TCM Tomorrow: An American in Paris (1951)

Back home everyone said I didn’t have any talent. They might be saying the same thing over here but it sounds better in French.

This is one of my favorite films! Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, and Oscar Levant, it’s the story of an American painter who must choose between the patronage of a rich American woman (Nina Foch) and a French girl (Leslie Caron) engaged to a cabaret singer. The best part is the final dance sequence (17 minutes long) that depicts the mental battle going through the mind of Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly).

This is a film you MUST see! “S’ Wonderful!”

Note: By the way, there was a recent write-up about Oscar Levant in Newsweek.

12:00pm EST / 9:00am PSTTCM: An American in Paris
{ Not rated, 115 min., color }

TCM Tonight: Roman Holiday (1953)

Roman Holiday Film Poster

“I’ve never been alone with a man before, even with my dress on. With my dress off, it’s MOST unusual. “

Starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, it is the story of a sheltered princess who escapes into the city of Rome and falls in love with an American reporter who knows her true identity. Audrey Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress and Edith Head won for Best Costume Design. This fun and light romantic comedy makes you fall in love with Audrey and Vespas!

9:45pm EST / 6:45pm PSTTCM: Roman Holiday
{ TV-G, 118 min., b&w }

TCM Today: The Agony And The Ecstasy (1965)

The Agony And The Ecstasy Film Poster

Pope Julius II: When will you make an end?
Michelangelo: When I am finished!

Nominated for five Academy Awards, this film is based on the 1961 biographical novel by Irving Stone (who also wrote “Lust for Life”). It stars Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II. This film covers the struggle between Michelangelo and the pope over the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

This film has many great quotes, including “You dare to dicker with your pontiff?” and “We are harlots always peddling beauty at the doorsteps of the mighty.” This is a long one, so make sure that you have plenty of popcorn!

12:00pm EST / 9:00am PSTTCM: The Agony And The Ecstasy
{ Not rated, 140 min., color }

Scene where Michelangelo finds out what Pope Julius II
has in store for the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

TCM Tonight: The Fountainhead (1949)

The Fountainhead Film Poster

“No man takes what’s mine!”

Based on the best-seller book of the same name by Ayn Rand, it stars Gary Cooper as an idealistic architect who battles corrupt business interests and his love for a married woman (Patricia Neal). There is plenty of “chewing the scenery”, ridiculous architectural renderings and “interesting” shots in this film (especially at the end). If you love drama and the uncompromising spirit of the individual, then this film is for you.

2:45am EST / 11:45pm PSTTCM: The Fountainhead
{ Not rated, 114 min., b&w }

TCM Tonight: Marnie (1964)

Marnie Film Poster: From Alfred Hitchcock with sex and suspense, "Marnie" starring Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren

“You don’t love me. I’m just some kind of wild animal you’ve trapped!”

Marnie is a very difficult picture to classify. It is not Psycho, nor do we have a horde of birds flapping about and pecking at people willy-nilly,” director Alfred Hitchcock says, “One might call Marnie a ‘sex mystery’ that is, if one used such words.”

Starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery, it is the story of a deeply troubled woman and the man who wishes to help her (or tame her, depending on how you look at it). This is a difficult picture to classify and at times, a difficult picture to watch. There are times I wish I could reach through the screen and slap Mark Rutland (Connery), especially during the rape scene.

Yes, I said ‘rape scene’. It is when Marnie Edgar (Hedren) is laid down on the bed, frozen with fear and then it cuts to a close-up of Mark. Cutting back to Marnie, the camera then slowly pans to the window and the scene ends.

Darlings, I tell you this only as a warning. If you are sensitive to this, then do not watch it. Otherwise, watch it with the knowledge that Alfred Hitchcock had his own neurosis. This picture is definitely worth a look!

8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PSTTCM: Marnie
{ PG, 110 min., color }

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