Best Picture time, because. . . well, I'll let this line up speak for itself.

6:30 A.M. - On the Waterfront D: Elia Kazan Starring: Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden. (really want to see this one, but I doubt I'll be awake in time)

8:30 A.M. - All Quiet on the Western Front D: Lewis Milestone Starring: Lew Ayres, Louis Walheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy.

11:00 - From Here to Eternity D: Fred Zinneman Starring: Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine, Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed. (Will which if we don't go out anywhere.)

1:00 - Bridge on the River Kwai D: David Lean Starring: Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, Geoffrey Horne, James Donald, Ann Sears. (Great performances by Guinness and Hayakawa, and probably THE greatest climax in any movie ever!)

4:00 - Lawrence of Arabia D: David Lean Starring: Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains, Anthony Quayle, Arthur Kennedy. (My favorite movie ever!  See it!)

8:00 - A Man for All Seasons D: Fred Zinneman Starring: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt. (Probably the best-acted film ever, and certainly one of the greatest scripts ever written.)

10:00 - Out of Africa D: Sydney Pollack Starring: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandeur. (I want to see this at some point though it's not on my must-see list.)

Now I can't think of a better line up than that!  :o I doubt I'll watch much of it, but my God!
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: PowerRR on February 19, 2007, 02:27:39 PM
Finally, a chance to view From Here to Eternity!

I already own Waterfront, All Quiet (will soon own rerelease), and Lawrence. I'll probably buy River Kwai today, as it's one of my favorites. Don't care too much to view the other two.
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: The Peacemaker on February 19, 2007, 02:29:45 PM
I'll get the chance to see A Man for All Seasons and All Quiet on the Western Front.

The others I've seen except for Out of Africa.
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Leone Admirer on February 19, 2007, 04:19:25 PM
So much better then the UK TCM lineup. I gotta love Oscar season  O0
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Jon1 on February 19, 2007, 04:28:33 PM
I just got a look at TCM's schedule for next Saturday, and they must be up to their Best Picture time, because. . . well, I'll let this line up speak for itself.

6:30 A.M. - On the Waterfront D: Elia Kazan Starring: Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden. (really want to see this one, but I doubt I'll be awake in time)

8:30 A.M. - All Quiet on the Western Front D: Lewis Milestone Starring: Lew Ayres, Louis Walheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy.

11:00 - From Here to Eternity D: Fred Zinneman Starring: Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine, Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed. (Will which if we don't go out anywhere.)

1:00 - Bridge on the River Kwai D: David Lean Starring: Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, Geoffrey Horne, James Donald, Ann Sears. (Great performances by Guinness and Hayakawa, and probably THE greatest climax in any movie ever!)

4:00 - Lawrence of Arabia D: David Lean Starring: Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains, Anthony Quayle, Arthur Kennedy. (My favorite movie ever!  See it!)

8:00 - A Man for All Seasons D: Fred Zinneman Starring: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt. (Probably the best-acted film ever, and certainly one of the greatest scripts ever written.)

10:00 - Out of Africa D: Sydney Pollack Starring: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandeur. (I want to see this at some point though it's not on my must-see list.)

Now I can't think of a better line up than that!  :o I doubt I'll watch much of it, but my God!
I'll probably tune in for "On the Waterfront" (never seen) and "Lawrence" (haven't seen in a long time).  Thanks for this list.
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Groggy on February 19, 2007, 07:32:58 PM
I'll get the chance to see A Man for All Seasons and All Quiet on the Western Front.

The others I've seen except for Out of Africa.

If you get to see "A Man for All Seasons", please let me know what you think of it!  I love the play to death, and the movie is an excellent adaptation of it.  Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Orson Welles, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern - all are amazing!
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Jon1 on February 20, 2007, 10:15:15 AM
Out of Africa's a chick flick.
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Leone Admirer on February 20, 2007, 10:58:13 AM
Too much David Lean in that lineup  ;D Not enough, Ford, Capra, Wilder, Wyler, Hawks, Curtiz, Mankiewicz and other great Oscar Winning filmmakers.
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: The Peacemaker on February 20, 2007, 11:05:21 AM
There's no such thing as too much David Lean ( my God I'm starting to sound like Groggy now  ;) ).
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Leone Admirer on February 20, 2007, 11:07:56 AM
Sorry to say Peace but as much as I respect Lean as a filmmaker, I just don't like his films  :-\
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: The Peacemaker on February 20, 2007, 11:09:22 AM
Sorry to say Peace but as I respect Lean as a filmmaker but I don't like his films  :-\

Oh yeah, I remember you mentioned that before...








...and you call yourself a film buff.   :P
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Leone Admirer on February 20, 2007, 11:12:50 AM
I think I can still call myself a film buff   ^-^
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: PowerRR on February 20, 2007, 11:18:51 AM
Speaking of Lean, I'd love to eventually see Doctor Zhivago. I've just been watching so many long and epic movies lately that I don't feel like it.
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: The Peacemaker on February 20, 2007, 11:54:29 AM
Speaking of Lean, I'd love to eventually see Doctor Zhivago. I've just been watching so many long and epic movies lately that I don't feel like it.

As much as I love LoA, I think Doctor Zhivago is Lean's best film.

Most people won't agree with me though.
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Silenzio on February 20, 2007, 01:50:42 PM
As much as I love LoA, I think Doctor Zhivago is Lean's best film.

Most people won't agree with me though.

I like them as LoA, Kwai, then Zhivago.



And I still owe one burning to Leone Admirer for not liking David.
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Leone Admirer on February 20, 2007, 01:53:07 PM
Oh no, why did I have to let my fingers type that sentence  :o
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Groggy on February 20, 2007, 04:24:06 PM
Well Leone Admirer, I'm sure there will be more on Sunday, so buck up.  O0
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: dave jenkins on February 20, 2007, 04:35:42 PM
If you get to see "A Man for All Seasons", please let me know what you think of it!  I love the play to death, and the movie is an excellent adaptation of it.  Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Orson Welles, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern - all are amazing!
You left out John Hurt and the lovely Susana York. What kind of a fan are you?
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Groggy on February 20, 2007, 04:37:38 PM
I also "left out" Nigel Davenport, Cyril Luckham, Colin Blakeley, Corin Redgrave, and Vanessa Redgrave.  What's your point dude?  :D If you want a complete (or more complete) cast list, read the OP.
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: dave jenkins on February 20, 2007, 04:54:13 PM
Yeah, I was talking about really standout talent that can't be ignored, not the ash-and-trash performances.

Anyway, take a look at this and tell me which transfer seems better to you: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews28/a_man_for_all_seasons.htm
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Leone Admirer on February 20, 2007, 05:17:04 PM
Well Leone Admirer, I'm sure there will be more on Sunday, so buck up.  O0

I think I'll be digging out my 4 disc Gone With The Wind to watch before the show instead  ;D
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Groggy on February 20, 2007, 05:17:37 PM
Yeah, I was talking about really standout talent that can't be ignored, not the ash-and-trash performances.

Hurt's great, especially considering it was one of his first performances, but I don't really like the character of Rich - too much of a lightweight, methinks.  York's good but not exceptional - I'm not sure she'd be better than any number of other actresses in the part.

I think the overlooked performance in the film is Leo McKern as Cromwell.  Most of the acting praise for the film goes to Scofield, Welles, and Shaw.  Scofield is the lead, and is amazing, so I think he deserves the credit he gets.  While Shaw and Welles are both amazing, they have probably the easiest acting jobs of the play - two very well-written one-scene characters - it would take a pretty terrible actor to mess up Wolsey or the King.  McKern had to fight against having about half of his scenes cut out to make his character more two-dimensional, but he still was able to convey his character as not evil, but malignant - he looks nasty (my God, a toad with two different-colored eyes!  Was that deliberate on McKern's part?  Or could he just not finding a matching glass eye?), sounds nasty, and acts nasty - and his character's intelligence just accentuates that nastiness.  And yet he never gets mentioned when the film comes up - hell, the Video Hound went so far as to not list him (whereas it listed Vanessa Redgrave, who had no dialogue and was in the film for all of two minutes)!!!!!!!  A shame.  

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Anyway, take a look at this and tell me which transfer seems better to you: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews28/a_man_for_all_seasons.htm

Personally, I think the "special edition" is a joke.  I already have the film on DVD, I'm not paying more money for a twenty-minute documentary on More.  On the plus side, however, I love the box art and the picture quality seems better at a glance.
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Leone Admirer on February 20, 2007, 05:20:25 PM
An anamorphic 1.66:1 transfer! Thats quite rare in the DVD market  :o
Title: Re: THANK YOU TCM!!!!!!!!
Post by: Kurug3n on February 22, 2007, 08:54:49 PM
man hear on the west coast the list starts like this..

6 of the greatest movies ever in 1 day!!!

3:30am On The Waterfront (1954)
A young stevedore takes on the mobster who rules the docks.
Cast: Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger. Dir: Elia Kazan. BW-108 mins, TV-PG

5:30am All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
Young German soldiers try to adjust to the horrors of World War I.
Cast: Lew Ayres, Louis Stroheim, John Wray. Dir: Lewis Milestone. BW-131 mins, TV-PG

10:00am Bridge On The River Kwai, The (1957)
The Japanese Army forces World War II POWs to build a strategic bridge in Burma.
Cast: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa. Dir: David Lean. C-161 mins, TV-PG

1:00pm Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
A British military officer enlists the Arabs for desert warfare in World War I.
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness. Dir: David Lean. C-216 mins, TV-14

10:00pm Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
When his wife leaves him, an ad exec gets a crash course in parenting.
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Justin Henry, Meryl Streep. Dir: Robert Benton. C-105 mins, TV-MA

12:00am American Beauty (1999)
An unemployed ad man falls for his daughter's best friend.
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Wes Bentley. Dir: Sam Mendes. C-120 mins, TV-

all on channel 58!!1